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A few things that might help get those questions answered faster.
Be specific when you are talking about something - "my mp3 player is broken HALP!?"
- What kind of mp3 player, (brand and model)
- What isn't is doing now that it was before (the reason it is "broken")
- What were you doing to it last, right before it broke.. Did you maybe drop it?.. get it a little wet? try to flash the firmware?!

These all help in determining what can be done.
These rules do not just apply to MP3 players.
Just be as specific as possible and don’t leave stuff out, we want to be helpful here, try not to make it a scavenger hunt for clues!
These same rules apply for other situations like “I got a new motherboard and now my computer doesn’t post!”
-old motherboard model
-new motherboard model
-ram (speed)
and any other component you might have in there (most of the other stuff usually won’t matter but list what you know.

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Anonymous 14/09/29(Mon)18:04 No. 21446 ID: 2cc331

Well, currently there is predominating this elitist attitude that only so called experts should even know anything at all about it.

It's hardly a rocket science though. The right breaker sizes and types, wire gauges and maximum wire length in given gauge for expected load are all in practice table look-ups, so no need to even know how to multiply.

The problem is, the average handyman does not bother even to find these tables, instead they operate by shoddy rules of thumb (examples in European system) "2,5 mm for 16 A, 1,5 mm for 10A". This is why in so many internet forums people refuse to answer to this sort of "what gauge should I use" type of questions, because the info is out there, if the person does not even know where to find that, it's questionable should they be doing the work all by themselves, even if it's just a garden shed. Though, given they realize to install protective secondary tubing on runs inside wall and use proper junction boxes with proper junctions, in practice their systems won't pose a serious fire or shock hazard, because safety margins in these equipment are relatively large, but certainly there would be many things that would not pass an inspection, just because the amount of dos and donts kind of trivia is surprisingly large and sometimes even arbitrary; "how long is the safety distance from an ungrounded or neutral grounded electrical outlet to a fireplace? Second question: why?"

Anonymous 14/09/26(Fri)20:07 No. 21439 ID: d5f843 [Reply]

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Wifi signal isn't great in my office. I bought my parents a wifi extender from TP-link over the summer and it was a no good piece of shit. Constantly disconnecting you from the network and just not connecting to the internet.

Is this a common problem with extenders? Are there any other things I can do to bolster signal?

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Anonymous 14/09/30(Tue)07:27 No. 21449 ID: 19b664

Holy fuck I need to proofread before hitting reply.

Anyway, as I said, ethernet requires the wires to be run point to point, not point to the demarcation point, then separate runs to every phone outlet in the place.

You could get some kind of MoCA-style adapters that adapt phone lines to an ethernet, but at that point you'd be spending at least as much as powerline networking adapters, if not more.

Anonymous 14/09/30(Tue)11:38 No. 21450 ID: d5f843


cheers for the advice. I'm looking at used routers on Ebay and powerlining. Any recommendations for powerine products?

Anonymous 14/10/01(Wed)00:24 No. 21456 ID: 10d6c2

Last time I used powerline networking I had really good luck with Panasonic's products, but they were proprietary and only worked with the same make/model unit.

Now there's a standard from the homeplug alliance, which lets you mix and match units from different manufacturers (within reason - a 1Gb product and a 100Mb product may not work together, and if they do it'll likely cause degraded service on both units).

Building PC Anonymous 14/09/30(Tue)13:09 No. 21451 ID: 8badc8 [Reply]

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Hey guys i was just asking which is the best way to build a computer?
All under 1000 bucks is fine (especially for games)
pic unrelated

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Anonymous 14/09/30(Tue)13:53 No. 21453 ID: 4fc987

apple tree... oh apple tree

Anonymous 14/09/30(Tue)13:56 No. 21454 ID: 4fc987

don't order anything from a site which doesn't have a local store(means inside ur, or the town next to you)
since you will have trouble with the warranty.

> lol how did u manage to come here

Anonymous 14/10/01(Wed)00:15 No. 21455 ID: 10d6c2

Buy parts, put parts together, enjoy coverage from individual part warranties.

Or buy prebuilt system from tier 1 manufacturer (e.g. not CyberpowerPC), and have someone to call when shit stops working.

What is the best way to recover information from a corrumpted hard drive? Anonymous 14/08/23(Sat)22:33 No. 21356 ID: 2699af [Reply]

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My old hd got corrupted because my old motherboard had come to the end of its life cycle and could not handle all the files I had on that hd corrupting it as it proccesed it..
May be that dosn't make sense but that is what my friends who works at IT said.

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Anonymous 14/09/16(Tue)05:41 No. 21419 ID: 10d6c2

as an added bonus, said ice could bump into a head, damaging it.

Anonymous 14/09/17(Wed)22:51 No. 21427 ID: 3d9ea0

best way?

external enclosure + TESTDISK

Anonymous 14/09/22(Mon)07:22 No. 21438 ID: 2699af

Looks good.
Should I do that with the real disk or can I use I disk image I had?

Whats good for keeping 8.1 clean? Anonymous 14/08/19(Tue)23:00 No. 21340 ID: 973603 [Reply]

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Whats currently the best free software for cleaning up a Windows 8.1 PC?

Kinda just got my new PC up and running for a month now and was a bit unsure on what i should get to clean out registry errors, spyware and all of that general stuff its usually good to run trough each month.

So thought i should ask what people recommend, I use to run CC cleaner and Malwarebytes on my previous Windows / PC and that served me well enough.

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Anonymous 14/08/21(Thu)01:11 No. 21347 ID: 10d6c2

No, they're just installing crap like "Advanced Uninstaller" and similar products that have what's best described as definition files. After you run a program's uninstaller, you tell the "cleanup" program what program you just uninstalled and they - based on the definition - walk through your drive removing files it "knows" the installer left behind. Any other piece of installed software that also used those files ends up hosed.

CCleaner doesn't do anything like that, the worst it does is it walk through the registry looking for files that are registered but aren't present at the registered location.

Anonymous 14/08/24(Sun)19:54 No. 21359 ID: d00bd0

I do two things. CCleaner is nice for the temp files windows stores up, but know that doing this can impact your performance, same as clearing your cache. It's still worth doing, imo, cuz windows can really stock up on all the temps. if you use something often, just uncheck it from CCleaner.
Other than this, I periodically open up my Add/Remove Programs. I have it sorted by date used. I scroll through it, looking for names I don't recognize. If there are programs that I've not touched for a month then they are likely to be removed.
just stay on top of your shit. it's like keeping your room or kitchen clean

Anonymous 14/09/21(Sun)06:24 No. 21437 ID: 3c414f

You are missing the preventitive measures, using a decient broswer, firefox with adblock plus and noscript if you are a little more advanced. opera is another good broswer to use. these things will clear 80-90% of your major problems with potato level users.

after that, malware bytes gets most everything after that for the home.

encrypted file misieksbc 14/09/16(Tue)22:11 No. 21422 ID: 5c17c6 [Reply]

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Hiin need help please!! most of my photos was encrypted by some viruses, so i've re-install OS. After that i've been told by my firend that i deleted decryption key when i re-install OS. Is there any way to decrypt this files?? Please!! |I've attached eg. file.

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Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)04:38 No. 21433 ID: 10d6c2

The fun thing is they encrypt backup drives the same way they do all other attached drives.

Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)22:32 No. 21435 ID: 1f7321


If you keep your "backup" drives constantly mounted, or even connected, you deserve to get wrecked.

Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)22:47 No. 21436 ID: 10d6c2

So you want to perform backups without the destination connected to the system.

Let me know how that works out for you.

upgrade blues. Anonymous 14/09/15(Mon)04:54 No. 21413 ID: 04fe4e [Reply]

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I got a replacement MB 2 years ago as dire things happened to my old one. I kept the old processor
a Dual core 3.0 GHz and life went on.
Now I want to move to a better (quad core) processor and I was wondering if I could find (anywhere) a better chip than I currently have.
The MB is a MSI G41M-p26 775 socket board and the specs say it can take a quad but I'm wondering if it's so dated that I can't find one.
Any suggestions for a relatively inexpensive MD/Chip combo that won't be out of date in a year?

I have 8 GB of DDR3 ram. I'm in Canadaland so prices are definitely not cheaper.
Pic related to how I feel.

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Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)00:15 No. 21430 ID: d38237

OP you should state your budget
that way we know what we can get for you

the good news is today's mobos (up to series 9 intel/LGA1150/broadwell) support DDR3 so you can entirely reuse it

I think you should get a new mobo + CPU if you can afford it, because even a low-end one will probably be better than any overpriced quad core you get.

Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)03:31 No. 21431 ID: 10d6c2

If it helps you feel any better, Intel's overlapping product lines of overlapping generations confuses the fuck out of me too. Why they keep pumping out old parts at the same time new parts are out is beyond me - I understand corporate customers demand a stable platform for extended periods, but they're not the DIY CPU-in-a-box crowd.

If you stick within the same generation, the difference should be mostly cache and MHz, sometimes features (e.g. virtualization support) and number of cores (hyperthreading allows one fast core to become two slower cores). Again, Intel could simplify this and have fewer parts covering the same customers, but as far as I can tell they need an excuse to charge too much money for everything they produce.

I agree that a replacement motherboard + CPU would be superior to simply replacing your CPU but that falls under my statement of "If you want to spend more money, obviously you could get something much faster..."

Another thing to keep an eye on too is that, given your system's age, you may need a new power supply. It really depends on whether you have an 8-pin or 4-pin CPU power, and whether the motherboard you choose requires 8 (some will accept 4).

Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)07:53 No. 21434 ID: 04fe4e

I have a 500w power supply but ya I'll have to check that.

Anonymous 14/09/17(Wed)07:48 No. 21424 ID: 82948f [Reply]

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I'm having trouble getting Flash movies and games to download.

They keep freezing in the middle of loading.

Like I'll be loading one that's 288516kb and it'll just stop at 3576kb or something.

Then I hit refresh and it'll load up to 4911kb and just stop again.

Refresh, load a bit more, refresh, load a bit more, refresh, load a little bit more.

Something that should only take a couple minutes now takes hours!


Anonymous 14/09/17(Wed)20:37 No. 21425 ID: 6a66c2

Have you tried different sites?
Have you tried downloading them and running them locally?
Do you have a constant network connection or does it 'hiccup'?
Make a note of file sizes: is it only larger files that refuse to load?
What flash player are you using?

If you can't even load them from your own HD, reinstall your flash player. If you can then it's probably a network connection issue, could be yours, could be the hosts.

Anonymous 14/09/14(Sun)21:50 No. 21411 ID: aaad3e [Reply]

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Recently someone proposed a 'www.ratethatcritic.com' site on Reddit. I saw it after 5 hours on the Reddit homepage. When I visit the site, it shows it's blank. Does that mean of all the redditors, noone is smart enough to go and register the domain name? Whois lookup says no one has done it. I'm not going to take this opportunity, cause I don't have the time to spare ATM and I'm not interested in this area, but for future things like this, would you want to just grab the name even just to sell later?

Anonymous 14/09/14(Sun)23:07 No. 21412 ID: 15121f

That's a business tactic some buttwipes use, every name a car firm could consider is pre-registered with the sole intent of selling it back to the company later and making a buck. Ford galaxy, escape, lander, whatever.

Do whatever you want, it'll only be worth it if the name is in demand though, so you have to balance your costs.

Anonymous 14/09/12(Fri)03:11 No. 21407 ID: 6cf8dc [Reply]

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I changed my google password after seeing on the news that some ruskies hacked over 1 million google accounts, and now my android tablet is fucked up. it is saying it's syncing data, but then says there was an error, and it will be back shortly, even though it says data was synced. and i'm not getting notifications (email, new app updates, etc.)

Anonymous 14/09/13(Sat)09:44 No. 21410 ID: 6cf8dc

nvm fixed it (like any of you faggots were helping anyway)

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