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Do I need special cables?

Q: Do I need special cables?

I am using an Asustek P3CE motherboard which supports ATA/66. I have 2 hard disks in my PC, one is an ATA/66 and a new one which is an ATA/100.

Question are:

1. Are there different cables for ATA/33, ATA/66 and ATA/100? (I may have used some older cables which are for ATA/33 when my original cables conked out and I used an old one from my older PC).

2. Can I use a higher-ATA cable for a lower-ATA hard disk?

3. Will there be marked performance improvements with a change to higher-speed cables?

Preferred Solution: Do I need special cables?

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Please read this, sorry, I would copy and paste but like I say I'm using a Wii for internet due to no working PC, and there's no copy and paste (yes, I'm actually typing this damn long URL by hand):

Thanks for any help! Hopefully this forum will have more people online at this late/early time (I'm UK based and so is the previous forum)

A:Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?

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I have two Dell Inspiron 17R 7720 laptops. My "old" one I bought direct from Dell in 2012, the "new" one, advertised as an "Inspiron 17R 7720 Special Edition",  I bought on Ebay a couple of weeks ago. I still have the original paperwork for the old one from when I purchased it from Dell and there is no mention of "Special Edition" in the paperwork. Both are identified only as "Inspiron 7720" on the label on the underside of the computer, and there are no "Special Edition" markings or labeling anywhere on the new computer.
Hardware is pretty much identical, 1TB Samsung ST1000LM024HN HDDs, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000/Nvidia GeForce GT 650M Video/3D graphics, Backlit Keyboard on both. The only hardware differences are the old computer has an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor (specified by me when I ordered the computer) and a 32GB mSATA SSD while the new computer has an Intel Core i5-3210M processor and no mSATA SSD. 
So what makes the "Special Edition" so special? Is there REALLY anything different about "Special Edition" computers, or was that just some sort of marketing hype?

A:What is so special about an Inspiron 17R 7720 "Special Edition"?

The mSATA cache drive was one of the differentiators.  When that system was built, SSDs were appreciably more expensive than they are now.

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Im trying to remove the current psu cables from the devices they are plugged into. Man, these cables are really snug. I can't get them out, should they be liek this. Will I just have to use more strength to get them out. Should I pull them out straight, or pull them out while wiggling them side to side? Cheers

A:PSU Cables

Wiggle them both ways (left/right) while pulling at the same time.
They can be a ***** to get out.

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Hello i just registered here, nice forums and community, so i have this Foxconn GeForce7300Gt, and it comes with these cables

i was wondering what can i do with them?

Black one is S-vid out, red one is Pr out, blue one is Pb/COM Out and green one is Y Out.

thanks for ur help

A:What can i do with these cables?

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im looking at buying a second hand APC smart-ups 1000. except it doesnt come with any cables what cables will i need to use it? and can i get these from a computer store??

im assuming i might need power cables with 2 male connectors for connecting the computer powerwise.
and a five pin cable so the software can do its thing..

i attach a photo of the back on the unit its the only one i have on the computer at the moment i have seen the front and it looks in excellent condition. just not sure on the cable situation.

A:UPS cables

I just bought an APC UPS and the cabe it uses is USB on one side and what looks like an RJ45 on the other. I'm not sure if it is standard or proprietary, but I can't make out the jack on the back of your UPS in the picture, so I couldn't say.

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I get the message : no 80 connector cable installed when I boot my PIII.

I have a 15gb WD as C on ide 1 and a 20gb WD as D on the same cable.

I am going to replace the ide cable with the "new" 80 connector one.

If I now buy a second 80 connector cable and install it on ide2 will it affect my HP9100 (set up as master on ide2) and LG cd rom set up as slave on ide2?

A:cables - once again

It shouldn't affect the HP, but neither will it improve its transfer speed either. 80pin connector cables allow the full potential of ATA hard drives to be realised, especially in short burst type transfers of data. The HP will never be able to achieve ATA33 let alone the 66 and 100 speeds allowed by an 80 pin connector cable.

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when connecting 2 hdd to a single ide controller - using a cable with 3 ide connectors (1 at each end & 1 at the middle),
is it important to connect the middle to the master hdd or to the slave?

& how things with the new sata cables?


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Hi i just bought a a 40 gig harddrive. I just got it and it looks like i dont have an extra slot on my IDE Cable left. This is my 3rd hardrive. I have C drive/D drive, And now E drive if i can connect it. Ive been looking at sites for a ide cable with a 4th pin connector but I cant seem to find them. The most is 3 connections. Thats only for 2 hardrives. Can anyone show me a site where i can buy a IDE connector where i can connect 3 hardrives to them? Thank you. Any other help would be useful to so thanks!

A:IDE Cables

It's simply not possible, 2 drives per cable is the max.

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Q: cables

Does anybody know how to search for the correct cables needed to hook laptop to tv?


Hi nanazena and welcome o TSG.

A Google search for the words video cable followed by the type(s) of connector you need on each end may work for you. Depending on what kinds of video outputs are available on your laptop and what kind of video inputs you have on your TV, you may need some type of converter box, rather than just a simpl cable with different plugs on each end.

Be careful if you need to go from a 15 pin VGA output on the laptop to a composite or S-video input on the TV. There are companies selling inexpensive cables for this. However, those cable will only work if your computer has the ability to reconfigure the video controller to output composite and/or S-video out of the VGA connector. I have not as yet seen or heard of any laptop with this feature.

You can also let us know what connection you have on the laptop and TV and we should be able to help you find a source. It would help if we at least knew what country you are in so we may be able to locate a supplier in the same country.

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If any of you have tried to help me w/my problem, I'm still haveing them. I have tried every suggestion you guys gave me . I have a question, does the cables ever go bad? before these last set of problems started, I had unplugged the video cable (I unscrewed the two side thingys & pulled out the plug, but it didn't want to come out, so I pulled hard on it & the screws came out with the two things on the side of plug that tightens the plug up. But, I did get it back in. Just wondering if that may be my problem .I can't even print or down load anyting either.Please see my last post on "don't have a start up menu or bar. Thanks

A:can cables go bad?

FWIW: I suspect that...if you want feedback on a given problem, the least that you will have to do is provide a link to related posts.

Most of us don't memorize any posts, let alone every one...and the chances of anyone going out of the way to search for your posts...well, IMO, it just minimizes your chances of any response that is useful.

Cables...and anything else manmade...can go bad with usage, human error, etc.


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My understanding is that any USB cable (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, High Speed, Full Speed, Shielded... etc) can be used to connect any USB device to a PC. It is also my understanding that the quality of the wires and the construction of the cable itself can vary significantly and that this may have an impact on the performance of the device.

I have 2 questions:

1. Is my understanding as described above correct? If not what is the truth about USB cables?

2. Is there a way of visually determing the type and quality of a cable? If not is there some other way of determing the type and quality of a cable?

I have a box full of USB cables, collected over the years, but have no idea what USB version they are or the quality of the cable. The only cables which are visually different are shielded and unshielded. The others all look the same to me.



A:USB Cables

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just bouhgt a USB 2.0 PCI card, just wondering if i need to but special USB cables in order to get the USB 2.0 speeds or will the standard A->B USB 1.0 cable work?

A:USB 2.0, use different cables??

You shouldn't have to use different cables, it is just the transfer rate along the cable that improves.

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Are all USB cables created equal? Are some USB cables better than others? If so, what technical characteristics or specifications make one USB cable better than another?


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My Dell 2001FP was sent with a DVI cable and someone hooked a VGA cable to and now i have a yellow verticle and red verticle stripe on the left side.Could that have anything to do with it?It's kind of annoying to look at red stripe starring you in the face.Thx for the help.

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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I need some help.

I've just moved into a new office. I have a Netgear 834G ADSL/Wireless modem connected to a small network of three machines. On the wall of the office, I have a Cat5 ethernet RJ45 socket with a cable running 80metres to another building and ending with a similar socket. Now, in the other room, I have a 3Com Office Connect wireless router. The idea is that this will provide file/printer sharing and Internet connections from the Netgear at the other end.

My question is, what sort of cable should I use from the Netgear to the wall socket and likewise at the other end between the 3COM and socket? Don't you use cross-over cables when connecting routers to each other? So, do I need to use cross-over cables at both ends, or just one (or neither)?

Any help would be much appreciated.


A:What Cables?

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Q: Cables

How yall doing? well I thought of something crazy to do since ive seen so many machines with "glowing cables" i want to see how they look on my system these cables I am talking about are the IDE cables and more if any of you could give me a link where i can buy them directly it would be greatly aprecitated thank's



I only now a good english website, not shure if this is any help



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Is it possible to hookup a IDE HD to a IDE Cable that has a DVD/CDRW Rom drive on the same cable?

A:IDE Cables

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Q: cables

I have a gateway which has two ports for phone plugs at the top. There is a tan phone (? connector) at the top which plugs in to one of these ports of the gateway and the other gateway port is empty. One phone line runs from this tan device to the wall and the other to a splitter. This splitter sends one line to the printer/ fax and the other line to a phone recorder.
Why can't the two phone ports be used instead of this connector?
What is this connector at the top called and what purpose does it serve?
I would have plugged one wire to the fax/printer from one of the ports and the other to the splitter for both the wall and also the recorder, eliminating the tan device.
Is this device in the port because the wall line has to be involved in the setup so that two separate cables cannot be used and the tan device therefore has to be used?

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CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CAT 5 CABLE AND A CROSSOVER CABLE.JUST THAT i HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SET UP A HOME NETWORK WITH NO JOY.MY 2 PCS CAN SEE EACH OTHER BUT CANNOT ACCESS ANY PROGRAMS.BOTH PCS ARE USING XP PRO.BOTH HAVE THE SAME NIC CARDS(NET GEAR fa311 fast Ethernet pci cards) with latest drivers.I have them connected with the crossover lead as was told this was the kind to get.had the network working the other day after I turned Zone Alarm off.then when I went to use the network again , I cannot get on the INTERNET from my client PC ,but can from my other one.have tried to set up the network again a number of times with no joy , but as I said I can see the shared folders in MY Network Places just cannot use then.any HELP would be most gratefully received as I nearly about ready to smash my PCs up as this problem is driving me mad!!!!.thx


My boss owns a coach which has a built in TV on the side. We need to have this cable that would allow sound to be transfered from the laptop he has to the speakers on the TV. He needs this to work for powerpoint presentations and such.

The laptops sound is a regular plug which is the standard headphone jack plug. To the TV it looks as if the only connection would be the standard red and white just like regular TV have, but I'm not too sure.

Does anyone on here have experience with Coach's? Or perhaps any plugs that would work for this situation.

- Any help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Looking for Cables...

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I just purchased the canon imageclass D320 printer. I need to know what type of USB cable to purchase and canon is no help. I think i need the A/B type but how can I be sure. Also I need to run a longer cable then 12 ft will extensions work I need 25 - 30 feet if I'm going to have the cable out of the way.


A:USB Cables

Look at the connection where the cable is. Most I/O devices use the A/B cable, so that's a good guess. If you have an existing USB device, see if it fits.

I'm somewhat surprised that a cable didn't come with the printer, Canon must be getting cheap.

I don't know if I'd try to pipe USB 30 feet, I have 12 foot USB cables that work fine here.

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This is my media tower and want to link it up to this tv which im ordering friday


As we have no hd equipment I can use the available connection.

I would like to order cables before the tv arrives can someone let me know what cable so I can order it

A:What cables am I going to need

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Q: cables

hi what are the round bits on the cables (vga,modem,ect) ive been puzzleing over it for a while and its bugging me


Can you post a picture?
If you are taliking about the little knobs,like the ones on either side of
a VGA cable end,they are screws that you screw into the video card
and monitor so the cable doesn't fall out.

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Q: Cables

Here's an easy one for you , just wondering if anyone has a good chart on cable types and there transmission distances??


Hi and welcome. Not sure if this will help, but found it on a quick Google search


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I have a Dell L400 and an IBM Thinkpad 570, both with (what I believe to be) faulty LCD cables. I went searching for replacements and found a site advertising three LCD cables as replacements for each laptop (six total). The Thinkpad cables were even priced differently. I am wondering if there are significant differences between the cables, and if so, how I can tell which will work for my laptops.
For the Dell the product numbers of the cables were 60KWK, 8D153, and 6D441
For the Thinkpad they were 12P4214, 27L0593, and 05K2836
I've been struggling with this issue for quite a while and any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Which LCD Cables Are Appropriate?

Why not send email to the site and ask which is appropriate for your machine?

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i have a lacie usb external hard drive, which i thought was on its way out, i tried diffent usb cabels and i used to get this clicking noise like the fan or hard drive was struggling. Any way i found a usb cable which has a plastic round thing about 2 inches away from the end, not sure what its called or what its purpose is ,but this works great, no clicking and no loss of connection.

Anyone know what the difffernece between the usb cables is?

Many thanks

A:usb cables

Thats called a ferrite bead and prevents noise, or interference on the line.

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i have a question about UTP cable. does anyone know why the cable is twisted? i know its cheap....

A:UTP cables

It's twisted to provide noise immunity and the desired transmission line characteristics. Here's a page that talks to the topic: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BRZ/is_11_19/ai_60962825

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I have: 1 Hard Drive, 1 CDRW drive, and 1 DVDROM drive.

What assignment (primary/secondary master/slave) should each drive have?

A:How to set up the ide cables?

I would put both CD drives on the secondary. You'll have to experiment to see if one or the other prefers to be the master.

If you are on Windows XP you might have to experiment with DMA/PIO settings in the secondary channel too. Sometimes you have to set one to PIO mode so the other can use DMA without stuttering. Try setting both to "DMA if available", hit OK and then reopen it to see what Windows decided to do.

On Win9x/ME you can turn DMA on and off in the Drive properties instead of the IDE controller properties.

The HD will perform faster if it doesn't share a channel with either one, so that means it's the primary master.

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I have what seems to be a 40 wire ide cable, running from my motherboard to my two cd-rom drives, and a 80 wire one from motherboard to hard drive.

I only use one cd-rom, and want to make a secondary hard drive setup, can I simply switch these cables?

Never mind, I answered my own question


A:IDE cables

Yes, but if you have a hard drive on a cable it really should be an 80 wire one. CD Drives aren't fast enough to need the 80 wire ones, but ATA100/133 hard drives are.

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I need a 25' USB Cable... Is there such a thing?? I cant find any?
Also do I lose speed or quality at that length?
Im trying to setup my printer HP960Cse...

A:USB Cables

25' is really long for USB, it's a single-ended interface, and not designed for that long a run. I'd consider moving the printer closer or investing in something like the IOGEAR USB Print Server for your network.

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Vista has detected my wireless router and I have the internet. However, wenever i plug a cable in (for faster speeds) it doesnt work :S.

It doesnt detect the cable i plug in

Any help wud be appreciated

A:Help with my cables :S!

What cable are you using and where are you plugging it in ?

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Q: cables

Not sure if any one can help but would be gratefully if any one even has any idea's.
ok recently i thought i would try and build a computer i managed to buy 1 which had alredy been half built so i thought this would be a bonus.

Connected everying together and turned it on....not much happened, 1 thing the power did turn on.But there was nothing on the screen . also none of the cd rom drives were working.so to cut a long story short i worked out that the cable connecting the drives which comes from the motherboard was playing up because if you took it out the drives it would then work and the computer would try and start up but still there is nothing on the screen. not sure what it could be, replaced the cable but still that doesnt make a difference.


Is the in-case speaker hooked up to the motherboard? Are you hearing any beeps? If so, how many, how long and in what order?

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Bought some Sas drives on Ebay, a Perc5i, 512 mb memory for the card, now only need 2 sas cables for 2 drives each.

1) hope the memory works on the Perc
2) still am waiting for the drives to arrive, also for the memory

3) wich cables do i need? anyone?

to go further:

my Perc4 (PCI-e) has 128 mb cache memory and BBU.

I want to remove my 256 mb on the Perc5i and put this on the Perc4, then instal the 512 mb.
Can i swap the BBU from the Perc4 tot the Perc5i?

A lot of questions, any good info will help.



A:Sas cables 229 pin, 32 pin, 36 pin

ok, it seems i was misled. The Perc5 does NOT support more then 256 mb, due to firmware.


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I have already bought both of these[not from the sites below but a local clearance store]
Which of the 2 are Best for my 4K HDR TV ? Sharp if matters. Connecting a Roku to Tv if it matters.
Perhaps they are essentially equal.
Will be real interesting and educational to know as i am dumbfounded by the advertising on the packages....I keep going back and forth: one is better,they are equal,one is better, they are equal, one is....
Thanks ahead of time for answering
[footage does not matter 4 or 6 feet is plenty of length]

Vizio High Speed HDMI Cable 6 Ft. Compatible w/4K UHD Brand

GE Premium HDMI High-Speed Cable with Ethernet 4 ft 4K ULTRA HD 18 GBPS Gold

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I bought a new hard drive and going to use it as my slave drive for backups. My question is can remove the IDE connector from my CDR-W drive and connect it to the new hard drive and then connect the spare connector looped from the CDR drive and connect it to the CDR-W drive. Will the primary and secondary IDE connectors on the Motherboard make any difference.

Some IDE cables are short, but by doing what I asked I can make the IDE cable work

Thanking You


A:IDE cables

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Q: Cables

I want to connect my camcorder to my acer 6920 laptop what lead should i get and what port does it connect to?This laptop does not have a firewire port so I want to use another port - can anybody help

The spec of the laptop is below.What I really need is the name of the cable that I need to order

Acer Aspire 6920 specifications
Platform Technology Intel Centrino
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers , Subwoofer , Wireless LAN antenna
Embedded Security Fingerprint reader
Width 15.2 in
Depth 10.8 in
Height 1.5 in
Weight 7.3 lbs
Localization United States
Notebook type Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.)
Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 / 1.83 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 667.0 MHz
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM965 Express
Cache Memory
Type L2 cache
Cache size 2.0 MB
Installed Size 3.0 GB / 4.0 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM - 667.0 MHz
RAM form factor SO DIMM 200-pin
RAM configuration features 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB
Environmental Parameters
Environmental standards EPA Energy Star
Storage Controller
Storage controller type Serial ATA
Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Floppy Drive None
Hard Drive 320.0 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400.0 rpm
Storage Removable None
Hard drive type Portable
Optical Storage
Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated
CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)
CD / DVD write speed 16x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x... Read more


You need a Firewire ExpressCard.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...0260421 1208419865&name=IEEE 1394 ExpressCard

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Will a 12 foot 3.5mm cable be used from the digital audio port on my TV to the 3.5mm port on the back of the desk computer?

Then all I need is to split the yellow cable at the TV and hook that up to my TV using the Arcsoft software to record video and sound from the TV. It all depends on the splitter being used with the yellow cable which is 70 Ohms. From what I have read elsewhere the splitter can be used if there is a short distance from the TV and my desk computer. I hope I am making sense.

A:3.5mm cables

Is this the arcsoft product you were mentioning? https://www.diamondmm.com/images/1/tm3.5_manual_e.pdf
Does it contain any function to record TV shows from a different host or TV?

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I need some additonal length of cable for my flat panel monitor. The monitor came with 6' of cable, is it ok to add just another 6' section of cable to this or should I replace the existing 6' with one 10' length of cable? If it matters this is a DVI flat panel monitor.



It's fine to add an extension cable to your existing one. Here's a site where you can purchase one for your monitor.


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We have a HP DeskJet 810C connected to a pc by a 5 mtr USB cable (laid underground when 2.0 possibly did not exist, so there are no version markings on the cable). The printer works fine (It is not host-based, uses PCL)

I connect a HP LaserJet P1008 (Host based) to the same cable; but the PC reports that the USB device malfunctioned. The printer works fine on the same port if I use the 1 metre USB cable that came with the printer: it is USB 2.0.

Is it because of the cable length that the printer cannot communicate with the PC? If I were to get a 5.0 metre USB 2.0 cable, will that also fail?

Getting this P1008 to work in my office is getting to be a massive exercise: it does NOT qualify as an Office Printer

Glad if someone could guide me.


A:USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 cables

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I am not sure if this question belongs here. As you know RCA Cables are red, white and yellow.

Are the colors primarily for people who need a simple way of hooking up the cables correctly?

Is there any difference between them? The yellow one is for video.

Can one of the other colors be used for video? I know red and white are for audio.

Is the yellow cable different than the white and yellow cable?

The reason I am asking these strange questions is that I am thinking of using three splitters from the TV so that I can watch the TV while I am recording the same program on the other half of each splitter cable. I will use each splitter for the red, yellow and white connections on the back of my TV. I will use a software from Arcsoft to capture the program so that I can create a DVD of that program I am using.

As you may remember I used to record my movies for 4 or 5 years but now I get the loud low hum now. The noise suppressor did not eliminate that hum. I do not know if the picture will be degraded by using the splitters.

Any help will be appreciated.

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I was thinking about this the other day, how even though in marketing VGA, XGA SXGA, UXGA, WXGA, WSXGA, WUXGA all seem to be labeled "VGA" ports and cables, dispite their significantly different display capabilities. I have done some searching, but still don't know how to tell specifically what kind of ports and cables I have. I would have guessed that the max resolution I can display would be some kind of indication, although my display adapter can display beyond my monitor's capabilities. Is there any easy way to physically distinguish the cables from one another?

A:How to tell VGA cables apart?

I worked as a monitor tech for 12 years and for these connector types, it's the cards frequency ranges and not the connector, that determines the output... I think that these connectors are physically the same, minus or plus some pins

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Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me understand this as I don't to a lot of physical network setup. It all seemed obvious until this point.

A customer has asked me to fill his pre-cabled (by BT) office with computers but there is one ethernet port that did not work whereas all the others worked as expected. I took the front off and found that the wires hadn't been connected so I went ahead with my krone tool and did what I thought had to be done but that did not work either.

The one difference about this port is the fact it has another pair of white cat5 cables alongside the normal purple cables that connect through to the switch. I don't know where the white cables go but they are connected together at this end by some clear plastic connectors using the the Blue/whiteblue from one and the orange/whiteorange from the other.

Does anyone recognise whats going on here?

Many thanks!!

A:What do these cables do?

So sometimes people will break out Cat5 cables and use a pair for a phone line or something so they don't have to run another line. I can't tell from the picture if those plastic plugs are for something to be plugged into or they are splicing the pair together somehow?

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Have just bought an Artec 32x12x48 cd-rewriter. It is an ATA33 jobbie and came with the 40 pin ribbon cable.
Is it ok to ditch this cable and carry on using my rounded ATA66/100 cables ?
Also it is rigged up as secondary master with the cd-rom drive as 'slave' and the Seagate 5400 20gb hdd is primary 'master' on its own with no 'slave'.
Is this layout ok ?? I have been testing and 'burning' a couple of cdr's to try it out (with Nero 5) files to back up from the pc with no problems. But it seems to be very fussy about which cdr discs I use for copying music cd's. Only had it a day or so.

Very many thanks.

A:cd-rw cables

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In my earlier post, I found that I need a bunch of new cables. What I don't know, is what kind Any help here would be appreciated....
I have two hard drives, a floppy drive, and a cd-rom drive.
I'm sure this is a simple question, but I'm too tired to dig up an answer on my own

A:IDE cables

Cabling is fairly simple.

Get 1 floppy cable...generic

The IDE cables for Hard Drives and CD-Rom depend on what type of drives you have.

For hard drives that are UATA, You'll need 80 Pin cables. If the Drives are all normal EIDE, then you need 40 pin.

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A:Ide Cables

Turn your CAPS lock off first of all. Next, have you been in the case recently or added any new hardware? Try reseating the cables to the drives as well as the motherboard and if that fails try a new cable.

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