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Nov
12
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Oct
23
comment How can I get access to a hard drive's contents on a dead laptop?
This is the right answer, IMO. After you copy everything, use it to wipe the drive before you put it back in the machine.
Oct
23
comment How can I get access to a hard drive's contents on a dead laptop?
This is not likely to help if the problem is a bad CPU or memory (or any other problem that isn't the HDD)...
Oct
2
comment Is playing a file from an external HDD considered a “write” to my (boot) SSD?
The OP didn't say anything about streaming video. They don't mention what player they're using, but writing chunks of the file to another hard drive before playing them seems counter-productive - both VLC and mplayer do all their caching in RAM as far as I know (although the browser plugins may save files being streamed from a website).
Sep
5
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Aug
16
comment Does the sync command in ubuntu transfer all data in RAM to my HDD?
You might need to do it a bit differently since IIRC raw1394 is no longer provided by default, but it should still be possible.
Aug
15
comment Does the sync command in ubuntu transfer all data in RAM to my HDD?
There is not exactly a command you can use for this (since the act of running such a command would change the state of the memory). Moreover if you're running a LiveCD, the HDD will probably not even be mounted, making it effectively impossible to write to it. However, if your computer has FireWire ports and you have another PC running Linux, you can use this method to dump the memory completely.
Aug
10
comment Clock vs Cache in Gaming
My guess is that you're comparing the AMD A6-6400K with the Intel Core 2 Duo Q9450... it's hard to say which will do better. The AMD will be faster per core, but if your workload is highly parallelizable (and your working data is small enough to fit in the cache), the Q9450 might have the edge. It'll also use about 30% more power and require a LGA755 board. The decision is yours...
Aug
10
comment Will using a bicycle pump to clean my laptop damage it?
This answer would imply that it is not dangerous, since the static buildup on a vacuum nozzle comes from charged dust particles. I don't know whether this is accurate. In any event, keeping the needle away from sensitive components should help.
Jul
27
comment How can I force letterboxing on my display?
I think what I was getting at was that even if display does not provide a native 4:3 "zoom" setting, you can still make it work by setting the video mode manually.
Jul
24
comment How can I force letterboxing on my display?
I have successfully modified the display driver configuration on an ATI 5xxx series card to get it to display a strange resolution (I think 1598x900 or so) because I had some difficulty getting 1600x900 to work (I think it was an issue with the card BIOS). It involves changing the modelines specified in the driver INF file, but I would imagine it would work for any resolution provided you calculated everything correctly.
Jul
2
comment Is my Corei7 Running too hot?
Interesting, Speedfan is reporting an i7 but the link you gave does not offer that as an option. Are you sure it isn't this one? Anyway, IMO the CPU should shut down before that temperature can be reached. Tjmax for that i7 should be around 100C. So either something is defective or Speedfan is inaccurate.
Jul
2
comment How to copy a hard drive that is not formated
Usually the answer to this is dd. Just do dd if=/dev/sdX of=<image file> bs=16M where sdX is the source drive and <image file> is the destination filename. I don't know if a PS3 drive requires any special handling, though.
Jul
1
comment How should I decide on a default audio format?
Any time you resample you could potentially lose quality, but good software resampling (to 44.1 kHz or above) should not result in an audible decrease in quality. Resampling to a multiple of the original rate (e. g. 44.1 kHz to 88.2 kHz - rarely used except in studio masters, or 48 kHz to 96 kHz) should not cause any decrease in quality. Fractional scaling might, but properly done, should be inaudible.
Jun
23
answered Difference in opening a file in Python in Linux versus Windows
Jun
22
comment Manage torrent from command line and download files sequentially
You should certainly be able to download individual files with rtorrent, in whatever order you like. From the files list, you can turn off downloading of each file by pressing the spacebar, then enable them in order. It won't happen automatically, though (although it might be possible to script that).
Jun
11
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Jun
10
comment How to repair Windows XP Installation HDD from another PC?
@downvoter, can you explain? Have you established that this does not work?
Jun
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Returning row values based on specific variables across multiple sheets
Jun
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it insecure to use a swap file that multiple systems can read?