Voltage is the measure of electrical current. This tag should only be used when asking questions related to powering computers and peripheral equipment. It is not for asking about voltage issues related to the commercial supply of power to your home or office.

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Turning on lamp pauses sound in my headset

I have my headset connected to my PC with USB. When I turn on my lamp on my table (fluorescent) the music from my headset pauses for about a second while the lamp powers up. Then it's back to normal. ...
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No display Asus x44h

My laptop is an Asus model x44h. Last night due to high voltages, my charger and laptop were damaged. Now my laptop display shows nothing but I can still hear the login sound. Can anybody help me ...
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Acer aspire battey pin diagram

I have an Acer Aspire laptop and it has a 6 cell Ar4920LR laptop battery, I need to figure out what two pins are used for charging the laptop battery. Can anyone take the battery out of anyone and ...
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PSU blue wire reads strange voltage

I was testing my PSU with paperclip method and checking the voltage of every wire just to be sure it is 100% functioning. What surprised me was that every wire was working just fine but one, the blue ...
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Hi I would like to know if modules (2gb each) of G Skill F3-12800CL7 are compatible with Intel® NUC Kit D34010WYK

I would like to know if modules (2gb each) of G Skill F3-12800CL7 are compatible with Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK. That because of the voltage: the NUC does not support 1,5 V but only 1,35 V. I would ...
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Is PSU voltage ripple something to worry about?

I'm currently putting together my first computer and I've had my eye on a Fractal Design Newton R3. From all of the reviews I've read this PSU comes out shining with the exception of voltage ripple on ...
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Computer cables explained [closed]

I've noticed lately that places to learn about both power supply cables and also peripherals and fans aren't that easy to find. There's very little information available that gives detailed ...
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would I save power using a lower voltage power adapter? (on a modem)

from various experiences modems, access points, and other devices will often run fine even with power adapters of lower voltages (compared to their original power adapter). I am wondering if using a ...
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Memory with incorrect voltage for motherboard

I just bought an Intel DP35DP motherboard. Multiple sites tell me that only 1.8V memory works. I have 2x1GB sticks of 1.9-2.1V RAM, then another 2x1GB of 2.1V RAM. The BIOS does detect all 4GB of ...
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Power Supply case measures 75V?

My friend showed me his dead computer. When I powered up, the green LED on the motherboard didn't even come on. He had bought a new $40 500W power supply and he wanted me to install it. I did, and ...
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14.8 V vs 14.4 V battery

I had a laptop battery that was 14.4 V, and I ordered an aftermarket replacement. The replacement was sold as 14.4 V but says on the battery that it is 14.8 V. Is this safe to use? The original AC ...
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How does Windows detect battery issues?

I have a laptop that's a little over 5 years old, and I've never changed the battery, so I believe Windows 7 when it tells me "there is a problem with your battery", and to consider replacing it. My ...
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Cable from laptop brick to wall [duplicate]

I've seen plenty of questions asked about the power output of laptop bricks to the laptop - however my question is does the plug and cable that runs from the laptop brick to the wall need to match up? ...
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Overclocking AMD Sempron +2400

Basically, I wanna ask is there a safe way to overclock AMD Sempron 2400+ processor to 2.0GHz (Stock - 1.67GHz, Single core). Now it's running @ 1.8GHz and 1.5something V, as I run it @ 2.0Ghz it ...
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Higher voltage requirement for lower clock frequency

Is there any reason for a CPU to require a higher Vcore to achieve stability when running at a certain speed, than the Vcore that the same chip requires for stability when running at a higher speed? ...
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How to optimize PLL voltage

I am overclocking my Core i7 (Ivy Bridge 3770K), aiming for a moderate overclock. Currently I have it easily stable at a pleasant 4.4GHZ - BCLK defaulted at 100.00MHz, with the multiplier set to x44. ...
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What negatives can occur when installing mismatched memory? [duplicate]

Specifically, if I have a machine spec'd for 1.5V and I install 1.3V RAM modules, what side effects can occur?
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How do I change GPU core voltage?

I've got an AMD Radeon 6790 with Mint 14, and I'm experimenting with over-clocking the GPU for Bitcoin mining. Right now, I'm running it at 990/130 stable at stock voltage (I think 1.185V), but I ...
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Power supply bad with good voltage?

I am trying to drive out the reason I am having some hard drive "hard resetting link" error problems on a Linux Debian box. I am trying to eliminate the power supply as a problem in trouble shooting, ...
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Insufficient power from an adapter

Would not having enough power (or voltage or amperage) from an adapter make a laptop no longer charge/boot up (if the battery is out of power)? What about causing shorts? And would using a different ...
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How to test laptop adapter voltage with a Digital Voltage Detection Screwdriver Test Pen

Couple of days ago I replaced my laptop adapter, and when I use that, some amount of current discharges through the sockets,ports...etc (i.e. audio out). So I checked the adapter with a Test Pen (I ...
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Which software to log voltage readings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good tool to monitor my computer’s sensors? Utility for monitoring fan speed etc I need to test my windows system when playing 3D intensive games and would like ...
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rated voltage on power blocks [closed]

I recently converted a beer light (plexiglass) using 20 LED's, resisters and a power block rated at 9V but it burned out the LED's. I When i tested the adapter it was putting out 14V's. Question: ...
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PC loading programs slower than normal after voltage change [closed]

I always turned on my PC at 220V, it always worked normally. Today I turned my PC at 110V and it was very slow to load any program. I turned it back on at 220V but it is still very low to load ...
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1.8 VDC POWER remains on USB after SHUTDOWN (HP Compaq Pro 4300 SFF - Product ID: QZ219AV)

I am having unexpected opportunities with a USB Device failing to properly initialize on startup after a shutdown, which seems to be caused by residual power remaining on my USB Ports (after shutdown)....
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240v speakers into 110v outlet

Can I plug a pair of 240v computer speakers into 110v wall outlet? Plugging in the reverse (110v speaker in to 220v wall outlet) I assume would destroy the device in question but if I provide lower ...
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Serious voltage and temperature problems

My computer has been acting up when I play games so I wanted to look into why. Issue 1: GPU Temp According to afterburner and speedfan my 8800GTX idles at 90 degrees and then when playing games ...
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UPS switches to battery power when plugging in devices?

Over the past week or so I've had my UPS switch over to battery power briefly when plugging in new devices (possibly limited to just AC -> DC chargers, but haven't tested anything else). I had ...
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Will my laptop be ok with this different laptop charger? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Charging laptop with non-original charger How can I tell if an AC adapter is compatible with my laptop? So the original laptop charger broke and I switched to a charger ...
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how to use multiple RAM chips with different timings and voltages

Last thanksgiving, I built a computer using this RAM. I have decided to upgrade to 8GB, so I just bought this. As you can see, the 2 kits have different timings, voltages, and CLs. Is it possible ...
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Manually starting a PSU lowers the output Voltage

I have a PSU. When I start it using a motherboard, I get a little over 5 and 12 volts on the respective lines. But when I manually start it (by connecting PS_ON to ground), I get only 4.2 Volts on the ...
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Weird voltage issues - intermittent low 5V line

My computer has developed a strange ailment: when I turn it on, the 5V power line from the PSU is very low, hovering at around 4.2V. This is intermittent however, sometimes it jumps back up to 4.98V. ...
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Laptop battery 10.8V vs 11.1V

I've had my HDX 16 for about 3 years now, and I've been using the batteries quite intensively last year. I'm getting warnings about the battery needing to be replaced before boot and in Windows. ...
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Is it safe to use a laptop AC adapter with 220V power if the AC cable is not rated for 220V?

The AC adapter supplied with my laptop is designed to accept voltage in the range of 100-240VAC at 50-60Hz, but the AC cable that plugs into the adapter unit itself is only rated to 125VAC 7.5A 2.5A. ...
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What are the costs and benefits of using 12V-only motherboards? [closed]

According to my research, it sounds as though power efficiency concerns in recent years have driven some hardware manufacturers to create different power supplies and motherboards which are "12V-only"....
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CPUs: more transistors, less voltage?

I have read in an article that newer CPU cores have narrower circuit tracks so more transistors can fit in the core. The author wrote that since there are more transistors, the voltage is reduced. ...
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HDD is very slow after voltage drop

The HDD is Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160 Gbytes Model ST3160023A. Of course it is not SATA. I once connected it to the USB via special adapter IDE-to-USB, and a separate power unit. The voltage drop ...
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Using adapter with higher output voltage?

My adapter is broken, and I'm currently using another one while I'm waiting for a new adapter. The input voltage and amps are the same for both adapters, while there are difference in the output ...
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Using alternate rating laptop charger [duplicate]

I am using Sony Vaio and laptop charger burned its rating was 19.5V-3.9A, i am trying to find the same model but I have been only been able to find one with the rating 19.5V-4.7A. Can I use this, any ...
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Can I have too high a PSU power rating?

I have just ordered a 650 W PSU for my computer which previously had a 300 W, in order to install a more powerful graphics card. However, I didn't check whether anything would blow up ...
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Can I use 7.5VDC @ 1.0A on 6V @ 2.0A device?

Just what the title asks.... Can I use 7.5VDC @ 1.0A on 6V @ 2.0A device? Anyone know the answer?
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How do you resolve a supply voltage high warning on an optical SFP in a router?

Here is the error showing in my log file on an Alcatel router: 5629 2012/01/15 02:41:24.81 EST MINOR: PORT #2030 Base Port 1/2/8 "XFP/SFP DDM (supplyVoltage-high-warning) raised" When I issue the ...
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Intel DH61AG CPU, fans, and voltages not reading in BIOS

I'm looking for the cause and/or fix of an issue when during start up of the DH61AG board the fans go full speed as they normally do but stay at full speed rather than slowing. In the BIOS the PC ...
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Have a 40W power supply - will it power a laptop that needs 65W? (18.5v 3.5A (=65W))

Have a 40W power supply - will it power a laptop that needs 65W? I know that the basic calculation, voltage x amps = required wattage, so 18.5v x 3.5A =65W I realise that it should only draw the ...
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Charge Apple computers bought in USA to use in Europe

I bought an Apple MacBook in the US and would like to use it in Italy. On the cable, it says: 2.5A 125V. What are the possible solutions to charge my computer? Use an adapter, a plug converter or an ...
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Voltage on PC case is making problem

With test light I can detect voltage on my desktop pc case and I believe it's the reason that my HDD fails some often or my pc hangs. When I connect my case to ground (metal door frame) it works with ...
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PSU voltage with multimeter

My PSU started making some noises even when the fans were stopped. I also had USB problems (two USB devices burned) so I checked the PSU voltages with a multimeter. I removed the PSU and connected it ...
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Is it better to use an offset or manually set CPU voltage (with respect to CPU longevitity)?

The Background: I recently built a new computer, and I'm working with the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard and Intel i7 2600k processor. While this question does not pertain specifically to my hardware, ...
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My dlink power supply broke, I found a similar one on old boxes. Is it going to damage my router if used (specs and pic inside)?

I have an old dlink wi-fi router to connect old 802.11g devices at home. It's power supply just fried after a storm. Buying a new power supply is almost the same price as a used router like mine, and ...
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How does voltage fluctuation affect a laptop

I own an Acer Aspire 3680. In the past 2 years, I have given, my laptop for service due to the same kind of problem. Last year at the same time, I gave my laptop to the service center. They repaired ...