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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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First, you need to check your connections. If the cable has a black box along it, you have a transformer to step the voltage down, before it reaches the console. If not, you only have to worry about the connection to the console. Both should have a sticker or engraving to display the electrical requirements for input and output. Provided the plugs match, ...


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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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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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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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Pull very hard. It really sticks in there, which is probably good: it's hard to lose.


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If you ruled out an SSD due to price, it's very unlikely that you will get a flash drive with adequate performance. There are fast flash drives, yes. But I never saw a really fast flash drive significantly cheaper than a SSD (per GiB). Also: Flash Drives don't support the TRIM command, so they will get slower over time and there is not much one can do ...


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Disassemble the device and brush the PCB with a soft toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol (90%+), wash the PCB with alcohol again and let it dry for about 12-24 hours (alcohol damps fast). It might fix your issues. We have a ~66% success rate with this method in our repair shop.


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Generally speaking, using generic chargers is a bad idea. They're not as reliable as the official ones. With that said, theory says you should be okay using it, though it's not ideal for the DS. The output voltage of an official charger it's 5.2V and the output current 450mA. Your charger is 5V and 1000mA. Lower voltage means the DS will not be charged as ...


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It sounds like you don't have enough storage (memory refers to RAM) Instead of putting the games on the USB drive, you should put stuff like videos, itunes library, pictures, apple's preinstalled programs, etc. on there. Storing game files on an external drive will make the game run ridiculously slow, or may make it not run at all.


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I ended up following a YouTube controller disassembly/repair video. Note that you only have to get to the step where you remove the front plate. I needed a T8 Security Torx screwdriver bit. (Note a regular Torx head won't work, because Microsoft hates us. Also, some tutorials will say you need a T6 Security Torx bit, but that is only required for further ...


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It's possible, but it could have serious impacts on performance - script lag, which is determined by many factors such as your PC specs, etc. However, it could work without problems at all, it just depends on the PC. I recommend using 'Mod Organizer' (for Skyrim) to do this seamlessly. Just remember, it can have script lag, but it may also not have any at ...


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I went through a similar experience a few months ago, and have two things to say, both to the asker and to anyone else seeing this question: First off, even if it's been a week and your 3DS won't turn on, don't lose hope. I dropped my 3DS in a sink full of water while it was turned on, and although I immediately turned it off, removed the battery/game ...


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It sounds like your laptop might be trying to run games off of your integrated graphics card (the one attached to the processor) rather than the discrete (dedicated) graphics card. The first thing to check would be the NVIDIA Control Panel Open up "NVIDIA Control Panel" On the left hand side, select "Manage 3D settings" Ensure that "Auto-select" is ...


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If you're looking for a "quick and dirty" ballpark guess, here are two tests you can run: Use a system monitor or profiling tool to compare CPU to GPU usage and see if one is significantly underutilized. Perform all GPU bottleneck tests at the same time and see if performance improves: Reduce color/depth buffer bit depths. Use highest mip level (lowest ...


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Connection speed isn't directly connected to FPS usually. Most likely, connection speed would cause for lag in player movement, events, and other things that happen online to everyone. An example would be if TNT goes off on a minecraft server, if you have a bad connection, you might not see it for a few seconds or you might get kicked all together. Hardware ...


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By scanning through Razer's website, and search engines, there is absolutely no information given which shows any evidence towards a program that does such a thing, thus it essentially doesn't exist. With Razer keyboards such as the BlackWidow Chroma, profiling is available, but not for the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma.


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Here's a post I found from a quick online search. It's been many years since I've done it, but it looks right from what I remember. There are a couple methods, but I'd focus on the simplest (the first option: Backup utility). I will also repost the steps, but there are images in that link that could be helpful, along with some extended discussion. Your ...


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There may be a lot of suggestions as Timelord64 suggested, but here's a simple guide that has a clear suggestion. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2003/11/ps2-repair-guide/3/ The guide starts with taking a part the PS2 on the first 2 pages, so I am guessing you are past that (since you can see the gear). Also in the guide it appears to be a PS2 that's ...


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Hardware doesn't care what score some piece of software says they are getting... Instead what matters is stuff like clock speed and (in case of GPU) video memory. VERY quick google search shows that the GTX GPU listed as minimum requirements has 1GB of video RAM, where your video card is supposedly 2GB of video ram. That's twice as many as the minimum ...



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