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How should I interpret the specifications of a SSD?

When considering to buy a SSD, how should I interpret the different specifications of the SSD? Here are some specific things that need to be deciphered: Controller (this can affect performance and ...
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Maximum length of a USB Cable?

I want to use a very long USB cable to place a webcam in a different room. The maximum length that I found was five meters. What is the maximum length of a USB cable? What is the maximum length ...
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Laptop Battery Technology

My laptop battery has finally taken the plunge and I'm looking online for a new one. However I'm getting lost in all of the specs of the batteries that are out there. I'm looking to gain a better ...
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Wireless Router Signal Strength Stats

When shopping around for wireless routers, they all seem to have the claim of "great" or "excellent" signal strength. Of course, such marketing words do absolutely nothing to let me compare the signal ...
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How do I interpret the specification of memory (RAM)?

When looking at memory there are a few specifications that I don't understand and was hoping to have clarification on. What do these terms mean, and how do they affect the systems performance? Feel ...
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How to shop for a laptop by specifications? [closed]

This is not a shopping-recommendation question. I'm looking for a developer laptop, and my main criteria are hard-disk speed, RAM, weight screen size. How could one search for a laptop based on ...
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What is the easiest way to get a detailed list of the hardware in my Windows box?

I'm running a Windows 7 release candidate, but I'm pretty sure there's a way to do it that works on XP and above.
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Buying a laptop, specs are confusing me

So, the FSB and cache specs are what confuse me. Intel® Pentium™ Dual Core T4300 (2.1GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache) as opposed to paying $200 more for: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz/1066Mhz ...
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Old Hardware Specifications

Anyone know where I can get specs for old monitors and soho computers? I'm setting up some old computers as linux boxes and especially need monitor specs for setting X Window System parameters. ...
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How can I determine a computer's specs? [closed]

I have a client who has a computer they want to upgrade. They are unable to tell me the specs of this computer and they're not the type of person I could walk it through with. Ideally, I'd like to ...
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What's the maximum safe temperature for a HD Radeon 6870? [closed]

I'm running a passively cooled HD Radeon 6870 in my PC. While using 3D Acceleration, the temperature climbs up to 95 degrees Celsius according to SpeedFan. It seems a bit hot, but on the other hand ...
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Core i7-620M vs Core i5-540M

I'm recommending a laptop to a colleague, and the specific laptop he has chosen has the above CPU chips as options. Both chips have 2-cores/4-threads. The i7-620M is a 2.66 GHz (4MB Cache) while the ...
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What is meant by channel id > 100 in 802.11?

I was sniffing the in air with my Alfa card. I captured few packets with channel ids > 100. I did not get time to look at the packets. But is it possible to have channel id > 100. What I know is ...
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What specs to consider when buying SSD?

When I bought "traditional" hard drives, I have been told to consider specs like RPM (5400, 7200, etc.), buffer size (16MB, 32MB etc.), and interface (IDE, SATA, etc.). (did I miss something?) What ...
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What monitor specifications should be taken into consideration to avoid eye problems? [closed]

I spent 8 to 10 hours a day programming on my 13.3" laptop and developed symptoms like red eyes, blurred vision, dry eyes, pain and irritation. To understand the cause of problem I visited a eye ...
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Program or utility to identify which version of SATA is present on my motherboard (SATA I, II, or III)?

Is there a program or utility available (preferably free) that can identify which versions of SATA are supported by my motherboard? The application needs to either be compatible with Windows 7 (x32 ...
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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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RAM compatibility

Is there a website where I can look up what kind of RAM my computer has, and what kind of RAM would I need to buy to ensure compatibility ?
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CPU operating temperature ranges

I have an AMD Phenom II 960T with 2 cores unlocked for a total of 6 cores. I don't overclock at all. I have a Arctic Cooling ACALP64 Heatsink/Fan installed. I'm currently running ESXi 5.0 so I have to ...
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Anyone know why the Intel q9400 cpu is embedded?

I was just looking through the Intel site and I came across this - http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection.aspx?familyID=28398 Anyone know why the 9400 has a tick in the embedded column? I have tried ...
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What makes a laptop battery specific to a model?

I have an old Toshiba laptop (pentium 4) whose battery just crapped out. Looking at the battery, it says it's a PA3251U. Looking online, this thing is going for about $100! I don't want to spend ...
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What version is my MacBook hardware?

I've seen links on the web about going into Apple > About This Mac but it doesn't tell me information specific enough to help me purchase new RAM. Namely, the specific version of my Mac. Here is what ...
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Why can I ping 127.1?

I know IPv6 allows consecutive zeros to be omitted. But how about IPv4? I haven't found any reference to this on the Internet, including Wikipedia and RFC 791 – Internet Protocol. This document ...
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What is the motherboard of HP pavilion dv7-2185DX?

I found everything but the motherboard it uses. Which one is it?
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Why is tracert showing a private IP address right after my router, even though it has a public IP?

Here is a log of tracert superuser.com from my computer: Tracing route to superuser.com [198.252.206.16] over a maximum of 30 hops: 1 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms 192.168.1.1 2 11 ms 17 ...
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Are Cat5e fully compatible with GBabit specification?

Are Cat5e fully compatible with GBabit specification? What the main difference between Cat6? Would like a proof if possible.
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Determining if a SIMM is EDO

I’ve used some simple methods to determine the parity and speed, and calculate the size of several SIMM sticks, but now I need to figure out if they are EDO. Does anyone know of a way to determine ...
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Standard format to store e-mails in HD?

I'm planning to do some backups of my e-mails in my yahoo account. I'm afraid to do it using Outlook or Thunderbird, and be "locked" to their formats. I know Thunderbird is Open Source, but I don't ...
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Find specs on a Macbook

I want to sell my Macbook which has had its memory and hard drive upgraded. Is there a program that I can install on a Mac running OSX and have it display a compilation of the Macbook's hardware ...
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What is the “real” memory of my display graphics card?

I purchased a desktop two years back asking the vendor to install a "1 GB" graphics card. The card which is installed in my system is Nvidia 9400 GT, and the NVIDIA website provides the following ...
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What makes a “medical” monitor?

Does anyone know the difference between a medical monitor and any other high-end LCD monitor that boasts accurate picture/colour reproduction? Is there something about it which makes it only suitable ...
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Where can I find CPU cooler footprint drawings?

I want to get on making a simple bracket for my watercooling block for my new socket 1366 motherboard but it has not arrived yet. Is there somewhere I can find the scale drawing (with measurements) ...
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cpu-z alternative for ubuntu

I'm using ubuntu 10.04. Is there any application that has features like that of cpu-z?
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why USB3 motherbard headers have so many unused pins? [closed]

While researching how to use my new motherboard with a 20pin USB3 header with my USB2 cables (so i wouldn't have to wait for yet another delivery), the farther i could go was this image if i ...
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What are the minimum specs required for a PC to stream HD movie files?

I want to stream hi-def (non flash-based) movies from my future minimum spec PC to my network-ready HDTV. What I want to know is: When streaming from a computer (local wifi network), is the ...
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Mail attachment EOL (end of line) problem

I'm sending a simple mail on Windows XP with 4 attachments: dummy.txt (end of line: CRLF) dummy.xml (end of line: CRLF) dummyjustlf.txt (end of line: LF) dummyjustlf.xml (end of line: LF) ...
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What does “cpuid level” mean?

For an example, I put just output from 1 core of a 16 core machine. What does the output mean by "cpuid level" of "6"? Also, what do "bogomips" of "5992.10" and "clflush size" of "64" mean? ...
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What linux system will run on the least amount of memory/processing power?

I want to get the cheapest netbook possible. I figure I should go with linux since it's free. What I wanted to know is which linux os will run with the least amount of ram and processing power? I've ...
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Does specification mean interface?

I was wondering Generally, does specification mean interface, regardless the implementation beneath the interface? Specifically Only systems fully compliant with and certified according to ...
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NTFS specification support in Windows XP?

I recently came across this statement: "...even WinXP does not completely implement the NTFS spec." Is this true? If so, what is missing and should anyone even care? Or is this just ...
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Motherboard Specifications Clarification

So, my father (being not so computer-savvy) accidentally bought the wrong CPU for my brothers computer. He was going to send it back, but then I thought maybe it would work in my computer, and my ...
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are these two laptops (roughly) equivalent? [closed]

I was looking at these two Dell laptops XPS 15 and Inspiron Q15R. The XPS is quite a bit more expensive, but as far as I can tell, the most important specifications appear to be almost identical: ...
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Will my new laptop AC power adapter work with my laptop, given these specs?

My laptop's AC adapter went out last night and I bought a replacement today, but will not be able to test it until tonight or tomorrow. My laptop is a Gateway P7801-U, but unfortunately Gateway does ...
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Choosing a desktop: which of these two should I buy? [closed]

I just want the more powerful of the two: Choice 1: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Desktop+with+AMD+Phenom%26%23153%3B+II+Quad-Core+Processor/9698936.p?id=1218153428687&skuId=9698936 ...
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Where can I find specifications of my ethernet card?

As the title says, I've got an ethernet card but not enough specs information. I have tried looking in Device Manager -> Properties but no dice. Google searches haven't revealed much. The card is ...
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Question about Adobe PDF Standard (ISO 32000)

Apparently, PDF is an open standard, that can be implemented by anyone in any piece of software. If this is the case, why do you have to purchase the standard from ISO? The standard is ISO/IEC ...
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Is there some seller that sells Hard Drives with Gibibyte capacity?

I'm curious to know if there's actually any seller that has endorsed the IEEE specification of Mebibytes and Gibibytes in the manufacturing of Hard Drives, i.e. selling a 500GB (GigaBytes) as an ...
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Is the display of the Asus Zenbook UX301 covered with Gorilla Glass?

I hope it's ok to ask this question here, I could not find a better site in the StackExchange universe. I cannot find information about whether the display of the Asus Zenbook UX301 is covered with ...
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How do I find out the motherboard is compatible with the cabinet?

Building upwards on How do I find compatible motherboard for my computer? After purchasing the m/b http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1156/P7P55DE_PRO/ which, as the specification says, ...
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how can I check whether Intel's AVX is enabled on my computer?

I have a new Computer with Sandy Bridge CPU, which supports the new AVX instruction set, and Win 7 Ultimate x64 - which is supposedly capable of supporting AVX (i.e., 256-bit SIMD ...