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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Buy a can of compressed air(in a lot of places you have to be 18, so possibly have your parents/whoever) and unplug the PS3. Spray the compressed air through all the vents and such. wait about 5 minutes to be safe( let all the liquid stuff dry that can come out as well as possible condensation) and then see if that helps.


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Graphics cards have a number of important statistics. Like CPUs, GPUs can be measured by clock speed, number of cores, and bus bandwidth. Additionally, the amount of dedicated graphics memory will have a performance impact when running software that loads a lot of textures or other graphical data into memory. One statistic that can be calculated from these ...


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Unfortunately there are high chances that this is a sign of an YLOD coming. If it beeps when you quit certain games and not too often it might be the software but considering it beeps when you turn it on, I think it's a sign of YLOD. For your second question, well you can't just swap it. You have to transfer your content on the new console since when you ...


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Technically there is no difference between Monitors and TVs, however, due to the way some games are programmed, there can be a significant difference in the gaming experience - most significantly for FPS games. Since consoles have quite bad performance, the developers use a lot of tricks to increase the framerate. One of those tricks is reducing the Field ...


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To start off: YES, formatting a USB Drive for use with an Xbox will erase all files that are currently on the USB drive. In order for the Xbox to format a USB drive for use, the USB drive must go through some checks on performance and available space (minimum of 1GB required). Once that's done you can set how much space you want reserved on the drive to be ...


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Generally speaking, as hardware heats up the device compensates by lower cycle frequency which leads to slowdowns, but I'm not sure if that's true in your case. First, let's get the autosave issue out of the way since as Ben Brocka said, it was patched. Now, for the slow loading and crashes, there is a common bug where going back to XMB causes PS3 to ...


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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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This link has it covered. Essentially, When you point at a duck and pull the trigger, the computer in the NES blacks out the screen and the Zapper diode begins reception. Then, the computer flashes a solid white block around the targets you’re supposed to be shooting at. The photodiode in the Zapper detects the change in light intensity and tells the ...


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Same as for any case of usage, i.e. 7200 is faster than 5400. However there are 2 additional things to consider, 7200 generates more heat and noise. While second can cause discomfort, first shortens life of the HDD. Considering that PS3 is not really depends on drive speed in general, 5400 is generally preffered. Considering HDD buffer size it's again, same ...


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I've seen folks have reasonable success with machines like Skip Doctor, which does the disc resurfacing for you. It's what I've seen them use at places like GameStop. Figure worst case scenario, the disc wasn't playable before and it ends up... still unplayable.


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It is a hardware problem if software updates don't fix it though a software update could fix it if the hardware problem was or could be cause by software use. Make sure you have the latest system update and AC version. Cleaning it is definitely a good idea and it isn't too complicated. The dust build-up will restrict airflow effectively reducing the amount ...


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USB flash drives are fast enough to store data, and yes, there are limitations. Using a compatible flash drive over 1 GB, you can reserve a maximum of 16 GB for profiles, game saves, and downloadable content. To use USB storage, you'll need to configure it first. Plug it in and go to System Settings, Memory, then select your device to start setting it up. ...


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I've never heard of this problem, nor can I find information regarding this specific issue. However, after reading through the PS3 hardware specifications, I'd be almost certain that you have a bad RSX 'Reality Synthesizer' GPU. The RSX chip was co-developed developed by Sony and NVidia and is proprietary to the PS3. The only way that you can get your ...


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The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 is part of the 4000-series which is 2 generations ahead of the 1000-series it recommends (which is why the pixel/vertex shaders versions are fine), though the *2** ATI graphics cards are among the "budget" models and generally underpowered. It's hard to compare notebook graphics to desktop as reviews aren't generally going to ...


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Wireless mice have several disadvantages for gaming, latency being one of them. They also have a nasty habit of dying just as you're about to get the game-winning kill. It may or may not be the biggest/only bottleneck to your gaming performance, but it's certainly true that more gaming mice exist that are wired than wireless. As far as testing it goes, ...



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