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Custom built machine has much higher power consumption than expected

I built a machine according to the specs of a computer magazine (c't, Germany). According to the magazine, the power consumption should be at around 10W. I don't want to go into the specifics of the ...
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Powerful mini ATX gaming PC and extreme low power hungry download server in ONE

I want to build a really powerful gaming machine with some kind of a media server streaming full HD contents to the whole room and TV, but at the same time, a "magical button" which turns this power ...
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Samsung Laptop cuts out at 37% battery life

I use a Samsung i5 (I think, I'm nowhere near the box to check specifics) laptop purchased summer of last year, running Windows 7 with a Quad core and AMD Radeon graphics. I'm pretty gentle with it, ...
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HTPC/NAS implementation - What to design for based on the context of my situation [closed]

My situation I'm a 20-year-old college student with experience in building custom computers, but more experience in finding interesting software solutions. One day, while using VLC Media Player, I ...
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UPS vs Solar Power in case of power failure for a server [closed]

I am looking for a low power, low end pc able to run 24/7 without overheating and a way to support it in case of power failure. Power failures can be up to 72 hours. The pc dosen't need a monitor or ...
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Piecing together low-powered hardware for an RS-232 terminal server

I'm working on reconstructing my Cisco lab for training/educational purposes and I found that the actual terminal server I have is dead. I have a couple of 8-port PCI serial cards which would be more ...
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Unignorable spoken battery warning on Windows 8

I found this old article on how to give a Mac OS X laptop a battery warning that can't be ignored. I was wondering how I could (if I can) achieve the same thing on Windows (8). Perhaps with Microsoft ...
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How much CPU power and RAM will I need in a 10 disk array?

I'm planning to build a low-power storage server with many drives. Can I put an Atom based board into this machine? Or even ARM? Will a weak CPU cut into my throughput? What about RAM? I am planning ...
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External “power brick” style PSUs - are they reliable enough?

Keen to build a quiet, power-efficient always-on HTPC/media server, I've been looking at mini ITX boards that have their own external power-brick style power supply. These appeal because they are ...
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Low Voltage USB Ports and USB External HDD Problem

I'm facing a low power USB port issue on my desktop PC. I have a USB 2.5" external harddrive and it does not work with any of the USB ports on the computer case except for one. Also if I use a ...
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how to build a normally powerful computer with lots of RAM which will consume less then 7W while idle? [closed]

The Macbook Pro Model MC374, MC375 from 2010 consumes only 6.6W when idle (without display) when powered with 100V to the power supply. How can I build a modular, high-spec computer which will have ...
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Usefulness of multi-core in the context of power-efficient computing

I'm considering options for a new portable PC. I'd like to keep power utilization at a minimum, while being able to run batch jobs as quickly as possible. Batch jobs I can generally parallelize ...
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How low-power can a home server get? [closed]

I've got quite simple question actually. How green, low-power and efficient x86 home server can I build using consumer parts with rather constrained budget. After looking through some Google hits ...
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Can I download files while Windows is sleeping?

Can I? If not is it because in the low energy mode the network card or the hard drives shutdown? If they do is there any way to prevent this (ie. with a custom low energy mode)?
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Cheap dvr media server

I would like to build a new computer to be used as a DVR and media server. I am thinking of using mythtv as the DVR software, but short of that decision I am completely open to suggestions. ...
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low-power motherboard for windows home server

Firstly - I've used search, I've run through all the topics tagged with these ones, but couldn't find anything satisfying. I'm trying to build a home server machine, which should be a low-power ...
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What can be used as a low power linux based router/NAS?

I'm looking to replace my Linksys WRT54G router with a slightly more powerful (in terms of processing power) box, but want to keep a low power footprint (ideally 10W or less). My must have ...