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I am looking for a tablet device for a personalized software [closed]

I need personalized software for myself and I am looking for a dedicated tablet-like device to run this software. Software would be mostly CRUD application for objects made mostly from text and ...
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Backspace key is continuously working even without pressing it. When I press it it stops working. Why is it happening?

I have a laptop from Haier which is Intel core m3 with windows 10. It is notebook laptop that can be turned into tablet. So I managed to overcome this problem by turning into tablet mode so the ...
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Can I use any GPU with a given set of hardware (CPU, RAM, etc.)?

I'm thinking of upgrading my GPU (an AMD Radeon R7 200 Series) with something more modern to be able to play videogames and render videos faster. The thing is that I'm not planning on changing my ...
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Can the optiplex 790 be either vertical or horizontal? [duplicate]

Not sure which of these I have: ...the Mini Tower, Desktop, Small Form Factor, or the Ultra Small Form Factor but it's probably either the mini tower or desktop. I can say that the DVD drive ...
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USB3 host controller type for PC purchase (Azure Kinect DK)

Question How can I check that a Windows computer that I want to order will have a USB3 host controller from Intel, Texas Instruments (TI), or Renesas? What spec determines the USB3 host controller? ...
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Can I be certain it is the GPU causing issues with my PC?

Recently my PC has been randomly restarting. Sometimes it just restarts automatically, other times it just sort of dies, leaving a black screen. Nothing I can do seems to be able to restore it other ...
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Can I install USB 3.0 USB bracket and header if my motherboard does not support USB 3.0?

I have Gigabyte GA-H61M-S motherboard and it does not support USB 3.0. My computer case has USB and Audio module but, its not working anymore. So, I am thinking to replace it with a good quality ...
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Bottleneck - PCIe gen 3 x1 device on PCIe gen2 x2 slot

Is there a bottleneck between a device with PCIe gen 3 x1 connection if connected to a PCIe gen2 x2 slot?
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RAID card not detected

I recently picked up an ASUS P8B-E/4L motherboard to replace a S3210SH (8GB RAM limit). My brother donated an old LSI SAS3444e(1068e) RAID controller which is meant to drive the 6SAS 2TB HDD in my ...
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How can I check compatibility between AWUS amplifiers and antennas?

What I would like to do I want to build a powerful combo for pentests using wifi adapter, amplifier and antenna. I don't have bought those components yet because I have a few questions concerning ...
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What factors determine the video quality and audio quality of a laptop's HDMI output signal?

This is more or less asking what do I need to do to maximize the quality of an output HDMI signal? What computer/hardware has the best HDMI output? I find my Mac laptop has better video output than a ...
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Make my Raspberry Pi 3 safely accessible from outside my local network

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 at home, and I want to use it to control some devices there. with remote access via the Internet so I can monitor and control those devices when away. What are the best ...
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How can I find out how much BIOS ROM memory a motherboard have (for Ryzen 3rd gen support)

How can I find out how much BIOS ROM memory, a specific motherboard have, when in the specs of most motherboards it isn't listed ? I'm searching to buy Motherboard with 32MB BIOS ROM, but I can't see ...
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Installing PCI Gameport on newer PC for older joysticks

I have an older gameport version of a CH Products joystick that I plan to use on my Windows 10 Pro. I would use a gameport to USB adapter, but they all have very limited "space" for buttons/ hats and ...
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how can i configure a braille device to work with other languages?

Most of the braille device or refreshable braille device are in English. Is there any way i can configure the device to other languages like(spanish, bangla)?
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Temporary freezes even on small load

I have the following setup: ASUS B360M-E TUF Aura Sync Intel Core i7-9700K 4.9GHz 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Dual channel memory NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB DDR5 500GB SSD Western Digital Blue Chieftec E85 ...
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What computer specs/ hardware will speed up my Adobe Acrobat OCR speed? [closed]

So, I have a work task where I am Sanitizing the PDF, then watermarking it, OCR-ing it, and password protecting it. Especially the OCR seems to just take forever, and I'm doing this task on ...
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What is the difference between header and connector when it relates to motherboard, especially when it talks about i/o connectors?

What is the difference between a header and a connector? So I have been trying to find the answer to this, but I am unable to get a clear answer. I have read https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/...
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Purchased Used HDD - Error in GSmartControl log interpretation

I purchased some 500GB 2.5in HDD's for use in a homelab I am building. I am in the process of testing the drives since they were bought used. This particular drive has an error that I cannot ...
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Can Intel Optane memory compensate for less RAM?

I currently have a laptop that is about two years old, and has 8 GB of RAM. I use my laptop for internet browsing, productivity applications, and programming, including data science within Spyder or ...
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How to recover data from a faulty hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a HP laptop with windows 10 on it's hard disk. I clicked on a recently obtained file then: # windows explorer got stuck # tried opening task manager to kill windows explorer ; blue screen ...
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Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard compatible with DDR3 ECC RDIMM?

I want to add memory to my computer. I would like to add 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) 1Rx4 240-Pin 1.5V ECC RDIMM Registered Memory by NEMIX RAM to my computer. Is GA-F2A68HM-S1 motherboard ...
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Do Nvidia's new GPUs support G-Sync monitors?

Nvidia's new Turing GPUs, such as the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 TI are different from their Pascal GPUs, such as the GTX series. On Nvidia's official website, the RTX GPUs are not listed as ...
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Dell Inspirion - are these the 3 pins and the jumper needed to reset CMOS?

And if so, why are there 2 of them?
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What hardware specs are important when looking for a laptop that can quickly switch monitors?

During the day I often connect/disconnect my laptop to external displays, projectors and docking stations through HDMI. After switching the monitor the computer needs time to reorder/redraw the ...
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Laptop charge 126W for a 120W laptop [duplicate]

My laptop specs say :input 19V and 6.3A, That means (120W charger), I hve recently bought a charger because my old charger broke up. So this new charger provides 19.5V with 6.5A (126W) ; That are ...
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How to determine at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection?

When reading router description, how do I find at what speed a router will be able to handle VPN connection? They do not write this in description, and do not test this on reviews, so I must guess ...
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Memory compatibility check

I'm hoping to upgrade my ASUS X550LC laptop with an additional memory. As possible upgrades for my laptop I got suggestions by crucial software here. For compatible memory it shows only 8 GB memory ...
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GPU - PSU - motherboard problems

First Problem. So I wanted to buy a GPU (MSI GEFORCE GT 1030), but when I started researching my power supply I realized that my power supply (180w) doesn't have enough power output for the GPU (...
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How to correctly replace RAM on my machine

It's time for an update for my laptop. I tried to google some solutions to my problem but lots of different opinions/info out there. I have the following model laptop: ASUS Q552U It currently has ...
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Computer booting problems+burning smell

So yesterday, I was playing a game and my computer suddenly turned off and starts the burning smell. I tried turning on the computer again and it did turn on the light and all but nothing was showing ...
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How do I choose a wireless card? [closed]

I'm experiencing disconnects from my wireless network which my administrator claims is due to a poor wireless card in my laptop (currently a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485WB-EG if relevant). My laptop is ...
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Installing an upgraded display in Laptop

I recently have acquired an MSI GL62M 7RDX laptop. Now everything is fine, except for one thing. The screen is the biggest piece of garbage ever to walk this earth. I have a lot of experience with ...
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M.2 M key SSD in a B key socket

My laptop has two M.2 slots -- one being a “M” key M.2 2280 and one “B” key M.2. The problem is I have two SSDs that are both "M" key. Is there an adapter or something where I can connect a "M" Key ...
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What inspections and tests should I perform on a second hand laptop to minimize the risk of buying a damaged machine?

I'm out to buy a used laptop and wonder what I should look for to avoid buying a damaged machine. What I've already thought of: Visual inspection (dropped etc) Test SSD (how can I do this?) Test ...
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Is my hard drive salvageable?

I was backing up a folder from my Android phone to my storage drive and it was taking forever so I cancelled it from the copy dialog, windows explorer hung so I opened task manager and restarted it, ...
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How to know if I can add certain RAM to my notebook (ACER)

I have an old ASUS N76VZ which is broken. I have problems with RAM in newer ACER Aspire Nitro VN7 so I've decided to use RAM from the ASUS to this ACER. RAM: 4GB 2Rx8 PC3 - 12800S - 11 - 11 F3 Since ...
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A CPU with OEM part number bought as a boxed part

According to CPU World regarding the FX-6350 CPU: FD6350FRW6KHK is an OEM/tray microprocessor FD6350FRHKBOX is a boxed microprocessor with fan and heatsink However, my CPU has FD6350FRW6KHK ...
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Is an hard drive still reliable if it a S.M.A.R.T attribute previously failed

I acquired an used Seagate 500Gb ST3500413AS hard drive. Its Ambiant temperature S.M.A.R.T. attribute is marked as Failed previously, every other attributes is marked as OK. I ran a S.M.A.R.T. self ...
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Device to swap display input?

I'm looking for a device that will let me patch in my laptop when needed to my desktop setup. I have two monitors using hdmi and dvi-I from my gfx card. I want to be able to hookup my laptop when I ...
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When assembling a PC does the fact that taping Num-Lock works means that the PC is OK?

I've assembled a PC for myself, but just when I wanted to plug-it to my display I discovered that my display has only DVI and VGA port and the motherboard has only HDMI and DisplayPort. Long story ...
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Is there a way to use some sort of wi-fi receiver with the MSI 911-7A74-002 PRO that isn't USB

I'm planing a budget AAA 60fps build. I wonder if there's anyway to get W-Fi to the MotherBoard and still have (what it seams) the only PCI slot for my video card? Or are my option only USB or Cable ...
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How to know the maximum supported RAM on my laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 5738 laptop (without Graphics Card; only on-board Graphics). It came factory produced with 3GB DDR3 RAM (2GB + 1GB) and only 2 slots of RAM (which as mentioned, are factory-...
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What are the little grey things in RAM modules?

I was upgrading my laptop's RAM and, after removing a module, one of the little grey things (circled in red in the image below) came off. Can someone please tell me what this is? And if it is ...
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determine if mini pci-e wifi card is compatible with motherboard

I have an old Mini PCI-E wireless card: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 I would like to upgrade this, but after briefly searching for a new PCI-E card I discovered specific cards are not compatible ...
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Does it make sense to connect my i7-3770 (not K) to 2400Mhz DDR3 RAM when using Z77 Pro4-M?

I just found this in my CPU spec: Memory Types: DDR3 1333/1600 Does that mean I can't connect DDR3 RAM clocked at 2400mhz? If I can, will it be downclocked to 1600 mhz?
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AMD RX460 on dated hardware [closed]

I have an older computer, with an i5 3000 series processor (I think 3330 but I'm not sure, I need to check home), about 8 gigs of RAM and a HD7750. I want to upgrade my video card to play Guilty Gear ...
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How can I speed up my pc for multi tab browsing?

What can I do to improve browsing performance? In particular I have a browser-session with around 1000 tabs (they only load when they're clicked). And I also open up many new tabs at the same time ...
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Confusion with RAM specification

I have this motherboard: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6X58DE/, which has an X58 Chipset and 6 * DIM memory (max 24 GB) DDR 2000 (O.C)/1600/1333/1066. I am trying to upgrade the RAM in my PC. I ...
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What kind of switches do non-mechanical keyboards have?

We see a lot of advertising for mechanical keyboards which have mechanical switches and recently some rumors for future optical switches. However, I did not find what kind of switches do regular 20$ ...

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