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Dec
17
comment Do computer systems die under cold temperature?
The difference in expansion between the chip and the circuit board can pop BGA chips loose. Tin solder isn't as malleable as lead/tin solder was.
Dec
13
comment Can I install my old laptop's CPU in a new laptop?
First, you find a laptop with a socket and chipset exactly like yours that is certified to have a dead cpu... Once you've passed that hurdle, then yes, you can. You may end up spending more than just getting a new laptop. Laptops are throw-away devices. Buy the peripherals when you buy the machine. They often won't be available 3-6 months after purchase.
Dec
6
comment Connecting an 8 pin connector to my 4 pin CPU?
@Dbugger - ever seen the pins burn on an older P4 system when they first started requiring the secondary power connector? More pins - more current capacity, or less current per pin when running at lower power requirements. We solved the burnt pin problem by stripping the wires and soldering them direct to the motherboard.
Nov
30
comment Why are modern CPUs “underclocked”?
Because dependability is more important than speed.
Nov
29
comment Aluminum Unibody MacBook Pro - Possible Aluminum Toxicity Source?
Cooking in aluminum pots and pans with acidic foods is a worry, handling oxidized aluminum computers isn't. All useful ceramic products are made of materials containing kaolin and other aluminum compound clays, in that case, it's the glaze you might have to worry about as lead and other toxic metals can be used for pigment, the ceramic itself while high aluminum content, is inert.
Nov
28
comment How to cancel CHKDSK while it's running on windows XP?
Describe manually shut off my computer. Are you pulling the plug, shutting off the power strip everything's plugged into, pushing the UPS off button, pushing and holding the computer power button till the machine shuts off, momentarily pushing the computer power button and letting the machine run its power shutdown routine or selecting shutdown from the start menu?
Nov
28
comment How to get server IP from given url
@Jonzi - You don't ping a URL, you ping the server. ping capi-eval.signnow.com and pinging the server name still requires DNS to resolve the IP address.
Nov
28
comment Videos from website do not show in Firefox running on Windows XP
Odd, does the same thing on Firefox running on Windows 7. Works fine in Chrome.
Nov
27
comment How does a keyboard work at the “signal” level?
Heh, forgot it needs root access to read the keyboard, so sudo showkey plus whichever command line switch you desire.
Nov
27
comment How does a keyboard work at the “signal” level?
That probably would be showkey. showkey -s for scan codes, showkey -k for key codes and showkey -a for ascii dump mode.
Nov
27
comment How does a keyboard work at the “signal” level?
@Ramhound, umm yesterday's microprocessor can have the same power as today's microcontroller so semantically there is/isn't a difference and yes, given all the trouble old keyboards had with static, dealing with keyboard microcontroller lockup by cycling the keyboard plug was a major part of my life at one time.
Nov
27
comment How does a keyboard work at the “signal” level?
Basically. It also generally creates a three to four code sequence (key down, key value, key up) for chars. You can play with a Windows 7 tool from this Super User question to see what the keyboard is generating: Windows 7 tool to capture key scan codes
Nov
27
comment Comodo Firewall blocks Cisco Anyconnect VPN
Use a VPN compatible firewall...
Nov
25
comment Chrome 39 crashes after a few minutes on XP
Windows XP is no longer supported, expect more software to fail as upgrades come out. Just the tip of the iceberg as the world leaves Windows XP behind.
Nov
24
comment Data Recovery on reformated drive is encrypted
Encrypted or scrambled? There is a difference and if this happened after a crash using a data recovery program, you're just getting digital noise.
Nov
24
comment Unable to open Excel or Word files in Office 2013
And the person asking the question in that link never got a resolution. answers.microsoft.com is a cut'n paste wonderland of scripted answers that often miss the boat.
Nov
22
comment Why is my Wi-Fi connection speed much slower than a wired connection?
Encryption overhead, near channel interference.
Nov
22
comment Why is data still recoverable after writing zeros to a harddrive?
Have you actually recovered data from a modern hard drive after a single zero write pass?
Nov
22
comment probable cause of excel files getting corrupted
Seems like a good excuse for not using the feature. Microsoft has several dodgy things out there like Offline Files that eventually punish those who hardheadedly ignore empirically derived warnings from the software userbase. If you use Offline Files long enough, you will find one day, they only exist in the cache, not on the server and if something blows the cache, oops! Same goes for Shared Workbooks on Excel... Poof into the bit bucket.
Nov
21
comment Microsoft Word file corrupted because I opened it in emacs
Blew the xml tag structure? Run a copy through xmllint to see. Also, take a copy and use a programming editor with regex replace functions to strip the xml tags so you can recover the text.