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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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After disassembly, Switch screen is black even though backlight and touchscreen still work, and console outputs video while in the dock

I recently started a project to replace the shell/case of my Switch with a transparent atomic purple version to get the classic '90s Nintendo look. I bought the case from eXtremeRate, and all the ...
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Is it possible to connect a Nintendo Switch directly to a monitor without the dock?

As the title says - is it possible to connect Nintendo Switch directly, without a dock station, to the screen? I noticed that I often do something on PC and in the meantime play on undocked Switch. It ...
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How many types of charging ports do Nintendo handhelds have?

I'm sorting through my old Nintendo handhelds and have found that many of them use different charging cables. I've seen at least four different types: Nintendo Switch & Switch Lite Nintendo DSi ...
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I get huge FPS drops when I move my mouse in certain games

As the title says, I am getting huge FPS drop in some games. Currently, I'm having issues in: Apex Legends Marauders 7 Days to Die What's happening is, when I'm not moving my mouse, that the FPS is ...
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Is it normal for GPU utilization to be locked at 100%?

Playing Trek to Yomi and at max on a 3080 and 1440p UW I'm getting close to 200fps, but GPU utilization is at 100% and temps are super high. To optimize for better temps, I tried using the ingame ...
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Clone X360 RGH HDD data to new one

I want to replace the current HDD with a bigger unit. Currently, I have some RGH software on my HDD and I don't want to lose any data from there. How can I clone old HDD data to the new one without ...
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How do I remove smoke odor from a console?

I recently bought a used Xbox One. It works great with no problems, but even after a month, both the console itself and the controllers have a noticeable odor of cannabis smoke. Nobody here smokes, so ...
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What type of attribute does a controller have to have to play games like Bayonetta for PC?

I am not a gamer. I bought a generic PS2 controller, a really bad controller by the way. I played some games with it normally like Tomb Raider III (Steam version). I tried to use it to play Bayonetta ...
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What can I do with the Xbox Series S hardware besides gaming and proprietary video streaming? [closed]

The toddlers only love Mario and their Nintendo Switch, they don't touch the Xbox Series S at all. The interest is totally missing. Now I thought I'd use the hardware for other purposes. With total ...
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Connecting a retro console emulator to a modern tv

I bought a cheap Ali Express NES emulator trinket (more specifically, this one), but the video quality on my 2016 Samsung TV is horrible: colors seem washed out, there is lots of blurring and striping ...
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Xbox 360 with RGH mod and internet

I've already bought Xbox 360S which was modified by RGH. I did some research on the web and I know that Xbox Live is unavailable with this kind of mod. But how about other functionalities of X360 ...
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How can I attach the bottom to the top of Nintendo 3DS XL?

I took a Nintendo 3DS XL apart to replace the bottom middle portion of the shell because the hinge broke. I took the bottom and top apart to change this piece. Where they connect is a small hinge on ...
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What are the correct specs for an SNES power supply?

I bought an SNES recently, and it came with a aftermarket power supply. Is this one at the correct amperage, etc.?
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PS4 games not loading faster via SSD

I have a PS4 Slim and just got a Samsung Portable SSD T7 (1TB) drive. The drive has 1050MB/s read & 1000MB/s write speed via USB 3.2 Gen2. I hooked it up to my PS4 and transferred a game onto it ...
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Can a VGA monitor be used with a 16-bit console?

Planning to buy this bad boy - Sega Mega Drive II The problem: Not sure if it will work with my VGA Monitor. Don't have a TV. I'm assuming it would work if I buy this AV 2 VGA Converter and connect ...
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In game FPS limiter vs. RTS FPS limiter?

I'm currently using an in game frame limiter to cap fps, so my computer doesn't die. However, the highest limit for that is 60fps. I'd like to cap the fps at 100-144, ideally. It seems that RTSS lets ...
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Can my laptop run a game if it doesn't meet the minimum requirements for the graphics card? [duplicate]

I have a Inspiron 153000 which does not meet all of the minimum requirements for a game that I wish to download. It meets the minimum requirements for the CPU, memory and meets the recommended ...
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Why does Half-life Alyx crash to desktop every few minutes?

Other games are fine, but Alyx crashes to desktop every 10 minutes or so, or sometimes even restarts. At first I couldn't even get past the menu. Googling told me to update the Oculus software on my ...
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Could I switch out the shell on my GBA SP (AGS-101) with the intact one from my other console (AGS-001)?

I have a backlit console (AGS-101) with a broken shell. Console still works. I have a frontlit console (AGS-001) with an intact shell. Can I put the AGS-001's shell on my AGS-101?
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How does unavailability of a gyroscope affect gaming?

I am aware that most games use accelerometer data for phone orientation (eg, temple run). But most AR/VR/MR games require gyroscope. How does it help in the games? What are the methods that can be ...
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Is 90°C too high for GPU and CPU whilst gaming?

I have an HP laptop with Intel i3 5005u CPU and Radeon R5 M330 2GB GPU. When I play games both the CPU's and the GPU's temperatures get up to 99°C and mostly stay above 93°C. Should I continue playing ...
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Do external coolers really help with noise?

I saw on the internet some external coolers for PS4 which are prepared to install on the back of console. Does this solution really help with reducing the noise of the working console? During play ...
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What is the record word size for a gaming system?

Related: What does 8-bit / 16-bit actually refer to? I remember the "bit wars" of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Genesis/Mega Drive and the PC Engine/Turbografx-16 were heavily marketed ...
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How to determine if Xbox 360's DVD drive has mismatching DVD key?

My Xbox 360's DVD drive has broken, so few days ago I ordered a new one. When it arrived I started checking if it can read game DVDs properly. As it turned out, it cannot. I assumed drive which I ...
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Problem with holding down the mouse buttons (SVEN RX-G740)

I recently bought a new SVEN RX-G740 mouse and during the game I noticed a small problem. If I hold down a click on the right and left mouse buttons at the same time and release one of them, then all ...
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How does the Nintendo 3DS play DS games?

Games for the original Nintendo DS run, and have always run, on Nintendo 3DS hardware. I've been trying to read about how this works but am not really finding anything definitive. How does the ...
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Does PlayStation 2 slimline have USB 2.0 ports?

I know the classic (fat) PlayStation 2 has two USB 1.1 ports. Has Sony upgraded slimlines' USB ports (in particular SCPH-90004) to 2.0?
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Do Nintendo 64 motherboards fit in any revision N64 case?

I have an original launch Nintendo 64 that I took good care of over the past 25 years, but alas it now exhibits the random reset issue. I narrowed the issue down to the motherboard. Newer revision ...
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Why is reading/writing memory cards slow in PS1 emulators?

Speed of flash memory and other storage has improved quite a bit since the PS1 days—and now some emulators can provide higher-than-native reading speeds when loading a ‘CD’ in a game (e.g. PS Vita's ...
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Battlefield 2042 is limiting threads and process priority

On a 2600x 6-core 12-thread CPU the game is using only 8 threads at 100% usage with other 4 on idle. You cannot change/unlock or do anything with e.g. Process Lasso, it is hard-locked at 8 threads ...
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Why is Microsoft selling physical media games for Series S?

I am confused as to why the following products exist: Why is Microsoft selling physical media games for Series S when there is no disc drive on Xbox Series S?
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Intense lagging while playing games (Space Engine)

I have played SpaceEngine (NOT Space-Engineers) on my laptop for almost a year now without any problems. However the game has started experiencing a lot of lag for the last one month. I opened up task ...
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Gigabyte Gpu GTX 960 suddenly too slow for dx9 games

All of a sudden, games using direct X 9 are too slow and stutters with around 10-20 fps, while the gpu is working at 99%. The exact games used to function a week ago reaching 100+fps and without that ...
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Cannot use Rapid fire button with RMB

Hi there I wanna know why I can't use my rapid fire button after I hold RMB on my gaming mouse. Ther Rapid fire button works perfectly fine but when I hold RMB to use ads and fire a semi auto weapon ...
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Are low profile GPUs better than laptop GPUs or are they same thing?

I'm overwhelmed by the different types of GPUs. Recently I came to know that laptops have different GPUs that have lower power consumption and are smaller in size. But no matter how much I tried to ...
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Xbox Series S NVME M2 drive doesnt work. How to replace the SSD NVME M2 Drive?

I bought another NVME m2 drive from ebay that is 512GB and did a clone from the Series S nvme drive using Macrium Reflect. And the system would just turn off when I press the power button. Anyone have ...
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Override the PlayStation 4 DualShock Controllers in Windows 10

I'm using a PlayStation 4 DualShock controller on Windows 10. I want to change the controller behaviours for the operating system as a whole. I want the "O" button to be "pressed" ...
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PS2 disc barely spinning read error

I recently bought 3 old used ps2 discs, and all of them get the same error. "The disc could not be read." I am using a ps2 slim. Some games work on my ps2, but all of these dont. The ...
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How do I check if my GPU supports Raytracing?

while browsing a particular website I came across this notice on a page for Metro Exodus ATTENTION! ENHANCED EDITION WORKS ONLY ON GPUs WITH RAY TRACING TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT! IT WILL NOT LAUNCH ON ...
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How to put a PS3 super slim hard drive into a new console? [duplicate]

My PS3 Super Slim bricked beyond repair, and i really wanted to find a way to salvage all the data inside its hard drive so i could possibly use it in a new PS3 if i ever buy another one. My console ...
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Can run 4k60fps but not 1080p 60fps [closed]

I started one of my games and noticed it was a bit choppy.. the game looked a bit too good to be true so I checked the settings and it was running in 4k. I run all my games in 1080p because 4k on max ...
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What is the reference of this PlayStation 2 disk motor?

I have to change the motor of a PS2 but the only ones I find that looks the same have the wrong ribbon, and they don't fit properly. I can't find any seller on eBay or elsewhere that have this motor ...
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Minecraft Server - Performance issues due to CPU?

Im running a Minecraft Server and somehow it is struggling with timing. - So its laggy, sometimes more, sometimes less. So I probably figured out that this is a problem caused by my CPU, since its ...
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What kind of resources does the render distance in Minecraft mainly use?

I'd like to set the Render Distance to 64 chunks (using Optifine) on Minecraft: Java Edtion without getting any lags or low FPS. I have an Intel Core i7-10700K and 16Gb of RAM, and I allocate 14Gb of ...
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How do I fix my Xbox 360 controller?

I have a wired 360 controller. It doesn't have any breakaway parts in the cord. Here are the problems: The lights won't turn on, It's unresponsive, The little motor in it that does the vibration ...
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My Xbox One controller suddenly stopped working on PC

Sorry, English isn't my first language. Please let me know if you didn't understand something and I will try to explain it in another way. So, until Saturday (2 days ago) my Xbox One controller was ...
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Xbox 360 Elite Randomly Freezes

My Xbox 360 Elite recently started freezing randomly. At first, it would only happen after 1-2 hours of gameplay, but recently, it has worsened to happening roughly every 15 minutes of usage. When it ...
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How do I get better performance with Watch Dogs in Windows 10, compared to Windows 7?

I am attempting to play Watch Dogs on Windows 10. The game ran fine at low settings on a Windows 7 PC (at least 30-35 fps) but Windows 10 does not give me even 20 fps. I have dual booted Windows 7 and ...
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Gaming console (XBox) through wall in another room

I'm looking to wall mount the TV in my lounge, which would give it a nice, clean look. However, I've got an XBox one and want to get an XBox Series X in the future. My partner wants to avoid having an ...
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Installing Steam games on external HDD... bad idea?

So I installed Steam + a few games onto a USB hard drive easily enough, and so far everything seems to work fine. But I've read mixed opinions online, many say that it is a bad idea to do such a thing....
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