Electrical power is essential to the operation of any computer and any of its components or peripherals.

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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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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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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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PC won't start unless I reset CMOS

Situation: My PC is dead in the water. Both power buttons (Case/MB) have no effect. If I pull the power cable, reset CMOS, reconnect the power cable, then press either power button the PC fires right ...
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Does Disabling a PCI Device in Windows Device Manager Shut Off Power?

Hardware devices can be easily managed in Windows using the Device Manager. I am interested in completely powering off a PCI device (my graphics card, for instance). I am aware that, in Device ...
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Anker Battery shuts off for HP Dv6 2064ca

I bought high capacity (12 cells) from Anker. Battery provides 3 hrs backup time when browsing or sitting idle. When laptop gets hot the cooling fan start to speedup. Especially while watching movies ...
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Does the choice of CPU affect the energy budget of a commodity server farm? [closed]

How does the choice of CPU affect the energy budget of a commodity server farm? I'm wondering how much it costs per year to power the kinds of commodity servers Facebook, Twitter et al. use. Let's ...
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Computer is OFF, and fans turn on and off twice a day

We have an OptiPlex 755 desktop acting quite strangely here. It's powered off, not in standby or hibernate, and from time to time it will just start spinning its fans for a few seconds, and then turn ...
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Can I Power the front-panel USB 2.0 ports with the power supply's 5V rail?

I have a high power (700ma+) USB device I wish to use on a single front-panel USB port. The USB specification in Wikipedia states: The USB 1.x and 2.0 specifications provide a 5 V supply on a single ...
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pc turns on but display nothing

I turn on my pc all the fans and leds working but no Beep and nothing on the display then on turn it off and on again it works fine with NO problem then I turn it off and the same scenario again and ...
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Delay the screen lock in Windows 8.1 until some time after the screen turns off

In Windows 8.0 there was an option in "Change PC settings" (the metro-style modern mode settings) to lock the screen after the screen has been off a certain amount of time. If you turn the screen on ...
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Front fan controller power

I've just built a new PC with 11 fans. I've bought a very cheap Chinese fan controller with 4 channels, and I connected my 11 fans to each other in groups of 3 + 3 + 3 + 2, and each group to one ...
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Screen Won't Light on Startup

I got this Acer Aspire 7714z-4839 from my grandmother just the other day without the original charger. I managed to find a proper power supply to charge it, and after an hour or so, I turned it on. To ...
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HDD disk is turning off after wrong amount of idle time

Since few days my (very loud) secondary disk is turning off after 5-10 minutes idle, when in power settings I have set only 2 minutes. I have checked in "Process Monitor" app and nothing is using it. ...
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APC Back-UPS overload

I contacted APC to ask this question, but it has been 5 days with no response. My question is simple: I have an APC Back-UPS ES 750 (450 watts), but let's say I want to plug something that draws more ...
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Disconnecting a USB device without unplugging it

I'm modifying my desktop computer case and I want to plug everything into the USB ports in the back of it. However, the ports are not easy to reach and sometimes I have to unplug some devices because ...
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Why are WD hard drive specs inaccurate?

After doing my own testing with multimeters, I've edited this question from the original title "Why does WD Caviar Green use more power than Caviar Black?". I have two old 1TB Western Digital hard ...
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Laptop dies and does not complete boot process if not on AC, yet battery is fine

My laptop, after a hard 6 years of use, is finally showing signs of electrical wear and tear through a myriad of strange issues, this being one of the least severe of them. I've experienced recently ...
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My on/off button on my laptop does not always works

I have a HP Pavilion 15-e047sa and my on/off button sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. I usually have to take the battery out and put it back in again for it to turn on. Help?
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Persistent issue with PC that won't boot

My PC refuses to boot. The power switch lights up and the fans spins, but it doesn't boot. Usually this happens for long stretches of time and then sometimes it magically boots after a few restarts, ...
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Is it safe to use a power adapter with a hard disk which has output current 60% of the startup current required by hard drive?

When I was checking my external hdd Buffalo HD-LX2TU3, I found the startup current of Seagate ST2000DM001 (aka Barracuda or Desktop HDD) in it is 2.5A and output current of the adapter comes with ...
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How do I determine the wattage of power supply needed to upgrade graphics card?

I've been trying to research my way into a new graphics card lately. I've decided i want the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 but am questioning a new power supply. At the moment I have a Dell XPS 8700 with ...
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Does the computer keep using electric while it is shutdown?

Does the computer keep using electricity when it is shutdown? I had a computer a long time ago that was very old, even without windows, it had only DOS. Then I bought new computer so I still had my ...
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Laptop crashes when plugged in on AC and battery fully charged (Toshiba Satellite A300-1IW)

My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A300-1IW (model no PSAGCE-02000VFR). From several months it was crashed suddently when I used it on windows 7 or Xubuntu. Today I notice that the laptop is apparently ...
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New PSU won't power on with GTX780, works fine with 9600GT

A friend of mine had a PSU blow in the middle of other rotten luck, so I have him my PCP&C Silencer 910w and bought a SeaSonic SS-660XP2 (660W 80+ Platinum) as the replacement. It's a much ...