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    HP G56 laptop won't boot with SSD in

    I have an older HP G56 laptop which I wanted to upgrade. So I took my Kingston SSDNOW V100 64GB SSD and put it into the laptop, figuring it would be an easy process to just reformat during installation of Windows 7. But with the SSD in the laptop, it doesn't proceed past the very first screen...
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    Odd IP given by router.

    I reformatted a laptop for someone and they needed to reconnect to their home network. They had the local ISP set up a wireless router for them and they don't know which brand it is (they don't really know much about computers in general). Therefore I have no idea how to go in and reset the...
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    Futureshop and Bestbuy boxing day deals

    Hi guys, for those who haven't already seen them, I've condensed the list of deals offered, provided by redflagdeals, to show the PC/Netbook/Laptop deals: Bestbuy: HP Vision Desktop w/AMD Athlon II 530 Quad Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB HD, Radeon HD 4200 - $399.99 Acer Netbook with...
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    Installed XP after installing 7 --> Error loading operating system

    I receive this message whenever the computer attempts to boot now. First time was during the first reboot of XP setup. I googled around and found it is a common problem apparently, and that the only fix (to restore 7) is to use some sort of "Windows 7 Recovery Console" which apparently doesn't...
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    Windows 7 Drivers for Gateway MX6440?

    Hey, not sure exactly where to post this, I searched around the net quite a while and also did a few quick searches in the forum but couldn't find anything. I'm converting my PC's to W7 and I'm looking for drivers for an older laptop I purchased in 2006. It's a Gateway MX6440. It came with...
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    New SATA drive won't boot!

    I just installed a new SATA drive and added it into my case while keeping the old PATA in so I could transfer data over. I installed Windows to the primary partition of the SATA and did my stuff and when I had all the data from the old drive transferred over I disconnected the ribbon and power...
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    Good CPU benchmarking program?

    I use Sisoft SANRA right now for benchmarking CPUs because of how it outputs good raw information which can easily be compared to other CPUs. It outputs in MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) and MFLOPS (Million Floating Point Operations Per Second). The only qualm I have with the program is...
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    X2 3800 running at 113C under full load. :|

    I just recently installed a new upgrade into my computer. An AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ was the CPU I chose. I've been fooling around and trying stuff out and it performs fantastically, but I have a bit of an issue. I'm part of a group for distributed.net, which is similar to the Folding@Home...
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    ASUS M2N-MX

    I was wondering if anybody hear has heard anything good or bad about this motherboard. I plan on purchasing it soon as part of my computer upgrade I'm getting. Features I really like are the SATA II connectors, which I plan to use with a new SATA II hard drive, and I also plan on taking...
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    Lindows

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    sweet deal on tiger! 320 GB SATA-300 for $115 (CAD)

    Just thought I'd show everyone this deal incase no one has seen it yet. There's a 320 GB SATA-300 drive with 16MB of cache I found on tigerdirect.ca for only $114.99. I may be picking one up. It's an amazing deal...
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    Laptop - Celeron M vs. Sempron (more detail)

    Hey guys. I'm not sure if this is the right spot to post this, but here is my current dilemma. I have a choice between two laptops with almost equal specs, except CPU and a few other very minor differences. The one CPU is a Celeron M 420 at 1.6 GHz and the other is an AMD Sempron 3300+ at 2.0...
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    FTP shared-access folder

    Hey guys. I am needing a bit of a custom setup for something, but I'm not even sure it can be done... This is the best way I can describe it: Computers A, B, and C all need to have the same copies of every file in a certain directory. What I was hoping I could do was configure these computers...
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    Windows File-Sharing Problem

    I'm having a huge issue in that some of my shared folders aren't accessible by other computers on my LAN. I have FINALLY figured out what is causing it! The folders that aren't accessible are the ones on my G drive, which is using NTFS file compression to compress the files (my G drive is a...
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    How to join the [H]orde

    Well I took the plunge and tried out folding... I figured that since I leave my computer on pretty much 12/7 (only off at night) I might as well put those spare cycles to good use and for a dedicated cause. It turns out it works quite well! I imagined it bogging down my CPU power while I'm...
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    1394 Connection?

    Hi I was wondering what that "1394 Connection" in your network connections screen is. It's on my computer and on my brothers' computers too. It's never a problem but I'm just wondering what it's for... Actually I am having some problems. My computer's file sharing won't work properly as...
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    Distributed Computing over a LAN

    I have a question. I do a lot of video encoding, and process bogs down my computer a lot, and sometimes drives me insane because I can't do much besies surfing and msn on it while it encodes/transcodes video. :P I was wondering if there was a Windows XP program out there than can take...
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    Bridging a Bridged Network

    I was wondering if it was possible to bridge a bridged network. Put simply, and in more mental vision-friendly terms, if you used the Windows XP bridge function to link two LAN segments (two seperate local area networks), could you also bridge a third network onto this new, larger network, by...
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    Dell Laptop?

    I am looking into buying a laptop for when school starts up soon. I'll only be going into my senior high school years (no intense college/university stuff) but I think a laptop would still help me a lot for note-taking and stuff. I was looking at going with the cheapest available from Dell, but...
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    Software RAID 1 (aka Windows Dynamic Disks)

    I have some very important data on my computer that is modified quite often. Therefore I see the best way to back it up as to use a RAID 1 array. I'm not exactly the richest man in the world though so I don't wish to buy an exact copy of my 120 GB HDD to back up my 40 GB of important data along...
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    New Vid Card - Strange Deal

    Hey guys. I remember back in 2003 (or maybe it was '04) that I bought myself a computer upgrade to an AMD Athlon XP 2600+. Well it's starting to show its age now and I'm looking into buying a new upgrade. (I also now have a job and so have much more income). Anyways I found a good deal... a...
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    Swap HDD to different PC and retain user data and functionality?

    I am planning on swapping a Maxtor 160 GB HDD to a computer after it receives a new Motherboard, CPU, and RAM stick. It would have the same video card and HDD, but other things like LAN and Sound which are included on the mobo would automatically change too. Would I be able to just move the new...
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    Difference between Sempron and Sempron 64 performance?

    I am getting an upgrade for my dad's computer and have my eye on two motherboard + CPU combos. One features an AMD Sempron 2800+ (Socket 754) and the other features an AMD Sempron 64 2500+ (also Socket 754). I was wondering if there is a noticable improvement in performance between a 64 and a...
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    Coaxial Audio DVD Player...

    Hey guys, I have a problem. I got a new DivX DVD player, but instead of it having the tons of audio ports like my old 5.1 surround sound DVD player, it has this tihng called a "coaxial" port. I was wondering if there was an adapter or something out there that I can use to convert all those...
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    Does the ATi Radeon 9550 have T&L?

    I am wondering if the ATi Radeon 9550 has Hardware Transform and Lighting. My dad wanted to play a game that required it in the video card but his value card didn't have it, so he bought this card. The box doesn't mention that it has it, and we don't want to open the box just icnase its...
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    The RamDisk

    Hey I was wondering (sorry if this question has been asked a lot before) why the RamDisks (PCI cards that use RAM sticks as non-volatile storage via power current through the PCI slot) don't use the PCI slot for data transfer. It'd be a lot faster than SATA and SATA2! Lots of things already use...
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    Difference between DVD-R and DVD+R?

    Sorry, I'm sure this question has been asked a hundred times around here, but I'm dying to know! I have a choice to buy a large pack of either DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs and I'd like to know the difference so that I make the right choice. Thanks in advance!
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    DVD-RW Problem! PLEASE HELP!!

    Alright, heres the situation: I just bought a brand new LG DVD-RW that has like a million features, including 16x DVD-R+ writing, and this DVD-RAM technology, so its like a fairly new drive. (Sucker cost me $165 CAD after tax anyways so it better be good!) I have it connected and everything...
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    Graphic Card "Flashing"

    I've heard about flashing graphic cards to boost them up a step, like flashing a 9800 LE (i think thats what its called) which is like an underclocked 9800 to a 9800pro and it'll be as good as a 9800 pro! I was wondering if I could do that with my GeforceFX 5700 LE and boost it up to a regular...
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    APG to PCI-e... Why even bother???

    Okay I know I probably sound stupid and ignorant but is there REALLY a huge performance increase in PCE-e over our well-adopted AGP interface? Its just more work and stress and trouble for us customers to have to deal with, switching over to these new technologies to avoid incompatability...
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    Overclocking the 5700 LE

    I recently upgraded from a Geforce4 MX440 to a GeforceFX 5700 LE. I used to use Riva Tuner to overclock my video cards, but now that I upgraded to this new card, no overclocks are possible. One other side note is that I am also using a newer version of Riva Tuner, and a newer version of Windows...
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    What ATI card matches...

    ...the Geforce FX 5700 LE in performance? Thanks in advance for any answers.
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    My CPU is ignoring the BIOS! :O

    Well, sort of... I have tried and tried to overclock my Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton core) but it refuses to overclock! The FSB can be changed, but any change to the multiplier in the BIOS is completely ignored, and the CPU still operates at 11.5x or whatever the default multiplier is. I can only...
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    SB Audigy Driver Neded!

    3 Hours of searching and not a single result yet! I recently received a Sound Blaster Audigy OEM for christmas, fro TigerDirect.ca. I put it in the computer, but then realized it didn't come with drivers!It was an OEM purchase, so I should have realized that as soon as we started. I have been...
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    Problem With SCSI Harddrive

    My brother's computer has an SCSI harddrive installed to the computer. He has recently got a major error that requires me to reformat the harddrive and start fresh. The problem is that the format.exe/format.com file has been deleted from the C drive, so I can't reformat from DOS. It also doesn't...
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    Can Notebook harddrives be upgraded?

    I can't seem to find notebook-specific harddrives in computer stores, and regular harddrives appear far too "fat" for notebooks. I also don't wish to have to use an external harddrive as my notebook is meant to be portable, so I ask this: Can Notebook internal hard drives be upgraded?
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    Can SATA drives be partitioned?

    Self-explanatory thread in my opinion. I ask this because I always partition my hard drives and its neccessary for the way I use my computer.
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    Major Problem! Can't get into BIOS!

    Told you it was a big problem. :( My brother received a Pentium 3 550 Mhrz (Katmai slotted CPU) from his parents, who bought it from a used computer store. Its a Compaq, which has this Big white loading screen with the Compaq logo on it, masking the boot-up post. This prevents us from getting...
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