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Try a find folders and files and look for the cab file and delete it. worked for me in 2 minutes!
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'Editing' is a process which is used to correct or replace or revise a current answer, this will change the answer which is already there to something more accurate and true.
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Electronic Spam, commonly shortened and called "Spam," is a general abuse of online messaging systems, including instant messaging, email, etc. Spam is most commonly associated with email spam and is defined as a constant stream of nearly identical emails indicating a single point, e.g. advertising.…
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The prefix mega- means "1 million", and a byte is usually made up of 8 bits, so: A megabit (Mbit) is 1,000,000 bits1,000 kilobits (kbit) A megabyte (MB) is 1,000,000 bytes (B) 1,000 kilobytes (kB)8,000,000 bits8,000 kilobits (kbit) In some contexts, people in the computing and information technolog…
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Internet Service Provider An Internet Service Provider (ISP) -- also known as an Internet Access Provider (IAP) -- is a company that offers its customers access to the Internet. The ISP connects to its customers using a data transmission technology appropriate for delivering Internet Protocol datagr…
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Browser Cookies An HTTP cookie is a packet of information sent by a server to a World Wide Web browser and then sent back by the browser each time it accesses that server. HTTP cookies are used for user authentication, user tracking, and maintaining user-specific information such as site preferences…
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An IR port is a port which sends and receives infrared signals from other devices. It is a wireless type port with a limited range of 5-10ft. You can buy it as a USB device or you can buy it as an add-on to your motherboard. I have one that communicates with my palm pilot so I don't have to dock it …
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There are tons of websites with glossaries that you might find helpful. You could just run a search using Multimedia AND (glossary OR glossaries) as your search terms.Here are a couple of my favorite starting points when I need info:http://whatis.techtarget.com/http://yourdictionary.com/specialty.ht…
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Answer PC3200 is another way of writing PC400 or DDR 400. All three of those mean that the bus speed of the RAM module is 400MHz. In similar fashion PC2700 is PC333 or DDR 333 (333 MHz) and PC2100 is PC266 or DDR 266 (266MHz). Answer PC3200 is a type of RAM or random access memory for your c…
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The internal is located inside your computer. If your running Windows, the time it keeps is display on the lower right side of the screen.An external clock is usually located on another system and can be accessed with software. You can get software to sync your internal clock to that other system.…
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It is just a clever name for a CD case. They are the slimmer version of the standard CD case.   "Jewel" refers to the piece that clips into the center hole of the CD to keep it in place. It has a jewel-like design.
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Answer Here is a good link on VST.. madtracker.org Answer-- I don't understand how they work, but they are virtual instruments and/or effects that work with a host (Cakewalk, Fruity Loops, etc.). VST is the plugin format developed by Steinberg (Cubase, etc.), DX is the format developed by Tw…
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ROM should be thought of as storage which is written and then cannot be changed. Once written the only way to destroy the data is to destroy the device holding the data. A good example of ROM (Read Only Memory) would be a CD or DVD disc. Once written, the data on the discs cannot be changed, with…
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A simple Google search on "ASCII table" found this site:
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%DETAILS% Answer In German, the word "ber" (in html, ber) basically means "above", "beyond" or "super". Therefore the word UberTech (where "Tech" is considered as a short form of "Technology" or "Technologies" or even "Technical Expertise") basically means "Super Technology" or "High Level Te…
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Cache memory is just the same as RAM only it is much, much faster. This is why there usually isn't much cache because since it is faster, it is far more pricey than standard RAM. Your cache is like golden ram and used to store things that are going to be accessed more than once, or need to be acces…
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A cookie is a sweet baked good which contains sugar, flour, eggs either butter.There are number of delicious varieties of cookies like chocolate cookies, butter cookies, gingerbread cookies and many more.Perfect dessert to celebrate year occasions like valentine's day, Holidays, Birthday, Thanksgivi…
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At the most basic level, Computer Science is a "Hard" Science, well grounded in what is now known in the field of Mathematics as Information Theory. Computer Science (as a field) is concerned with developing new ideas around the use and design of computing systems, and with the mathematical concepts…
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OpenURL is a type of Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that contains resource metadata for use primarily by libraries. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has developed OpenURL and its data container (the ContextObject) as American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard Z39.88.…
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Generally speaking, your computer usually stores one character as one byte (including spaces, apostrophies, etc). So, if you hand-write 50 characters per line on a 25-line sheet of paper, you will write about 1250 bytes worth of information. Broken down, that's about 1k worth of data. Using the abov…
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The word "boot" or "booting" comes from the concept of bootstrapping, or pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Before PC's, computer operators would run a program called the bootstrap loader. This loader did the initialization that is now automatic. The process became known as bootstrapping and late…
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Information Systems is a large umbrella referring to systems designed to create, store, manipulate, or disseminate information. An example of an information system is a pencil and a piece of paper. The two objects themselves are just tools, but together they create a system for writing (information)…
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Different sources provide different definitions. A few of these definitions and their sources are included, below... The International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT) provides three definitions for Information Technology: 1. The technology used for the study, understanding, planning,…
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There is no such thing as "CD+R". The two common types of CD are CD-R and CD-RW. CD-R can only be written to once, and can be read by a broader range of equipment. This is comparable to tattooing your name into your own eyelid using typical inks. You can't get it out! Data on a CD-RW disc can be …
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Answer the operating environment is just you user interface. your customisable environment. the operating system is the entire basis of the computer working. it's the instruction set that makes the environment possible Answer= Operating environment needs an Opearting system to work , OE depend…
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A process is an instance or invocation of a program - you can have for example two processes running the same program at the same time e.g. you can have a calculator program open twice, this is two processes but only one program. Some programs connect to and issue instructions to an existing proces…
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Administrator privileges allows the user full access to a program or network second only to the system account. If you don't have administrator privileges, you cannot do certain things You may be able use a program, but not upgrade it. If you are installing a file or program and you don't have admi…
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"Computer Science" and "Information Technology" are completely different subjects. "...Computer science is interpreted broadly so as to include algorithms, data structures, computational complexity theory, distributed computation, parallel computation, VLSI, machine learning, computational biology,…
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RAM Stands for Random Access Memory and it used to store temporary files   Here you go..the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on; an integrated circuit memory chip allows information to be stored or accessed in any order…
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It means to create an iso of the software (use winISO) or game and use a virtual drive eg use daemon tools to mount the iso/image *Actually, the above is regarding creating the iso image or "drive" if the Iso is OF a drive. Mounting one is a different thing altogether. To mount it is to "load" it b…
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%DETAILS% Answer Computers can do many things at the same time. In order to keep track of those things, each is assigned a process. In the process, the computer keeps track of which program is running, how much memory it needs, what files it has open, etc. A "process", therefore, is somethin…
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A program is a passive entity as opposed to process which is an active entity.essentially program just constitues the disk/memory image of a process in any operating system. This distinction is very important for multitasking operating systes. However in case of Serial Operating systems the scenario…
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Click on my computer, highlight drive C, go into file and click on "explore". Then click on Windows, Temp, and then History. you will see your history of internet sites visited. Also, "Cookies" shows you a similar list. Each of these folders should be emptied regularly on your Internet Explorer …
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These are computer measurements of the size of a folder, file, hard drive, etc. A bit is a binary digit.A byte is 8 bits.A kilobyte (kB) is 1,000 bytes.A megabyte (MB) is 1,000,000 bytes. It also makes a difference if the "B" is in capital or small letters. A capitalized B means bytes, a small b me…
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Computer data processing is any computering process that converts datas into information or knowledge. The processing is usually assumed to be automated and running on a computer. Because datas are most useful when well-presented and actually informative, data-processing systems are often referred t…
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Technology comes from the combination of the two words techni which means art and Logos which means talking. Techne-Art,Craft and Logia-Study,Theory First of all I am Greek. The word Techno- comes from the Greek word Techne which means "art". Also -logy means to talk about something. 1) On March…
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There are a number of terms for computer experts, depending on the context. Here are some of the terms: Computer Expert: This is a general and somewhat formal term for people who are experts in computers. Computer Guru: A guru is another name for a hacker or anyone with a lot of informal compute…
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Straightforward and simple:A computer network: is simply more than one computer connected through hardware, and comunicate through some kind of protocol which allows the transfer of data and commands and services.Distributed computing: is simply when more than one computer do a job which one wompute…
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You would think the term "geek" was just invented from this modern generation, but I've known this word since the 50's. Geeks (in our minds) wore horn-rimmed glasses, had bad skin, kept to themselves and got straight A's which was uncool for even my time. Funny, those "geeks" probably ended up becom…
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PS/2 is the common name for PlayStation 2, the game console.  PS/2 is a small round port that many keyboards and mice use to connect to computers.Actually a ps2 is a thing that you play on with different
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A software tool is a single program that lets you perform complex tasks. A suite is simply a collection of related programs that are sold as a bundle. Some software tools perform only one task and are limited. Software packages are a mix of tools and come together as a system.
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Distributed Systems: The set of autonomous computers that are interconnected through a software usually known as middleware.It is a paradigm presented to user we can say "A software layer above network that connects different computer is termed as distributed systems. Computer Networks: The set of…
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i believe code crackers are people that put viruses in to the computerssuch as hackers they get into the computers and break the codes down to let the virus in. never open a site or an email that you don't recognize and even then if it some one you know they could be sending a virus to you with out …
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TCP/IP: Transmission Control Protocol(TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) .TCP -> As the name suggests it transfers the data from one system to the other IP -> It takes the data in Packets form and delivers them to the specified destination through the IP address provided (to the specified node).A…
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The "dot" is just a seperator so the computer knows where the name of the website ends.The "com" stands for commercial and there are many more extensions for different types of websites. .net is for networks, .gov is government run websites, .org is for an organization such as a charity, .edu is for…
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This question is very tricky and needs to be answered very carefully.The basic difference is that information technology is about transmitting information and gathering it, whereas computer science is something related to computers and only computer, such as software. IT people can be considered mor…
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FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It most commonly uses ports 20 and 21. FTP is usually used to send files from computers to hosting webservers when creating a website. It can also be used as a means of "downloading" files from other servers. FTP is sometimes used to send files from one compute…
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Answer In context of Microsoft Windows NTFS, ADS stands for "Alternate Data Streams". Please google this phrase for more explaination.but i can tell you get from haveing sex that alrady has ads.
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Debugging is a generalized term which essentially means to step through a process in order to systematically eliminate errors. It takes on several different meanings depending on what you are debugging: In programming, debugging is done when undesirable program execution or termination occurs. IE y…
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Likely not. Be aware that in Windows, there are several dates associated with a file. Modified, Created, Last Accessed, so it is important to make sure the Created is the one that says what it should.There are also free utilities on the web that will allow you to change these values manually at a lo…
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Some software installers search for "Administrator" as username, if your username is not "Administrator" and you have administrator privilages, these software installers will give you this error. To avoid this, make sure you login with username "Administrator".Another way to resolve this admin issue…
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Organic would be the type of memory people have, made of living cells. Artificial would be like computer RAM (Random Access Memory) or a computer hard drive, something that is created by people instead of occurring naturally.
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Far Pointer is a pointer that is stored using four bytes (32 bits). The bytes are stored little endian or low to high order. A far pointer can access objects up to 16K in size in any memory area. Objects larger than 16K must be accessed using huge pointers http://rapidshare.com/files/154681843…
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Both are BS degrees. In general, an computer engineering?s is a science based, very technical education path. Information technology is more management/business oriented but for jobs IT is more reffered
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Information Systems is a large umbrella referring to systems designed to codify, gather, create, store, manipulate, or communicate information. Some examples of information systems are: A coding method for uniquely identifying library books.A protocol and terminology for expressing the quality of a …
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A mirror download is when you go onto a website (ie. a forum or personal website) and you download something from that website that is actually not hosted by that website Eg. You go onto myspace.com and somebody has a blog about how good a free software is and wants to share it with you so you cl…
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supplied by webopedia.comShort for Synchronous DRAM, a type of DRAM that can run at much higher clock speeds than conventional memory. SDRAM actually synchronizes itself with the CPU's bus and is capable of running at 133 MHz, about three times faster than conventional FPM RAM, and about twice as fa…
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"No you cannot. Cache is built into the CPU like 256k or 512k or 1meg.What ever is in your CPU that's what you have. If you want more cache you need to upgrade your CPU. Hope this helps" BLA BLA BLA.......you can with windows 7 manager...or via registry edit....go to register search "secondleveldat…
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First of all, I'm assuming that your hard drives are listed in My Computer as Drive C: and perhaps Drive E:, respectively. With the computer running, you need to place your operating system (OS) disk (or your restore or recovery disk) in the CD tray, close it and restart the computer. Follow the on-…
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Moved Files One reason may be because files were moved and your computer needs to be restarted cause the computer was reading the files and they all of a sudden moved.  Physical Faults One possible reason for this is that your hard disk is developing physical faults. Sometimes these faults ma…
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Answer There are several people whose work is noteworthy in this regard. I recommend "Why Was the Computer Invented When It Was" by Tom Korner for a good overview on how and when the first computers were developed. http://plus.maths.org/issue20/features/korner/ Answer Listen thi…
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A single process can have multiple threads that share global data and address space with other threads running in the same process, and therefore can operate on the same data set easily. Processes do not share address space and a different mechanism must be used if they are to share data. If we co…
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They are of two types: Single-Boot is the act of installing only one operating system on a computer and it being able to boot automatically when the computer starts. Multi-Boot is the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer, and being able to choose which one to boot when the comp…
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As the word computer implies: Compute means to calculate or solve any problem... Therefore, the first computer was made to do the mathematical calculations and to get these result with much more ease then ever before...
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LAPTOP You have a RECOVERY PARTITION to make your Reformat CD's. DESKTOP They gave the CDs with your computer. Might also have a RECOVERY PARTITION. On Dells i know default is crtl-f11 during start-up. Boot from the CD's and follow the instructions.
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"Em dash" is a printing/typesetting term, and it refers to a dash the width of the capital letter "M". The shorter dash is similarly referred to as an "en dash." There is also the hyphen, which is usually smaller than the en dash. With some modern day fonts, there wouldn't be much difference betwee…
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A process is any piece of software that is running on a computer. For example, your anti-virus software runs in the background as a process, which was automatically started when the computer booted. Some processes start when your computer boots, others are started manually when needed. Some processe…
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Quantum computing utilizes nuclear spins to store and process information whereas classical computers operate using solid state electronics, notably the transistor. Quantum computing is not inherently any faster than classical computing. The difference is that quantum computing allows for parallel p…
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It is hard to say for sure, but several of the smaller minicomputers of the 1960s (e.g. DEC PDP-8) could and usually did sit on a desktop. However the term "desktop computer" was not created until the microcomputers of the 1980s and did not come into common usage until laptop microcomputers computer…
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A computer is a physical system which works on conceptual basics. so you can say it's both.
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Generally speaking (and using the language of the community), a computer is just the computer "box" (sometimes called a case, tower, or something similar). A computer system is the case, and also the screeen (or monitor), keyboard, mouse, speakers and all the other stuff that comes with a computer t…
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You would have to be logged in as the administrator. ANSWER It depends on your operating system. A kernel is basicaly a line of code, different kernels control different operations for different systems within the computers program. The closest thing to obtainging a true "kernel mode" is to run a…
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The collection of software that directs a computer's operations, controlling and scheduling the execution of other programs, and managing storage, input/output, and communication resources. -Umpalumpa
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Yes. Use a USB to serial converter. The converted port will act like a normal comport. Even the name. Example of a USB to serial converter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812240005 When sending data to one of your I/O devices the determining factor to where it goes is the dr…
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CD ROM This could be a number of things. First if it is only freezing while reading your Viso CD, then it may be a CD problem. It could also be that your CDROM is a "cheaper" grade and doesn't read certain types of CD media very well. If it will read other CD's then this is probably the issu…
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Here's a quote from AMD's FAQ for their processors : "Q. What size power supply will I need with my AMD Athlon processor? A. For a minimally configured low power-consumption system, you can use any of the approved power supplies listed on our website. A 250-watt power supply is the minimum but you n…
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This is a tough question to answer for a couple of reasons. First off: There are a lot of motherboards to choose from and there isn't really 1 out there that is absolutely the best. Intense graphics design requires some of the best hardware you can get and the motherboard is only 1 of many things t…
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DDR Memory is sometimes sold in pairs, for those setting up dual channel systems. Dual Channelling sorta like setting up a RAID array of RAM. Note that RAM labelled as being dual channel isn't any different then regular RAM its just two sticks of the same size. that's all :) Some memory used …
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Order the moderm DIGESET V3.5.7 MP CPU Key code 7159 for you digital RAM processor to boost the maximum infrastructure based on how high your max processing speed is. this will minimise the cost because you are using the DIGESET V3.5.7 MP in harmony with the FDC 8272 on your single board computer. T…
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SDRAM and DDR RAM are memory integrated circuits used in computers. The difference between the two is the speed because SDRAM is a single data rate which is slower than DDR RAM that stands for the double data rate. Which means the chip reads or writes two words of data per clock cycle.
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RW stands for ReWritable. With a CD-R you can't put anything on it more than once. You add songs to it once and that's it. It is how it is, you can't do anything else with it. You can reuse a CD-RW. Say I had a song on there, but it messed up. I can either find it in my computer and delete the song …
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SD Ram is actually SDR SDRAM, and DD Ram is actually DDR SDRAM, though the former does not usually have the SDR in front of it. The letters SDR and DDR stand for Single Data Rate and Double Data Rate, and the letters SDRAM stand for Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory. The main difference betwe…
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No. When you update the USB Host, it updates all the 'ports'. Actually, the physical ports are just places to plug things in. The updating actually happens with the software hardcoded into the USB Root Hub, which controls all the ports.
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Since most cache memory is located on or near the processor (say, inside a slot device for slot-packaged processors), you'll need a new processor entirely. Some older computers allow you to upgrade a cache chip on the motherboard, so you can refer to the computer documentation to find how to upgrade…
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A small amount (normally less than 1MB) of high-speed memory residing on or close to the CPU. Cache memory supplies the processor with the most frequently requested data and instructions. Level 1 cache (primary cache) is the cache closest to the processor. Level 2 cache (secondary cache) is the cach…
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Here's a couple of sites that should help you out:http://www.ati.com/products/radeon9200/radeon9200/specs.htmlhttp://www.ati.com/support/faq/agpchart.htmlhttp://www.motherboards.org/articles/tech-planations/920_4.html
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Cache (pronounced "CASH") Memory, is a type of memory used directly by the processor for storing instructions that are to be executed.A "pipeline cache" for example will store up a number instructions locally at the processor ready for execution.It fetches a number of instructions, and while executi…
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DDR Memory modules have only one notch on the contact strip, positioned just off-centre. Hence DDR modules will not fit in an SD slot.SD Memory Modules have two notches.
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Using USB cable to connect two computers directly. You should buy the cable and install software (driver). Two webaddress: http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-usb-usb2db.htmlhttp://www.extremereviews.net/data.php?recordID=127&page=1&type=reviewI know that the answer is too late for you. But …
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MAC address are hard coded on network cards and network devices. A HUB acts as a splitter, so yes.>both Mac addresses are provisioned; Implies your ISP will assign unique IP addresses. The hub then acts as only an electrical connection box. Without Unique IP addresses, you need a router instead…
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Problem with Outloook Express I would try: Going to windowsupdate.com and getting all critical updates. It might re-write a corrupt file. Going to support.microsoft.com and searching for key words from your error message. Here are more opinions and answers from other FAQ Farmers: …
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PS2 gamesyes you can play ps2 on ur PC. well first off u gotta have a good computer. I have a Asus P4 2.8 GHz 512 PC3200 RAM, 80gig hard drive, and a radeon Sapphire atlantis 9600 with 256mb. With this, i can barely run a gamcube game (I can but the graphics too slow). I'm sure that in a while ps2 e…
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I have both BSCS and MSCS, with 24 years in industry, and I have heard the use of these terms vary depending upon who is using them, but this is my view based on my experience. Multiprogramming is an old and arcane term, that was originally used to describe the earlier timesharing type of system wh…
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FSB stands for front side bus. It's the "information highway" between the CPU and the other hardware components, like the hard drive. It's bi-directional, too.--Acronym Definition FSB Front-Side Bus FSB Federation of Small Businesses (UK) FSB Federal Savings Bank FSB Financial Services Board (So…
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Standard definition Officially, there are 1000 (103) megabytes (MB) in a gigabyte (GB). So 500MB would equal 0.5 GB. This definition is used in hard drives, portable memory drives (memory cards, USB drives), DVDs, Blu-ray disks, and most measures of performance. Some software (such as Mac OS X and …
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Answer This sounds like a problem with a piece of hardware (a cache memory chip), either on your motherboard, or on your hard drive's controller (a read-ahead buffering chip). Being hardware, you cannot fix it, only replace the faulty chip. You can replace the cache memory chip if it's on your m…
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It depends on your interest and talent. Both are BS degrees, but CS is more technical than IT. CS will deal heavily in math, science and physics as well has chip design, manufacturing, compiler and operating system design. Typical minors are math or electronics. Computer Science is more difficult …
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Answer They are both the same thing...Sort of. A hacker is a person who is proficient with computers and/or programming to an elite level where they know all of the in's and out's of a system. There is NO illegality involved with being a hacker. A cracker is a hacker who uses their proficiency …
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This is the beginning of the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence. The writers of the Declaration are claiming that "all men are created equal" and "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." When the term "self-evident" is used, it means that the human rights requi…
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Answer A file is a small unit of information stored within a folder or by itself on a computer. Computers contain many files of different extensions such as .exe, .doc, .txt, and so on. Each extension designates a program for the information to be opened with. Answer-- A collection of data or…
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