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Computer hardware is a general term used to refer to all the physical parts of a computer. Internal hardware devices include hard drives and motherboards, while external hardware devices include monitors, mice, keyboards, and printers.
How to tell if you have a CD burner: The easiest way is to look at the computer from the outside, if you see a CD-Drive with "CD-RW" or "CD-R" then you have a CD burner You can right click with mouse on any folder go down to send to it will have, your CD ROM to send to,if it don't then you don't ha…
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The way I have 110VAC/60Hz is to take 12DC power supply and 12DC to 110AC 60Hz converter, designed for car use and can be found in the netshops. The way that industry used to do this is to run a motor-generator combination. The motor is matched to and runs from the available power supply while the…
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Usually, no. A virus is a malicious piece of software and is intended either to corrupt data, capture date, or hijack your computer hardware for a purpore other that which you intended. That being said, it is possible for a virus to modify perform operations harmful to your computer's hardware. For…
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Answer I've tried the other 'cures' below without success, or else being asked to purchase software! (wonder is this a conspiracy between hp and pcfix software companies???) Anyway, I have just removed the calling program hphmon06.exe and voila! no more message.... Answer This appears to be a…
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A modem is a device that modulates signals to encode digital information and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information. It the "thing" that you needed to connect to the internet.
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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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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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There are 3 types of modems, their is the Cable ModemDSL ModemDial Up Modem (inside older computers)
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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 technology similar to USB: It comes in two versions...Firewire 400 (IE1394a)400 MB/secondandFirewire 800 (IE1394b)800 MB/SecondFirewire is used mainly for transferring large amounts of data, such as digital video and/or sound.Firewire is rapidly becoming the de-facto standard for music recording a…
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LSA Shell ErrorsThis used to be caused almost exclusively by the sasser worm. You could simple download the scan and fix from McAfee.There is now a more common worm that sasser that replaced. It may be causing the LSA Shell error. Your most common junk antivirus such as McAfee can detect and delete …
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Connecting a PC I can only think of two ways you can connect two computers if they don't have network cards: 1. Use a serial cable. All computers have serial ports, so this would be the easiest solution, though it will be a little slow. Look up directions online on how to do this. 2. If both co…
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My fiance owns a Dell Inspiron 1110 and it does have built in wireless. All newer laptops beyond a certain year have built in wireless.
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A Cat5 cable contains 4 pairs of 2 wires twisted together, making a total of 8 individual wires, however only 2 wire pairs (4 wires) are actually used for communication.
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I found on internet this software : IntelligentWakeUp 1.0.0.1 . But it's only for windows 2000 and XP and the cost is $11.99. Another way to have a system turn itself on is to check in the BIOS settings of your motherboard. many new motherboards nowadays, have the option to have the computer turn…
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windows is a plug & play OS so every time you add a new device it will give you a new hardware found prompt.to prevent this you must remove the hardware or let windows try to find the driver if you try to cancel it it will just show up on the next boot so try to install it even if you don't have…
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You should be able to upgrade or add on most parts to just about any desktop computer available today. The only thing I've found difficult are the case designs of some computers I've worked on, and that only matters if you're replacing something big like the motherboard. Manufacturers save money by …
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Any of the major manufacturers; AMD processors such as a Sempron of the Athlon. Intel Pentium 4 etc.. The performance of any computer and hence it's software, benefit from having adequate memory installed. This is almost as important as the processor that's used. Go for at least 512MB of memory. M…
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Most computers have a sleep mode, the computer can be set to sleep after a certain amount of time with no use. However, energy is still being used so you will paying for electricity when it's in sleep mode.  If your computer has been on a long time, EG many hours or days, programs may start to …
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< > Yes, sound cards and onboard sound all have "drivers" that are needed for them to work. If you delete these drivers it won't work.  yes, but... While the drivers are required, pretty much every sound card I've ever encountered has you install a bunch of other crap that you'll never u…
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When you press on the power button (or shut down through an OS) it begins by saving all used data and dumping all RAM (Random Access Memory). This, in turn shuts down the OS and finally the circuitry cuts off power to the motherboard, but not completely, the final click is when capacitors are discha…
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A driver can be downloaded at the link below. Note that it is for Windows 95/98, so it may not work on newer versions of Windows.
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Your monitor is probably alright. If it was going bad, you would most likely start to see a constant black stripe on the top or sides. Some monitors naturally flicker some when playing videos, such as certain Acer flat-screen monitors. It could be a sign that you are using the wrong refresh rate o…
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Simple and Good Answer - I wont delete the older answers lol Basically you need more RAM plain and simple ^^ getting a bigger HDD wont help really lol all you need is more RAM ^^ Best fixes: 1. Buy more RAM Other Fixes: 1. Increase Paging File 2. Cut down on use of program running in backgrou…
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Put a floppy disk in the drive. With Windows, go to file save as, then go to the drop down box. At the top of that box, go the 3 1/2 floppy and save it.   it is done by a reading light that passes over dints in the disk which is allocated inside the platic cover which forms the binery cod 1 a…
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Taking Screenshots/Screengrabs/Snapshots In most cases, pause the video you are playing on the screen and hit Alt-Print Screen. You can then open an image editor, such as Microsoft Paint. Copy and paste this screen capture into Paint, and edit out anything you do not want to show. If you are using…
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Answer No - Don't upgrade your computer until you have tried cleaning your computer registry. Your computer registry is the powerhouse of your computer. If your windows registry is not free from damage and well organized, your system will become unbelievably slow and is likely to start freezing, a…
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go to start>programs>acc.>system tools>system monitor.   There is also a free tool available at www.analogx.com, called netstat I think, that will give you your CPU usage and monitor the traffic in or out of your machine. They also have a great memory manager that keeps your ram f…
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There are several ways to set-up a system for dual boot. The best or preferred method is dependent on the operating systems involved, the particular BIOS code on the system, and on whether the file systems will need to be available to more than one operating system. Boot.INI is a text file, and so c…
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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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Haptic technology refers to technology which interfaces the user via the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations and/or motions to the user. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haptic_device
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I use to work testing laptop panels using LEM pixinator. http://lowendmac.com/bookrev/03/0124.html#22 If you use a newer PC then it may be possible. The trick is getting analog laptop panel to sinc with newer AGP card. then there is an issue of converting the data cable to VGA or DVI and inverting t…
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Install Linux with netatalk on the PC. Now you can network the two.  Simple: get a crossover cable and make sure your PC has a network adapter and hook the two comptuers together. as long as your MAC has the latest OS you should see the mac in the network neighborhood(in windows 95 - ME) or my…
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The computer gets power from the power suply inside the computer. from there the computer's bios kicks on and starts the CMOS program that is programmed into the BIOS chip. the CMOS program then begins to quickly check all the hardware. first it checks what kind of processor is in the computer, the…
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As per my knowledge Bill Gates and one of his friend had developed this graphical user interface in DOS mode.
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Yes. Added: Sometimes! Not all AGP 1x or 2x video cards will have the same connection type as 4x or 8x cards, some older cards will not physically fit in the slot for modern motherboards.
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Brand-name computers are good quality but building your own can save you money and get you exactly what you want. Brand-name is good quality, but they often bundle there PC's with lots of accessories and junk software that you probably will never use, and they jack up the price for it. I have rece…
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if you bought the card new within the last 6-8 years or so, it should be able to handle 256 colours no problem. to change to 256 really depends on what operating system you use. and chances are it can do even higher then 256 If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 or abov, right click the mouse o…
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Of course, however you have to know the type of processor you can handle. You may have a HP, DELL, COMPAQ, or other brand written on your computer. Go to their site and put in the product key on the computer, it should direct you to your model. Now you can look at the specs on your motherboard and i…
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If another power supply doesn't work, it's likely your motherboard has failed.   It could be that you need to buy a new processor. It may be "fried."However, there may be other causes. It could be as simple as reseating drive cables, power connectors, etc. There is not enough information in …
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A. By Using the Motherboard Jumper: In most motherboards CMOS battery is soldered to the mainboard, though there is a spring mechanism that you push to lift most CMOS batteries out of the circular dock, . If this does not work, use another method. Almost all motherboards contain a jumper that can …
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A virtual port is a software emulation of a port which normally would be present in hardware. This is most commonly used with modems and printers. Many internal modems emulate a COM port. When modems first became common by far the most common type was an external modem which plugged into a serial …
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Setting Up a Computer Speaker System and Sound Card First to answer your question about the soundcard. Any souncard that supports Dolby Digital 5.1 will work with these speakers so long as the soundcard has a digital output to connect it into the speakers. Most cards that support 5.1 do have th…
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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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The symptoms you are describing could also be caused by failing hard drive or RAM. Sometimes these are temporary conditions caused by high heat in the case. I would remove a panel from the computer and turn on a small fan next to it to see if the problem persists. If not, it just becomes a guessing …
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What is OEM? What is an OEM product? What does OEM mean? Why buy OEM? OEM generally means "original equipment manufacturer." Sometimes it is referred to as "bulk packed", "white box", "brown box" and "gray market". Almost all PC component and software vendors make two versions of the same product b…
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A hi-speed USB host controller is basically a 2.0 usb port that replaces the 1.0 usb ports that were created a couple years ago. It's faster than the 1.0 usb ports, its still the same shape, but 2.0 has more power and better hardware incorporated. USB 3.0 is also available that is much faster than 2…
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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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Configuring a computer This is possible with usb and windows xp. With windows 98 there is a legacy (unsupported device) by the name of Vega Buddy that is installed in a pci slot and has a dongle that provides keyboard vga and mouse out to a terminal like configuration. With the lower prices of …
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Hi. Go to this URL address, it's the HP support and there are explanations with pictures and more.If you need more you can contact me.http://h20015.www2.hp.com/hub_search/document.jhtml?lc=en&docName=bph05630&prodId=hppavilion18975&cc=us
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You will need: 1. The Video Cassette you want to copy 2. A VCR to play the cassette 3. A Blank CD-R to record the captured video 3. A computer with a video capture card (like AVerDVD EZMaker Video Capture Card or Pyro 1394DV Digital Video Capture Card, etc) installed. You will also need a CD-R/W d…
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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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Comment It will work, if it is compatible with the signalling voltage on the motherboard (1.5v for AGP 1x, 2x and 4x), but it will only work at up to the 4x that your motherboard is capable of. You may need to change your BIOS settings for AGP= 4x to obtain maximum performance from your motherboa…
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Look at the front of the machine beside the activity LEDs. You'll see a panel. Turn the machine over and unscrew the panel, theres only one screw holding it on. Now, it takes some working to actually get this cover off, but it will come off eventualy. Inside there you'll find the harddrive, its just…
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Bandwidth is defined as the frequency range that the circuit, component, cable, or complete system can pass where the frequencies reproduced , transmitted, or amplified worst come out at least half as strong as those coming out best.For screen resolution on HDTV monitors and smooth and uninterrupted…
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Do you have an Intel sticker anywhere on your computer? Or an AMD sticker? If Intel, their site can detect which driver you have. 3rd Party Software It's possible to detect your video card using software like "Video Card Detector". It's free, easy to use and can be downloaded from CNET:http://down…
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I use a parallel port Zip Drive... If your computer doesn't have a network card you can still move your data or files utilizing your serial port. You will need software to do this but it is very simple. There is a software bumble called PC Re locater and is available at STAPLES for about $15 this i…
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Computer related magazines would be the best source of learning about computer hardware, as magazines would always be in close proximity to the reader. Course related books and manuals can be found at your local library in the technology section. Community Colleges or Computer User Groups are a low…
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It is a problem, because DVD/CD-RW combo drives are supposed to be able to play all CDs and DVDs and write CDs. Or, it could be that a CD is "messed up." and could be fake or something. The disk drive/computer manufacturing company service places should know something about it (if the problem persis…
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That's a tough one. A radio signal could be coming into your system through a number of ways, but to be transmitted out your speakers it would most likely be coming from a microphone connection or directly from the preamp or output amplifier on your sound card. When the radio transmission starts try…
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after you double click on "add new hardware" there will eventually be a screen that asks you if you want windows to look for it or if you choose to select it yourself. When you select that option, a list of hardware opens up. just follow the prompts. Don't be afraid to let the wizard start to look. …
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This occurs if the device driver is not installed.For driver downloads, go to your PC manufacturer website and download the latest drivers and be sure to include the chipset driver.
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Hi, to get to the RAM you must remove the battery cover and battery and remove the floppy or CD drive, in the space where those two were is a screw hole, remove those two screws and also the one in the middle of those two. Flip the laptop back up the right way, and the panel that the mouse buttons a…
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It is possible for a 80486 based computer to access and manage audio and video files, playback of those files is a different matter. Audio files like mp3's and .wav files will play without problems, but there are very few (if any) video codecs which will play reliably on hardware that slow. Anythi…
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I would not recommend doing this if you're wanting to copy Operating system and all over to another computer. No. 1 it probably will not work because of driver and motherboard issues. No. 2 if it does work, (Windows is able to load adequate new drivers to get up and running) then you will probably s…
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First, make sure that the processor is supposed to run at 1.7mHz, and is not a 1700. An AMD 1700 should run at 1.46mHz. Second, when your computer starts up you should see information saying "Press [key] to enter Setup", where [key] is F1, or ESC, or Insert. Press that key, enter setup, and browse t…
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There are many things that could cause this, but I would first try this. Since it does read at first, but then doesn't respond after some time it may be a software problem. Find out the exact model of your Drive and Manufacturer. You can usually find the model on a sticker on the back, top, or botto…
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You don't. If you are wanting to plug something into the serial port, and it is the same size as the parallel port (it isn't a parallel port, it's a different plug for the serial), use an adaptor. I'm in the same problem. I have a laptop and a program that uses com1 and need to redirect serial c…
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Don't worry... more watts available is unnecessary, but cannot harm your computer. Less watts than needed could harm your computer. For dealing with motherboard and other devices you should usually ground yourself. However when you deal with your power supply make sure you do not earth yourself as …
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I think, if your camera is using USB 1.1 while your computer is USB 2.0, it will work just fine, with slower transfer speed. On the other way, it won't work.
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For the most part, the High Speed USB controller will be integrated right onto the motherboard of your system. You will sometimes run into this problem when upgrading to or installing a new version of XP, for sometimes it does not readily have the drivers available. What you have to do is to actuall…
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Answer On that board there is a phyisical jumper on the motherboard that swiches between 4x and 8x agp that gforce card is a 4x natural 8x forced card meaning that it only will realy be used at a 8x speed in auto ajusting boards. you can download a bios flash for the a7n8x that will force your ca…
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Maybe. It depends on the AGP connector type of the motherboard and vga card. The ECS P4VXASD2.v1 motherboard has - I think - an Universal AGP slot ( not Universal AGP 3.0 !!) which can set 3.3 V or 1.5 V signal line voltage. The question is : What AGP connector does a vga card have ? Because of we a…
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Assuming it is an IDE drive, there are two IDE slots - Primary & Secondary. Each slot can hold two drives, Master & Slave, which are configured by jumper settings on the disk drive. You have two options. OPTION ONE: Start a brand new installation on the new drive. Reinstall the OS and all …
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Windows XP will recognise a USB 2.0 controller if you have Service Pack 1 installed. Many laptops have HI-SPEED USB2 compliant hardware, but often driver problems cause the error "HI-SPEED USB Device Attached To non-HI-SPEED Hub". This is not easy to fix (I'm still fighting it myself) but suppo…
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A server is a computer system who's primary purpose (or even sole purpose) is to host files and/or applications and provide access to them on a network.Server can share resources with various clients. Servers are often depended upon to provide services which are crucial to an organization. Therefor…
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if you want to fromat a hard drive for windowsXP then read this.../a<you will need your winXP cd   This a fast trick to get you computer in DOS mode. Power off your computer then power it back on, while your computer is turning on keep pressing F8 repeatedly until you computer prompts you …
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%DETAILS% well you asked about the CPU or the ram from you description you have a good enough video card if it has 256mb on it. your 1.8 P4 is good enough for video editing but if you have slow ram you are bottle necking your self there. you have 768mb but if its pc2200 or pc2700 you could upgr…
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You do it by creating partitions on your hard drives. Partitions are typically created before the hard drive is formatted. Another option is to use a program like Partition Magic to edit partitions on your hard drive. You generally don't want to play around with your partitions too much after you ha…
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you cannot play a DVD in a CD-rw. a DVD, although similar to a CD is different and can only be read by a DVD drive. you will need to purchase a DVD drive
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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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slave it in another computer that has winXP open the computer management option in the control panel and unlock it there the right click the drive you want to unlock, you will see the option !have a grate day
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My guess is the video card is going bad. Try replacing that. If you have a spare monitor you may want to try viewing your desktop on a different monitor before going out and buying anything.   First thing I would check is the cable between your monitor and computer. Swap it for another cable …
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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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Laptop's BIOS settings which can be accessed by pressing the [Esc] key during the memory test when booting the laptop.
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I believe this laptop has an option in the BIOS to enable the option to "stretch" the display. You should be able to enter the BIOS by pressing Esc when you turn the computer on, and then press F1 when prompted.
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Is this a trick question? This model of Toshiba has onboard memory, so I guess remove the motherboard... remove battery, remove the small screw in upper left-hand corner. Remove the screw at the recessed center hole. Remove CD-ROM, remove the screw in top right-hand corner. Lift palm rest upwards a…
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Try the latest drivers from download.sys.com. if they don't work, email me and I'll try to help you further.   can't get into site   Help is near search on google after the program 3d-analyze open the program and tick emulate pixel shader option and off you go. (its a free program)
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The surround speakers should plug into your subwoofer, then there should be either 1 or 2 wires that run from your subwoofer to your sound card (onboard sound inputs).
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When this question was originally asked, that was probably it (the 9800Pro AIW), but now it has to be the All-In-Wonder X800 XT. 'Best' is not just a little bit subjective when it comes to graphics cards though. Also: "Best" is typically to get a dedicated video card, and a separate dedicated tun…
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The 3 audio connectors on the back of the computer are usually - Headphones/Line Out, Microphone, and Line In. To get audio sound FROM the PC only the Line Out is used. This socket provides STEREO SOUND ONLY but can be connect to a 5.1 system using a 3.5mm stereo connector to stereo RCA cable (the R…
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If the CD has been sealed then no you can't but if it hasn't then you should be able to by dragging and dropping the file into the CD drive on My Computer. If you need any more help email me.
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Optical Character Recognition (OCR), automatic document recognition (ADR) and Electronic Document Management (EDM), announced today the worldwide release of a brand new version of its flagship OCR software for the Windows platform, Readiris Pro 9.forum.ecoustics.comThere is a program that's called O…
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Right click on My Computer. Scroll down to Properties. Then, in the resulting dialog box, click on Device Manager (under the "Hardware" tab.If your computer has the hardware to support USB 2.0, you should see a sub-entry for an "Intel (or other) USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller" under the "Universal…
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Just follow the directions that come with the hardware. Every piece of hardware I have added in the last 20 years had instructions on how to install the hardware. Be sure to read them COMPLETELy before starting to install anything. This ASSUMES the person has the documentation. If you want a more …
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MSI has not produced many dual processor boards. The Athlon socket motherboard for MP processors is for 266 DDR FSB chips only. It may pose a problem if the user wanted to upgrade to something better, as the chip would likely not support a 333 FSB or beyond cpu.However, there are some newer dual opt…
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boot from a cd (slackware has live boot added by defult on cd2 .. there are fdisk and cfdisk on it)
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%DETAILS% Answer It means just what it says: something was wrong and needs to be corrected. Often it is a piece of code that doesn't do exactly what was intended and sometimes it is data that was entered incorrectly. For an example, if a program included the statement "divide A by B giving C…
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Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor.In computing the term CMOS is often used to mean the non-volatile memory that stores motherboard BIOS information. This was called the CMOS RAM or just the CMOS because it usually used a low-power CMOS memory chip, powered by a small battery. The term remains …
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