Physical environment refers to the effect of the physical environment, such as temperature, power, wireless transmission obstacles, and weather, on hardware performance. If your question refers to the user's environment or the computer setup or workspace, use the [work-environment] tag.

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What could be causing multiple computers in an office to restart?

Two months ago, one of the computers in our office began to restart randomly. The restarts didn't seem to follow any pattern - the CPU temperature never fluctuated and it happened both when idle and ...
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Wifi in a noisy environment: diagnosing connection errors

I have a DSL router (dlink dsl 2640b) with 802.11 b/g support. In the last few years the DSL connection worked fine as well as the Wifi. Recently however the wifi started to be problematic. ...
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How do I physically prevent people from unplugging an Ethernet cable?

We have a crowded computer laboratory. We render free Ethernet ports for laptop users. But they don't carry their Ethernet cables with them, they unplug cable of a fixed desktop PC and plug it to ...
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Are there any disadvantages of having a “free fall sensor” on a hard disk drive?

This is a general question that came out of a specific comparison between the Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BEKT and Western Digital Scorpio WD3200BJKT (which is the same as the former but with a free ...
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What to expect in permanent installations of ethernet cable

In my line of work I recently encountered someone who had a DHCP problem, but only with certain hardware and only via certain cables. The cables that we found out caused the problems were in the walls ...
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Prepare desktop for a long-distance move

I'm moving soon and I'm trying to figure out a way to move my computer hardware. A have a shiny new desktop. In past long-distance moves, I had older desktops and I didn't care if they broke. Ditto my ...
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Difference between indoor and outdoor WiFi Access Points

Does anyone know if there is an operational difference between what is classified as an 'indoor' wifi access point and an 'outdoor' wifi access point. I'm speaking specifically to its operation ...
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Blu-ray BD-R: Would you physically store it in a CaseLogic Wallet pocket?

I keep several backup copies of my material and files. For my DVDs, one set of copies is kept in a CaseLogic wallet folder pack, so that I can easily move this around when visiting friends, family or ...
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water cooler fan in my computer room

Is using water cooler fan in my computer room HARMFUL for the internal parts of the computer system?
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Operating altitude for a MacBook Pro?

I saw on the Apple website that the MacBook pro has a maximum operating altitude. Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet Does this mean that I should not use it on a plane? Or is this just a ...
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How to prevent corosion damage in a salt air environment?

I am fortunate enough to live at the beach and am a big electronic gadget guy. Almost every afternoon there is a solid onshore wind that blows in the house. The dust that comes off the beach has a ...
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Best environment for your PC Tower

I recently moved into an apartment building that has a small study with a built-in desk. My tower is now played beneath the desk in a very tight spot. I'm not sure how much ventilation it gets, but I ...