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    Can't finalize CD-RW

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    So it doesn't work as well as I first thought...

    Alright, I know I stated in the FAQ that you can upgrade your Laptop's optical drive. There's one other thing I should add. I recently purchased a DVD RW drive from newegg with the intent of installing it in the fixed optical bay of my Inspiron 8200/C840.....Well, I got the Dell bracket...
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    Perfect SATA cables for those wanting it clean.

    Since setting up my RAID 5 array. I am disappointed in the flexibility of the SATA cables that came with my ASUS A8N SLI. They're just your every day generic red SATA cables. They're very stiff, and their connectors are really long prohibiting me from reversing the drives in my Lian Li case...
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    Anybody Ever tried Gyration's K/M?

    Here's my thoughts on this wireless Keyboard and mouse combo. I'm not evaluating its gaming performance here, but for its usefullness with an HTPC. Office Depot had the Gyration wireless keyboard and mouse combo on clearance for $50. So I bought it because it never hurts to have spare...
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    Stupid RAID Controller question.

    I just finished my AMD 64 build and I'm curious. I'm using the Silicon Image controller built into my A8N SLI Deluxe. For the time being I'm just running JBOD till I can get a third 250GB Drive and do RAID 5....One Drive of mine is blank and is already registered with the RAID...
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    Need help with a very special Boot Floppy (or CD)

    Guys, I got a bear of a problem here. I have a customer who just had his Hard drive replaced, the drive was part of a RAID 0 array. Anyway, he had a backup made from the drive from the last time the drive was replaced. Only problem is, he used Nero and Nero's restore utility is gay and only...
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    Took apart my first D610 yesterday...

    And now I'm wondering who writes Dell's service manuals... according to them the D610 is only updated with the Sonoma platform and there's not much difference between the 600 and the 610. HELL NO! The D610 is quite a bit different than the D600. The D610's Mini PCI and second memory socket...
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    Thinking about the OCZ Modstream series but...

    Do they all come in that fugly blue and silver sleeving with blue connectors? I'd prefer red if I can get it, but Black will do too. I have a red and black theme going on in my case and the blue would just ruin it. Not that I don't like blue, I like blue...ALOT but OCZ's blue they've chosen...
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    *THE* Notebook FAQ

    Ok, seeing as how I’m in this board daily, I notice the same questions being asked over and over and over ad nauseum. While there is a sticky FAQ in this forum, it’s for a specific model and I think this board deserves a general notebook FAQ. If I missed something (question or link) feel free to...
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    17" Sony CRT dead, worth repairing?

    Hey guys, I have a Sony HMD A200 17" Trinitron monitor. I bought this thing open item from Best Buy several years ago for $250. It was a DAMN nice CRT up until about a week ago, it just suddenly died while one of my friends was using it. When you plug the thing in, you can hear a faint...
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    Friend's P2P activity is making me miffed....

    My friend brings his Laptop over to my house almost all the time. And all the time he's got his Laptop on my wireless and all the time he's either uploading or download and the SOB doesn't cap his upload therefore lagging everything I want to do with MY 'net connection plum to Hell. Frankly...
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    Help me mod my Neo Power

    Hey guys, I ordered an Antec Neopower PSU for my SLI Build (I'll be running dual 6600s, so no need for more than 480W) anyway, I don't like the selection of cables that come with the Neopower (nor do I like their lengths). However, I know enough about wiring I can make my own custom modular...
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    Decisions decisions...

    Hey guys, a friend of mine finally upgraded the motherboard in his mATX Desktop PC. In exchange for installing the machine he gave me his old Motherboard. It is an Abit NV7m motherboard. Quite a nice board back in the day when I bought the thing. Used hand-me down parts for the thing other...
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    more RAM or CPU for multi-tasking.

    I got this friend who thinks if he loads his PC with $600 worth of DDR he can multi-task better...and by Multi-task he means re-encode video and play a game such as Unreal Tournament 2k4 or HL2 at the same time. He's planning out an SLI build and he's cutting corners on stuff like PSU and video...
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    Reccomend me a PCI Video card!

    Now that my Dell 17" Ultrasharp LCD is on it's way I just realized I'll have to use Analog since my KVM nor my Laptop support DVI......BUT WAIT! My Laptop DOES support DVI provided I have an appropriate PCI Video card in my CDock 2 docking station. So here's what I ask of you gentlemen, what...
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    Has this happened to you?

    Ok guys, I bought a Linksys Wireless G card for my Inspiron 5000e running Windows 98. I'd upgrade, but that's what the Laptop came with and I don't have a spare licence of XP or 2000 lying around. Anyway, the label on the ESD bag says run the setup software first. So I did it, and now I have...
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    Dude, where's my docking station?

    Here's a puzzle for y'all, why is it that Dell seems to be the only company that still sells a REAL docking station with their notebooks? I just got a Latitude C Dock in on Monday with monitor stand for my Inspiron 8200 (hacked to C840 BIOS) and I don't know how I lived without the thing. I...
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    KVM Questions

    Ok guys, I got two questions about KVM switches. First off, will the switch function with just a monitor connected? I have two keyboards (one with integrated pointing device) and a mouse to use with both computers at my desk. Can the monitor alone power the switch, or does it HAVE to have...
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    I feel so ashamed...

    ...because my friend Mike who doesn't know much, if anything about computers (at least compared to your average [H]er) is more of a case modder than I am. SERIOUSLY, he has this old 500Mhz K6 Compaq that he's not ONLY successfully relocated the Powersupply, he's also cut a hole for and...
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    HOT! MX510 at Circuit City YMMV

    Well, yesterday I had to buy a new mouse because the feet had become sanded off the bottom of my Intellimouse Explorer to the point where the area near the eye was bottoming out on the pad. Picked up a Logitech MX510 with the Red finish for $20. You heard me right $20. This is totally YMMV...
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    Engine monitoring for truckputer?

    Hey guys, I'm in the early planning phase of installing a 1U rackmount PC into my truck under the back seat (crew cab). I know all about an OBD II Interface for RS232, but I want monitoring of a different color. I have a Diesel engine in my 2000 F250 and I plan on adding a chip intake and...
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    Problems with BIOSTAR M7NCG

    Hey guys I'm working on completing a build for a friend with a Biostar M7NCG mainboard. Here's the problem, it works fine and all but the fucking POST takes so long I can get up and make a sandwich and the thing isn't done getting past detecting the IDE drives. I've tried everything but...
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    Ever bought PC games from Sam's?

    Yeah, the prices aren't a HUGE discount, but then again you have to pay for the cereal box sized packaging. My friend and I hit up Sam's for some cheap eats (also a snack since weekends are Sample mania). Anyway, I haven't been there in freakin years but right near the front door of the store...
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    Thoughts on Acer Notebooks

    Hey guys, I found a nice Acer notebook at newegg for ~$1500. It's a 1.5Ghz Centrino with 512MB RAM, 64MB Radeon 9700, Dual format DVD/RW, 60GB Hard Drive, 3USB 2.0 and one 4pin Firewire port. I know alot of you guys are in LOVE with the AMD notebooks, but I want the battery life the Centrinos...
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    SSL = FUBAR help requested

    Well, I just re-installed Windows XP Pro for the third time on my friend's computer. I've tried two different install CDs one with SP1 and one without. It seems I still get SSL problems. Just thought it was something with Windows update, but then I tried checking out from newegg.com and it...
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    How do you fix Audio Sync Problems in AVIs?

    Well, I got this AVI File that's giving me the fits. It's encoded with DivX and according to Virtual Dub MP3 audio. The video is about 1.5 seconds behind the audio of the file. Which gets rather annoying during any dialogue to hear what the person said then read their lips. I know Virtual...
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    Can't finalize CD-RW

    I got a problem with a CD-RW disc. It's got some pretty important photos on it from my Sony Mavica (one of the Mini CD Burning models) Anyway the camera can read the photos from the disk and everything, the camera won't finalize the disk. I can't read it in my computer. and Nero can't close...
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    New PDA phones at sprint?

    Hey guys, I've been thinking of selling my Dell Axim X5 along with all the stuff I have for it (sans the SD card) to put towards the purchase of a Hitachi G1000. However, does sprint have any newer PDA phones coming in the next month or so? My friend is going to buy my present Samsung VGA1000...
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    So I installed Mandrake 9.2 to my Inspiron 5000e and.....

    I'm just sorta now at a loss all the fun things I can do with it. I got Mozilla installed and working. Still trying to figure out how to get Flash Player 6 working. Thought about putting Quake3 on here because I do have the Linux version of it.
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    No sound on Notebook in Win2k

    Hey guys, I recently put Windows 2000 Pro on my Dell Inspiron 5000e with ESS Maestro onboard audio. Here's my problem. Once I got Win2k installed I got Dell's Win2k driver for the onboard audio. Device Manager says the device is working properly but will not output sound. I've gone deep into...
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