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Q: Building laptops from scratch or extreme customization of laptops

Here's a thought. I've been searching high and low for an affordable laptop which has

Awesome Graphics card (not sure what - but something that could handle Crysis at high)
15-16" screen with 1920 x 1080 res
4gb or more ddr3 1333mhz ram
core i7-720qm or higher processor
backlit keyboard
HDMI, long battery life, etc etc

So basically everything but at under $2500. I even bought a dell studio xps 1645 with the above specs and the price was real good ($1730 with student discount) but it had lots of problems so i had to return it.

Now that the problem is solved (? maybe?).. dell dont offer that laptop in that configuration, making the laptop around $2400 just due to an increase in RAM (6gb instead of 4gb).

And since I am unsure of the quality with dell or any other brand for that matter, I was wondering if there is any laptop out there that gives alienware m15x performance for a smaller pricetag? (a discount coupon for the above would do! hehe)

If not, what about "overhauling" or "Pimp My Laptop" sorta stuff if you catch my drift... You know customizing the laptop or even building it up from scratch.

I've done some basic upgrades in the past (RAM HDD, bluetooth card etc.) but does anyone have any experience in upgrading graphics cards, screens and CPU's?

Any experience or information about this is very welcome, as finding the right laptop in the right price is sorta like the Holy Grail of laptops, especially in NZ since US has many such companies that offer great custom laptops at a fraction of the price of big brands.

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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I noticed places like voodoo pc have custom laptops that they built. Since I am starting a business, I decided that I should read up on laptops and their technology. One thing remained unanswered, where would be a place, preferably online, that I could order notebook parts to build notebooks with?

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While it is possible to build laptops, generally it is very difficult and far too cost ineffective to do so. Parts for laptops are hard to come by separately except for common items like drives and ram. You would probably need to buy cases and LCDs from the manufactuer or from salvage equipment.

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can anybody tell me any good websites where i can buy parts to build my own laptop. I know home build laptops are still few and far between but i know you can do it.

UK only sites please. anything is much appreciated

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Good luck on the build! I think it is so much cheaper to buy one than to build it since the parts are so small and "few and far between". I know a couple sites but none in the U.K

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In June 2016 our company bought Inspiron 5759. I used it at office, we have air conditioning, nothing that could cause overheating or other problems. In the end of July 17 laptop just turned off and didnt react on any actions. I brought to service center and they told it's the hub located on the same board with CPU. The only way to fix it is to replace the whole board which costs around 600 USD because there's CPU Core i7 in it. I was given another laptop Inspiron 5558 which was not used since winter of 2017 because it had problems with WiFi. I tried to connect it with LAN cable and discovered that LAN is not working, in fact there's no LAN adapter in device manager. Service center said today that's the same problem - but this time hub is not completely broken, it's just doesnt see LAN adapter and periodically shuts down WiFi. The technician told that this is a frequent problem with Inspirons and Dell knows about it but doesnt recall laptops or extend warranty on this spare part. I asked when second laptop got the wifi issues - it started at the beginning of 2017 and warranty ended in December 2016. Again just 1-2 months.

So, it looks very strange that Dell laptops break right after ending of warranty with same problem, and we can't just change the hub, we need to buy a new board which includes CPU for 600 USD.
SNs: c0jchc2, 5lcmd72

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I don't know if its the laptop or if it has to do with the router but it seems that Apple laptops always interfere with my wifi connection.

My brothers Mac does it when we both visit home and my girlfriends roommates mac always kicks both of our laptops off the wifi. After a few minutes it will let us connect back up but then dies out again after a few minutes.

I assume it has to do with the laptops because neither my brother or the roommate seem to have the problem and it only happens when they are online.

Anyone Know whats up?

Thanks All!

A:Apple Laptops seem to force my Windows Laptops Offline...

Any Help Anyone?


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I have many old parts from previous pc's which I know can be used to build one for my son. I have an ecs k7s5a and amd ? processor which came as a combo, the problem is can't find the original mb install disk, and the hd is not the original either its an older 20gb w/98se on it which don't have the drivers for the mb..my question is do I absolutely need the cd in order for everything to work? figured I'd ask before I even bothered to get started...thanx

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Building the OS from scratch seem to me to be the best way to go when building a new computer. As time goes on after a year two or three the OS seem to get sick such as my auto run don't work no more and after Microsoft work on it for 3 hours it really don't run no more. Bugs, jitters, shakes and just old age. So after I build the computer I think I'm just going to build the OS from scratch. I've did it both ways, from scratch and just move it to the new computer and after I just reload the OS and rebuild it I feel so much better not to mention the computer runs like a high school student instead of someone like me that just took sum Vitamins.

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I have many old parts from previous pc's which I know can be used to build one for my son. I have an ecs k7s5a and amd ? processor which came as a combo, the problem is can't find the original mb install disk, and the hd is not the original either its an older 20gb w/98se on it...my question is do I absolutely need the cd in order for everything to work? figured I'd ask before I even bothered to get started...thanx

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I decided to build a decent gaming machine to run HL2 on. The current parts i chose so far are:

Mother Board


Video Card

Hard Drive

Also which Burner should i get




Also i need help on which Processor to get best bang for the buck type, also which Case to get. Overall what would you think this would work like?

A:Building PC from scratch

Dont get a Celeron Processor, and I would reccomend going for a 2ghz-2.4ghz. Those, as far as the Pentiums go are the best buy.

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So I figured I would start a project and build a computer from scratch. Almost every piece of hardware is brand new. So here is where I ran into trouble: I finally got everything installed, and I turned on my computer to configure some BIOS settings. Keep in mind that even my hard drive is also right out of the box, so of course, I got the drivers to install the hard drive, but what drivers do I install first? The CD-ROM drivers so that I can read the drivers on other CDs, or what? Everytime I try to install either one of them, I get an error, so I tried to install XP, and got yet another error?

I am confused and getting frustrated.
Any help would be appreciated.


A:New at building a computer from scratch.

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I am building this windows pc from scratch, and I have a few questions..

There are about 4-5 power cords coming out of the power supply. Which one goes into the harddrive? is it the one that comes out of the power supply, AND the disc drive?

And there are no labels for the power button cords on the motherboard...

Im 15 and never really finished this computer and I really want to.
And help would be greatly appreciated.


A:building pc from scratch---stuckk!!

The 4 pin rectangular connectors (molex connectors) are all the same and are plugged into IDE type hard drives (as opposed to SATA type) and also the CD and DVD drives. They can only fit into the drives one way so just look closely at the connector.

If you type "building a PC" into a google search you will come up with many useful links to help you with your project. This is just one of them.

Building a PC

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or should i get a SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail instead of the geforce 8600gts ???

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Ok I am looking forward to manage my network. I am hving 2 pc's at home, 1 laptop, WiFi Router, ADSL connection. One PC is being used by my sis and other is for backing up data. All the critical data I get from office goes into the machine and then uploaded to FTP for double backup security.

Apart from this I have 2 HDD one with SUSE installed and other as spare.

Now I want to build a network such that all the music and movies go to my sis pc by default and rest of the stuff gets backed up automatically in my pc. And when anyone requires anything from any machine there is no hassel in doing so. I'd prefer linux on data machine, if its possible.

I am having original OS:
Windows xp pro sp2 and SP3 (from my office)
Windows 2003 server
Windows 2000 ( all of them)
Linux -- Suse, Ubuntu, Kubuntu

As for my sis use.. she is into music, movies, net surfing, online games, some of her word processing as she is working that doesnt come in bulk. For my use i use laptop in office and all the data is quite critical which I backup regularly and all critical docx are on shared FTP in office.

Please let me knw what would be best. Pref linux since i wanna get outta this MS thing and second I dont want to keep upgrading just to keep it running.


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Okay, I have begun my first building my own system project....I do have a case & power supply now.

I would like recomendations as far as motherboard and processors go preferably with reasons why you prefer that particular model or brand so I can make an informed decision.

What I plan on doing with the machine is aside from the usual internet stuff, microsoft office professional, QuickBooks (4 different versions)...plus other various business software, nothing major besides that. No big graphics oriented programs or gaming.

Your advise is appreciated.

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So I figured I would start a project and build a computer from scratch. Almost every piece of hardware is brand new. So here is where I ran into trouble: I finally got everything installed, and I turned on my computer to configure some BIOS settings. Keep in mind that even my hard drive is also right out of the box, so of course, I got the drivers to install the hard drive, but what drivers do I install first? The CD-ROM drivers so that I can read the drivers on other CDs, or what? Everytime I try to install either one of them, I get an error, so I tried to install XP, and got yet another error?

I am confused and getting frustrated.
Any help would be appreciated.


A:Building a computer from scratch.

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I decided to build a gaming pc from scratch. If someone would kindly tell me ALL the parts i need to succesfully build a new computer i would greatly appreciate it.

A:Building a Comp from scratch

Welcome to TSG.

Here is a good site that explains most of it, except the expensive parts, software.

Building Your Own Pentium III System

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In the past I've always bought barebones systems, this time I'm building my first system from scratch. The only really new things will be installing the PS, mb, and attaching the basic cables. All the cards, memory, hardware I've done many times before, no problem. Here's my hardware, everything came from Newegg, should be here next week:

Case: COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UW Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MB: ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

Video Card: JATON Video-PX6600LE-256 Geforce 6600LE 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card

Memory: Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

PS - ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply

From my old system I'll use my WD Caviar SATA 80 GB HD, cd players/burners, and I have a 19" LCD GEM monitor and a 19" CRT Samsung monitor.

So this should be a pretty rockin' system, baby! The ASUS 939 mb can take the higher AMD processors and up to 4 gig of memory and the case is quite large and well-ventilated (plus room for additional fans), so I'm sitting pretty for upgrades for several years at least.

Any thoughts or suggestions on building a system from scratch would be welcome.


A:Building from Scratch for First Time

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I'm finally about to build my new computer from scratch & I could use some help/advice so I do things right.

The system has a nice new P6N MB, 2 SATA dvd writers (one which is Blu Ray) and a brand new 1T Seagate SATA drive which is unformated, 8 Gigs of memory and I plan to install Vista 64 SP1 Retail Ultimate.

I've installed all the new HW and have everything wired up right. Just want to make sure I have things figured out since its been ages since I've done something like this. I've already built and burned a seperate DVD that has all the latest MB drivers as well as well as my drivers for the HD DVR and Vid card. I also made a boot floppy on my old XP system just in case my MB's bios is old and needs updated. Supposedly to deal with with more than 4 gigs of memory it needs to be at least version 1.3 but am hoping that wont be an issue.

Step 1:
Apply power and as soon as system starts hit "delete" repeatedly to get into the bios config. Check the Bios version, if it it needs to be updated then exit bios and reboot with the floppy in the drive/flash the newer bios and reboot then re-enter the bios config. Make the meory adjustments my memory provider recommended and then go to the drive section of the bios and set things so the MB see's the 3 drives.

Step 2:
Do I actually need to change the boot order to say Boot from DVD first or leave it at default which is, I believe, Floppy/HD/ CD-DVD?

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A:Building an new system from scratch

That sounds great. You dont need the cd with your drivers on it until after the install, it worked for me. Everything looks fine. Should work great.


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So here's the deal:

I purchased all the parts to assemble a new pc. After much confusion of hooking up the front panel bells and whistle onto the motherboard, she finally turns on.

The fans are running, and things sound smooth. However, the monitor keeps turning off and on like its getting/losing a signal. (its an LCD monitor).

Any ideas?

A:Building a PC from scratch... failing!

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I'm interested in a new computer, very soon because this one jsut isnt cutting it. I was thinking about going to tigerdirect.com or maybe ebay.com to buy a new one at a cheap price, but my friend pointed out that i could jsut buy an empty tower (barebone i think), and buy the parts cheaper seperately and put it together myself.

Now, I wnted to come here and ask you guys, exactly what would i need, to do this. Would i need solderin irons and screw drivers and stuff, or would the inside of the tower already be formatted for me to jsut snap things into place.

WHat i wanted was dual cd drives, with a Cd reader/burner, and a dvd reader/burner. 1 Gig of Ram, atleast a 160 GB HDD, atleast a 2.8 GHz processor

I needed like atleast 5 empty PCI slots, like 2 inputs for Ram cards, atleast 4 usb ports.

Now, provided the specifications, can anyone give me an educated guess as too how much this would cost to build from scratch, and about how long it would take to build this.

Also, if anyone has any of this stuff to sell to me at a reasonable price, could you please post here and let me know? Thanks, to all in advanced.

A:Building from scratch (advice)

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Hello everyone! I've decided to do what I've always wanted to do and build my own computer from scratch. I know a decent amount about the components that go into computers, but I wanted to just double check to see if I've missed anything and to make sure everything is compatable. I've put everything together using newegg.com and below are all of the components I've picked out. Suggestions are also welcome, and I'm trying to stick to a budget of around $1,000.

Case –

Hard Drive –

Motherboard –

Processor –

Power Supply –

Wireless Networking –

Graphics Card –

Memory –

Optical Drive –

Operating System –

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I built a new computer. And I want to use the HDD from my old computer (the one I am typing this on now), in the new computer. I put this HDD in the new comp and Tuned it on and went through the Bios setup with the MB manual. and everything went ok then I saved and exited the bios setup and was hoping to load windows up just like on my old puter. anyways to make a longer story short windows wouldn't load. can what i am trying to do be done or should i just get a new copy of windows and start from scratch?

A:Building A new computer from scratch.

A new copy of Windows will be required.

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Hi Techspot Forumists! (is that even a word?)

It's been a long time since I've posted here. My last desktop decided to break down in the middle of my summer holiday, so I thought I'd build a new one. I've already lined down some of my needs (being a semi-hardcore gamer and all) and would like to hear your opinions about the build, as well as the necessary power to run it smoothly with a little bit room for upgrade later on as well

While I have quite some money to spend on this, I'd like it to be as cheap as possible. Also, ordering from popular websites, such as newegg, is sadly not an option in my case. The store I buy components from has a rather large selection of equipment and thus getting the right components shouldn't be a problem. I heard they could also order parts abroad, but that will cost a hefty extra fee.

Well, the parts I've already chosen are as follows:

Case: (Akasa) Infiniti ZOR, windowed black ATX case (http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/cases_cooling/akasa_infiniti_zor_case/1), 104.90?
Mobo: (ASUS) M3N-HT Deluxe HDMI AM2+ NF780ASLI (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131343), 123.00?
CPU: (AMD) Phenom 9950 QC AM2+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103291 - boxed edition), 149.00?
RAM: (A-Data) 4GT Dual-kit DDR2 1066+MHz (PC-8500), Extreme Edition (unable to find decent link, here's the one at the shop I use: http://www.jimmspc.fi/tuote/AD21066E0... Read more

A:Building a new rig from a scratch (well almost) - Questions about PSU

Avoid the Phenom CPUs, their performance is pretty abysmal compared to recent AMD offerings and competing Intel ones. I'd recommend the Phenom II X4 920 or 940, whichever you can better afford. Get an AMD 770\780G based motherboard from Gigabyte or ASUS, and an HD 4870 or HD 4890, whichever you can better afford. Avoid dual-GPU solutions for now.

As for your PSU, I recommend either the Corsair 650TX or the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610, again, whichever you can afford best.

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* What are you going to use the PC for? Mostly gaming I play WoW and SCII and would like to enjoy them on max graphics. However, there are some things I'd like such as a gtx 460 1gb graphics card
* How much is your budget? $800 which has to include everything in it. ONLY things I is a keyboard and mouse. (speakers I can probably do without)
* Are you willing to buy online? Only from newegg and amazon
* Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? See above, no
* Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? Need everything except keyboard and mouse (monitor is needed)
* Have you already bought any parts? no
* Do you have an Operating System (OS)? yes
* Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? I don't think so no

Current build i have picked out please make changes to as necessary

Asus M4785TD-V EVO $80
AMD Phenom II X2 555 (intend to unlock to 4 cores) $90
EVGA GTX 460 1GB Graphics Card $210
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600 $60
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $50
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $50
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $18
Have not decided on PSU or Monitor

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A:New to building looking to build an $800 gaming rig from scratch need help

AMD Phenom II X2 555 (intend to unlock to 4 cores) $90Click to expand...

You should not count on it.
IMO an Athlon X3 would do better and cost less.
IMO also a WD Cavier black.

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does anyone have a good decent computer that runs call of duty or newer shooters and could help me with building something lower priced then going out and buying a new computer lol i just need to know what parts i need to buy to build from the ground up im thinking about getting a case from newegg $60 dollars or lower that has decent fans and a higher power supply someone give me something to go on to run shooters smoothly

A:Solved: help building a new gamer from scratch

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I am about to build a new computer for the first time, and I have questions. A lot of them.

What I come up with so far is:

Intel Quad Core Q6600 $245
Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R Motherboard $146
4GB Ram (2x2GB) 'A-DATA' / 'Transcend' 800 Mhz $85
2 x 250GB HDD's @ 7200rpm $140

I'm pretty sure about the parts mentioned above, but I would like some advice on the following.

Armor Plus Case, without LCS $287
1200w Toughpower PSU $330

and I can't decide between the "Inno3D 8800GT Overclocked" for $265
(With this card I would need to buy a HR-03 GT and fan as well. So add $80) or,

a 9800GX2 Superclocked Edition, 1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, Dual DVI, HDMI for $480

So all in all, the system is, with the 8800GT & heatsink $1,578.
With the 9800GX2 it's $1,713

Well, those are my specs and problems, here are my questions.

- Has anyone seen another Motherboard similar to this one with 2 PCI-e slots?
I only have one PCI-e slot avaliable on the motherboard, (so dual 8800GT's are out at the moment).

- Will the 9800GX2 work with my system?

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A:Building a new computer from scratch and would like some advice

The Q6600 is a waste of money IMO, go with a cheaper and faster dual-core like the E8400.

Also, Zenosincks is right, you don't need a 1200W PSU, although I'd recommend this one, which can be had for about the same price (after rebate) as the VX550 and is much more powerful.

In addition, I recommend a better RAM kit from Crucial or Corsair over the A-DATA kit, unless you're not looking to OC.

Lastly, I recommend the 9800GX2 over two 8800GTs. It will work fine with your motherboard and with the PSU I recommended above.
Zenosincks has covered everything else.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Hey Guys,
I've just decided to get involved in PC gaming, and i'm looking for some middle-of-the-road graphics card (or any part) suggestions to direct my search.
I'm not looking for anything fancy, but I want to at least be able to run Half-life 2, Team Fortress 2, and the like.

A:Building a gaming PC from scratch. Any suggestions?

Well, whats your system spec's as of now and a budget you have for upgrading.

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Back in the time when pentium didnt exist i could have answered or told you anything about a x86 system and its hardware, now though a computer runs almost completely diffrent so i have had to research my knowledge qute a bit lately seeing as i am about to build my computer from scratch.

These are the specs i have decided on atm and i am wondering if anyone can advise me if i have gone wrong somewhere or something isnt compatible or too much of a weak link.
This system is is meant primarily for gaming although old games like TFT, c-s Diablo2 etc.
So i dont need the newest graphics card on the market. but i do like multi tasking and running a lot of programs simultaneously.

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 iP35 4DDR2-DIMM 3PCI 4PCIe SATA Raid Audio GB-LAN Socket775 ATX
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz 4MB FSB1333 Boxed (with cpu-cooler!) Socket 775
Sapphire Radeon X1650PRO
chassi antec p180B
Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000rpm 16MB cache S-ATA

This is an upgrade from my current system of:

amd athlon 1.3ghz
MB unknown but 5 years old and useless
Nvidia Geforce2 ti 64mb
3*256 ram chips (not even matching)
generic and falling apart chassi
I allready have a really decent soundcard although i doubt i wneed it seeing as the MB has a 7.1 built integrated. Same goes for network card. I have a couple of old ide hard drives which i will also use 1 of seeign as the mb only has 1 ide slot and i need it for the dvd burner al... Read more

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Hi there, I've just built my first PC... everything seemed to be going well until power up!

The switch on the back of the PSU is on and the motherboard led lights up to show that it's getting power. When I try my power switch nothing happens, I even got a cheap motherboard testing kit with a little power switch in case the one on the case was loose/knackered, still nothing.

It didn't blow or bang or do anyting upon first power up. I'm pretty sure the PSU is connected to the 24pin and 4pin slots on the motherboard correctly.

There's literally nothing upon power up though, no fans, no hard drive spins, nothing.

Motherboard problem maybe? Power getting to it to turn on the LED but problems elsewhere?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm slightly worried I've just thrown £500 down the toilet!


A:Solved: Building PC from scratch but doesn't power up!

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I have 3 small compact HP pavilion 6835 that were given to me as well as 2 other computers that I am not sure of operating system or any specs on them. Is there any way to possibly interchange parts etc to make my children 2 computers? Any links, etc if allowed is much appreciated. I am not sure of the problems as my spouse is the one whom brought them home for me to play with. Thank you in advance.

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Hey Everyone!
I want to build a computer from scratch and I have some questions:

Question 1:
Does the shape of the case matter to fit the hardware like Main board, motherboard, or all cases produce to fit the hardware?

Question 2:
What are the hardware I should buy? I know RAM, Main Board, Motherboard, Fan, Power supply unit, Processor, Optical drive, Hard drive, Graphic Card is there any others? also please let me know what are the best? like RAM DDR3, 2 GB Graphics, Intel i7 processor, etc.

That's all!
Please give me some tips if you know!

A:Questions about building desktop computer from scratch!

Right, what is your budget? I can tell you roughly what I would recommend. Also, what are you going to be using the pc for?

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This is more for reassurance than a real question.
I have just built a computer for my first time (shudder)
and hardware, jumpers, all that is fine. Tonight was the test and ran through my BIOS without any real problems, everything was recognized. Then I get the "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" Tried it and a chug chug came from the Floppy drive but then the same message. So I checked the BIOS priority settings for the drives and checked the IDE cable connections that was all good. I searched the forums and found some great info so I am going to get another floppy drive, an IDE cable and try setting it on a level surface out of the case for starters. Since this is a brand new system (New HD, Video card, audio card, Motherboard/processor) that is what I should be doing at this point right after setting BIOS isn't it? I should put a WIN98SE start up disk in right? Or is there something else I should do first such as trying to run the motherboard Instal/Drivers CD (which I have also tried with no joy)? Sorry so long winded. Senior members rule!

A:Building from scratch - Boot Disk Failure

You're correct in the fact you want to put the cd in, the problem seems to be that it's not trying to boot from the CD. We can fix this. Go into your BIOS (usually by pressing delete during the POST screen), and look under...advanced setup? Look through all the parts, there should be an order for booting from. Make sure that the cd-rom you're using is in that list. If it is and still not booting, and you have another cd-rom, try switching the cd and putting that one in the list. I actually suggest putting the cd-rom as the first device on the list.

Look through the BIOS, usually the origonal setup is a "safe" setup. For example, I have DDR 2100 (133 time 2 bus? speed whatever it's measured under), but my origonal bios was set for 100. It was underclocking my ram But it fits more configurations. Play around with everything, lots of fun!

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Hi all

So im about to start the work for the windows 8.1 Pro "image creation" for mass deployment. just want to know if this is the right direction.

Installed VM Workstation 10, created .ISO from Windows 8 Pro OEM DVD, Installed Windows in VM from .ISO. Running all updates to get to 8.1, once it logs back in as default "user" name i was going to take my snapshot

is this the correct method and direction or did I already miss a step or process? I wasnt sure about the following:

why i would have any username at all since its going to eventually be a local admin account and added to a domain.


I activated windows (not sure i was supposed to do that really hope i dont have to start over but i heard sysprep can wipe that for me?).

TY all

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im buying a new system that i personalized myself on newegg.com and i've been wondering if i should buy it it includes moniter and everything else needed and only around 700 bucks good cooling power but i need a proffesional weigh in on it im not looking to spend more so tell me if its good for gaming and graphics design heres the specs below:

1- BIOSTAR GEFORCE 6100-M9 Socket 939 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

2- COOLMAX CS-480-Black W/O PSU Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

3-4- MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan - Retail x2

5- GIGABYTE GH-PCU23-VE 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

6- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

7-8- A-DATA 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model ADBGC1A16 - Retail x2

9- Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

10- ViewSonic Optiquest Series Q7B-3 Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail

11- Sunbeam PSU-BKS580-US ATX 580W Power Supply - Retail

12- AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800DAA4BW - OEM

13- EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail

A:Building Computer From scratch used for gaming and grahpics design please weigh-in

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Hi, I would like to put together a computer with these software requirements in mind (for reason/record:

Intel P4/AMD Athlon XP at 2GHz or better, multiple cores highly recommended, 1 GB RAM or more, DVD drive, 2 GB free hard disk space, Record may use up to 20 GB cache disk space, Windows XP SP2, Vista or later

I currently have XP, and would do Windows 7 but I really don't care for Vista (please don't figure in to the total, and yes I will be getting a legal copy!). I would like to go the cheapest route, which I imagine would be building from scratch. If I can stay under 500 dollars that's be best although spending a little more for a really nice system that will be good for a few years is favorable.

I found this as a starting point, and would like to know the thoughts from the inside.

The only additional information I have is I have 2 TB's that are waiting for a home so I'm not worried about storage, and also the quieter the better, as everything helps while recording. Thank you very much in advance. - Dinvex

A:Recommendations building a new (budgeted) computer from scratch for recording music

You can do better with your budget. I recommend this:

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $57.99 + free shipping
GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM3\AM2+\AM2 AMD 740G mATX AMD Motherboard - $53.99 ($51.99 with M-Club discount) + variable shipping depending on location
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit - $75.99 + $0.99 shipping
NZXT Beta EVO Chassis - CS-NT-BETA-EVO - $53.99 + free shipping
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM - $39.99 + $8.57 shipping
ASUS Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card - $79.99 ($59.99 after $20 MIR) + free shipping
Grand Total = ~$380, not considering rebates.

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I found these 2 laptops on sales, and i was just wondering if someone could tell me if these specs are the same. The funny thing is that the Sony Vaio is listed at 649.99 while the Hp is listed at 499

[B][/B]HP 15.6" AMD Athlon II P320 Laptop
Base Features

Approximate Battery Life

Dependent On Usage
Hard Drive Capacity

320 GB
Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute

7200 rpm
LED Backlit Display

Optical Drive

LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Processor Cores

Processor Speed

Processor Type

AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P320

Screen Size


Discrete Video Memory

Expandable Video Memory

Graphics Chipset

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
Integrated Video Memory

Native Screen Resolution

1366 x 768
Upgradable Video System

Video Memory

Up to 1917MB Total Graphics Memory

Audio Chipset

Altec Lansing
Audio Output

Digital Input

Digital Output

Hardware Volume Control

Integrated Amplifier

Integrated Microphone

Microphone Input

Speaker Wattage

Information Not Available


Card Reader - Compatible Memory Types

SD; MMC; Memory Stick; Memory Stick Pro; xD
Card Reader

Yes - 5-in-1
Composite Output

ExpressCard/34 Input

ExpressCard/54 Input

HDCP Compliant


IEEE 1394 Input/Output

IR Receiver

Number of Touchpad Buttons

PC Card Input

S-Video Output

Type of Keyboard

Type of... Read more

A:are these 2 laptops the same?

This is the 3rd thread you have opened on the same topic. Stick with the (merged) one in which you already have responses.

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Hi there,

Firstly - I apologise for posting in this forum, because I am not too sure which of the other forums to post in...

Well, here is my question...
How well do laptops (performance) compare to Desktop PCs.
I have a 3.01 Ghz HT Advent computer at home. With 512MB RAM and an 80GB HDD with a 200GB External HDD. It has a 19" monitor...

THe reason I have stated these specs is because I am looking to buy a laptop (with wireless built in) so I can connect to my network. At the moment the computer isn't really mine and I have a lot of work etc to be doing, so i am looking to buy one of my own.

However, I have been looking at laptop prices etc - And to be honest, I think I would rather spend the money on another desktop as the SPECs do not seem too good at all.

I have been looking through a dell catalogue and have come across the following:
Dell Latitude D810 for ?899: (Without VAT).
Intel Pentium M Processor 760
2.0 Ghz, 2MB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB
XP Pro
15.4" Widescreen
64MB Graphics Card
Wireless :AM 802.11b/g

How will I find this compared to my home computer?


A laptopm with a centrino and turion have less processor power than those you find in you desktop. But you can get a laptop with a pentium 4 or amd 64 but you will not have as good battery life.

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Hi all

Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get a good cheap laptop for about £300-350? Just basic office use (word, excel) and some browsing.

Saw a website, laptopshop.co.uk anyone know if this is any good?

Any help much appreciated!


A:Used Laptops

Ebay is always good for cheap laptops, I bought a PII 128mb RAM for 300bucks. you might be lucky to pickup something similar for less...
Good luck!

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Q: Laptops

Hi I want to buy my son an HP laptop but need one that will work well with Sibelius 7.5 academic addition. Any advice on which are the best laptops for this job greatly appreciated. Thank you Andrea  

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For the Nth time this year I've replaced the HD in a laptop, installed XP, had it all working just fine for a few weeks, then kaput! Fails to boot. Doesn't get past BIOS boot up. Black screen of iniquity.

It's happened with 2 different laptops and 4 hard drives! Ouch! What the hell am I doing wrong? Do I have the Sidam touch or what?

The first one I did is the computer I'm writing this on, no problems (so far).

Any ideas what's happening? All the HDs have been Western Digital, but I just can't believe it's a hardware problem.

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I hope this is the right place to post this, as there doesn't seem to be a seperate forum for purchasing new computers...

Anyway, I need a laptop for school next year and definitely need a PC. I've looked at HP's and Dell's, but HP's have odd case designs and are expensive, and the Dell's are too expensive overall. My budget is $700, but I would REALLY REALLY like to stay at $600.

I need recommendations because I am new to purchasing a laptop. I've checked with the school and all that they require is a 15" or larger screen, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a 100+ GB hard drive. Since this computer would be used only for school (researching on the Internet, word processing, Power Point documents, etc.) I am assuming that I don't need something too high-tech.

Today I saw a Best Buy ad for a Compaq A916NR laptop, with everything I need. Here is a link: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...06368&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1199496037736

So, I guess my question is; do you think this laptop would fulfill my needs? I am REALLY interested in this laptop because it is exactly what I want and can afford.

Opinions would be appreciated!


A:Looking at Laptops -- Help Please!

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I have been told some laptops can be used for internet browsing without being connected to a cable or power source. I f this is so, please tell me what I should buy to achieve this. Thankyou.

A:new to laptops

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Q: Laptops

I am considering buying a laptop pc, never had one before so any advise before i buy would be appreciated.

Basically i want at least a 1gig laptop with a dvd player.

I was looking at the IRIDIUM S505 CE 1300MHz, but i have not heard of this make, so does anyone use one and can you recommend it?

I was looking here as i need to buy it in the uk http://uk.special.reserve.co.uk/reviews/info.php?code=GG9745#ourreview

Anyhow any one with experence in buying laptops i would be interested in your opinion.



have a toshiba joybook 5100u with about 5 gb of a game which I cannot play ( not fast enough ) and have a dell L7. Question :- how can I transfer this 5 gb from toshiba to dell?.

Q: laptops

Hope I am in the right category-otherwise feel free to move this. I am new to the laptop realm. Could someone answer the following questions:
1) should I be taking the battery out when not in use or plugged in to other power source?
2) is it ok to have it closed (screen or monitor face down)when it is on-like closing it when you are typing and someone nosey walks into the office?
Thanks for your help!(any other tips on laptop use would be appreciated by this novice)


Hi there -

This is just from my own experience. Perhaps some other laptops users will have differing opinions.

1. It depends upon the make of your laptop. I know the Compaq laptops I use in my computer lab will charge the battery when the power is on. Once it is fully charged, though, I remove it to store it. Keeping it in a safe place is good for it when it is fully charged.

2. It doesn't hurt the system to close the screen when it is on. (I do it all the time!) The only thing to be careful of is possible damage to the system from repeated opening/closing - sometimes the case can wear and tear.

Hope that helps!

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Q: laptops

I have begun some research on laptops. Does anyone have any feedback, either good or bad, on their laptops. I was looking at the Vaios, but I have been hearing bad things about them overall. Any experience? I also, am looking at the Fujitsu. These seem to be good, from what I read, but I don't actually know anyone that has used one. My work has issued me a Dell Inspiron, but I am not happy with the fact that you can't have both media types in at the same time. Thanks for any suggestions.



The VAIOS are nice, two of my uncle has one. One has their like big unporable model and the other has their like second highest portable. The LifeBooks always suprise me about how nice they are equipped. Have you liked into getting a alienware?

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