Computers?

Has anyone had any experience with Linux We are getting interested but dont know just how to get started. We understand you can run two systems but would like to format a hard drive and try Linux on an older machine. Would appreciate which kernel to down load. We would like to use it for Email, web browsing, word processing, and pictures. Any comments would be appreciated. Ross

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Computer

I have 2 hdmi ports, just one of them that works. I can not find the other I've searched online but did not find out what's wrong.

Topic by Hamran 


Computer Accessories

I was wondering what kind accessories i needed for this computer i bought, i was thinking more ram, indestructible keyboard, an external hard drive later in time, maybe a different graphics card but not for AWHILE, please comment on what else you think i should get.

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Computer Help

I am thinking about upgrading my amd processor from a dual-core 2.0GHz to a quad core processor and i was wondering if the AM2 socket that i already have will work with a AM2+ that the processor has.P.S. also, if there are any better deals that you know please comment

Topic by Caveman477 


A computer problem

Ok. We were troubleshooting our vonage internet phone service when mom disconnected the phone and then I plugged it back. then, the keyboard and mouse failed and I had to reboot several times (wireless keyboard and mouse) any idea?

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computer sugestions

I need a relivly cheap mother bord to work with  amd FX 8350 4GHz AM3+ Black Edition Boxed Processor and AMD Radeon HD 7970  thanks for your time

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Haunted computer.

The other day I was working on my computer files when this weird thing happend. My screen flashed and my computer crashed. OF coarse i lost all of my files. But then when I logged back on, I had this picture as my background.Either my computer is haunted, or someone hacked it. But either way...how would you take almost like a screenshot while you are working on the computer?And what does this picture mean?PS THOSE OF YOU LOOKING AT THIS AFTER THE DATE OF 4/29/08 AT 3:20 I NO LONGER NEED YOU TO COMMENT ON THIS PROBLEM. YOU MAY FEEL FREE TO USE THIS PAGE AS A CHAT ZONE, OR TO ASK ME QUESTIONS.

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Computer Help?

Though I do program and will take the certification exam in a few days, I need some technical help.  I drew a picture in charcoal and though I don't have it any more, I do have a picture of it on a digital camera.  How do I upload the picture to my computer? (My computer is an Apple MacBook)

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Building a computer.

Hi :DMy old computer has died and I'm planning on just ripping it apart and salvaging bits and bobs for a new build, Here's my plan:CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Desktop Processor E8600Graphics card: GeForce 9800 GX2RAM: 4GBWiFi card: some brand, i haven't researched yetCase: Jeantech JNR-105 Luna ATXMy main problem is i cant decide on which Motherboard... do motherboards come with their own power supply? I think a 500 watt power supply would be more suited than the current 300 watt. which leads me to another question, can people recommend cooling options? (not water cooling though, i dont trust it enough to have hundreds of pounds of hardware surrounded by water)

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Computer Problem! Answered

I was using my computer and then all of a sudden it turned off! Now won't switch on again. I have hoovered it out and I let it cool down. When I switch it on The cooling fan for the processor jumps but doesn't move, and a red light under the power symbol flashes and there is no signal being sent to the monitor. Also the fan for the psu does not move.  Nothing on the mother board looks like it has burned out. I was only running the internet. I am now using an old laptop All comments welcome Oscar

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xbox computer? Answered

So i want to install linux on an old xbox any suggestions

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Computer problems

Ok i have a mac computer and every time it loads up in the top left hand corner this appers:  sh-2.05a#. Now every time i turn on my computer that is there. You can type stuff in like reboot, shut down and such have you. I have typed this in on google and found a code to check your hard drive and it is fine but i still can't log on. PLEASE HELP!

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computer problum?

 ok one of my computers ant working right when i boot it up, it goes through a few then it does a memory test it passes and then checks if the drives are working and then comes up with a warning thing "WARNING: The boot devices have been changed BBS boot priority will be affected.  please enter the setup to check" i dont know what this means so i came here AND IE and windows media player wont work on the computer

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Is it hard to build a computer?

Just thinking about building a computer.

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old computer monitor? Answered

I have an old computer monitor but I don't know what to do with it. What are some neat things that you can do with a computer monitor

Question by Black Ninja   |  last reply


Whats wrong with the computer?!!

The television on the computer does not work anymore. Its a HP Slimline with Vista. Any fixes?! Thanks!!

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$1000 gaming computer?

I'm planning on building a ~$1000 gaming computer. Give me your best parts list. And no macs. 

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BIG Computer Problem

I have a used computer I bought yesterday and I have a problem. I was adding parts for a computer that "died" and I ran into a problem. I added some RAM and it worked fine. The problem came when I tried to add the hard drive. I pluged it in and while it was starting it said it couldn't find the boot file. I shut it down, removed the hard drive and now in says " NTLDR is missing". WHAT HAPPENED???

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Computer Freeze-up

I keep getting freeze-ups on my computer and i don't know why, I'm usually only opening only one application at a time. i have a 2.0 ghz processor ( maybe it cant handle that many processes), 2GB of ram(maybe its not fast enough), or it might be something i downloaded. PLEASE HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHATS WRONG!

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my computer is on the fritz

My computer about once a day out of nowhere either: Freezes BSOD nothing works except the cursor, even after an hour of waiting This is really tough on me because I need to finish my german course by the 19th or I'm screwed, and my computer is being retarded. Any help??? BTW reinstalling windows is not an option

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Computer monitor help!

The story is my 6 month old computer monitor is playing up and I need advice on what to do. The ploblem arised about a week ago and has persisted til today.  When I turn the computer monitor on, instead of the usual flash of the Acer logo it repeats 18 times!  This number remains constant and is bloody irritating.  Also when the computer is on it periodically flashes no signal (when there clearly is a signal) for about a minute and then refreshes the monitor and repeats.  Even whilst I am writing this it is there. What should I do? replace the screen or something else? HELP!?

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restoring an emachines computer

I've got an emachines computer that isn't wanting to restore properly, some symantec ghost problem, seems common with emachines. All i want to do is get it working again, without paying someone to do it. I preferebly want it to run using XP, its original operating system. Anyone know how to this?

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Computer Case Upgrade?

Can I put the guts of a dell dimension 2400 in a thermaltake wing rs? PLEASE HELP ME OUT! THANKZ!

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Computer Activated Alarm

Hi, I am trying to make a simple alarm system for ill patients, the alarm will be activated through a mouse click on an alarm icon and trigger an alarm connected to the PC. Does anyone have any ideas on how to tackle this problem? Many thanks in advance :)

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computer fan on 220v?

Hi can i connect computer fan to 220v? if i can what else parts i need to use?

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Computer Power Supply?

Can i use a 20+4 pin power supply on a 24 pin motherboard? THANKZ!!!!

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Arduino to computer commands? Answered

I want to make arduino ultrasonic range meter and after it hits certain value to print command to my mackbook (to play a song) I think it could be possible with serial monitor, but i have no idea how to do this. Any help would be appreciated.

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Reformatting a 486 computer?

I have a pile of used university 486 computers laying around(from Laurence Tech, actually), I want to install DSL n them and work up from there, but I can't see any drives, CD or otherwise, at all which means I can't install anything, there is no my computer icon or anyting that resembles it, ctrl+alt+del doesn't work either.

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How to Overclock a computer? Answered

I have recently heard that there is a way to change the clockspeed of my computer, and speed it up. But I have found next to nothing on how to overclock a computer. All I hear is change the fsb and decrease power etc. But I don't know what fsb is or how to change any of those things. (I believe it has something to do with the bios) Processor: Intel core 2 Quad Q8400 Thanks in advance

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Custom Computer Build?

Hello again everone. I am building a custom acrylic computer system and I have everything up and running just fine, all but the sound system. What I did was, I found two different speaker units and removed the speakers and accessories from the cases to make the cp system have just to speaker units installed in it. Ok here I go!. I removed a speaker and two tweeters from one unit and I removed the two speakers and the power amp from the other unit. How do I connect the all three speakers to the power amp and onto the audio card connected to the motherboard on the pc. I took some pictures for you to look at and see what I am up against. Need your help. so I am thanking you in advance for information about this . Eljero.

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My sweet computer

Ok, so i basically just set up my first pc. I actually built it from a dell dimension 4700. It now has a new motherboard which is much better. Heres the specs: Operating System: MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3 CPU: Intel Pentium 4 530 Prescott 90nm Technology Ram: 2.5GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz (5-5-5-15) Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL-AM EPU (Socket 775) 25 °C Graphics: DELL E173FP @ 1024x768 Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family Hard Drvie: 78GB Seagate ST380013AS (SATA) 28 °C Optical Driver: CD_ROM Drive Audio: VIA High Definition Audio Power Supply: The crappy 400W dell one from the dimension 4700. I really need to upgrade the power supply, cooling, hard drive, and maybe ram. Cooling especially, because i can overclock and i really want to. If i do a 5% OC, i stay at about 60 °C when playing games or stress testing. A bit more is pretty normal. Thats kinda hot though... So, thats why i want to upgrade the cooling. And it would help to upgrade the power supply a ton. And im going to need to with all the stuff i want to add. Anyway, heres some pics:

Topic by sci4me 


Computers at/near the sea? Answered

I am living 100 meters from the sea which results in high humidity from time to time. Got the message this morning: CPU fan has failed. Discovered  a lot of moisture inside my pc and the dust in the fan has become muddy. We had a lot of rain and mist of late.  What does the people on ships do? And others who live this close to the sea? I would really appreciate ideas on what to do to prevent that from happening again.

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Micro XP computer?

I want to make or buy a small, single board computer similar to gumstix, capable of running tinyxp. if this is possible, can i make it run a single .exe program at boot, when a command is entered?

Question by ten77 


My "new" computer

This is my "new" computer. Its a Dell Dimension 2400 loaded with windows xp with service pack 3. I havent done much to it yet, and since i cant really overclock it... im just doing memory, graphics, sound, and looks. The rest of the upgrades i do will be software, programs, wallpapers, music, videos, screensavers, etc...  I hope you like. NOTE: I AM a noob. that is y it kinda sux. but... im kinda young. lol. PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Computer controlled crossover?

Hey guys, I've been wanting to ask someone about this idea for a while now. You know how you can get programs like SRS Wow that's built into windows media player? There are also other assorted Equalizer programs (with sliders) or for effect, to change how your music is playing. If these programs can do this merely with cpu power, is there a way I could have a source from the mic/input plug on a soundcard in one of my spare towers, and say, re-route it to the speaker/output on the card, but say, have a subsonic filter in place between the input and the output of the card, using only software? I'm pretty Effin sure this has to be possible, and yes I can take into consideration that there could be some considerable cpu usage for realtime playback. My goal would be to say set in place a 20 or 30hz cutoff point and then run that to my subwoofer amp, or use two seperate towers, and run my other subwoofers I have sitting around, but they need a higher cutoff point as they are only 8-10inch woofers. Could anyone lend a hand?? I know this has to be possible somehow.

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Computer screen problem Answered

I've got windows vista home premium 64 bit with an HP w2338h display. Whenever I open a picture in windows photo gallery or sometimes when I maximize a youtube video the picture goes black and white, with verticle lines, and out of resolution as well-- help?

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Looking for the right computer

   8 years ago, my dad bought me a computer. It was decent enough, and served me well through school. It did however break down a lot, and over the years my computer(s) have gone through numerous iterations and fixes in an attempt to keep them working. With all the Frankensteining going on, very little (if any) of my original computer is left. These days even wiping the hard disks doesn't fix all the problems. So I find myself in the market for a new machine with very little contemporary knowledge of what to get. And here's where you come in: what does Instructables recommend (specific pieces of equipment if possible) in terms of hardware and computer specs? Usage: I'm a graphic artist focused more on the 2-D side of things; I need enough power and memory to work in large sizes( 40 MB multi-layer images with dimensions well over 10,000 x 10,000 pixels are not that uncommon, and working with a few of these at once will sometimes be necessary) and remain stable 24/7. The computer needs to be able to multitask, at the very least running windows explorer, firefox (tab addict), fireworks, a basic text editor, and a media player simultaneously.  It has to have at least a couple hundred gigs of space, and be able to display and edit large video files as well. I've got a couple thousand dollars handy, and can save for more if necessary; I just need a good machine that'll perform to expectations and remain error-free for as long as possible. So, Instructables, any suggestions?

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Computer Drive Bay?

Hi all. I am looking to fill at least 2 of my 4 availible 5.26 inch drive bays in my "new" computer. I was thinking like maybe a fan comtroller... but thats a little boring for me. I want somthing really cool. I did consider a lcd... but its kind of expensive and well... just not... idk. I just dont really like that idea. I was thinking somthing lik a toaster. :D But really... i want something kool. i mean even somthing totally useless... I just wanna fill them. I did consider using 1/2/3 of them for resivours for a liquid cooling system... but thats a little hard 4 me rit now. I am on a budget. I already gotta pay lik 130-230 for a new mobo. But i still hav som monsy 2 spend on it. So, wat is the coolest 5.25 inch drive bay device u ever saw. I also have 2 3.5 inch ones for smaller things. Like floppy. :D In case ur wonderin, i hav a xion vantage case. I am usin lik 4 fans. 2 or 3 lite up. I will soon be adding cold cathodes. But anyway, u can see it in my forum topic that i will make once my pc is bak from shop. THANKS!

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Hp or Toshiba Computer Answered

That would be the best choice between an HP computer and a Toshiba with the same features and a price almost identical?

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Old Computer Speakers

Is there any way i can hide my old computer speakers? I would like for it to be kind of easy. Any ideas?

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Which computer is better? Answered

Hey, I'm trying to figure out which computer I should buy. One is an HP Pavilion HPE H8 with an Intel i7 third generation quad core at 3.4Ghz. The other has an AMD FX100 Hex core processor at 3.5Ghz. It sounds like the AMD is the winner, but I just want to be sure. I plan on running games such as Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Saints Row 3, Medal of Honor, Need for Speed World, and about 7 or 8 other smaller games. The computer with the AMD processor has 8GB RAM and the i7 processor has 10GB, both have 1TB sata 7200rpm HDD. Which is faster? Which will run best?

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Computer sign on issues

I use Win XP and since Service Pack 3 I have an Admin and my own sign. How do I get rid of one of them so the computer will go directly to bootup?

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computer function generator?

I want to build a simple computer based function generator and only spend about 10 dollars. Is it possiable, if so please lt me know about it.

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Individual volume on computers

I was wondering. Is it possible, with or without hardware so I can browse the internet without volume, for listen to music at the same times on Itunes, and hear it. Basically, is it possible to not here sounds on the internet without turning my whole computer volume off? Google was no help.

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Insert an image to computer

Dear All - Just curiously and learning Please help me to know: -Is possible insert an (photo, image, picture, icon Sorry I don't know how I call it) in DEVICES WITH REMOVABLE STORAGE in my computer ( Windows 7 , 64 bit and just for decor .Please view photo' - If yes please guide me or tell me the web site have instruction for do that. Thank you so much and sorry my English not well.

Question by lam 


is Arduino found in computers?

I can't seem to find any info on the web. and i came here 4 help

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Old Computer Parts...

Alright I know this question has been asked a hundred times before, but I've searched and none of them have been close to what I specifically want. I have two old computers with some fans and L.E.D's, and I was just wanting to find something to use these things for. Everything I find is either about restoring the computer or just using the shell of one. I want something like robots lights or something like that. Oh, and sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

Topic by AustinIsom 


how to crash a computer

I have gone to notepad and typed the crash code but no results  (start>all programs>accessories>notepad)

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Is this a good gaming computer? Answered

I am shopping for a gaming/movie editing computer when I stumbled along this computer. It looks nice and sturdy... I would like to know if it is a good gaming/ movie editing pc. If any of you have it, please tell me what is good about it. here is a link http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/voodoo/firebird/1/storefronts/GM339AA%2523ABA?aoid=35252

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Computer screen with dots?

Acer T232HL. I dusted the screen. Then it was electrostatically loaded. Now the screen is fulll of dots. How can the screen be discharged so that the dots disappear ?

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