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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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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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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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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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I have a 3.3Volt PCI ethernet card working on a 5Volt PCI slot. How is it possible?

This is the design for PCI slots: As you can see, there are 32/64 bits and 3.3/5 Volts. For what I know: 32 bits PCI cards can work in 64 bits slots of the same voltage. 64 bits PCI cards ...
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What are good values for PSU voltages?

I have an odd computer I'm trying to fix that will crash only during the setup of an OS(crashes on every OS I've tried so far) It's not overheating and it is stripped down as much as possible and I've ...
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Hooking up my power switch/reset switch/LEDs

I'm working on building a computer (first time for me). There are several plugs that I need to connect to the motherboard (Power LED, reset switch, etc). Of the two wires, they are either: Color ...
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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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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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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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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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PC power supply & normal range for voltages reported in BIOS hardware monitor?

I'm trying to diagnose whether my computer has an ample power supply. Sometimes when I play a video-intensive game, both monitors lose the video signal, even though the computer remains on and sound ...
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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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Ever have bad voltage on an ethernet jack on a router/switch?

So I've got a bit of an odd problem I'm trying to solve. I have an ASUS RT-N66U router which has a desktop, xbox, and my brand new NAS directly wired into it. Whenever I hook the brand new NAS up ...
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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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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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Does the power consumption for non-scaling processor vary from idle to busy?

Even though newer processors come with scaling (SpeedStep, Cool'n'Quiet), some computers have motherboards with outdated bios which do not support the feature. Thus, they run at full clock speed. Even ...
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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 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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Usefulness of multi-core in the context of power-efficient computing

I'm considering options for a new portable PC. I'd like to keep power utilization at a minimum, while being able to run batch jobs as quickly as possible. Batch jobs I can generally parallelize ...
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Do motherboards automatically set memory voltage?

Let's say I have a motherboard whose stock PC3200 DDR memory modules are fed a standard 2.6 V. I now replace them with performance sticks, which according to the manufacturer need to get the ...
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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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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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Same voltage, different amperage for two power supplies

I've just plugged an 18.5V 6.4A HP power supply into an HP laptop; I normally use an 18.5V 3.5A power supply. Since the connector fit, I figured I'd give it a go... so far no funny smells or fires. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I be concerned about this voltage reading (via SpeedFan)?

Been having computer issues. (My computer has been freezing the past couple of days, but in a rather odd manner: once it starts, each program freezes after a couple of seconds of being used. Note that ...
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Different RAM voltage

on my PC I have 2 kingston RAMs. The only difference is that one runs at 1,35V, the other at 1,5. As you can see frequency, latency and others doesn't change. My motherboard is an Asus ...
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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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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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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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Should you worry about high voltage and wattage on a non-overclocked computer?

I've been wondering if I should be worried at all about high wattage or voltage on a non-overclocked computer. I say non-overclocked because when I Google search this question or something similar it ...
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Can Current Backflow from Powered Hub's Adapter & cause PC Damage?

Getting this short: Can current flow from a powered USB hub's power adapter (lying 10 Meter away) back to computer via usb port and cause damage to Computer components like mobo, etc? What should be ...
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CPU voltage settings set in BIOS always stay the default

Default voltage is 1.5v.It can be set to the highest setting (1.55) or even to 0.8v but the voltage always is 1.5v. How to make it 1.55v? Can I somehow make it higher than listed there (like 1.6v) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can I run a router with a lower voltage power adapter?

The power adapter for my Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 router died - its output was 10V, 1000mA. I've tried using a replacement adapter (7.5V, 1000mA) and so far it works. Is this situation stable, or should ...
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Random lockups with my new build

I have been having random lockups with my new build. The game will lock up, then the monitor refreshes and it goes back to normal... Lowering the graphic settings helped significantly in WoW, but now ...
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Very low power supply voltages

My computer is fairly modest in terms of power consumption: 4 7200 RPM SATA-II hard drives An IDE DVD-writer Four 80mm case fans Two 95mm heatsink fans Intel Core i7-920 2.66 GHz (OC to 3.80GHz) ...
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What negatives can occur when installing mismatched memory?

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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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 ...