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For Windows 7 / Vista you can use the Windows Experience Index score. Or, for a more precise estimate, you can use "Can You Run it?": http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri This runs as a Java Applet that will actually benchmark your system and compare it to the performance of the game.


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It's a light gun. It has a single light sensor in the tip, which picks up light from the part of the screen it is aimed at. Given that the CRT TVs used at the time essentially instantaneously displayed the signal sent from the console, this was quite sufficient. I've never used a Zapper myself, but according to the Wikipedia article, it worked as follows: ...


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Go to your local game shop. That's usually the safest way to have a disc repaired, as they have a precision machine that can remove just enough of the plastic. Otherwise, I've always used toothpaste and a glass cleaning cloth. If you take off too much of the plastic, you'll ruin the disk.


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I believe neither are good options. Running Fallout 4 will most likely keep the drive active for the entire duration of your playtime. Neither external flash nor HDD have sufficient heat dissipation to handle that. You will most likely destroy your drive very quickly. Unfortunately you probably won't know this is happening because the external drive are ...


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Two rules of thumb I used to use: If increasing the resolution brought about a large drop in the frame rate, it could indicate that the game was GPU-bound, as the increased resolution makes the video card work much harder and, as a result, takes longer to get each frame out the door. On the other hand, if increasing the resolution brought about only a ...


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These are your options in order from best to worst: Solid State Drive (SSD) A solid state drive will provide much faster access than a mechanical hard drive. Amazon shows that in August 2015 you can get 250GB external SSD for around $150. According to Game Debate Fallout 4 requires 28GB of hard drive space so you could target an even smaller drive to ...


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The NES Zapper is a simple photodiode connected to a switch. A photodiode allows current to pass, but only if there is light present. When you pull the trigger, the following happens in quick succession: The image of the game is replaced with a totally black screen The photodiode is checked to see if it is absorbing light. The entire screen is set to ...


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The above suggestions are good (essentially), but for me they were by far not enough. I have a preordered original 60gb Fat and it was running like a lawnmower for months. I tried everything, but it just didn't help me. That was until I tore it apart and hand-cleaned every last dusty part of it. This is not for the faint of heart -- you would do well to ...


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When a disc is scratched, the data usually isn't touched (if it gets down to the data layer, then that's a seriously deep gouge). Rather, what's happened is that the clear lacquer over the data layer has been scratched, and the scratch screws up the laser trying to read the data underneath. The best way of repairing a scratched disk is to find a material ...


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First of all, don't worry; 50 degrees is perfectly normal. For future reference, the temperature of the air surrounding your console's main outlet vent is not necessarily reflective of the temperature of the CPU or graphics card(the primary generators of heat in a game console). As far as I know, there are no diagnostic tools to show you more precise ...


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There are a couple of things to bear in mind when upgrading the PS3 hard disk. To be explicit: physical size; storage capacity; type. Physical size: The disk has to be a 2.5in laptop drive, and despite possible expectation, these are manufactured in slightly different sizes. Currently they come in 9mm and 12mm depths. The 12mm disk is too large to ...


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AMD Mantle is a new API by AMD that's supposed to make games run faster by giving them even lower level access to hardware than directx or opengl. However its in its early stages, and you may experience some buggyness. Anandtech seems to like it, and its benchmarks indicate its faster - though early tests seemed to be buggy Its worth a try - there's ...


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The 360S(lim) and 360E are fairly similar, with some slight differences: The S has 5 USB ports, where the E has 4. The S was the last model to feature the "AV Connector". The E drops this port in favor of a separate HDMI port and composite (ugh) out port. Optical audio appears to be missing. The case design has been updated to match the design of the ...


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Temperatures in the 70's aren't really high for a GPU under heavy use. Anything under 80 is very unlikely to damage the chip, and most can go into the 90s.


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Digital Foundry put together a really good, in-depth comparison of the performance you can get out of different hard drive types (in particular, SSD vs traditional): PS3 Hard Drive Upgrade Guide In short, the SSD isn't as big of an improvement as you might expect, with some exceptions.


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As for part one of your question, the wifi antenna is wrapped around the touch screen as shown below:


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You are most likely talking about the QuickShot Supervision. With its tiltable screen and 4 shades of grey, this handheld is the closest I could find to match your dream.


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Realistically, the speed of the drive won't affect gameplay much. The main benefit to a HDD would be capacity and price, as an external SSD will not run nearly at the speed the price would imply when connected via USB 3.0. I gamed for quite a while on a USB 2 external HDD, and I never experienced any major issues, save for slightly extended load times.


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For most Acer monitors this can be adjusted trough the monitor's menu. Press the menu button, then press the < / > buttons to navigate to the settings tab, and adjust the "wide mode" setting. Reference: Acer S235HL user manual, page 24


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Oddly, Mojang doesn't have any minimum or recommended specs on minecraft.net, instead burying it in a crowd-sourced help article about system requirements. You appear to have more than the minimum required specs: Minimum Requirements: CPU : Intel P4 or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7) RAM : 2GB GPU : Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent with OpenGL 2.1 ...


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From your description, it sounds like the problem is with your HDMI cable, and not with the Xbox. I've owned several Xbox 360's and never had a problem with loose HDMI connectors. You can try to overcome the looseness via velcro, tape, or glue of some sort, but it's far easier to just get a better quality cable. I've had excellent luck with Monoprice HDMI ...


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The original PS3 used a cable that looks similar to a PC power cord, like this one: The newer "slim" PS3's use a a different plug-in that looks like this: The two are not interchangeable. If you look at the back of your PS3, it will be obvious which one you need. And yes, the correct power cable is the only piece of hardware you need to power a PS3.


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I am a father, I have unreadable discs that cost between $30 and $60. I watched all the popular videos and this is what I found. Discs are made of poly-carbonate layers with a reflective data layer sandwiched in between. When the plastic gets scratched it causes the laser to refract (bend) and hit the wrong section of data. This means the data is out of ...


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In Major Nelson's podcast #376, e (Eric) actually talks about the USB ports in the Xbox 101 section (about 43 minutes in). In talking about hooking up the Kinect to an older (non-s) 360, he says it has to be in the one on the back. The reason being, the USB port on the back is on a dedicated bus which doesn't share bandwidth with anything else on the system. ...


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This is often a setting in the graphics driver menu, but the exact location will vary. For NVIDIA cards, open the NVIDIA control panel, then go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position, and select Aspect Ratio or No scaling on the Scaling tab. You may also want to change some of the other options on that page to get a more visually pleasant result; ...


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If you compare a stable 60FPS with a stable 120 FPS you should see no difference at all. A 60Hz monitor refreshes the screen 60 times a second, so at 60 fps there is a frame drawn every time the screen refreshes, and at 120 fps there is a frame drawn every time the screen refreshes and once in between refreshes, so it's not shown on the screen but does get ...


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Looks to be an Action Replay. You insert it into your system, and then a game into the Action Replay. Typically allows for cheating in games and copying save files. Gamestop often sells them, whereas I've not seen them sell flash carts.


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There are 3 easy steps you need to take to move Minecraft to your SSD. 1. Find your .minecraft folder. Your .minecraft folder should be located in %appdata%\.minecraft on your computer. 2. Move your .minecraft folder. Copy the entire .minecraft folder to your SSD. Lets assume your SSD is D: and you copy the folder to the directory D:\Games\.minecraft ...


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While "officially" Sony says North American PlayStation 4 consoles only accept 120 V, the power supplies the console actually ships with do support 100-240V at 50 or 60 Hz. This is confirmed by an iFixit thread asking this same question: jrjessjuliet: Ok guys this is the final answer and please take note!! All ps4 models irrespective of region or model ...



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