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Questions tagged [hardware]

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. Hardware recommendation questions are off-topic but might be welcomed at Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange.

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How to fix PS 2 power won't turn green?

When I power on my PS 2, it shows a red light on the reset button. When I push the button, it turns green just for a few seconds and switch back to the red light. I google about this and many suggest ...
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Difference between PS1 optic drive models?

Old optic drive needs to be replaced, but I am unsure about the differences between the KSM-440ADM, KSM-440AEM, and KSM-440BAM models? I have a SCPH-9001 unit that came with a KSM-440AEM, but is the ...
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X52 axes for pitch and roll either 0 or 100%

I've recently upgraded to the X52. Got it from a friend who it was working perfectly for, he just wanted the pro model. After installing drivers and setting up, I found it significantly more ...
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Can't click on two buttons at the same time on gaming mouse

When I play Fortnite i want to build quick. I noticed that my gaming mouse "Star Raider CND-SGM1" doesn't recognize when I FIRST hold my left click and than I click on "back key" on the side of my ...
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How does using PS/2 with a keyboard influence gaming? [closed]

I have a keyboard that has N-key-rollover. I can connect it to my computer using USB, but in the package there also was an USB to PS/2 connector I can use to plug in the keyboard via PS/2. Of course ...
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Is there a benefit from using a dock to charge wireless controllers

I now have a PS4 with a wireless controller. Is there a compelling reason to use a charging station, other than aesthetics?
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How to identify which component to upgrade [closed]

I am thinking about upgrading my old desktop pc. The basic specification is: Core 2 duo 3GB RAM 1GB dedicated graphics (not sure of the model) HDD My monitor is an old LCD (that doesnt support HDMI)....
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Move PS4 HDD to PS4 Pro? Keep data intact?

I upgraded my PS4 to a 2 TB HDD, can I just install it into a new PS4 Pro? Im asking because Im worried there might be problems with the software and/or firmware differences between the playstations. ...
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Why Are SNES and Genesis “16-bit”? [closed]

As a hardware and software engineer, I'm mystified by the claims that both the SNES and Genesis are 16-bit consoles. As best I remember the stats: SNES 16-bit registers and arithmetic 8-bit data bus ...
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PS4 Controller needs to be synced every boot

So I've had a PS4 Pro for about a year now and pretty much since day 1 it's had an issue with controller connection. The Dualshock 4 can almost never be used to turn on the console. The controller ...
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Ps4 strange behavior, failure to identify control - error code CE-30993-4

Hello my ps4 is having trouble identifying a wifi control, before anything else, this control has been tested on another console, and the problem also occurs with the other control I have, so the ...
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Why is screen refresh rate considered important in gaming?

I'm shopping for a gaming laptop. I play RPG/shooters like Fallout 4 and MMOs such as Guild Wars 2 and Black Desert Online. I prefer high pixel density displays. In a 15.6-inch laptop screen, 1080p ...
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Is it possible to swap HDD from PS4 to PS4 Slim?

I have upgraded my PS4 to a PS4 slim and I have the drive with all of the games and saved in it. When I tried to just switch the HDD of the slim to the HDD from my old console, it wouldn't work and ...
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Does the Nintendo Switch USA charger work with 220V power?

I will be traveling to Israel this summer, which uses 220V power instead of the U.S.A. 110V. I am aware that my DSs need a voltage converter, but my Apple products don't. Do I need a converter for my ...
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How to get an Atari game console to work on a flat screen TV? [closed]

My TV does not have a cable in for my Atari. Is there a device that converts from RF coax or UHF to HDMI or other common ports found on flat screens? Is there a aftermarket console that can play the ...
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CiV crashes on a newer, high-end system

When running CiV on a newer high-end computer, it will sometimes crash. The usual message is a segmentation fault or similar problem. Crashes happen seemingly randomly, though usually between ...
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Bluetooth headphone does not work in Fallout 4?

I have a bluetooth headphone - "JBL Wireless On-Ear Headphones T450BT" it works when I play music or watch movies. But if I start Fallout 4 , the Audio starts playing from the Laptop speaker and ...
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Are the cables for a PS Vita Charger proprietary to Sony?

Just recently I learned that the black casing around the PC End of the USB Part of the PS Vita Charger had started to come off and expose some wires. this has gotten me concerned as my only other way ...
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Does The Saboteur run without any problems on current AMD graphics cards?

When it came out, The Saboteur either didn't run at all on AMD cards, or produced crashes and artifacts. Pandemic published a quick and dirty fix before being closed down forever, but this fix didn't ...
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How can I play PS vita games without PS Vita?

Is it possible to play ps vita games (assume for the sake of the discussion that the games in question are in the compatibility list) without a PS Vita (I do own ps3 controllers and physical copy of ...
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Around what year did games go widescreen? [closed]

I am building a WinXP box to play games I have trouble with on Win10, and I am thinking of placing a 4:3 screen on it, as I didn't think games really supported widescreen until probably well after ...
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Save battery on SNES Super Mario World cartridge?

I've managed to get a SNES with Super Mario World from a friend of mine, but the game won't save my progress. I Googled around a bit and figured out that SNES games use a battery to save their files, ...
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Is PS4 Manual Eject Screw supposed to tighten

My PS4 works fine 9/10 of the time, but at some point, usually ingame or at night, it will eject the disc in it (if any) and then the ejection engine will start spinning like crazy and the console ...
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Dualshock 4 V2 and USB: what?

I have both a Sixaxis DS4, first revision (one that came with the original PS4) and a DS4 V2 (the new one, with a light bar in the Trackpad), which I recently bought due to it being less expensive on ...
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Were the Switch's left Joy-Con connection issues ever fixed?

When the Nintendo Switch launched in February, there were multiple articles and reviews claiming that the Switch's left Joy-Con was prone to frequent connection issues during normal use. (See Nintendo ...
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How to remove the strap from the Joy-Con strap?

Is there a way to remove the strap from the Joy-Con strap attachment for the Nintendo Switch? Note that I'm not asking how to remove the attachment from a Joy-Con (which can be tricky if put on ...
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N64 Zelda Rumble on Wii?

For Zelda Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, I'm considering getting a Wii instead of N64, so that the graphics will be better. I'm not currently interested in Wii U or 3DS. Leary of GameCube. ...
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How prevalent is the dock scratching the Nintendo Switch's screen?

I don't own a Switch yet, but I'm planning for one. One common complaint I hear is that the dock is built in such a way that the screen (rather, it's bezel) is easily scratched when taking the Switch ...
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Nintendo Switch left Joy-Con disconnects frequently. Fix?

When playing Zelda: Breath of the Wilds on the Nintendo Switch, when I play with the Switch docked and the Joy-Cons physically disconnected, the left Joy-Con frequently "lags" or becomes disconnected ...
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Overwatch consistenly sets DPI scaling to 150% when using multiple displays

Specs: GTX960 graphics card on Windows 10 64-bit. I have two 1920x1080 duplicated screens set up (one is a TV, but it is a native 1920x1080 resolution, not scaled) with scaling set to 100% on both ...
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3DS top screen going dark?

My 3DS top screen has been broken as far as I can remember. My brother and I both got 3DS's when they first came out. I'm pretty sure when he realized his top screen was broken he switched them (we ...
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How can I tell which rom version of a game is loaded on an NES cartridge?

On occasion game studios need to make changes to existing games that are still on the market. This means that for any single game, there could be different versions in the wild with only minor ...
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How do I use my earphones only as a microphone in CS:GO? [closed]

I recently got a new computer and I have CS:GO installed. Thing is, in order to play competitive you're basically required to have a microphone and I don't want to ask my parents because they just ...
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Wii U disc drive spitting out disk after making noises

My Wii U is behaving like the one in this video: I have no idea why it's behaving that way, I have kept my Wii U in great condition since I bought it 2 years ago, ...
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Why is the video color messed up in our California Speed arcade cabinet?

A friend of mine recently acquired a California Speed arcade machine. The controls work, but the monitor is not the original. It uses a CGA to VGA converter to get the video to display on the new ...
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Saitek x45 HOTAS range values not mapping properly

I have a saitek x45 HOTAS. I have the drivers downloaded from saiteks ftp server here. I've done the built in windows joystick calibration wizard, and shows as operating perfectly fine with a normal ...
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Disabling LED breathing effect on a plug and play gaming mouse [closed]

I currently own a plug and play gaming mouse, which has 7 LED colors which keep on cycling automatically in a slow breathing effect. The mouse is "Magic Eagle by Havit". There were no drivers that ...
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How can I ensure my Playstation 2 will last a long time?

I'm still using a Playstation 2. I'm aware that nothing lasts forever, but I would like to make the Playstation 2 last as long as it can. I bought it roughly when Playststion 2 was released but ...
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Can I charge the battery with just a USB cable?

While perusing a local second-hand charity shop, I stumbled upon a PSP for a steal! However, the one "problem" mentioned by the clerk was that it was without a power supply. After handling the ...
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Using Razer Synapse, can I lower my mouse sensitivity while aiming?

When I press my right mouse button (RMB), I would like to: Have my character aim their weapon (the default behavior) Have the DPI of my mouse lowered When I release RMB, I would like to stop aiming ...
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Sharpen the SNES

Is there any way to alter the graphics of the SNES so that they don't appear grainy on my HDTV? Different cables, different wiring, etc? I'm currently using an RF cable. Ideas?
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How does the light gun work for Duck Hunt?

Modern motion detection video game systems (Wii/Wii U, Xbox Kinect, PS Move, etc.) need sensors to read for motion and user input. However, when you play Duck Hunt on the NES, the light gun has no ...
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PS3 YLOD question

Im aware there is a lot of YLOD (Yellow light of death) questions and I have read a good few of them, but i couldn't find what i was looking for. So, I bought a PS3 getting YLOD errors. I have tried ...
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Can I change the steam controller's sticks?

I recently bought a steam controller and really love it. One problem is I really don't like its stick, and would like to change it. I own an XBox controller annd know I love those sticks, is there ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...