Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

Know my Windows PC

Know my Windows PC

Being a geek one has to assemble his own machine and not just that it is a lot cheaper than buying one from HP or Dell. I will go into the hardware and then the software I use on this PC. This is my main computer and I use it much more than my...

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How to View your Webcam on iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad

How to View your Webcam on iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad

If you have an iPod / iPad / iPhone you can turn it in to a handheld video monitor which can be used as a baby monitor or for surveillance or other security purposes. The setup is very simple (you just need a working webcam and a couple of free / inexpensive software) and...

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Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

If your laptop or desktop features an eSATA port, then you can take advantage of it and connect your external drive to the eSATA port for faster data access, when compared to USB. But the standard eSATA enclosures are way costlier. This hack tells you, how to convert your existing USB enclosure to eSATA...

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Laptop Plugged in Not Charging (HP, Dell, Lenovo)

Laptop Plugged in Not Charging (HP, Dell, Lenovo)

I recently bought a HP Pavilion dm3 laptop, nice looking ultra portable laptop with low power Core i3 CPU. Everything seem to be working fine till I noticed that the laptop battery won’t charge when I plug it in. It would just say Laptop Plugged in, Not Charging. It gave me the real scare,...

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How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

Whether your power supply for the computer failed or your computer got spiked during a thunderstorm or your drives motor is stuck or got busted. Whatever may be the reason you might be needing to manually eject the CD/DVD/Blu Ray drive on your computer (desktop or laptop) to yank out the DVD which you...

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Hitachi 1 TB Deskstar SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB (Great Deal)

See larger image HGST Deskstar 3.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM SATA II 16MB Cache Internal Hard Drive (0S00163) (Personal Computers) List Price: $104.99 USD Hitachi has its 1 TB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive available for only $60, without any mail in rebate hassle. All data hungry folks might like to grab one.

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Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Most certainly you can, and that too without having to spend a fortune or two and without having to stress your grey cells. All you need to buy is the appropriate controller board kit from ebay. You would have to mention your LCD panel type (manufacturer name and model number and resolution) to the...

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Great High Performance/Gaming RAM Deals

DDR2-1000 (PC2-8000) 4 GB Dual Kit (2 X 2 GB) DDR2 240-PIN DIMM 2.0V – 2.1V 5-5-5-12 See larger image Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbyte 4 GB Desktop Memory 996593 (Personal Computers) List Price: $118.26 USD Used from: $75.00 In Stock DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) 4 GB Dual Kit (2 X 2 GB) DDR2 240-PIN DIMM 2.0V...

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Apple iPad: Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy It!

Apple iPad: Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy It!

Steve jobs in his introductory statement for iPad said that this is better than a Netbook, and Apple’s website claims it to be “Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price”. But it seems that iPad is the worst implementation of the most advanced technology out there. It...

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How to Fix a Nikon SB-600 Flash Stuck Zoom

If you Nikon SB-600 Flash powers up, makes funny whizzing noise and then the LCD display shows blinking “–” (instead of the lens focal length), then most likely the motor inside the flash has broken off from its original place. This can happen if you drop your flash or bump it against something. If...

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Find RAM Type and Speed From Commandline in Ubuntu 9.10 (Linux)

If you need to find out the type of RAM and it’s speed or the number of slots available in your computer without having to open the case. Then you can do so in linux machines (Ubuntu 9.10 or Fedora 12 etc) by using the following command: sudo dmidecode --type 17 It would generate...

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Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

I needed a computer case. but didn’t want to invest any money in it as I would be making a long distance journey in near future and won’t be able to lug the heavy case along. DIY solution comes to the rescue. Computer case made of cardboard box! This is built for my test...

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Maximize your Laptop Battery Performance and Life – Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo

Maximize your Laptop Battery Performance and Life – Acer, Apple, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo

It is a very common query as to how the notebook batteries be handled to maximize their performance in terms of backup time as well as battery life. I recently researched for best battery usage habits. A few smart tricks and you can extract maximum out of your battery! hmmm…….Laptop battery? Laptop batteries...

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Solution to Laptop Overheating Problem

If your laptop is on the verge of burning your lap, its time to buy a laptop cooling pad. They are easy and cheap solutions, they enhance your laptop’s life and yes it does work. So shedding a 20 odd bucks for your hundreds of dollar worth investment is justified. It would help you...

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Best Approach to Apply And Remove Thermal Compound/Paste

My Shuttle desktop Core2 Quad Q9550 processor was always showing idle temperature around 50 deg C. I got a little concerned that I overdid the thermal compound application between the CPU and the heat sink. So, I decided to re-seat the heat sink and reapply the thermal paste. I googled on ways to remove...

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Why Should You Build Your Own PC?

Recently I was having an argument with one of my friends that it is cheaper to build (assemble) your own PC than to buy it from a seller like HP, or Dell, or Lenovo. Yes this is true, but this is clearly not the only reason for assembling your own PC. Let me list...

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Monitor Processor & GPU Temperature for Desktop & Laptop

Monitor Processor & GPU Temperature for Desktop & Laptop

Sometimes it is very important to monitor your computer’s CPU and/or GPU temperature, e.g. if you are overclocking your CPU or if you are worried about your computer’s well being or may be you are just feeling geeky. Whatever be the reason, you can do so by using the following utilities: 1. SpeedFan (Windows:...

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Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Build a HTPC for under $300 with full HD video support.

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Find Hardware Profile of Your Computer in Ubuntu 9.10

Some useful linux commands and procedures to help you out with day to day work. 1. Looking under the hood ( how to generate Hardware profile for your system): Assuming that you are running either Ubuntu or Fedora, lets first install lshw

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