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What are differences between VBoxVGA, VMSVGA and VBoxSVGA in VirtualBox?

Based on what I've found in the source code: VBoxVGA This emulates a graphics adapter specific to VirtualBox, the same as in previous versions (<6.0.0). This is the default for images created ...
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How many port adapters, and which ones can be stacked up and actually work?

None of them will do anything you expect. At all. The green one is a USB to PS/2 converter, it is a wire converter rather than signal converter. It will only work if the device you plug into it can ...
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What are differences between VBoxVGA, VMSVGA and VBoxSVGA in VirtualBox?

But they do tell you quite explicitly when you should prefer them: – VBoxSVGA: The default graphics controller for new VMs that use Linux or Windows 7 or later. This graphics controller improves ...
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Is it okay that part of the power jack is outside the device?

That's fine, and within normal tolerances. Some sockets will be deeper than others, so cable manufacturers leave themselves a bit of extra length on the plug to ensure maximum compatibility. There ...
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Can't convert HDMI to DisplayPort - root cause?

HDMI is a clock-less video format, DP uses a clock to keep video in sync. DP adds the clock to the video at the sending device; so a DP-receiving device needs to see a clock on the incoming video, ...
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How many port adapters, and which ones can be stacked up and actually work?

To answer the "at what point does it stop working" part, it depends what is being converted. I personally have an old AT keyboard, into a AT/PS2 converter, which connects to a PS2/USB converter and ...
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What are differences between VBoxVGA, VMSVGA and VBoxSVGA in VirtualBox?

Performance is one difference. Testing with glxgears, I get: VBoxVGA: 60fps +/- 2 (very low, but moving a window around is not smooth so it seems plausible) VMSVGA: 1570fps +/- 50 (after a reboot, I ...
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Bluetooth adapter not detected on Linux

Same symptoms as in the question happend to me on a Dell XPS 13 after installing Wacom software for a Intuos BT S tablet. Solution for me was disabling Bluetooth in the BIOS, rebooting and enabling ...
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Can't convert HDMI to DisplayPort - root cause?

HDMI and DisplayPort are completely different from the point of view of the signals that they send down the wires, as well as the connectors that they use. However, a DisplayPort output has the ...
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What is the interface of this DVD/CD re-writable drive?

Its called a Slim (Slimline) ATAPI Source They make adapters that go to IDE, I have one. There may be other adapter types. Addonics are high quality adapters. But these are for internal mounting in ...
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USB-Ethernet adapter performance

Yes, you should be able to. But to make sure, look for a review of the adapter you plan to buy on the same operating system you plan to use.
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How many port adapters, and which ones can be stacked up and actually work?

I believe the picture shows a general RS-232 full-size DB25 COM port, and not a parallel port. Technically the stack-up should work with a special USB/PS/2 compatible mouse, which operates in LS USB ...
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RJ45 doubler that allows 2 computers on one plug

This is called passive ethernet hub. The schematic is quite simple, but only works for three devices (two computers and one upstream switch): (EEWeb: Building a Passive Ethernet Hub) In practice ...
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Why do do HDMI to DisplayPort adapters come with a USB charging cable?

Because while Displayport transmitters, as built into a graphics card, are capable of "falling back" to HDMI mode the same cannot be said about HDMI ports "upgrading" to ...
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Motherboard on booting, does not identify USB drive connected through usb-3.0 adapter

If the motherboard doesn't come with an xHCI controller, then it's likely that its firmware actually doesn't have xHCI drivers built-in either. Without that, the firmware simply doesn't know how to ...
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Is there a performance difference between SD MicroSD adaptor vs USB MicroSD adaptor?

To understand differences in performance in these two cases, you need to consider the hardware involved and the corresponding data path. To function, a SD (or microSD) card must have a SD controller. ...
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Is a DVI to VGA adapter reversible?

Passive DVI to VGA The DVI connector spec provides for pins for an analog signal as well as digital. That design is primarily to allow a computer to provide both analog and digital output through ...
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Do 2.5" SATA disks really need an external power source?

These sorts of adapters, those without an external power supply, are typically designed only for 2.5" drives and smaller. The smaller drives require much less power, and typically run off a single 5V ...
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Is it possible to connect an USB-A PC to an USB-C hub over an adapter?

After reading the question few times and looking into the linked thread, the answer is: No, you can't achieve the same functionality as laptop on your "desktop PC", even if it has Type-C (or other ...
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Will there be a performance degradation when using a SD card with an adapter for a camera

Eugen Rieck's answer should be correct. There is nothing in the adapter that should affect speed. Keltari's answer mentions what appears to be some anecdotal evidence of adapters slowing performance ...
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Do 2.5" SATA disks really need an external power source?

BTW - just so everyone knows: there are a lot of 2.5" SATA drives that are intended for use in professional applications (NAS and RAID storage solutions). These look just like notebook drives and use ...
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Bluetooth adapter not detected on Linux

Are you dual-booting windows? If you are, make sure to disable FastBoot in Windows. This is from Intel Documentation: About dual-boot with Windows and "fast-boot" enabled If you have a dual-...
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Mini DisplayPort to DVI Dual-Link Adapter. Will it add some kind of latency?

Mini DisplayPort (same as DisplayPort but different size) to DVI dual link adapters will work just fine, but only those really expensive active adapters ($100~). What is a active Mini-DP to DVI dual-...
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What are differences between VBoxVGA, VMSVGA and VBoxSVGA in VirtualBox?

I was able to auto set the resolution of the guest with wayland compositor only using VBoxSVGA. virtualbox-guest-additions couldn't auto-resize guest display with wayland when using VMSVGA.
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Type of Hard drive connector

That is one of the various variants of SCSI. (68-pin SCSI 2 or SCSI 3. Need to see the part-number/model-number of the disk to say for sure.) SCSI to SATA converters and SCSI to USB converters exist ...
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Docking station that connects to laptop via USB-C: can I connect it to a USB-3.0 port, using an adapter?

The short answer is "no". The long answer is that the USB-A dock you remember and a DisplayPort over USB-C dock work very differently. The USB-A dock has a USB graphics solution (think of it ...
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Is there such a thing as a true USB over IP dongle?

If you don't need it to be a physical adapter, you can use usbip to route USB over TCP/IP. In your picture, you'd need to install/configure software on "Server" (the client for usbip, Linux or ...
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Can I connect a printer directly to a router via USB to Ethernet adapter?

No... These USB-Ethernet connectors require an Operating System that handles the network connection on the device in which you plug the USB side. That is the printer in your case, which doesn't have ...
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Can I add a 5GHz USB wifi adapter to a tablet that has integrated 2.4 GHZ wifi?

Yes, you should be able to use the USB adapter if it is supported by Android. You would also want to turn off the 2.4Ghz while using the 5Ghz. Also if you are not sure if it is supported by Android I ...
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MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4g - converter

I am using a VGA monitor, so i had to use a DVI to VGA adaptor to connect to the GPU. You are using a DVI-I to VGA adapter. The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4g OC has a DVI-D port. A DVI-I (digital ...
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