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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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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Will US PS4 work on 220V?

I bought a new PS4 Batman bundle from Amazon.com and I was wondering if it will work on 220V. I asked the support in Amazon and did some research and people say that it would work, however when I ...
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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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Can I use a HDD on my PS3 if I have already used another on the same console?

I'm thinking of changing the Hard Disk of my PS3 (Slim 120GB), but I am unsure of what will happen to the data on the one I previously had if I do this: PS3 has some data in the HDD. I turn off PS3, ...
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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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What does RTC stand for?

When researching flash cartridges, I keep coming across the term RTC, but never see it actually defined. I think it has something to do with a battery powered clock. What does RTC stand for?
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Is it safe to use an unofficial cable to power a console?

I want to buy a Super Nintendo AC Adapter Power Supply. The original ones are rare nowadays. I've read on the web that originals adapter have a component that controls the current to avoid damaging ...
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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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Why did Donkey Kong 64 require more than 4 MB of memory?

As most of you know, the N64 Donkey Kong game had a game breaking bug on the 4 MB memory version. They needed to include the expansion memory just so that bug wouldn't happen. I can imagine in the ...
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PS Vita button issue

Recently, my PS Vita's square button stopped working entirely. I have tried everything on the troubleshooting page, and nothing is working. Is this a hardware issue or something that can easliy be ...
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My 3DS got wet, what did I lose and what can I recover?

Four days ago my 3DS fell into water while on, when I pulled it out it remained on, quickly I turned it off and dry it with a towel, removed the SD card and game card, and placed it in a bowl with ...
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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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What am I doing wrong here? [closed]

I bought an Asus gaming laptop for the sole purpose of gaming but for some reason I always have to use the lowest settings just to get it to run somewhat smoothly. It has a 3.5 GHz i7, 8 gb ram, 750 ...
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Is it normal that my bluetooth gamepad only reach 5m/15ft?

I do a lot of gaming from my couch which is placed ~5m/15ft from my computer. I use a Logitech F710 game pad and/or keyboard/mouse with bluetooth connection to the computer. What's super annoying is ...
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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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My Xbox One controller's left joystick popped out. What should I do?

I’m sharing pictures, because this seems fairly incredible to me: This controller fell maybe 3 feet onto a hardwood floor, and I was amazed to discover that the joystick — which doesn’t appear to ...
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How can I judge hardware against minimum and recommended specs?

While investigating graphics card benchmarks for a new PC, I noticed that some of the games I've been playing on my current laptop list minimum specificaitons on Steam that are considerably higher ...
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Will Skyrim work properly if mods and main files are split over two HDDs?

I would like to know if anyone has experience running skyrim and it's mods across two separate data drives. I am upgrading my rig to a solid state, but it is only 500GB. If I want to play a game like ...
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Why did the original Game Boy have four shades of grey? [closed]

How did the makers decide on four - and why not three or five? What is it about the hardware that made four colours optimal? Was there a precedent to using four shades of grey in computer graphics ...
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SteelSeries Engine 3 won't open

So first off, the lights in my SteelSeries Apex has gone out, but that's not my primary issue, as long as the thing works, I can live without the fancy lights. Basically Engine 3 won't open at all. ...
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Which special editions of the PS4 feature the updated power supply?

I have heard the PS4 has recently been updated. I like some of the changes, including the mechanical power and eject buttons, but I especially like the improved power supply. I read some articles ...
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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 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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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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How to transfer data from old HDD to new HDD for PS3 Super Slim?

I'm thinking of upgrading my PS3 HDD to a newer one, but so far I've seen tutorials on how to change the HDD but no information on how to transfer the games and data from my old HDD into the new one. ...
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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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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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What is this long black Nintendo DS thing?

I can't seem to figure out what this is. I know at one point I bought it at one point because I needed it for something but I can't really remember but I know it was important. It looks like a ...
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Can the Ratchet and Clank “Burn Ring” Appear in other games?

There's a cheat/glitch in the first Ratchet and Clank game where you can glitch onto one of the race tracks whilst on foot. Positioning yourself under a bunch of crates (so they're off screen) and ...
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Playing games from a USB3.0 external hard drive [closed]

So I use my Mac to play games, but unfortunately the memory on the Mac runs out very very quickly. I have a USB3 external hard drive and I've been wondering if I could it to store all the game files. ...
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NES has trouble reading games due to minor damage

I just replaced my NES 72-Pin connector and cleaned my game cartridge and my game seems to not go in all the way. I plug it in, and the screen is green or some other color. When I put my finger on the ...
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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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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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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 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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What external hard drive specifications are supported on PS3?

Since I have a pretty small (40GB) hard drive on my PS3 I was planning on buying an external hard drive for some extra storage. I'm looking at a 2.5", 1TB, 5400 rpm Seagate Expansion with a USB 3.0 ...
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Analog movement when emulating keyboard/mouse with Steam controller

I have a Steam Controller on the way and I'm interested in using it for games e.g. Fallout 4. I'd prefer it if the controller would emulate the keyboard, rather than the gamepad, so that I have more ...
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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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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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Problem with mouse that occurs only when playing counter strike global offensive

My mouse is pretty trash, it's a Logitech M175. The battery is fairly new, but sometimes when I'm like watching a video it gets stuck (mouse presses still work though), and it stays that way until I ...
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How does an SSD improve gaming performance?

How would an SSD improve my gaming performance? Is there any FPS increment after using SSD instead of HDD? My System Configuration Windows 7 Professional Intel Core i7 3770 8GB Ram EVGA GTX 980 ...
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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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Differences between the N64 Passport Plus versions

Last night I bought an N64 Passport Plus from someone on eBay, as there's a bigger range on N64 games, and some that I just can't find in Australia. While researching the Passport, I noticed that ...
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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 ...
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ARTetriCAN is a Tetris variant for Android devices. Does it require access to a color printer?

ARTetriCAN is a free-and-open-source augmented-reality Tetris variant for Android devices. You print out a target label, wrap it around a can or bottle, and use your Android device to play an ...
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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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Is there a way I can use Action Replay Powersaves on Ubuntu/Linux?

I'd like to use Action Replay Powersaves, but my computer is running Ubuntu and the official website has only downloads for Windows and Mac.
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GBA SP screen suddenly turning darker for no reason

Hello all a few weeks ago I bought a GBA SP for well nostalgia and all that. But now suddenly two issues have come up (One which I fixed I think). Issue #1: The GBA SP suddenly turning off, checking ...
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Is it possible that my connection speed could effect my FPS?

Recently I got my laptop repaired. I started it up, updated drivers and started up smite. However, when I began playing I noticed my FPS was low, even in the menu. It told me my FPS was 15.32 my ping ...
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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 ...