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The first computers were monochrome; they only knew 2 colors, as for each pixel, you only had 1 bit: 0 1 As for the Gameboy, it supported 2 bits per pixel, which gives us 4 possible colors to choose from: 00 01 10 11 How did the makers decide on four and why not three Because they already had 4 colors to choose from. When people have 10 fingers, ...


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While Nolonar's answer is true from a technical perspective, it's not the actual reason why the developers chose to go with a monochrome system. Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game Boy, intentionally designed the system monochrome to force games to be more abstract, thus preventing players from getting too caught up in details. As he put in in a 1997 ...


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RTC is indeed short for "Real Time Clock." What this indicates in terms of flash cartridges is a bit more complex. Some games shipped with an internal clock chip that kept track of the time even when the system was powered off. They used this to measure actual, real world time for certain in-game events. Pokemon games in particular made heavy use of cart-...


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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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Assuming the 3DS cannot be repaired, there's good news and not-as-good news (and maybe a little bad news) I'll start with --- The good news: Game Cartridges: all your save data is stored on the cartridge, with a new 3DS system you can pick back up wherever you left off in your savegames. The only thing lost may be streetpass data, and certain things like ...


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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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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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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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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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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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RTC is short for Real Time Clock.


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RTC - Real Time Clock served to keep track of date and time when the cartridge is without a power supply. In this Pokemon cartridge example you can see the battery that is powering the clock. You probably find that familiar from PC motherboards ;)


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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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Update 2015-11-05 You can now hold down the controller button for 4 seconds without launching Big Picture at the same time! This change has been in the beta channel for a while, but it seems to have made it to a stable release from this update post. Changed controller Steam/Xbox button behavior to fix a collision with the hold-down-for-4-seconds ...


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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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How do SSDs improve gaming performance? SSDs improve performance by reducing loading times, assuming the game is installed on the SSD, of course. Do they somehow impact the framerate? It depends on the game and how they were built. Most games use streaming to load required resources from disk when they're needed. When your disk takes too long to stream ...


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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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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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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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Demos, though increasingly rare (and massive) can be a good way to verify compatibility. Just remember that a prerelease demo may be poorly optimized compared to the final game.


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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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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 3....


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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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