Hardware is a collection of physical elements that comprise a computer system. Computer hardware refers to the physical parts or components of computer such as monitor, keyboard, hard disk, mouse, etc.

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Determining if a game is CPU- or GPU-limited

What is a reliable, but not too time-consuming way to determine if a certain game is limited by the graphics card or by the processor speed? I have some preconceptions about whether I'm mostly GPU or ...
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How can I check if my computer's powerful enough to run a certain game?

Is there a service that I can use to check if my machine will be able to run a certain game?
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How do I repair a scratched game disc?

I have kids, which means I have scratched game discs that my systems can't read. Several months ago, I watched a video demonstrating how to repair scratched game discs using car polish. I tried ...
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How does the NES Zapper work? [duplicate]

You may have played NES Console games when you were younger -- I know I did. I remember playing Duck Hunt, for one: Duck Hunt came with a peripheral called the NES Zapper: How does it work? How ...
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Logitech G13 changes LCD automatically, can it change the profile automatically, too?

I am currently using a Logitech G13 to play Star Trek Online. Without any action on my part, the G13 seems to be aware of whether I am playing on a surface map or a space map. On surface maps, I get a ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

I will be playing PC games on external memory via a USB 3.0 connection. Ignoring price and memory capacity differences, which of these options is better for gameplay purposes?: a Flash USB ...
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How do I stop my PS3 from making so much noise?

I believe that my PS3 is full of dust and therefore the fan goes on max as soon as I start a game. How can I get rid of the dust inside on the heat sinks and fans without destroying something?
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Is my Xbox One temperature normal?

I have a new Xbox One, and I'm very worried about the temperature it's reaching. After only 30 minutes of playing Forza 5 or Titanfall, the top ventilation grid is at 50ºC (122ºF). I'm measuring it ...
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What is AMD Mantle, and can I take advantage of it?

I've bought Civilization Beyond Earth in Steam, and when I start it I get the option to just start the game, or to start it using AMD Mantle. There's no explanation of what AMD Mantle is. I have an ...
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Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode

I have a steam controller connected to my computer. How do I turn the controller off without launching big picture mode? Currently to turn the controller off, I do the following: hit the steam ...
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PS3 graphics Stretching Glitch

I've been having some Graphics glitches with the assassins creed series (specifically 2/BH/Rev) and until today I assumed it was an issue with the game itself. There are times where the ...
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Internal PS3 HDD Replacement

Is there any limit as to what size/type of hard drive you can replace in the Playstation 3?
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Why is there a yellow light on my Wii?

I have an original Wii model that I bought recently. I have never used a Wii before, and in the user manual, it says that the power light should be red when off. However, sometimes it is yellow, and I ...
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Is the Game Boy Advance slot on the DS region-locked?

Would I be able to play an American Game Boy Advance game on my European DS via the GBA slot at the bottom of the device? I know the on the whole Nintendo don't region-lock their portables (at least ...
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Aspect ratio when playing older 4:3 games on a wide screen

My problem is that when I play an older game like Stronghold Crusader or other games that use a 4:3 aspect ratio, it gets pulled apart to 16:9 on my widescreen monitor. Is there a way to prevent ...
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What is the difference between the USB ports on the front/back of the XBox 360?

I just got my Kinect this week and the instructions are adamant that the Kinect has to be plugged into the USB ports on the BACK of the device. It included a cable so I could re-route my wireless ...
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Does my PS3 not enjoy the summer?

I am currently playing The Last of Us on my PS3 Slim and have been running into various technical troubles. The first being the infamous auto-save bug, the second being the game loading forever (I ...
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What are the hardware differences between the Xbox 360 slim and the Xbox 360 E?

What are the hardware differences between the Xbox 360 slim and the Xbox 360 E? Are there any significant improvements or benefits of the Xbox 360 E that one should consider?
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Is a GameStop Switching Power Supply (Model 6002-7431) safe to use with a Nintendo DS Lite?

Evidently phone chargers are not good to use with a Nintendo DS Lite, as they're liable to damage the system. What about a GameStop Switching Power Supply? Searching the Internet, most hits for ...
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Is it possible to get the Saitek X45 working with Windows 8.1 64bit?

I have an old Saitek X45 HOTAS: Are there drivers that will let it work with my Windows 8 computer? Google is not helping!
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Is a wireless mouse less reactive than a classic mouse?

When I play a FPS with my wireless mouse I feel that the game reacts more slowly than my movements. Is a wireless mouse less reactive than a classic mouse? Is there a loss of performance with wireless ...
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PS3 wont turn on

My ps3 super slim stopped working suddenly. It was working fine with no issues, but one day it just refused to turn on . Not even the red LED glows now. I tested the PSU following this video Ps3 Super ...
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Is there a difference in the way the old Xbox360 reads discs and the new model?

I have an original Xbox360 model and my friend has the new model(the one packaged with the Kinect). When trying to play two games, blue dragon and fallout 3, the game works fine on his xbox, but on my ...
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Where is the WiFi antenna located?

Where in the body of the Nintendo 3DS is the WiFi antenna located? To try to get more StreetPasses, I place the 3DS in an indent on my car's dashboard when I'm driving. Which part of the 3DS do I ...
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What features to look for a gaming mouse that works as a full-time mouse?

What should we look for in a gaming mouse that would also be used for other stuff? Obviously any gaming mouse will work fine for anything else, but, for instance, I wish to have 2 axis wheel for ...
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Total war series with a dual monitor setup

In the total war series, specifically Rome and Shogun Total war 2, you can scroll/rotate the map by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen. This works fine on a single monitor, but I have ...
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What happens when I configure my USB hard drive for Xbox 360?

What happens when I configure my USB drive for the Xbox 360? Once it is configured, will I be able to use it like normally on my laptop/other computers? Will I be able to see files from the Xbox ...
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How to measure the performance of a graphics-card?

A CPU's performance is usually determined by it's architecture (16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, etc.), the number of cores and it's frequency. What would be the equivalent for graphics-cards? I've always ...
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My PS3 console beeps one time and doesn't turn on

It has been one month since this problem happened, I don't know how to fix it. The problem When I connect my power cord, the red Colour comes up as normal. But when I press it , it beeps one time ...
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Why does my 3DS XL's 3D slider affect the volume?

When I try to change the volume it doesn't change and stays at full volume, but when I turn the 3D on it quiets down for some reason. How can I fix it and do I need replacements?
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Upconverting older consoles' output for HDTVs

Is it possible? I still like retro gaming on my PSX/PS2 when I have time, but all TVs are HD now and the AVI looks like a mess, and even output from the 480p component cables look really grainy and ...
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Is the blue-ray drive in the PS3 user replacable?

My PS3 Blue-Ray Drive cannot read any disks anymore Is there a possibility to replace the drive with a normal standard spare parts?
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Warning when installing relatively old game

This might be better suited for SuperUser.SE, but it also might be too game-specific. I recently installed Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., a game from 2009, on my new laptop. My laptop carries an i7 2.5 GHz ...
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Does JOYSTICK-IT work with MAME on PC?

I'm thinking of getting a JOYSTICK-IT by ThinkGeek, the guys who developed the iCade. However, I would like to know if the Joystick works for a MAME Emulator on PC. It should be able to connect fine, ...
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Is it possible to fix my PS3 by locating and resoldering broken joints?

My old "Phat" PS3 is dead - In some forums i read that the solder joints are broken. The fan is making some noise and some cryptic signs run over the screen... Is there a possibility to locate ...
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PS3 graphics problem: Strange lines around contours/shading

All video output from my PS3 has strange lines around the edges of shapes/around contours/along gradients. The lines look almost like the outlines you get in Photoshop when you use the magic wand ...
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Fixing the disc reader on an SCPH-30001 NTSC-U/C model PlayStation 2

I have attempted to fix the infamous disc reader error on my fat SCPH-30001 NTSC-U/C PlayStation 2. I have gotten into the disc drive to adjust the calibration (white) wheel (4 clicks at a time) all ...
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Possible Graphics Driver Problem

I considered asking this question over at Super User, since it may be a hardware problem, but since it's specific to one game I came here. I have the game Kerbal Space Program. It's fairly ...
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Is there any way to make Logitech Revolution MX scrolling sensible in OS X?

I'm playing Minecraft on a mac, and I'm using a Logitech Revolution MX. When scrolling in the game, it flicks through my items very quickly, rather than one item-per-click scrolling than I get in ...
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How to force my Samsung monitor and nVidia card to display in 3D?

I have a Samsung 27LSA950 monitor and apparently there is licencing issues between Samsung and nVidia with regards to 3D games. I have Geforce 570 2.5Gb GPU. There was previously a solution on how ...
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How do I remove the Steam Controller receiver from the USB extender?

I got my Steam Controller and plugged the USB-A receiver into the included desktop extender. But I just tried taking the dongle out of the extender and I physically can't. How do I remove it? Has ...
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Is there a way to remove the region lock on a 3DS and still connect to the nintendo store

I have an old DS Lite, and I want to get the Etrian Odyssey series, but the 4th one only came out on 3DS, so I'm going to get a 3DS. But since the 3DS is region locked I was thinking of getting all ...
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What memory stick should I get for my XBox 360?

I recently got a new 4GB Xbox 360, and I wonder if I should get some more memory using a memory stick. Are these fast enough to store game data on or should they just be used for backup? Are there ...
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My 3D Games crashing in these scenarios

I have a situation here which I am unable to solve. I bought a PC last year March, here are my specs: Intel Core i3 550 @ 3GHz 4 GB RAM @400 MHz XFX GeForce 9500 GT graphics card 1GB @550MHz 500 GB ...
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Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma - Lighting Profiles per Game on Mac OS X

I just got my Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Headset today, and is my first of the kind, so have no idea. Just after opening Razer Synapse, I am taken to a "Lighting" page where I can change the lights on ...
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What damage would be done by losing power whilst ps4 is still shutting down (white power indiciator still flashing)

I was wondering what damage can be done to the ps4 system by losing power whilst the system is still in the process of shutting down (the white power indicator still flashing). There seems to be no ...
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Can I bleach or otherwise whiten discolored Wii Classic Controller analog sticks?

Apparently due to finger oils or sunlight or just the flow of time, the joysticks of my Wii Classic Controller have yellowed and look a bit icky, while the rest of the controller (plastic, not rubber) ...
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Can I use the hard disk and the mount from a Slim PS3 in a Super Slim PS3?

I'm looking at grabbing a Super Slim PS3 soon, and since the 12 gig is cheaper than the 500 gig I have been looking at grabbing that and putting a hard drive in it. As far as I can figure replacing a ...
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Wii DVD drive disassembly and reassembly

Can someone please tell me how I can properly disassemble and reassemble a Nintendo Wii DVD disc drive. I know someone by the name 'Console Zombie' has posted a tutorial on YouTube for the Wii U ...
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is the xbox 360 wireless receiver a low/full speed or a high speed usb 2 device? (compatibility with at90usb1287 host)

[This might be a bit off-topic, but I'm not sure where it would be a better fit] I would like to control my uC with a wireless XB360 Gamepad. The at90usb1287 has a usb 2.0 low/full speed host ...