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Q: Laptop or desktop for using elgato

Hi, my son is wanting an elgato and a new laptop or pc and was wondering if anyone could tell me if any of these would be good enough to run it smoothly.
Intel? Celeron? dual core processor
500Gb hard drive
15.6 inch (1366 x 768) LED-backlit display
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI
2-in-1 card reader
Altec Lansing Speakers
Windows 8 Home Premium
Weight: 2.07kg

Desktop :
Processor- AMD? A4 Processor
Operating System: Windows 8
Screen size: 18.5 inch
Memory: 4Gb
Hard Drive: 500Gb
W 17.3, H 36, D 40 cm.
Weight: 7.9kg

Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated as I'm new to all this

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A: Laptop or desktop for using elgato

Hi Xdelx, Welcome to PCHF!

To be honest both of those systems seem pretty low end. What is your budget for a new computer?

Here are the general Elgato Game Capture HD System Requirements.


? Windows 7, Windows 8 or later
? 2.0 Ghz (or higher) dual core CPU, or 2.0 Ghz (or higher) multi-core i3, i5 or i7 CPU
? Sound card
? 4GB Total Installed RAM (or higher)
? Built-in USB 2.0 port

You should get a computer that is well above the minimum system requirements. You may be able to run the software with either of those systems but not particularly well.

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My Elgato HD 60 has what i call a glitch no clue what its actually called, but static pops up on the preview screen and it records it like that static and no audio. If you know how to fix that then thank you that would help a lot.

My real question is, is my processor to weak for the capture to work. I have a Intel Pentium CPU G2020 @ 2.90GHz. The system requirements for CPU are 4th generation Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-4xxx or comparable), 2 Ghz or higher, before Turbo Boost.

I really dont know much about computers so i dont know how to figure out almost any of this stuff.

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I recently purchased an elgato hd60s capture card. After I set it up it showed that the card required a 3.0 usb port. I then plugged it into a port titles ss, which is a 3.0 usb port. When I went to check my Universal Serial Bus controllers I realized that I dont have 3.0 usb drivers. I dont know much about pcs and was wondering how to get these drivers.

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Hi everyone,
I'm new here and hoping to find some help, my PC runs fine without issues untill i try to run elgato software, when i do i get a blue screen of death, always at the same point, it used to work fine untill about a week ago, then one day i opened the program and it crashed, i tried to uninstall and it would crash again, i tried to install afresh and everytime it gets to the same point and then BSOD, the software programme no longer shows up in my apps list, the hardware no longer shows up in OBS either.
I'm at a loss and don't want to do a reboot and start again.
I have attached a file that may shed some light on this issue.
Many Thanks Scaloni777

A:BSOD win 10 Elgato issues.

Please run this report collecting tool so that we can provide a complete analysis: (from the pinned topic at the top of the forum)   http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/If you have Driver Verifier turned on, please turn it off.  To do this, open up verifier.exe and select "Delete existing settings".  Then click on "Finish" and reboot the system for the changes to take effect.If you didn't turn it on, please check it anyway (and let us know).The purpose of Driver Verifier is to cause BSOD's by stressing out the selected drivers. Please search your system for drivers named NTIOLib_X64.sysYou'll find several of them - mostly in an MSI directory in one of the Program Files directories.You'll note that they are associated with different MSI programs (the next level higher in the directory structure).Please uninstall those programs as this driver is known to cause BSOD issues. Analysis:The following is for information purposes only. The following information contains the relevant information from the blue screen analysis:**************************Sat Jul  9 12:35:24.326 2016 (UTC - 4:00)**************************Loading Dump File [C:\Users\john\SysnativeBSODApps\070916-13000-01.dmp]Windows 10 Kernel Version 10586 MP (12 procs) Free x64Built by: 10586.420.amd64fre.th2_release_sec.160527-1834System Uptime:0 days 0:03:36.093*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols ... Read more

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I have a home made computer. Please note that i did not make it, I am not very tech-y. It has windows xp.
I just bought an Elgato Game Capture HD so i can play video games and put them on youtube.
the Elgato does not support windows xp, it does support windows 7 sp1.
My questions is what can i do?
I have all of the programs that i need on my computer already. I dont really want to spend another some-hundred dollars on a new computer and the programs and whatever else i might need. Just want to know my options. If i need to spend money on a new computer or something, please assist me with what to look for -cheaply. If i need to get a new computer, i would prefer a laptop, though this is not a necessity.

A:Elgato game capture hd help

What platform are you playing the game son (PC, xbox, whichever)? Will make a difference to alternatives, depending on what you want to do- bit more detail please, sure we can sort it out for you

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Hey, recently I got myself an Elgato HD60 Pro. Without thinking (stupid me), I bought it and found out I have to put it in an I BELIEVE PCI-E 2 slot. But anyways, the slot is directly underneath the slot my GPU is placed. Now, my GPU is pretty big due to the fan meaning it blocks of the slot for my Elgato, meaning I can't plug both my Elgato and my GPU in at the same time.

My GPU doesn't have USB (I've seen a few PCI risers online but they all need USB as far as I understand). Is there a way to - without getting a new motherboard etc - get them both in (I thought of some extension thing for my GPU so I can place my GPU somewhere without directly putting it in the slot)

Sorry if this is messy written, hopefully it's understandable. I have no experience with hardware whatsoever.

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I want to know what I need to buy to make it so that my friends can be heard in my xbox one youtube videos.
Help pls what do I need?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8142 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6670, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1899287 MB, Free - 755587 MB;
Motherboard: Advent, DT2410
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Also see here my dxdiag.
Spoiler: dxdiag
System Information
Time of this report: 7/26/2016, 00:22:41
Machine name: RYANSDESKTOP
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 10586) (10586.th2_release_sec.160630-1736)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Advent
System Model: DT2410
BIOS: V3.0B12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8142MB RAM
Page File: 3143MB used, 6279MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: 11.2
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 144 DPI (150 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Enabled
Miracast: Not Available
Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Not Supported
DxDiag Version: 10.00.10586.0000 64bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: The file ElgatoVAD.sys is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to g... Read more

A:Help Required with Elgato HD - Gameplay Recording Glitches

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Just today I got an Elgato Game Capture HD so that I could record myself on YouTube playing XBOX 360, XBOX 1 and Retro Game Consoles. I installed the latest version of the Elgato Game Capture software which required me to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and also required some sort of update for Windows 7. I also downloaded the latest version of the Elgato Game Capture HD Driver. I then opened up the Elgato Game Capture software only to find that it didn't recognize my Elgato Capture device. I went into the Device Manager only to find that there was a yellow ! under the Elgato Game Capture device. I double clicked it to see what the issue was and it gave me the Code 52 error. I tried typing something in CMD to solve the problem but that didn't help. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver but that didn't help. I know that the Device itself is not broken because when a console is hooked up to it then it would show on my HDMI monitor and Retro consoles are included.
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A:Elgato Game Capture HD Driver Problems Code 52

Update- I used Malwarebytes and Adwcleaner to remove viruses in case that was causing the issue. I also used wisecleaner to clean out my registry and here are the results-

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Let me know if U have any more suggestions for me as WiseCleaner still hasn't solved my problem yet.

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Whenever I plug in my elgato HD capture device my pc goes to a blue screen. So what happens is I plug my elgato into my computer and open up the elgato software (Game capture HD) And it initializes (I think that is how you spell it) the elgato and 5 seconds later it will crash... I tried to re-install the drivers and the Game capture HD Software but it still does the same thing. Here is a link to a video of my screen when it crashes - 
- Stormzeey 

A:Whenever I plug in my elgato HD capture device my pc goes to a blue screen

If anyone could help it would mean a lot!

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I originally submitted a ticket to Elgato about this issue a few days ago, but was just told that my PC's specs weren't new enough to use this device. The ticket I submitted reads as follows:
"Hi. I recently installed an Elgato 4K60 Pro in my PC (replacing my outdated Hauppauge HDPVR60) to record footage at 4K 60FPS OR 1080p60FPS from my Xbox One X and am currently experiencing some serious issues with playback, making the footage that I record almost unwatchable.
When attempting to record in any of the given resolutions listed in the drop down menu of the 4K Capture Utility (even 720), the preview window always seems to appear choppy and is constantly stuttering. I first thought that this choppy-ness was just part of the preview window and that the footage would sort of 'work itself out' upon actual playback (opening the file in some sort of media player once I had stopped recording) but I was wrong. After opening the file, I found that the stuttering (along with what looked like the footage was being sped up) was still present, as it was in the preview window. I don't have too much experience with Elgato capture devices as this is my first time purchasing one of your products and am curious, am I doing something wrong? I've installed the correct capture software. I've installed the correct drivers for the 4K60 Pro from the official site. I've tried playing around with various setting configurations within the 4K Capture Utility such as changing the video encod... Read more

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I have absolutely no Idea how to fix this,
I recorded some GTA V Xbox One, with my Newly purchase Elgato Game Capture HD.
The only settings I changed is the resolution:
I put it at [email protected] (with allowance to use 60fps or whatever that tick box was).
When fast movements are made in game, when I record for example and I jump and fall off a car roof, as shown in this video I made (https://youtu.be/refYFmQPooc). You see very early on in that video what I am talking about.
Any and all helpful replies are very much appreciated!
Please reply asap

NOTE: Glitch First happens at 24 seconds into the video

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When I'm trying to record something in theater mode it looks good and smooth and hd. But when I record it with Elgato it says "deinterlacing" and after that it looks laggy / crappy / not hd. I need to record good Black Ops 2 material with my ps3 / elgato please help me!

I heard that with ps3 you can get the quality better with some other wires, can someone explain how?

If you need anything else like my settings or computer specs please tell me!

I'm using Mac by the way.


Please help!

A:Elgato Game Capture Device PROBLEM with Black Ops 2 [HELPME!]

Sounds like a configuration issue in your recording software/configuration.

There is no reason to deinterlace the video as it's a progressive signal (ie: 1080P) and you want to record it as a progressive signal (1080P).

As far as cables go, that device doesn't appear to offer an input options. Looks like you should be using an HDMI cable. For the most part, HDMI cables either work or they don't.

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I bought this Elgato capture card yesterday and I've been trying to get it to work. I've updated my driver, and changed the video quality on both of my monitors, along with the profile (quality) on the software but I keep getting this message:

I don't know what it means by "video output format" but I want to be able to record off of it, so thank you in advance if you know how to help me.

the image link, if you can't see it.

A:Elgato Capture Card: Won't capture anythng

I'm not familiar with it. But based on the image, there is no input signal (upper right box - Game Capture HD "no signal").

So the error is likely trying to tell you to change the output video type of whatever you have connected.

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Is it possible to transfer data from my desktop pc to my laptop pc without turning on my desktop pc? My desktop pc does not work and needs a new motherboard. I know I can take my PCs in to Best Buy and have them transfer the data for about $100. I'm hoping to do it myself and cheaper. Is there any specific equipment I can rent or buy to do this myself? The data I need transferred is from my old desktop is from a Dell Dimension XPS T500 to my new Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Any ideas?
Thank you.

A:Transfering data from desktop to laptop without turning desktop pc on?

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I have a custom built desktop at an office, it was running Windows Xp pro with the license glued on the side. At a later time a full license was purchased for windows 7 pro oem, and glued on the side of the computer. The system was wiped and Windows 7 pro freshly installed (not upgraded).
Now a new system with Windows 10 pro was bought to take it's place.
My question is there, the office has a Windows XP Pro laptop, that must be upgraded to Windows 7 pro. Am I able to use that license from that old desktop for Windows 7 Pro on this winxp laptop to install Windows 7 pro? If so, how would I go about doing it? Just an upgrade and use that product key?

A:Transfering license from desktop to laptop, and throwing desktop away

The laptop license will be an OEM copy of the OS, this is managed by the OEM of the laptop and would not be transferable to the new system. the additional win7 laptop is also an OEM license but in this case the support would be the responsibility of your Company IT department.

You need to purchase a new license for the laptop, but, if you can get one an upgrade license would be OK as the XP pro to Windows 7 is a valid upgrade

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Is it possible to transfer data from my desktop pc to my laptop pc without turning on my desktop pc? My desktop pc does not work and needs a new motherboard. I know I can take my PCs in to Best Buy and have them transfer the data for about $100. I'm hoping to do it myself and cheaper. Is there any specific equipment I can rent or buy to do this myself? The data I need transferred is from my old desktop is from a Dell Dimension XPS T500 to my new Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Any ideas?
Thank you.

A:Transfering data from desktop to laptop without turning desktop pc on?

yes.............dont duplicate post!

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Hi. I'm a Windows 8 newbie, so go easy on me .

I'm trying to RDP from my new Windows 8 laptop to an XP desktop, both of which are on my home network. When I try, I get the below error...

Remote Desktop can't connect to the remote computer for one of these reasons:

1) Remote access to the server is not enabled
2) The remote computer is turned off
3) The remote computer is not available on the network

As best as I can tell, none of the conditions above is true. Here is what I have looked at so far...

- On the XP machine, in System settings / Remote, "Allow users to connect to this system" is Checked. I have successfully RDP'd to this machine in the past, but this is the first time I've tried from the Windows 8 machine.

- From the Windows 8 machine, I can ping the XP machine, and I can access a shared drive on the XP machine. In fact, I've been moving files between the XP machine and the Windows 8 machine, in both directions, all day.

- Just to eliminate another potential issue, I have set the username and password on the Windows 8 machine to match that on the XP machine.

Incidentally, XP machine is running XP Pro, 2002, SP3.

Thanx in advance for any suggestions to diagnose and resolve this.


A:Cannot Remote Desktop FROM Windows 8 laptop to XP desktop

Kari explains about the tricks and problems associated with remote desktop. > problems connecting to the Win 8 laptop from Win 7

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I just finished disassembling my first laptop ever which had a broken screen due to a drunken neighbor and am wondering if / what I can use the acquired parts for? This is the laptop that I disemboweled:

Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB Review & Rating | PCMag.com

which has a better processor than the current, newer one that I am using. I also recently purchased a desktop but I definitely need to increase the size of the hdd and am wondering if the laptop hdd can be used with the desktop? I have attached pictures of what I have pulled out of the Samsung. I look forward to your responses and really appreciate the helpful knowledge and / or advice. Thank you!

(I will attach the pictures right after this post. I took them on my phone and will upload from the win7 forums app. Am currently on laptop)


A:hdd, processor or RAM from laptop usable in my desktop or newer laptop

Hopefully images attached to this.




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Okay I have sort of a series of related questions about this let me start by explaining the situation:

My laptop is fried and I've pretty much given up hope trying to fix it. I know it's a hardware issue and I tried disassembling/reassembling it to no avail. At this point I'll be happy if I can recover the files from the HD assuming it's not the HD that is faulty in the first place.

So here are my questions. I already searched the forums here and had one of these partially answered but I need a bit more info. First, as I understand it it would be possible to connect the laptop's HD to my desktop but I would need an adapter to do it right? If I had this adapter, would it be possible to run the laptop HD like an external or would I have to boot directly into it to get the files? My tech knowledge is only mediocre here and I don't know exactly how the hardware all works together.

Second, and this would be most convenient if it works because I could skip the adapter, I want to know if it would work to simply swap the laptop's HD with a different, fully functioning laptop and move the files onto an external HD from there, assuming both laptops use the same connector type (I believe they do both use the same size SATA drives). Again this is really just a question of whether or not the new laptop's hardware would be compatible with the old drive and that there wouldn't be any time consuming formats involved or any data loss or anythi... Read more

A:Laptop HD file transfer to desktop or another laptop

Better and much shorter question: What is the best way to move files from the hard disk of a failed laptop to another computer?

Remove the hard disk from the failed laptop. If it is SATA, as you state, take it to any desktop computer with SATA connectors. Connect it there as a secondary drive and burn your files to a DVD.

Or, you could get an external drive enclosure (laptop size), place the drive inside that and connect it to any USB port.

If the old drive is bad/unreadable, none of your or my solutions will help. In that case, you'll have to send it and a lot of your money to a specialist.

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Ok first of all thanks to anyone who reads this and I hope I am being as clear as possible.

My desktop computer recently just went all blank white screen on me last night and since I have no idea what to do with it to fix it, I just bought a new laptop. I have a DSL modem from Verizon with only one cable so before I used to just remove it from the desktop and plug it into my other laptop to use the internet. I did this last night with the new laptop as well, and this morning I tried to connect to the internet on the new laptop and it said could not connect to the internet, no matter what website I tried, I decided to try plugging the DSL line into the OLD laptop to see if it was the internet, but it works on the old laptop just fine, and was working on the new laptop yesterday just fine. Can someone please help me? I do not understand why the old laptop works 100% perfectly and never had a virus, but every new computer I get seems to be "crap" (pardon my language) Any thoughts????

A:DSL cable works for desktop and laptop but not the new laptop ;\

Connect to the old laptop and get the Internet working and connected, then I'd like to see this.
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

After that, connect to the new laptop, reboot the laptop and then post the same thing from the new laptop.


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I've got two computers living in the same workgroup that I am trying to connect and share files across.

1) Desktop - Vista Home Premium.
2) Laptop - XP Pro.

Computer #2 can see #1 and it's shared folders. However, #1 cannot see #2's shared folders nor see that computer in its workgroup or network.

I believe the problem resides on computer #2, as prior to computer #1 I had a different desktop config that had the same problem.

I am able to ping #2 by name and IP address.
I have disabled the firewalls on both computers.
File sharing is enabled for both computers.

Appreciate any help on the matter!

A:XP Pro laptop can see Vista Dsktop, but Desktop Can't See Laptop

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Both machines are W7 64 bit. I have set all network settings exactly the same. I have turned off Zone Alarm on the laptop. I have set set sharing on drives and folders to Everyone. While the desktop can see the laptop over the home network, when I try to access files, I get the "enter username password" dialog box, which seems to have no function (at least to me). Not sure where the culprit lies.

A:W7 desktop can't read W7 laptop. Laptop can read desktop. Same settgs

When you enter the username and password for the desktop what error message do you receive?

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I am using a Toshiba laptop A105-S4104 and a desktop computer both using XP Professional with both on the same two computer network. I have identical programs on both. I would like to get the two screens together on the desktop in order that I might drag and drop data. I do not wish to replace the entire files on either computer but to combine the two as I like. I have seen this done by making the desktop monitor into a half screen then bringing the laptop screen to the other half of the desktop. Can you explain how this is done? Many thanks.

A:Combing Laptop and Desktop monitor screens on desktop monitor

Hey There! Welcome to the forum!

I believe you possible mean remote desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client) however i dont think you can drag files between windows.

The best way of doing it with both pcs on the network would be to open my documents and type in the address bar "\\OTHER-COMPUTER-NAME\C$" that will give you access to the c drive on the other pc depending on Firewall settings.

To find your PC name right click on my computer and click properties. Then click the computer name tab. Your computer name will be shown next to 'Full Computer Name:'


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Ok i know that a laptop would not be good for gaming but what do you guys think.

A:Desktop vs Laptop

Some of the newer laptops are actually pretty decent for gaming. I have an HP dv9000 with a Nvida 7600GO gpu and it plays games pretty well. Wasn't terribly expensive either ($1300).

Desktops do have a big advantage in the ease of upgrade area and are in general cheaper to buy. You can also pretty easily build your own desktop. Building a laptop can be much more expensive and a lot more difficult than just buying one.

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Ok I have a friends laptop...i am pretty sure its not any good.. I want to take his HDD out and slave it into my desktop to get his pcis and whatnot off of it. However, Its quite possible it might have viruses/malware on it as my friend used to use it for watching "movies", if you know what I mean Now is there a way I can retrieve this info w/o placing my system in danger?? Like could I maybe just boot right from it W/O having my desktop driver too and use something like PMagic or something??

A:laptop HDD to desktop

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is it possible to use laptops hdd for desktops use

if yes what items do i need and procedures

A:laptop's hdd can be used for desktop

Hello again nfs yes mate sizes are all standard.

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I have several laptop hard drives that I need to see the contents of. I'm finding plenty of these little adapter things that you can put directly into a computer's hardware. But I'm looking for something a little more along the lines of a media card reader (USB if possible?) only for laptop hard drives. They have external hard drives with USB connections for 3.5 hard drives, why can't someone make the same thing for laptop hard drives? If someone has knowledge on this type of situation replies are welcome. Thanks!

A:Laptop HD to Desktop

All I really have seen is either

a) a device that lets you mount a 2.5" HDD into a 3.5" bay, or

b) a device that encases a 2.5" HDD, and is accessible then via 1 or 2 USB cables. These are just called 2.5" HDD USB caddies, they are usually USB2 these days. Here is an example - http://www.kenable.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=1125 - was this what you meant??

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I searched for a thread like this, and all there was email threads. I'm surprised there isn't a thread like this, but if there is then I'm sorry.

Anyway, would you prefer a desktop or a laptop?

Right now I'm satisfied with my desktop, but when the time comes for it, I will move on to a laptop since it's more capable of travelling

A:Desktop or Laptop?

Hello Peter Hurry, welcome to the forum.

Choosing between a laptop and desktop can be a difficult decision. The bottom line comes down to portability. If you will need or use the portability of a laptop, then it can be a powerful tool for you and worth the extra money.

Laptops have a great advantage in terms of their portability. If you carry a laptop with you, your applications and documents are always immediately available. With a wireless card, your laptop can also access the Internet while on the go, so you have more places to do research, check your email, and be more productive.

Desktops offer other advantages. Although laptop prices have come down and performance has increased, most desktops offer a better price-to-performance ratio. Desktops also still hold some ergonomic advantages over laptops.

So finally I can say that your decision should be based primarily on how you plan to use your computer and the size of your computing budget. Lastly, the choice is yours. Evaluate and review your computing needs and decide what's best for you.


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I don't see any to discuss on Desktop vs Laptop.

Which are you personally to use by Desktop or laptop? Why or why not?

A:Desktop vs Laptop

I use both but prefer the desktop with the 22" screen. I only use the laptop outside the house or when I need a lot of processing power (e.g. for video editing). With the i7 and a 1GB graphics it is my most powerful system.

What I hate on the laptop is the trackpad - never use it. I use a mouse with a trackball which is a lot more convenient. On the desktop I do not use a mouse. I use a keyboard with trackball.

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Hello. I am in the market for a laptop or maybe even a desktop. If it is a laptop I would like a 17 inch screen but a 15 inch will work too. I would like 6-8GB of RAM, 500GB+ Hard Drive, 1GB of Radeon or NVIDIA graphics card, and a 2nd Generation i5 or i7 processor. Please help me find the best deal and a great laptop. Thanks

A:What laptop/desktop should I get?

well your first thing is determining if you want a laptop or a desktop. Desktops offer MUCH more bang for the buck. a laptop with similar specs to a desktop will cost twice as much.
Do you have a budget? a laptop with those specs will probably cost over a thousand dollars, while you could get a desktop with those specs (depending on graphics card) for about 600. (700 with cheap peripherals like monitor, keyboard, and mouse)

If you are set on a laptop, i would look at asus stuff. They make their own chipsets and usually sell durable and reliable products. Companies such as Acer are cheaper with similar specs, but they have arguable build quaility/reliability.

The best way to get a good deal on a desktop is to build your own. It honestly is not that hard and if you just go in step by step you should have no problem if you decide to do so.
The best bang for buck processor is the i5-2500k, which costs at most online retailers from $200 to $220. 8GB of desktop ram costs about $40. I can make more recommandations if you want to take this route, but you should tell us really what you want more first.

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If I install an ethernet network card into my desktop (Win 98SE), and my laptop (XP Pro) is LAN 10/100 compatible, all I need is a cable to join them up? What kind of cable would I require?


A:Laptop and Desktop LAN

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I bought a laptop I thought I could fix off Cl a long time ago, and found out the board was toast. Anyway, it has a 320Gb sata HDD in it. I pulled it and attached it to my desktop via the 2 cables (power/data) to see if it was any good and it wont even read it. not even in BIOS. Is this normal cause its a laptop drive, or is it toast too?? thanks for any insight

A:laptop HDD in desktop??

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Okay I have a Compaq Laptop Vista Basic. I also have a Windows 7 Hp desktop.
Now the thing is my Laptop is connected to my wireless router and I am trying to connect both via Ethernet. The thing is that they wont connect. I have already uninstalled the NIC local connection drivers on both and nothing. On the Windows 7 it will work for a little bit and say that the cable is unplugged which it aint. I've tried everything can someone please help me. My Xbox 360 works fine and I have already tried 3 new Ethernet cable and nothing. Basically I am trying to connect my desktop to my laptop via the Ethernet cable but, nothing seems to work I would appreciate any help.

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I am selling an Intel Pentium 4 Socket 478 Northwood 3gig 533 fsb chip.... It's for a desktop computer.

This guy who wants to buy it has an HP Pavilion ZD7020US notebook.

Will the chip fit into the notebook's motherboard?? Or are notebook chips altogether different???

A:Desktop CPU into a Laptop???

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Hello Tech Support Guy Community,

[heads up, this may seem like a problem in the game thread but I strongly believe this thread will do better]

Before I start here are my specs:
Windows 10 Home
Intel Core i7-3635 QM CPU @ 2.4GHz
8 GB Ram
64 Bit Operating System
Touch Support(10 points)
1TB hard drive space
I wanted to download a play a PC game (Battlefront). When I check the specs of the game it turns out to be too oversized in the room on my laptop. So I was wondering if it is possible to use my Desktop's hard drive and ram and all that while using my laptop's windows and screen and all that. I'll need this for other things like animating or other stuff like that. Is there a way I can use a cable or anything. All help would be appreciated.


A:Desktop to Laptop

So you're asking if you can use your laptop screen but your desktops hardware? AFAIK, that is not possible.

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Hi Everyone

i have just taken my old battered desktop pc apart an removed the HDD.
it is an IDE HDD (western digital) model - wd1200bb-00dwa0

my question is, is there a way i can connect it to my laptop to remove any files i may need.
or alternatively is there a way to convert it to an external HDD, so i can use it to back up the files on my laptop? and if so, how does that work as my laptop only has USB ports.

thanks dudes

A:Desktop HDD onto Laptop?

You can buy either a USB to IDE(and/or SATA) Adapter or a USB enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145053
This will in effective turn the hard drive into an external drive that you can use as you see fit.

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I'm in the process to become a licensed DJ, and I just need a few opinions on this: Should I use a Desktop or a Laptop for my music etc?

For instance, a laptop is portable and have a battery to power it in case of a power surge or something, but a decent one with alot of hdd space also cost alot.

A desktop is not so portable, but it's much cheaper than a laptop with the same specs and a desktop with the right chassis will have very effective cooling. It's also cheaper to have 4tb+ hdd space on a desktop than a laptop, and I will really need alot of hdd space seeing that I will have tons of music as well as music videos.

Any input on this will be great.


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Just wondered if anyone out there could help me!

I have networked a laptop and desktop with the desktop being the host connected to Wanadoo Broadband via a USB modem. The two machines are linked by a cross cable and they can ping each other (IP address and name).

The desktop can access the internet with no problem, but the laptop can only access some websites!

For example, I can go to msn.co.uk/messenger but not msn.co.uk. Or I can ping quizardry.com but I cannot go to the site in the browser.

Both machines are WINXP PRO but the desktop has SP2 and the laptop has SP1.

Can anyone out there help me, I am tearing my hair out here!!

A:LAN for a laptop and desktop

Sure sounds like some kind of restrictive browser or firewall settings on the laptop. How does the laptop differ from the desktop in those two areas? What browser(s)?

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to connect my old Dell Optiplex [Windows 2000 Professional] to my Acer Aspire laptop [Windows 7]. I have what I need to do so... An Ethernet crossover cable.

I have connected the desktop to a different laptop months ago, but it was a random occurrence. No idea how it happened.

I can only get the laptop to appear on the desktop's network thing and can see/ use shared files. I can't do the same on the laptop's side.

Please, somebody, give me a step-by-step process. I can do an intricate one. What I need these machines to do is: appear on each other's network, share files, and share internet [laptop gets wireless - would give destop it through LAN].


A:Old Desktop to New Laptop

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i hav a desktop pc with xp running on it and a samsung 80GB HDD.
i hav a dv4t HP laptop with 250 GB HDD.
i don wanna use the desktop anymore, so i want to transfer my desktop 80 GB stuffs to the LAptop.

How do i do that?
i heard that there's something called IDE cable that can do the stuff

if u need more info, tell me..

plz HELP

A:HP laptop HDD to desktop HDD

Yes you can do that. The best way is to make the laptop HDD becoming external as it is the easiest way. You will need to buy an external box for HDD and make the connection inside and it will be connected by USB. Thus you can take it where you want without any problem.

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I have an IBM Aptiva E series 275 and a Dell Laptop No:TS30G. I want to know how I can link them together so that I can share files on the harddrives, update laptop files, connect laptop to internet downloads, etc. I know that I need a cable to hook the ports together but I don't know what cable or what ports to use. Please Help Me. [email protected]


You want to network your computers together - so this belongs in the networking forum.

Please go there for replies.

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Hey I was wondering, if my desktop is on Win 7 64bit, the laptop is on xp pro 32bit, can I have them networked to access the files on each computer from the other?

A:Desktop, Laptop, different OS

win7 comes in 32 and 64bit


Sharing Files and Printers on a Home Network for Windows 7 , Vista , XP and Mac

Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista
Since there are three versions of Windows out in the field these days, chances are you need to share data between them. This link will show you how to get each version to share files and printers with one another.
Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista - How-To Geek
Share files between Windows 7 and XP
If you have a home network and are running Windows 7 and have XP on other PC(s) you might want to share files between them. This link will look at the steps to share files and hardware devices like a printer.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek

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hi everyone i would like to know how do i connect internet to my laptop(Vista)..I already have a Destop(XP) connected 2 net. I want the same connection 4 my laptop i tried connecting the LAN wire n i found reply from the server but no webpage is being opened then i contact the service provider,He said tht I cannot have the same connection 4 both Systems.He added tht I can have only 1 at a time i.e.. I should go 4 a net connection either with my Desktop Or Laptop permanently!!!!!

Im sorry if anyone finds this question wasting there time!!!Im new 2 these thngs n im trying 2 coup up with u guys


You need to buy a router.

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I have a Windows XP Laptop that is almost a year old, I've been using it alot recently and it's been working great! But For the past three days I've tried to start it up and the moment it gets to the welcome screen it stays there and doesn't take me to my desktop. I'm not sure if the screen is frozen because I can still move the mouse around or if it's moving very slowy. I shut it off twice manually ( You know not shutting down) could that be whats wrong with it, or is it a more serious issue?

A:My Laptop won't take me to my desktop!

First, there's one thing you should know: Anyone who tells you that holding down the power button hurts the computer is a MAC FANBOY who believes those little Mac error messages that pop up when you remove a flash drive without ejecting first. Neither of those two things hurts any computer, Mac, Windows, or otherwise.

Anyway, I don't know what's wrong there, but it's most likely some kind of corrupt Windows file. Something that should fix that kind of thing no matter what every single time is this:

1. Pray to whatever you believe in that you still have your Windows install disk.
2. If you do, insert the disk in your disk drive, start up the computer, and it will spend a few seconds asking you to press any key if you want to boot from the disk. Press any key, and your computer will spend awhile loading the DOS-like version of the Windows XP installation.
3. Press R to go to the recovery console.
4. When it prompts you for which boot-system-drive-thing to start from, choose whatever number it lists as Windows. That number will probably be 1. Type the number in and press enter.
5. Next it will ask for the Administrator password. This is the password that you have given to the account that came with Windows that was called "Administrator." If you never gave that hidden account a password, leave this entry blank and press enter.
6. Now you are officially in the Recovery Console. Type "chkdsk" (without quotes) and the disk will check your h... Read more

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Is there any way that a hard drive from a laptop can be hooked to a desktop pc. My sons laptop fell and the monitor was broken. He needs to get data from iit. Repairing the laptops monitor is not an option. Paying to have the data saved is also not an option without money. Or maybe there is a way to route the video from the laptop through a regular monitor? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:laptop to desktop

easiet way without having open anything up on the desktop is to get a usb laptop hard drive enclosure. check what kind of drive the laptop has (IDE, SATA) and get an enclosure accordingly.

the enclosure allows you to plug in the hard drive as a USB external drive, from there you read/write just like any other hard drive/thumb drive/external drive.

they do sell adapters for 3.5 IDE to 2.5 IDE if you wanted to plug it in a desktop PC however.


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