The layer between your hardware and software. It manages disk input/output, memory allocation, graphic acceleration, hosting device drivers and various other resources.

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How do non-realtime OSes capture audio without dropouts when sample rates are so high?

If I plug a line or USB microphone into my PC, I can record audio at 44.1kHz. That's one sample of audio about every 23 microseconds. The audio wave must be sampled and played back precisely or it ...
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Lock a PC screen on a browser

I need to use a normal laptop (it currently runs on windows 7 but i can format it, if needed, and install whatever system suits my needs) to show a website to the public. Since this computer will be ...
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How to synchronize files between home and work, if the work is prohibited cloud services via firewall? [on hold]

There is a desktop software that I use at home and at work. He has a file of database, which I have kept in Dropbox cloud service until it is not locked our sysadmins. How to synchronize the file ...
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How to install osx or windows on my iphone 6? [on hold]

My pc is slow. Can I install Windows or OSX on my iPhone 6 so that I can use it as a computer and use its resources including cpu, disk space etc,,, and use the screen and mouse of my laptop?
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What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and Android?

What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, and Debian? I suspect they are all Operating Systems that are based upon one another - similar to how Windows is based on DOS. Is my suspicion ...
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Redirecting or routing all traffic to OpenVPN on a Mac OS X client

I have configured an OpenVPN (2.2.1) server on an Ubuntu virtual machine in the Amazon elastic compute cloud. The server is up and running. I have installed OpenVPN (2.2.1) on a Mac OS X (10.8.2) ...
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After formatting External Harddrive, Why do hidden OS folders $RECYCLE.BIN, System Volume Information get created

My antivirus ESET Nod 32 was flagging up a virus found in my C:/$Recycle.bin folder, after reinstalling fresh OS I decided to store some things on an external Harddrive and dumped to another PC. My ...
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I have a custom built PC, how do I know which operating system I should use? [on hold]

Here is my PC specs: http://puu.sh/eZsKZ/050d8ac7d3.png Hopefully by looking at the image and seeing my specs, you can tell me which OS would be best to use
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where to get a fully updated iso for windows 8.1 pro [on hold]

I have Key for windows 8.1 pro, I want an updated ISO so that when I need to install from scratch It wont take days to install all those updates every time. Where can I get an ISO that is up to date ...
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Why can't I install any OS on samsung

I have laptop call it SAMSUNG OS: WINDOWS 8.1 UNILINGUE 6 BITS (6.3 VERSION 9600) Model: 300E5E/300E4E/300E5V/300E4V BIOS: P02RBE i'm trying to install any OS on it but no luck even i use usb ...
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Can't boot to the original windows 8.1

After purchasing an SSD, I decided to install Windows 8.1 on it. I originally had Windows 8.1 on my Western Digital Hard drive. But now, I cannot boot to it and there is no option to select an ...
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“This CPU is not compatible with 64-bit mode.” - Installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on a netbook with a 64-bit Intel Atom CPU

I tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64-bit on a netbook (Lenovo IdeaPad S110), which has the Intel Atom N2800 (1.86 GHz) as its processor, but I get the following error message when the ...
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What is RPC and why is it so important?

From the beginning, I've heard that you never, ever disable the Remote Procedure Call service in Windows. This leads to horrible things that used to be hard to overturn (I believe that it's no longer ...
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Not showing bootmenu

I had both Ubuntu 12.04 and windows 7 on my Hp desktop and it was working properly.Now the problem is when I tried to boot the system it is not going to the boot menu instead it continuously blinks ...
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What factors can affect a disk's seek time?

sorry for the beginner question. I am learning about how fast a disk can do its process (read/write) and move between tracks. One if the factor related to this is disk's seek time. I am curious, in ...
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windows 8 boot error

Hi I am using Sony Vaio laptop with windows 8 OS, when I power on my laptop blue screen appears and it says your PC needs to be repaired, a required device not connected or cannot be accessed Error ...
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Are we suppose to manually delete contents of /tmp?

I was under the impression that /tmp will regularly delete "old" files. Seems to me that /tmp will just grow as long as it wants to and won't delete anything. Some people say it's betetr to just leave ...
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How does a driver actually communicate with an hardware device? [closed]

I already know what a driver is and in the answers of this old question What is a driver, and how does it work? you can find some simple and high level definitions of what a driver is. My question is ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Win 8 corrupted system files are not being fixed [closed]

Why is DISM restore health command saying files are fixed. I rerun SFC scannow and they are still corrupted. How do I fix? HP I7 Laptop 8GB 2TB HDD Optimus graphics Win 8.1
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How can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and keep my files and applications?

I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. How can I do this while keeping all of my files in-tact? Is it possible to retain all of my applications and user settings, too?
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Is it possible to run 2 OS at the same time with full DirectX/OpenGL Support?

To clarify, i'm not looking for a virtualization program that restricts the hardware and software such as DirectX, i want to run 2 OS sharing the same hardware while not being restricted by any ...
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How does sleep system call works?

An application may ask the OS to pause their process for 0.5 seconds, but how does that work? The CPU doesn't simply stop running for that 0.5 second as other programs work well simultaneously, so ...
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How can I install Windows OS to my netbook with Android OS?

I've got a netbook with Android OS and I want to install Windows XP for this. Is it possible and how can I install it? I don't find Bios (or boot Menu) (Sorry for my bad English, I'm not native ...
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Install windows 98 on my PC [closed]

I want to install windows 98 on my PC. But it says that windows 98 is supported by the system. Here are the specifications of the PC Processor - Core 2 Quad 6600 Mother Board Chip set - G 41 Ram - 4 ...
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Sublime Shortcuts at OS level

I love Sublime text as many other people do. I love its shortcuts. But whenever I'm editing text somewhere else, I keep on wanting to do Ctrl+L to select the whole line, Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow to ...
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I have Ubuntu .iso file downloaded in my Linux Mint - how to install Ubuntu OS? [closed]

From my Linux Mint operating system, how do I install/dual-boot this Ubuntu OS which is downloaded as a .iso file? So that it comes up as an option to boot into when I first turn on my computer. ...
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Two CPUs as a Single System

I don't know whether this is a foolish question or not. I have Googled a little and posting this one. Is there a way to make two separate dual core systems to run as a single quad core system under a ...
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Windows 7 back up DVD's

I have a laptop running on windows 7 home basic. It got infected with viruses and i'd like to re-install windows 7. When i bought this laptop 4 years ago,i did not know much about computers and I made ...
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How to query if a wlan interface is in monitor mode?

I am trying to write a shell script to query whether a wireless interface is in monitor mode or not. I was thinking about querying a file in the linux(debian) by doing a cat /proc/.. file system to ...
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How does a operating system pick up data from different file systems

I'm trying to understand this. Let's say Windows for example. It uses NTFS. If one attached a USB stick to their computer, this file system would most likely be FAT32. Or if we were connected to a ...
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Can a single OS installation on a SSD be shared between a desktop & a laptop?

Recently purchased a SSD and was wondering if there was an Operating System that allowed you to swap between 2 different machines (multiple hardware profiles? in this case my laptop / desktop) ...
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What is OS-level block?

From this question on StackOverflow: …an OS can still chain multiple blocks/sector into a single logical OS-level block to reduce space. E.g. "every 3 real blocks/sectors on the drive will be ...
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Change the system partition in Windows XP

I attached two hard disks (Disk 1 and Disk 2) to an old computer system while installing Windows XP. Disk 1 is IDE and Disk 2 is SATA. I wanted to install Windows XP on Disk 1. Disk 2 was meant for ...
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my computer only display folder missing option?

My computer does not start . it just display this screen only . what can i do ?
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window 7 cannot stop looping for failure configuring windows updates reverting changes

Anyone have this kind of problem before? I shut down my computer and I restart it. I can just see my screen show me about this line" failure configuring windows updates revert changes." After that, ...
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How to set up a fileserver for use with multiple networked machines using different OSs

Recently I've become very interested in setting up a fileserver, mostly for home usage but also because of the fact that I live in 2 places, I need to be able to access my files from both homes. I ...
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Enumerating and connecting to named pipes

In windows Named pipes are available for IPC (interprocess communication) and are used both locally and remotely, Access to the remote named pipe contained in IPC$ share is done via SMB protocol,How ...
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Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 from my current computer and put it onto a new motherboard? [duplicate]

I recently started looking into parts to build a new PC from scratch and was wondering about the operating system. I bought a full version of Windows 8.1 and installed it onto my current computer ...
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Reclaiming an old school Chromebook

In the middle school I go to, we use chromebooks. They are "managed", so we cannot change or do anything to the laptop we are not allowed to do. One of my friends recently left the school. Since he ...
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Unable to install GNOME (BackTrack5) onto IBM ThinkPad R40

I recently acquired 3 IBM ThinkPad Laptops - An A31, R40, and T42p. The A31 I was able to successfully install GNOME or BackTrack5 onto via a GNOME.iso burned onto a disk with AstroBurn. The A31 now ...
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Are I/O operations faster on the beginning of a hard disk drive than on its end?

I saw that I/O operations are faster on the beginning of a hard disk drive than on its end. Is that true and if so, why?
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What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded?

What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded and do they have BIOS, drivers, MBR or a different approach instead of these?
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Computer does not boot after ram upgrade

I have a Dell Optiplex GX520 desktop (it's abount 5 yr old) PC with 512 MB DDR2 RAM. Since my computer always swapping I thought I should upgrade my RAM. I bought a Kingmax 2GB DDR2 RAM. But my system ...
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Videocard only working in safe mode

I am writing from safe-mode, because for some reason it does work in safe-mode (windows 7) though either black screens, or bluescreens on my normal windows mode, but I am extra sure, that the hardware ...
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The system was running slow and reboot was useless

My system was running slow, I checked the system with top, vmstat, iostat, strace and so on, but I could not find the issue. So I reboot the system but it was useless. Then I shutdown the server, and ...
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Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?

What's the difference between 32 bit OS and 64 bit OS? Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?
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How to Extend primary partition(/dev/sda1) in linux?

Im having a problem, my primary partition is running out of space. Due to this, I can't access linux machine remotely (through vncserver). I have another drive (/dev/sdb) having much more free space. ...
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Windows 8: Drive partition is missing

wanted to run 2 operating systems on the same laptop so downloaded manjaro ( I have windows 8). When i opened 'Gparted' (after booting manjaro) in order to partition my disk i got the message ...
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how do I check, how many times printing command is run on my windows

I have to check for a specific time range, how many times the printing command is executed on my PC/Windows…. Is Operating system make any log of printing commands...? If yes How and where i found ...