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Laptop having issues starting up
Category : Hardware
Laptop having issues starting up
  This issue has only started recently, it's never happened before, but has been doing so for the past few days. I would take it in to get checked over but I'm currently at exam time and I require my laptop for some of those assessments. I just want to know if it's safe to use my laptop, or if I need to take it in to get fixed urgently.

Sometimes

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Hide an ugly and manly PC tower in a girly room. Suggestions :D
Category : Hardware
Hide an ugly and manly PC tower in a girly room. Suggestions :D
  So. I have an ugly tower with blue and grey and a lot of power wires <removed by moderator - ETAF> and I am renovating my room as we speak. I thought about a way to hide that ugly piece of metal in a(I don't know the word in English - pieces of wood glued together in one big .. thing http://www.deltastudio.ro/blog/wp-

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Laptop dead during the winter suddenly revived
Category : Hardware
Laptop dead during the winter suddenly revived
  Hi Everyone! First of all I want to thank those who helped me when this laptop die back in Jan. Especially Gr3iz. So tonight, I had a thought to try to turn on this laptop that went dead suddenly overnight in Jan. The power could be turned on, the light went on as well as the fan, but that was it. The screen seemed to be on but stayed black

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two HD crashes in 4 months?
Category : Hardware
two HD crashes in 4 months?
  As the subject line implies, I've now had 2 HD crashes in 4 months. I'm running a Lenovo PC with SATA drives. Here's the thing...both times it was my secondary drive. The original drive is fine...so far.

The first time this happened, I had 3 drives hooked up. My C drive, a 2nd drive connected to the SATA connection on the MB, and then I had an exte

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Boot Device Not Found !!
Category : Hardware
Boot Device Not Found
  Please be patient with me. I am absolutely ignorant when it comes to all things techie.

I have an HP Pavilion TouchSmart with windows 8. Model number 14-b109wm. Yesterday my laptop was working perfectly. This morning when I tried to turn it on I got a message saying, "Boot device not found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk."

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TAGS : Boot Device Found

Power Supply Issue :!
Category : Hardware
Power Supply Issue
  Hey guys, so I have an issue with a PC. I am refurbishing an HP Pailion a1477c, and it has a Cooler Master 500W Power Plus Extreme for the PSU. I have a feeling it's corrupted, so I've been spelunking in my IT teacher's office for a good PSU. He has several, but their from machines back form 99 or 2001. They don't have PCI-e connectors, and they have 20-pin connectors

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TAGS : Power Supply Issue

BootBlock v1.0
Category : Hardware
BootBlock v1.0
  Hello, I have a problem with my PC, I have read a lot of tutorials and what not but I still can't seem to be able to solve the problem, so I decided to join this forum.

So, few weeks ago I had some problems with my PC (it was turning off while trying to play a game), somebody told me I should update the bios, and I did, then about half way though I got an error

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TAGS : BootBlock

System Reserved Partition, MBR on IBM Thinkpad 2668
Category : Hardware
System Reserved Partition, MBR on IBM Thinkpad 2668
  So my friend asked me to get a virus off of his T43 with Windows XP. I figured I'd just do a clean install of Vista (because XP is now unsupported). The computer was booting fine into XP, but wouldn't accept the Vista install because the system reserved, main partition was too small. I read a solution somewhere that showed me how to ma

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I made a BAD mistake..........
Category : Hardware
I made a BAD mistake..........
  Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-5400K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 5526 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7540D, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953516 MB, Free - 934184 MB

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Hard drive backup -!!!
Category : Hardware
Hard drive backup
  My Dell 1558 has various issues and won't turn on. I need to back up the hard drive. I can remove the HDD and have n external case to put it in. Just wondering though can I just plug it into another computer to copy the files over to a sea grate drive or will the operating system and windows on the HDD cause a problem when I plug it in?

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TAGS : Hard drive backup

Reinstall On an Asus X200CA Netbook.
Category : Hardware
Reinstall On an Asus X200CA Netbook.
  Hey folks,

First off let me say that after close to 2 years this little guy finally gave up its HD. I replaced the old HD and Im trying to re-install Win 8 using a USB Drive but Im having alot of difficulty. I finally got the Bios to recognize my new HD as well as the USB drive but now I get an error code: 0xc0000098 File:BootBCD It states

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12.5-14" Matte Screen Laptop Rec?
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12.5-14" Matte Screen Laptop Rec?
  I was set on the Lenovo x240, but a rash of negative reviews regarding their recent changes to the touchpad area has prompted me to check out other options.

12.5" or 13.3" is preferred. Screen must be matte/anti-glare. Not looking for touchscreen.

Windows 7 is preferred, but if push came to shove I would buy a copy of

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Stinky Sticky Mouse...I tried to fix
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Stinky Sticky Mouse...I tried to fix
  But no luck. I have changed wireless mice (& BATTERIES) from HP to MS. I experience the same problem. It is like driving a car with no power steering. MS optical mouse 2.0. I am using an Win XP , service pack 2, Pentium D , CPU 2.80 GHz, 2.79 GHz, 3.49 GB of RAM. I just ran Malwarebytes... PERFECT.
Right now the mouse is running fine. No cel

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Solved: Issues With Nvidia PhysX
Category : Hardware
Solved: Issues With Nvidia PhysX
  Hey,

As of late I've been making use of NVIDIA Experience to install all of my drivers. It worked perfectly up until tonight when I decided I wanted to change over to the Beta drivers. The attempt to install the Beta driver failed completely so I decided to do a complete re-installation of all my graphics drivers.

Following the instru

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Solved: Help with Acer AXC-605-EB13 speakers
Category : Hardware
Solved: Help with Acer AXC-605-EB13 speakers
  Hi,

I recently purchased an Acer AXC-605-EB13 desktop computer with Windows 8.1 installed. After unwrapping it, I noticed that there were what looked like built-in speakers; after looking at the manual and help guides, this was confirmed. However, these speakers have never worked. When no external audio device is plugged in, the tas

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Gateway Startup Screen Freeze
Category : Hardware
Gateway Startup Screen Freeze
  Hello,

I have a Gateway Ne56r48u laptop that is freezing immediately at the startup screen. The F Boot options for Bios, safemode ect will not appear. I have reseeded the ram, CMOS, hard drive and still the computer freezes on startup. I reseeded the ram and CMOS for more then ten minutes in the hopes to reset the BIOS. When I take out the hard dr

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Need help with (might be) PSU/MB problem!
Category : Hardware
Need help with (might be) PSU/MB problem!
  First of all, my config:

MB: Crosshair IV Formula (BIOS v3029)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2ghz (stock) with Zalman's cnps11x cooler.
RAM: 8GB (2x4) AMD Performance Edition
GPU: ATI HD6970 with Accelero Xtreme III cooler.
SSD: Corsair Force GT 120gb (system) and 250GB Samsung HDD
PSU: Corsair GS600
1400VA SMS

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Laptop optimal operating temperature
Category : Hardware
Laptop optimal operating temperature
  Being a new laptop user I am aware they can get hot.... I have mine sitting up on a small cake cooling tray (so that air can circulate under it) which sits on a wooden table. I"m just wondering what is the temperature they should operate at? Mine has never automatically shut down or had any problems, it's just something I would like to be aware

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Random BSODs after HD replacement
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Random BSODs after HD replacement
  I have an approximately 5 year old laptop, Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980, which I bought new. About 3 years ago the Toshiba utilities told me that the original 500 GB 5400 RPM hard drive was about to fail and to replace it. I replaced it with a Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 7200 RPM Hybrid HD+SSD (STAN500100) using an Apricorn USB to SATA connector and th

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