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Hi all, I've been given a modular PSU that has a cable missing. Namely the 4 pin ATX +12 volt power cable - the one which plugs in next to the CPU. I've not been able to find a replacement (all I can find are extension cables). If I make up my own cable from spare PSU's I have is there any chance of causing damage to the PC or the PSU itself? For instance if the wires are of a different diameter or resistance than the original cable. Any information you can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks, OwenBear

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Hi all, I can't get this PC to connect to the 'net using a NIC card or the onboard LAN. Some info... Motherboard - Gigabyte K8 VT800 CPU - Athlon AMD 64 3000+ 'Newcastle' - 2000Mhz RAM - 2x 1Gb DDR PC3200 HD- 400GB IDE GFX - NVidia 7600 GS 256 DDR3 OS - Windows XP SP3. I'm confused about this problem. So if anyone can help......... I've not had this PC long, and have only used it online with mobile broadband - a 'dongle'. Using the dongle the internet worked fine. The problem started after I got ''true' broadband …

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Hullo, I've just been given a second hand/pre-owned Motherboard/CPU. And as it is potentially better than the one my daughter has I'd like to try and get it up and running. Some info:- Motherboard - Imperial G 20020828 (this is the only info I can find on the board). CPU - P4 2.4Ghz / 533FSB socket 478. RAM - 1GB PC2700 in two 512Mb sticks. GPU - AGP slot / None fitted yet. HDD - None yet. The board came with only the CPU fitted - no case, no PSU, no HDD. I have loads of spare parts that will …

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Hey all, This is a bit of a theoretical question. If my PSU puts out x amount and I wanted to fit a GFX card which would take more power than the system uses in total would it help if I disabled an unused piece of hardware? ie. If I disabled a floppy drive (physically from the PSU) would the power saved be available to a different piece of hardware? Thanks for any help. OwenBear

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Hullo again, After being given even more old PC bits I now have questions about switching CPU's. I've tried swapping my old socket 478 1.7Ghz for a P4 2.5Ghz (socket 478). The motherboard is an ASUS P4B-533VM. And here begin the problems...(and the questions)! 1) After the swap the PC gets to BIOS then freezes, doesn't accept any keyboard input then restarts and repeats the above. I've realised the P4 1.7 is 1.75 volts while the P4 2.5 is 1.5 volts (also the wattage is different). Is this the problem or should the motherboard adjust for this? 2) When I …

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Hi all, Another OwenBear question about older technology. I've just been given a Gigabyte GA-K8vt800 socket 754 motherboard with loads of bits. Seeing as this is better (I hope) than my P4 1.7 (socket 478) current set-up I'd like to try and optimize all the parts I've got. So - to start... Which is the best CPU? AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or AMD Athlon 3400+. Currently I've got the system working with 2GB of DDR400 RAM and the 2000Mhz 3000+ CPU. This is the CPU that came fitted in the motherboard. Will I see any gains if I install the …

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Hi, I've recently been given a load of parts and some of the RAM sticks included have heatsinks on them. I'm talking about flat, aluminium shields, in to parts which encase virtually the whole stick (not the 'spiky' individual chip cooling type). So anyway, I have several spare of these heatsinks and wondered if it would be worth fitting them to the RAM I have installed that don't have these currently fitted. So... 1) Do these type of heatsinks work? 2) Will I need a special adhesive to attach them to the RAM. It looks like they have been fitted …

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Hi, I've recently been given a PC with a load of parts. So I have a spare CPU which (I think) is 200Mhz faster than the CPU currently installed. However I'm not sure if the spare CPU works. So - a few questions. 1) If a CPU is mishandled is it likely to be damaged? I'm not talking about bent pins etc, just the fact that it's been touched on the chip itself and may have been in contact with other parts. DIMM's and also the CMOS battery. 2) If the CPU is damaged will installing it damage the motherboard …

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Hiya all, I've just got my hands on a Jeantech PSU. It's not in the box and has no insttuctions so I hope someone can help. There's a 3 position switch just below the on/off button labelled HAL. Can anyone tell me which setting I should have it on? Maybe I should add I'm from England which runs 240V. Thanks, OwenBear.

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Hi all, I guess this is old tech but I'd still appreciate any answer... Can anyone tell me which is the best GFX card between the following... A NVidia GeForce 6600GT 128MB DDR2 v an NVidia GeForce 7600GS 256MB DDR3. I've tried Googling this question but cant find any satisfactory answer. Again - Sorry about asking about old technology but if someone can help me with this it'll make my day... Cheers..... OwenBear.

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Hi all, I guess this is a pretty basic question about an old motherboard but anyway... The motherboard is a P4i65G. What I'd like to know is about POST info. Should I see a BIOS screen if a motherboard is OK? Or do I need to hit the DEL button? I'm really new to learning about PC's and despite 'googling' the above question I can't get any answers... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers OwenBear

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Sorry if I'm askng an old question but.... Which would be the best/fastest processor? A P4 1.7ghz or a Celeron 2.3ghz? I know they both fit the 478 socket but thats about it. I'd like to get the fastest one installed to help my young daughter with her school work. Would we notice a difference between the two? Any help/information would be much appreciated. Thanks, OwenBear

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Hi, I have a question about the USB Host Controller. When I plug a USB device into my P.C. a box comes up saying '[B]This device can work faster if connected to a High Speed USB 2 port[/B]' or something similar and sometimes mentions some thing about USB 1.1 Ports. Yet my P.C. has 6 USB 2 ports. Is it normal for my P.C. to tell me this when I plug a USB Device in? When I look in Device Manager listed is:- INTEL 82801DB/DBM USB Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD - 24C2 - 24C4 - 24C7 Then a list …

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