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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:36 PM
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Do you have any questions about computer hardware? Ask ME!
:shrug:
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:38 PM
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1. Uh, you do KNOW that there's a Computer forum?
:evilgrin: ♦♠

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

If you can see the two little things next to the smiley, I'll be surprised - this was an accident, but a cute one, regardless.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:39 PM
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2. You are missing the heart and clover....
:-)

I didn't realize that people still posted in that!

:D
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:41 PM
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3. Where is that elusive "Any" key?
Every fucking keyboard I buy is missing it.

:shrug:
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:42 PM
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4. It is best just to use the TAB key....
Then you get a beverage too!
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:51 PM
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8. What will the Insert key get me?
Gawd, I hope it's something REALLY good!
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:55 PM
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10. More spam in your mailbox
Do you REALLY want more inserts?
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NewEnglandGirl Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:42 PM
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5. I'd have to know what hardware is
All I know is that it's not software. Not too proficient here. :*
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:43 PM
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6. I am here to help!
:D
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NewEnglandGirl Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:50 PM
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7. Do the flat screen monitors really
throw off as much heat as everyone says? More than the older ones? And is it true that if you get a large monitor on your laptop the battery will last less time? :shrug:
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:55 PM
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9. Hmm.....great question!
The new LCD monitors use less energy, but concentrate the heat towards the back of the unit.
A LCD monitor vs a CRT saves you at least 40% in electricity usage.


As far as the energy usage of new laptops, look at all the equipment before making a judgment.

If you have a large screen but simple graphics and only one hard drive, you will have the same (or better) battery life of someone who has a very small screen but additional graphics capability, multiple hard drives, faster processor, etc.

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NewEnglandGirl Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:00 PM
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11. Thanks a bunch !
And I had no idea about the savings in electricity. :)
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:09 PM
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12. What's the difference between Colleen and Candy? n/t
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:10 PM
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13. 1 bra size?
Elephinno.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:12 PM
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14. Just checking :) --- they're ancient pieces of computer hardware n/t
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:17 PM
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15. Why is my new motherboard/cpu combo giving me a hard time?
Works fine on my bench. Mount it in the case-powers on but won't post. I'll screw with it in the morning, time for bed.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:53 AM
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19. My guess is loose contacts in the memory sockets or PCI-Ex slot
:shrug:
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:20 PM
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16. How hard IS hardware?
And how soft IS... well, you know... :headbang:
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:49 PM
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17. Can I save electricity by shortening all the extension cords....
powering my hardware?

Also, is there any trick to get the damn blinking 12:00 to disappear for good? My family is starting to hassle me about the tape place over them.
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:51 PM
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18. How do I flash my BIOS
without getting arrested?
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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:20 AM
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20. Why does the warranty on my computer not cover the cupholder?
I've broken three of them and they say I have to pay for it the next time instead of them fixing it under warranty.

Why buy a warranty if they won't fix things when they break? It's their own fault for making cheap cupholders. Although it's not so cheap when they quoted me the price to fix it if it breaks again -- $150 for a steenkin' cupholder!
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:22 AM
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21. If you have a full mug of Southern Comfort, do NOT hit the eject button on the "cup-holder"
Wait until the mug is empty (And probably on the floor,) then utilize the magic of the cup-holder.


(Hopefully with some kind of optical disc!)
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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:39 AM
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28. I prefer scotch, SoCo just tastes kinda grody to me.
Glad you caught the joke, then again that one has been around so long.... I was worried someone might think I was serious!

The only unorthodox use I have ever had for my optical drive was to hide my pack of birth control pills.

I'm serious.... my mom knew I was on the Pill and approved 100%, but we lived with my grandparents, and my mother did not want my grandmother to know that I was on the Pill. I got them in three month quantities, and hid the extras at my father's house, but the active packet fit nicely in my optical drive. My grandmother was scared to even touch my computer, so we knew that was the one place in the house they wouldn't get found!

And the CD-ROM suffered no ill-effects from its extra function as a clandestine birth control dispenser.
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:51 AM
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35. "CD-ROM suffered no ill-effects "
Oh really? Have you ever seen any of those CDs pregnant after that? :P
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:24 AM
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22. how do i get my computer to work after USB keyboard is turned off?
and there's no PS2 port on my comp?
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:25 AM
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23. Which O/S are you using?
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:36 AM
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26. win xp
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:38 AM
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27. Easy fix...
I think.

Make sure in the BIOS that an interrupt is assigned to the USB controller.

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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:41 AM
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29. but my keyboard doesnt work
i cant change the options in BIOS
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:42 AM
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30. Yikes
And no PS/2 port?

This is tricky....


I may have to sleep on it.
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:44 AM
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31. hehe
this is an old trick we used to play on friends.....

It really is cruel though. They only have a USB keyboard and then you go into the BIOS and disable USB. LOL

The only way out is to flash the bios or re-initialize it.
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:46 AM
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32. I knew something was amiss...
:grr:

:-)
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:47 AM
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34. totally do it sometime
it is hilarious :D
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:30 AM
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24. Is it true that...
In the old days computers were powered by steam? :P
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:36 AM
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25. You would have to ask Senator McCain
This question far exceeds my knowledge of current hardware.
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 01:47 AM
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33. Lol!
When he was a kid,computers were powered by feet.Just like cars.

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