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    hard drive dissapears from computer

    I shouldn't have said borderline over heating. You should be concerned when it gets into the mid 40s. But when you ran that diagnostic test there may have been less disk accessing than opposed to a situation where there is a lot of disc activity. Also, that windows drive might have a lesser RPM...
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    AMD 8-Core, a bit disappointed

    What types of applications are running faster on the laptop? The laptop might have a better GPU than the server. Post the specs of the two.
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    RAM : 2GB Dual Channel or 3GB

    Yeah lol make sure those RAM sticks have the same specs as each other. If they don't they can cause a lot of performance issues, usually intermittent ones. So match your RAM evenly. See how much RAM each DIMM can take on your mo-bo and you may be better off just buying a bundle of 2 sticks of...
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    hard drive dissapears from computer

    Are you sure your hard drive is getting enough air in the case to cool down? Hard drives, especially at 10,000 rpm tend to heat up very quickly and that causes them to expand and when they cool down, you start to lose some accuracy with the read/write heads on the disk. It looks like you built...
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Also, if you are unsure about whether or not your PSU can handle the new GPU, you can use a power calculator on a lot of PSU companies' sites. Make sure you go with one that has 80+ wattage efficiency and be sure to check its voltage efficiency as well.
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    Graphic cards compatibility

    Yeah but depending on the level of applications you run you will want a pcie x16 card. They are slots are specifically designed for them , except for a few other devices for high-end machines (like a gigabit NIC for a server) because of the slots speed. In modern systems it is connected to the...
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    Advice for getting an IT job at 16?

    Yeah most of the people at geek squad are tards... So then what can I do? My dad helped this local IT company (Pomeroy IT Solutions) significantly by hiring them for IT solutions (he works at citi). You think the recommendation of the guy from pomeroy would help get me a job, assuming I actually...
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    Advice for getting an IT job at 16?

    I turned 16 a while back and now that I have a car and with college approaching I realize I need to get a job over the summer. I love computers and know a lot about how they work and practical solutions for problems. To expand my knowledge base on the matter I started reading a Comptia A+...
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    SSD vs 3 HDD's with RAID 5 configuration

    In my next gaming build I am trying to decide whether or not to use SSD or HDD for my hard drive. I understand all the differences between the two so that is not what I'm asking. Price will play a big role. I think right now a SSD is like $1.00/GB whereas HDD is $0.10/GB? If so wouldn't it make...
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    Downsides of Overclocking?

    From what I can see on tigerdirect and newegg at least and just people talking about the subject, it's sounding like the only risk of over clocking is just overheating. Is this the only downside? So in theory, assuming the cpu is cooled 100% to its needs, I'd have nothing to worry about, in...
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    Are these system voltages good?

    I had re-imaged my computer to factory settings with the cd that comes with the computer. I had done this to troubleshoot my computer because the NIC wasn't working, but after I did it still didn't work and I'm at where I am now.
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    Are these system voltages good?

    I have actually already re-imaged the computer already and this all still happens.
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    Are these system voltages good?

    Oh yeah...lol If a window is minimized i have to click it twice for it to pop up, a lot of programs are unstable, or are crashing, just stuff like that.
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    Are these system voltages good?

    The purple wire leading to the motherboard read to 5.00V mark exactly (I'm not using a multimeter with digital display, so it might be off by .01 or so) when the both turned off and on. The green wire read 4.40V (with the computer turned off) and it read ~.050V (with the computer on). The gray...
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    What specs to look for in a PSU?

    I need to replace my current PSU since the voltages have gone bad. I know I need 1000w so I just need to know what else to look for. I have been told to get a certified 80+ one but now I'm hearing about looking for something about voltage efficiency or something, I don't know. Anyways just tell...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    In the meantime, I'm going to use my computer as is. I still need to use my $300 wacom intuos4 tablet. With the psu being damaged, as told above, will this damage the tablet at all? I don't know if the usb would be on the same voltage or not.
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    So how highly would you recommend getting a completely new PSU? And also, do you think this deficiency would apply for my PSU manufacture's warranty? Also, pertaining to my hd radeon 5770 GPU, do you think that this might have gotten some damage in the whole ordeal? I heard that power failures...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    So has that 11.5 voltage been damaging other components? And I'll look into that next time I get a psu. I only used to look for 80+ and watts.
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    What are some of the best gaming ethernet network adapter cards?

    I have to get a new RJ45 ethernet network adapter card for my computer. I usually game on it, and want to take advantage of my 25Mbps isp and cat 6 ethernet. I don't know if these cards are something you really even need because they're not really specified on computer store sites. But even if...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    Are these recorded voltages right and everything recorded is working as it should be? Also, all I'd have to check would be the wires going into the motherboard since everything is connected through it, right? Also, I have a Radeon HD 5770 GPU, I heard that sudden power offs can be fatal for...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    I just want to thank you everyone for helping me out with this. And also, when you say when the power switch is pressed, do you mean just while the computers on or measure the voltage right when I turn it on? Anyways, I had to set my multimeter to 10DC V (it didn't have a 20 setting but im sure...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    I shouldn't be doing this with an electro-static wrist band on, should I? Because wouldn't the charge be carried to my wrist?
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    Could anyone show me how to do this? I have a multimeter and all the equipment but I need more detailed instructions before I do something like this. You could tell me here or just link me a site that shows how to test if each component is getting the right amount of voltage and if they aren't...
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    Computer isn't Detecting Wired Network

    My house got struck by lightning, which you can read about here: http://www.computerforums.org/hardware/how-tell-if-your-computer-has-had-electrical-damage-108880.html#post1094607 and when I booted the computer up, everything ran fine, but it's not connecting to the internet, or even detecting...
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    Could I use my old PC's Case for a New Build?

    So my system got fried from a lightning strike that hit my house. Luckily, insurance is covering it. Im just going to build a new system. I will make it very high performance (like $800-$900) but could I use my old pc's case, optimally? Asides from holding the whole thing together and encasing...
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    I just tried to start it up for the first time and this is the first thing displayed: Start Up Message picture by ukballer1012 - Photobucket I just turned off my computer because I didn't know what to do.
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    How to tell if your computer has had electrical damage?

    At 6:00 am today I was woken up to what I thought was a cannon being blasted off right in front of my window. I went into the other room and my TV was smoking o.O Luckily it was a very old one and wasn't plugged into a surge suppressor, so that's what happens. I'm assuming my house was struck by...
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    CPU Fan Problem

    I also noticed that when the fan's at a constant speed, it will sort of sound like a car revving its engine when acts weird.
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    CPU Fan Problem

    I just noticed this today, and I've never seen it do this: My fan (I'm pretty sure it's my CPU fan otherwise it's my PSU's) keeps going up and down in speed when it needs to go faster, instead of going up at a gradual and smooth increase. I really don't know whats wrong, but if I had to take a...
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    Anything to consider before reimaging my computer?

    I got a 500GB external harddrive and i know how to reimage but does anyone have any tips or know any programs that will help me sort out all the stuff i want to back up? Better yet, if you could provide any links to an online guide or something that would be great!
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    Tech Guide

    Im 15 and just got done taking a comp sci class at school. Sadly my teacher is terrible because this was his first year and we were supposed to get through the whole book and we didnt even get half. I aced the class but i still want to know more about computers. We were using the comptia A+...
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    Re-imaging my computer

    Im going to go with the external harddrive. So is all i have to do is just back up my desired files on the EX HD and then just insert my recovery DVD that came with my PC and just follow instructions or something?
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    Re-imaging my computer

    I've had this computer for like a year now so i figure i might as well re-image it. I know how to re-image my pc but i dont know the good way to do it. What specifically do i need? I think the answer is obviously an external harddrive (just checking if theres anything else) but what external...
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    Best surge supressors for the buck

    Yeah ill just make up my mind there. You cant just shop for one without reading the feedback and like 5 people saying that it messed up their system or something like that and how there are some 2400j ones that are cheaper than a 1200j one -_- I also heard that even with the surge supressor, it...
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    What else can i upgrade?

    So what specs all together in the motherboard should i be looking for? How much memory of the DDR3 should i look for and can someone please explain what the dual/tripple channels do? I suppose the only things id be adding are those 2-4 DIMMs, a good mobo, and a CPU with a fan. So the question is...
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    Best surge supressors for the buck

    I need a cheap reliable surge supressor for my computer. I wouldnt mind a UPS built into it but idk if that will cost too much. I need like a 1000j minimum with a UL rating so i know its good. I tried looking and was confused. Any recommendations? And the built in UPS isnt vital if things start...
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    What else can i upgrade?

    Is that mobo better than the one i currently have or is it just compatible with the potential CPU. I also want to buy one thats good for upgrade later in time
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    What else can i upgrade?

    Yeah thats the problem. I know next should be the CPU but then i gotta get a mobo thats compatible with the CPU and the DIMMs i currently have cuz would prefer to save money. This is really expensive though :/ Any ideas on what mobo and CPU to look at? You think if i added another DIMM would...
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    What else can i upgrade?

    I want to upgrade/add some hardware to my PC to make it better optimized for gaming. I have an ASUS CM5570 (see link for specs) with a 600w PSU and Radeon 5770 i added like 6 months ago. This helped big time because my PC sucks for gaming. Christmas is coming and i want to upgrade something...
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    Logon Issue

    I would but i cant log in to go to my properties. Its actually my sisters laptop and she said when she called geek squad they said she would need some disk. Does this sound right?
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    Logon Issue

    Whenever I try to logon to my laptop after entering my password an error message comes up saying: The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. Does anyone know what the problem is? i have windows 7
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