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    Epson Workforce 845 Printer Connection

    The wireless on this printer has stopped working for me after about 6 months of use. My pc is only a few feet from the printer, so I was thinking I would connect it through a wired USB connection. I see that USB printer cables have a regular USB port on the end, and the other end is a small...
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    Upgrade GTX 680 to AMD HD 8000 or Dual 680?

    AMD is releasing the HD8000 line in January. Nvidia is releasing the GTX 780 line in March. Should I upgrade my GTX 680 to the HD8000 in January, or should I go SLI?
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    Vertical Sync - Use it?

    Should I use vertical sync in games? Is there ever a time when I shouldn't? You can see my rig in my sig. I'm playing BF3, Diablo 3, Metro 2033, Crysis 2, Skyrim, etc.
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    My i5-2500k OC Results

    Introduction: I had used a stock cooler on my i5-2500k with stock thermal paste, but the retention system did not seem firmly attached and temperatures were sporadic. I remember temperatures approach 90C in Prime95 at stock frequency. Anyhow, I decided to try the Hyper 212 Plus since it had...
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    Best Single Solution Water Cooling?

    I've been looking at the following models and am trying to determine which to get (if my Hyper 212+ cooler can't sufficiently cool my i5-2500k at 4.7GHz or so): Corsair H60 Corsair H70 Corsair H80 Corsair H100 It seems that the H100 is the highest in the line and would offer the best...
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    2xGTX 680 or 1xGTX 690?

    Yes, I know the GTX 690 is not even released yet. What I'm wondering is if it's better to go 2xGTX 680 or 1xGTX 690? Apparently some people prefer two discrete cards to one dual GPU video card - why? From what I hear, performance in the GTX 590 was less than 2xGTX 580, but don't people prefer 1...
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    Get 2nd GTX 570 or single GTX 680?

    I'm building a system right now. Currently I have one GTX 570 and plan to add on a 2nd (I have an HX850 Corsair psu and i5 2500k which will be OC'd ~4.5GHz). Should I use the single GTX 570 card for a bit then upgrade to a GTX 680 (once I can find one for sale, lolz)? Or should I just add...
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    What video cards can bottleneck 2500k @ 4.5GHz?

    I'm building a GTX 570 SLI system now, and I'm pretty sure it won't be bottlenecked by the 2500k @ 4.5GHz, but I'm wondering about a hypothetical scenario--say, GTX 680 SLI? Would that cause a bottleneck in cpu? What cpu is even faster than the overclocked 2500k, now or on the horizon?
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    Virgin Mobile Phones 50% Off - $20 Promo Code - Free Shipping

    Motorola Triumph for $120 + Free Shipping after coupon code: SAVE20 (Reg. $299.99) LG Optimus V for $52 + Free Shipping after coupon code: SAVE20 (Reg. $129.99) LG Optimus Slider for $80 + Free Shipping after coupon code: SAVE20 (Reg. $199.99) MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot for $60 + Free...
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    Wake Computer Functionality

    Goal: computer wakes up on a set schedule in the morning and opens Internet Explorer (default website is Pandora), so I wake up to Pandora music in the morning. Problem: I set Task Scheduler in Windows 7 to do this, but my computer never wakes up. If my computer is already on, then it will...
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    XFinity on LCD Monitor

    I'm trying to view XFinity Digital TV via my Planar LCD monitor, but when I connect the HDMI to the LCD, I get no signal. Do I need a TV Tuner or something additional? What's the deal here? My LCD - PLANAR PX2710MW Black 27" 2ms Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 1200:1...
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    Athlon 64 Venice problems

    I've overclocked my venice to 2.565 GHz stable before, but after replacing some parts (replaced PSU from an Enermax 550W, replaced memory from 2x512MB Corsair ValueSelect, replaced HDD), I'm having some stability problems at really low overclocks. System specs: Athlon 64 Venice 3000+ MSI...
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    OC for GTX 260m - OC reverting to stock?

    Background info: Windows 7 Asus G72GX-RBBX0 17" laptop 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo 6GB DDR2 500GB As you all probably already know, the GTX 260m comes with 500/850/1250 which is a factory underclock of the card's normal 550/950/1350. I'm trying to 'OC' the card to its regular settings, so I'm using...
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    How to permanently decrease volume in audio file

    I need to decrease the overall sound output of a .wav file by 90%. I'm making a Camtasia powerpoint presentation with voice, and I want a music background. However, currently the music overpowers the voice, so I need a way to truly make it background noise. Camtasia's features aren't good enough...
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    SATA HDD Unrecognized in Windows

    Background info: Dell Dimension 9150 upgraded with an additional HDD (reformatted windows and installed onto new HDD), Pentium D 850/2GB OCZ/8800 GT/520w PSU/old 160GB HDD. Bios Changes: In order to get windows installation to recognize a HDD, I changed from 'RAID AutoDetect' to 'Combination...
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    Memory Upgrade for Laptop - Question

    I have a Dell D600 laptop with 2x256MB PC2100 ram. I'm wondering, would pc3200 sodimm work in the laptop? I know desktop pcs can take like pc5200 and just under clock it and tighten up the latency. Is that possible with laptops? Would pc3200 work?
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    Oblivion question

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    Creating video with webcam

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    Cleaning the inside of a LCD screen on a laptop

    I just recently purchased a Dell D600 laptop on eBay (bad move, I know). Anyway, it has 0 dead pixels and I cleaned the outside of the screen, but it appears as if there is dust on the inside of the screen. Is this true, and if so, how do I clean it? Is it possible to open up the screen on the...
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    PC won't boot - help?

    My roommate for college brought his pc and it won't boot or show anything on the screen. It does not beep when I turn it on (yes, the speaker wires from the case are in the motherboard), but everything is powered on. Everything seems to work - I'm thinking possibly the CPU is the problem? Or...
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    Can a good switch improve gaming?

    Can a good switch improve gaming over being hooked directly into the cable modem? I currently have a cable modem and have perfect upload, but very unstable download. My speeds for download range from 1mbps to 4mbps; it is plenty of bandwidth for on-line gaming, but my pings for all servers are...
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    Wireless router for $13 shipped

    OK, I just found this "deal" and am considering doing it myself. You must purchase the router through Basically, you have to enable your wireless router for others to connect through it to you. It's complicated, but the video on the site and the description when you try to...
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    Good switches for LANs?

    I'm interested in purchasing an 8-port or larger switch for gaming on LAN. Currently my Linksys 8-port only gives me 5-20 ms pings. I'm wondering if there is anything better within a reasonable price range?
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    Creating video with webcam

    I recently purchased a USB webcam, and I'd like to create a movie first featuring a video of me introducing myself, then in-game footage of me explaining expert gameplay, tactics, etc for a game called Descent 3. Well, I've managed to create video of me using some software that came with the...
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    File sharing on XP Pro -- not accessible

    I have my pc and a notebook connected using CAT5E cables to the same router, they are in the same workgroup, file and sharing is enabled on both pcs and windows firewall is off, yet when I click on the other pc in My Network Places, view workgroup computers, it gives me this error: //PCName...
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    need help connecting I/O drive for Aud. 2 ZS Platinum

    EDIT: Got it to work.
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    Audigy 2 ZS Platinum $75 shipped A/R It is a $100 rebate, which is kinda large. It would be bad if the rebate didn't come in. I actually just purchased this same card for $90 shipped today used, and it is missing the firewire...
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    video conferencing / webcame suggestions?

    I'm interested in communicating with my Dad from college with voice and video (I could use a separate program for voice if necessary, like Teamspeak). My Dad would also like to use video conferencing for science presentations worldwide. We currently have cable 6.0mbps/384kbps, and I'm sure my...
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    Oblivion question

    I'm just starting out in Oblivion as a Breton, and I'm overburdened now. I've been trying to figure out how to get rid of items for like 20 mins, but I guess I'm either dumb or missing something. So that's my question: how do I throw away items in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? By the way it...
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    Bose: All they are hyped up to be?

    A few months ago I was at the outlet malls in Grove City, Pennsylvania (like 200 stores), and my Mom and I stopped by the Bose factory outlet store to see what Bose had to offer. While we were in the store, we were invited to hear the Bose Lifestyle 48 in the Bose theater. I went in pretty...
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    Which headphone amp to buy?

    Well, the other day I was at the piano and plugged my headphones into a cd player to do some ear training by listening to various songs and transcribing them onto piano. This was the first time I'd ever plugged my headphones into something other than my pc (I have Sennheiser HD 212 Pros), and...
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    Which Sennheiser headphones to buy?

    I currently have a pair of Sennheiser HD 212 Pro headphones. They're ok, but I want something that will never leave me wanting more in terms of sound and comfort. That said, I'm mainly looking at 4 sets of headphones here: 1. Sennheiser HD 555 2. Sennheiser HD 580 3. Sennheiser HD 590...
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    HTML question

    I'm just playing around with HTML like a typical newbie, and can't figure out what &nbsp does. Google pages adds it to everything, and I'm wondering why. Here is an example of a blank field on Google's Page Creator tool: <p>&nbsp;</p> What in the world does that do? :) Thanks.
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    Enermax 550w: how much can it handle?

    Earlier today I bought a Enermax 550w EG651P-VE 20 pin PSU. Its specs: 550w total power; 650 watt peak power +12V = 24A +5V = 46A +3.3V = 40A How much can this PSU handle in terms of video cards? Can it handle SLI? What is the max system I can expect it to run well?
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    Day of Defeat: Source free: Feb. 10-12

    For those of you with steam accounts, Valve is letting people pre-load DoD: Source now in preparation for a free weekend(for those who don't own the game)! I'm pre-loading now.
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    Learning programming -- best way(s)?

    Hey guys, I'm currently a senior in AP Comp Sci at my high school. I've taken an introductory course in Visual BASIC and C++ also. Well, something I'm noticing is that no one is learning anything in any of my classes. My classmates kind of cruise through the year typing up programs the teacher...
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    6800 GT on a64 rig, 350w Fortron

    I'm getting a new 6800 GT 256MB AGP card, and I plan to overclock it to 440/1200(or whatever is its max OC), which will draw out a lot more power. I read on Anandtech that under load the 6800 GT uses 241 watts, and that's not overclocked. I'll be running everything on my current rig in my sig...
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    Computer build advertising help

    Hey guys, I'm interested in making a few bucks during the school year and summer by building high performance pcs for people at my Dad's workplace. I live about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., and my Dad works at the U.S. Census Bureau with about 10-20,000 -- or even up to 100,000 during the...