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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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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 ...
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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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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 I'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Perform Background Tasks in Low Power Mode - Possible?

Is there a way to schedule low power background activities to be performed while a computer is idle, sleeping, or even powered off? Until recently I would have thought the answer was unconditionally "...
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Can Windows 10 wake timers override wake timer settings on battery?

If I have wake timers set to "Disable" in power settings, will Windows Update on Windows 10 (the Reboot wake timer of UpdateOrchestrator) still wake the computer from sleep (or any other low-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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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 ...