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Oct
22
comment Can a printer print white color?
If you need to print white on a colored material other than a shirt you might have luck asking around at specialty shops that do art prints. You'll pay for the privilege; but to match the colors produced by painting they use printers with many more colors of ink than conventional models. To offer the ability to print on canvas (similar to the painting type), AIUI they'd need to include white among the colors of ink used.
Oct
15
comment How to destroy a CD/DVD rom safely?
The DOD approved CD grinder where I'm employed works on the label side, and AIUI destroys the reflective layer leaving a bare plastic disk. Adhesive labels need to be soaked off before it can be used. DVD capable models were much more expensive because the data's stored in the middle, so we don't have one that can do them.
Sep
23
comment What is the rationale behind using a third party uninstaller, when uninstalling applications on a Windows PC?
@Simon no, I wouldn't. That problem turned out to be a lot more of a mess than I suspected from attempted phone diagnosis; and since it happened a decade ago the laptop didn't have wifi built in so I couldn't hunt for a coffee shop to look for an automated cleanup tool and I badly underestimated how hard it was going to be. (Without Symantec Corporate installed and working Novel refused it access to the schools wired network.)
Sep
23
comment What is the rationale behind using a third party uninstaller, when uninstalling applications on a Windows PC?
@Simon actually I didn't, at the time I don't think I was aware of any free tools to do it. The QT issue I ignored since I was planning on a new system in the near future; and it wasn't annoying enough to risk breaking anything. The Norton/Symantec one I did the hard way: 3 hours manually scrubbing the registry and another 30 minutes doing the same on the file system. In that case the lack of internet access without a 4 hour round trip drive forced my hand; had I realized how much work was involved I probably would've used the recovery disk to do a clean OS install.
Sep
23
comment What is the rationale behind using a third party uninstaller, when uninstalling applications on a Windows PC?
I don't quite agree. Registry cleaners are 100% useless; 3rd party uninstall tools are only 99.9% useless. The difference is that the latter can be useful when the first party uninstall catastrophically fails for some reason and either aborts without uninstalling or fails messily breaking the system in the process. I've ran into each case once on XP systems: An Apple installer that insisted my admin accounts weren't and refused to uninstall, and a fiasco involving a user trying to install Symantec Corporate AV on top of Norton Home resulting in two crashing uninstallers and no internet.
Sep
23
comment What is the rationale behind using a third party uninstaller, when uninstalling applications on a Windows PC?
+1 for the last paragraph
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
@skiwi those specs definitely show it's the PSUs problem. 75% efficient, and barely able to putput half its power at 12V indicate a design that's about a decade old. A modern design should be able to put out at least 80% of its power at 12V; many of the newest ones are able to do >95% because almost everything in a new computer is powered off of 12V. And as I commented above, the 42A figure includes enough to power a much more power hungry CPU and a relatively large safety margin. superuser.com/questions/649001/can-psu-cause-my-pc-to-reboot/…
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
Bluntly, and ignoring that it's a recomendation for total PSU performance not the amount of power that the card itself draws (roughly half), that claim is crap. Numbers that high were created to give a decent lying specsheet crap PSU margin, at a time when high end CPUs were ~100-130W and the chipset on the motherboard easily did another 20-30W. Now they persist equally from ignorance and to sell bigger PSUs than needed.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
@SinisterMJ that's only the way to go if your computer is normally operating at or near full load. If it spends most of its time near idle loads a smaller PSU will do better overall since you'll rarely be in or near the peak range. In addition, because efficiency curves are normally quite flat between about 20 and 80% load you're rarely looking at more than a few percent theoretical gain. My recommendation is generally full load +200W since that's enough of a margin to keep the PSU fan spinning at low speed and not adding to the systems fan noise while keeping idle power near a 20% load.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
Where is the OP saying his GPU is drawing 500w? He's reporting 480W wall power for the system; and since he's using a low end PSU it's unlikely to be more than 80% efficient, and only 70% wouldn't surprise me. That gives ~330-390 W total system power. For the hardware listed in his system the lower end of the range seems most likely.
Sep
23
comment Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?
At 30E and 550W, your PSU is almost certainly a low quality one that's unlikely to perform well at its listed rating if it's capable of. A good PSU in that power class should cost at least twice as much.
Aug
30
comment Why does RAM have to be volatile?
@jhocking because no non-volatile technology of comparable performance is available.
Aug
30
awarded  Announcer
Aug
16
comment what is difference between Internet Explorer (64-bit) and Internet Explorer?
@Holger do IE10/11 have the same limitation in 64bit mode?
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
@Hennes PC Card formally is PCMCIA v5 even though it switched from ISA to PCI internally; and Express Card is the officially designated successor. The vehicle analogy would be a car in a specific model getting a redesign everything inside but keep the name update; followed by being replaced with a new design/new name model in the same market segment.
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of the tiny ruler that I've just pulled out of the side of my Dell Latitude E6430?
That seems to be a fairly new enhancement. My 6420 (along with the 6400, 630, and 600 I had before) all came with fillers that just had enough plastic framing to hold their shape.
Aug
15
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@MarkHenderson Dell still offers them on some Latitude models.
Aug
14
comment RJ11 for ethernet connection
@sall If your laptop is new enough to have a USB3 port a USB3-gigabit adapter would give significantly better performance. Otherwise yes.
Aug
5
comment Why can't old PCs view modern sites?
@JourneymanGeek the multiple videostreams BeOS was able to play on a P2 were almost certainly much less compressed (MPEG2 vs h264) far lower quality than anything modern. Back in '99 I considered 360p to be a high quality video (vs 240 or 160p); and don't recall seeing anything above 480p except for an occasional simulation from scientific computing.
Jul
17
answered Is there a Word interpretation of TeX's `\hfil` and `\vfil`?