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windows 8 - how to stop secondary hard drives from powering down when primary is SSD

I have windows 8 running on SSD. It keeps cycling off my secondary hard drive which is not SSD. When I go to power plan I am unable to change HARD DISK > TURN OFF HARD DISK AFTER > SETTING MINUTES. ...
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Laptop battery will not hold charge after spillage

I had a spillage on my laptop (white wine if you're interested). Thankfully the laptop seems to have survived however the battery no longer holds a charge. What makes this unique (from searching ...
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Why would my notebook only turn on after several attempts?

It was working perfectly fine until I changed it's Celeron processor for a Core 2 Duo today. Now it only turns on 1 out of 5 or 6 attempts. Sometimes at the 1st or 2nd attempt. It's pretty random by ...
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How to draw 12W DC output from PC motherboard/PSU/USB?

I recently bought a Dell AX510 Soundbar speaker that fits snugly under my monitor. However, my monitor, Dell IN2030M is a budget model, and while it does have the plastic grooves to fit the ...
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ATX PSU: Pin 9 reads a lower voltage when plugged into motherboard

I'm pretty confident that the PSU is bad in this computer, but I want to understand what my multimeter is telling me. With the PSU plugged into the wall only, the multimeter says that pin 9 is a ...
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Can using a under powered laptop charger make my notebook shut down under heavy load?

I have a XMG P501 gaming laptop based on Clevo P150HM models at the moment connected to an under powered laptop charger. It is shutting down when under heavy load (3dmark, some games in particular) ...
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Identify AC Power Cord with rotated pins

Is this AC power cord connector a standard one? The pins seems to be rotated 90 degrees. This ATX power supply unit (Silverstone ST1500) did not come with the cord and I am hoping to be able to get ...
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Show power icon in tray on desktop PC [duplicate]

I have many power plans in my desktop PC - one is optimized for downloading (PC doesn't sleep but turns the display off), one for reading, one for games and so on. But the problem is that I have no ...
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Can a laptop power adapter bought with a UK power cord be used with a US power cord?

I bought a Lenovo laptop here in the UK and am shipping it off to my girlfriend in the US. Can she use a standard US power lead for the lead that goes from the laptop power adapter to the wall outlet ...
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Aero failure and errors after power loss

After a recent power loss I experienced, I rebooted (more slowly than usual) to find that Windows Aero failed to load (a High Contrast theme was loaded similar to Windows Classic and Aero themes were ...
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-48VDC power required: How to make it work with 110VAC input

I recently bought a used NetOptics TP-GCU-48V network tap on eBay for use on my home net. This is one of their earlier models and has been discontinued for a number of years. They have two versions ...
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Do power adaptors automatically adjust current and voltage?

I purchased a new power adaptor (19.5 V, 3.33 A, 65 W) for my Compaq Presario v3000 laptop, as replacement for the old one (18.5, 3.5 A, 65 W). It is listed as compatible with my laptop model. Does ...
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Why has my Battery Icon stopped updating in Linux?

I noticed something funky happening over the past week. My battery icon stopped updating. For a more specific definition, here's the expected and current behavior in detail: Expected Behavior ...
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Allow monitor to turn off during youtube playback

I have a HTPC hooked up to my Plasma TV. I occasionally like to turn on a youtube playlist, minimize chrome, and listen. The video playback, even though it's minimized, keeps the screen from turning ...
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Debugging power on issue

First off I don't know if this is the correct fora, for this kind of question. My personal Acer Aspire 5745G has an issue, namely that it usually has issues powering on. The issue is that when the ...
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How to automatically turn off the monitor regardless of inactivity? (Windows XP) [duplicate]

I'm aware of the power options in windows. But I don't want it to switch off after I've been idle for some time. What I want it do is to switch off on its own at regular intervals (say, 20 mins), ...
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Detecting when a server is running on UPS battery

I have a home server (HP Proliant ML310 G4) that I bought from my employer a month or so ago. The server runs Debian Linux and I use it for just about everything. I can get away with doing this ...
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How to monitor power usage of a machine without unplugging it?

My APC ES 700 UPS keeps beeping but I don't know why. I'm wondering if I'm overloading it and I'm also curious to know how much power my various devices consume. I'm thinking of buying a power ...
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Kernel-power event ID 41 task category 63

I have been having problems recently with my Asus N53Sv laptop, it will randomly shut off even at high battery levels (I even bought a new battery thinking it was the problem) It even dies when I log ...
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my computer doesn't charge; the plug on my computer doesn't work

my computer NEVER works on just pure battery power. It always has to be plugged in. It always says "0% available. Not charging" but again, will work when its plugged in. Is this faulty ...
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Ubuntu laptop powers off without warning very soon on battery

Problem: I have a laptop. It works very well on AC power, but on battery power, it powers off in a few minutes, if not seconds, without warning. I saw lots of similar problems not only from SU, but ...
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Can USB 2.0 power a USB 3.0 external HDD?

I'm on the verge of buying myself a new bus-powered USB 3.0 2.5-inch external hard drive. However, my computer only has USB 2.0 ports on it. I understand that the USB 3.0 HDD will simply run slower on ...
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Powering Off Hard Disks, is a life saver or life depleter?

Hardware description and problem introduction: I'm a Home user and I use Windows in a Home PC, I have 4 internal hard disks connected and running, 1 hard drive is for the OS, and the other hard ...
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AMD Phenom II x4 940 Black edition Pinout?

So I got an AMD Phenom II x4 940 Black Edition. The number on it is HDZ940XCJ4DGI. It uses an AM2+ socket. I think the important part is the socket, but I'm not sure. I'm trying to find the power and ...
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Why do my network interface and powered-off backlight consume too much power in powertop?

I have an ASUS n550jv laptop. Currently, the wifi is off, the ethernet is active, and the display is completely off (using an external monitor). Yet, in powertop I see the following: The battery ...
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Building A Desktop And It Keeps Shutting Down

So I'm building a desktop computer. Here are the parts I used: Motherboard: Intel BOXDP67BGB3 Socket 1155, Intel P67, CrossFireX & SLI, SATA3&USB3.0, A&GbE, ATX Motherboard Processor: ...
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“Check Signal Cable” when computer is off - how to make it just a blank screen?

I upgraded the graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670) driver tonight, and I'm having this odd problem. State: monitor is on and computer is off Before update: the monitor went into sleep mode(?) and ...
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Linux's poweroff resets the machine instead of powering it off

I'm using Fedora 20 with Gnome3, and sometimes when I click on Power Off, the machine resets instead of powering off. Actually I don't know if it's being reset or if it's being powered off and then it ...
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Powering a HP BL680c Blade Server Without a Rack

I picked up an old HP BL680c from a computer surplus store and have no rack with which to power it. The board seems to indicate that it merely requires 12V in. When I try to run it off of regular 12V ...
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Melting/smoking Universal AC adapter

So I own a Samsung RV520 for 2 years now and 3 months ago my AC adapter stopped working and had to replaced. I went to the closest computer service and they gave me an universal AC adapter. Now, the ...
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Laptop CPU frequency never higher than 40% of maximum

I have a Samsung 900X4C (9 series) laptop with an i7 3517U 1.9 GHz CPU. I have noticed (using CPU-Z) that the actual frequency of the processor never goes above about 40% of the maximum. Now, I ...
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Wake-On-LAN without motherboard support

I have an old desktop which I want to turn into a home server. Unfortunately its motherboard (MSI K9N6SGM-V) does not support Wake-on-LAN functionality. I don't really know how power supply works in ...
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Are Samsung Series 9 ultrabooks (purchased in the US) compatible with 240V/50Hz power input?

I'm traveling and I'm curious if I can use an adapter. I have a replacement power chord and it states that it can take in 100V-240V, 50-60Hz, but I want to make sure that the ultrabook itself accepts ...
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Ambulence-like sound when Thinkpad T400's battery is running out of power

When my Thinkpad T400 is on its battery and its battery running out of power, there is ambulence-like sound. I wonder how to eliminate the annoying sound? Is there a setting in BIOS? My OS is Ubuntu ...
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How do I make my server turn on when powered, even when OS was shut down before depowering?

I have a Dell PowerEdge 1850 running Ubuntu in my basement, primarily running a Minecraft server. Leaving it on all the time is a waste of money, and it makes noise at night, so I typically turn it on ...
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What would cause a USB bus under current and how could it be corrected?

I have a new motherboard that is exhibiting a strange issue with the USB (2.0 only) bus. I am having some of my devices losing power and led lights start flicker when I am playing games and other ...
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CPU power states and temperature spikes

i just noticed something really unusual on my brand new (slightly used) ASUS N550JV. During my first checks in general performance and etc, i noticed that the temperatures were unusually high for a ...
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Notebook screen

My laptop (Dell Studio 1535) behaves strange after a 4 years of service: when it is powered on, load up with main screen off. It transmit the picture from laptop to external display when connected ...
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What is the optimal distribution of RAM across available slots given a specific amount?

Given two memory slots, what is the optimal configuration given my 2x1GB, plus either 1x4GB or 2x2GB? (I just bought a used laptop with two slots, currently 2x1GB, max 8GB) Possible upgrade ...
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My windows 7 keeps randomly freezing when I'm doing a variety of activitiess

The screen stays the same but goes unresponsive, and I get a loud ringing robotic sound through my headset. Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power Date: ...
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How does the Package Power Limit affect the cpu clock

This is primarily about Intel 4th Generation Core (Haswell) CPUs. As far as I understand it, the Turbo Boost technology raises the CPU frequency until it hits the TDP limit (though it might exceed it ...
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PSU Power Supply makes a high pitch sound when pc is off

Let me be clear about a few things. The power plug is plugged into the PSU (obviously) but the power switch is turned ON. If I turn off the switch with the plug is still plugged in, the noise or sound ...
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I have dell inspiron 545 desktop. It won't start up unless I remove the bios battery

I have dell inspiron 545 desktop. It won't start up unless I remove the bios battery. The issue first appeared 2 days ago. I left computer a few hours and when I got back the screen was black,lamp ...
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How to control power to USB ports using batch

How can I toggle the power to a USB port on/off using batch or the command line? I am using Windows 8 to do this. Does anyone know what I could do? I have 4 USB ports.
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Computer won't start back up. [duplicate]

I unplugged everything from my computer a couple of days ago because I had to move it. After half an hour later I plugged everything back but my computer wouldn't start. It's a HP desktop. Here are ...
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Thinkpad laptop flooded with liquid while powered off, won't turn on anymore [not trivial]

A classic IBM Thinkpad T30 (MT2367) laptop has been flooded with a salty water for a period of ~2 hours while powered off, having AC cord unplugged & both batteries (main battery and a tiny backup ...
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T61 Thinkpad beeps when almost fully charged

my Thinkpad continuously beeps when almost fully charged (like 90% charged), but when it is low on battery and charging, or not charging at all it doesn't beep. I had a similar problem in the past ...
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Canon MP980 printer will not stay powered up

I have swapped power cable, unplugged and waited, and changed power outlets. When I turn the printer on, the blue light comes on and the canon home screen but then it power offs after a couple ...
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What should I look for in a UPS to protect my system from outages and surges? [duplicate]

Lately my computer has been subject to numerous power outages due to unstable power in the area. It has started to cause damage to my GPU and has had other impacts on file integrity (the drivers for ...
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2006 Mac Mini Model A1176 powes down during boot from both hard drive and thumb drive

Unit suddenly began consistently powering down during boot, both from Mountain Lion hard drive and a bootable Mavericks thumb drive. Power goes off during Apple screen pinwheel, about 54 seconds into ...