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Why don't Microsoft add a longer exposure time for lumia 950 like the lg g4 for example.

Q: Why don't Microsoft add a longer exposure time for lumia 950 like the lg g4 for example.

I don't think this is limited by hardware since the lumia camera seems better.It could be a nice option if you want to take pictures of night sky or a lighting storm.
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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.

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I think those are great choices.
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A:I can no longer hear voices, only background sounds

What is your make/model of motherboard?
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A:I no longer hear voices, only background sounds

CarNetTech......Do you have 7.1 sound selected in 'Configure speakers' box?
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A:Machine only powers up the first time

Three times actually.

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Three with a power supply failure.
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But really, I wouldn't know.

I've tried pretty much every "solution" I could find on the internet, while still waiting for the Acer customer service to respond and for someone to say anything useful at the Acer forums, but it's all taking a very long time.
I recon a specific problem needs a specific solution, which is why nothing worked, so I'm hoping I'll find a clever and patient person out here who would like to help me with this mess.

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Repair (replaced HDD) Details
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A:Losing Time

If its still under warranty, return it . Don't void any warranty.
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Do you need to purchase a Windows license, monitors, kb/mouse?
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A:New Build specs, First time builder

WOW, thats a nice build!

Although I gotta ask, what is it you do that would require the 4x8GB memory modules? Unless you are doing something spectacular, 2x8GB would probably be more than you need for a very long time.

Since you have chosen a mSATA SSD, I take it you have done your homework and know the motherboard supports mSATA. I had to double check to make sure you wasn't making a mistake. As for the 1 SSD option instead of 1SSD/1HDD, you can make that decision at a later date if you so choose.
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What is the make and model of this "slow" computer?
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A:First Time Builder Need Advice

Everything is compatible.

Nice case and CPU cooler, however the CPU cooler would not really be needed if you don't over-clock. The Boxed CPU comes with an OEM CPU cooler that is fine with non-over-clock conditions.
Are you planning on over-clocking? If so the motherboard and CPU are not really designed for over-clocking.
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A:1st time build, so lost :P

matrix86 said:

(everyone always says stay away from OEM coolers...go after market)Click to expand...

I would only make that recommendation based on whether the person will be overclocking. Neither Intel or AMD will package their CPU with a cooler that not sufficiently adequate under non-overclock conditions.

Have you assembled a parts list or are awaiting feedback first?
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A:Any recommendations for a first time builder?

You should do anything until you tell us what you need (OS? Monitor?), your monitor size, games you're gonna play, budget, location.

Either way, not much point to pump money into your old system.
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A:First time getting a gaming computer

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A:$1k gaming rig, first time builder

Scrapping the optical drive for a better GPU is an option. However, what you already have looks solid. I don't see a Monitor,Keyboard/Mouse or OS included in this. Are they on a separate budget?

If you were to scrap the Optical drive, you could move up to something like this.
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A:New CPU and RAM = PC no longer working

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A:Long time coming... PC buildin' time!

You don't need anywhere near $4-5k to play MMOs even on a 2560x1600 screen. The most demanding games are FPSs and some RPGs. If you're doing a lot of CPU intensive work then go with an X79/3930K build but otherwise a 3570K will be fine, and you'll have a lot of your budget left over.
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A:Upgrading after a very long time; need some suggestions please

Hi Rage.

Honestly speaking, I find that the choice of CPU, whether AMD or Intel, should not warrant that you look at an upgrade too soon. I have been using the Phenom II X3 720 for three years now and still it performs really well for most purposes.

Now benchmarks do reveal that the Intel (Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge) are far superior to their AMD (Bulldozer / Phenom II) counterparts. Consider the i5 3570k (the CPU you incidentally suggested for my new build). It costs around $229 which is 20% more as compared to AMD's flagship FX 8150. Although the AMD has 8 cores it is outperformed by the quad core Intel by around 40% (and above) in most benchmarks. In games, the 3570K stock outperforms an overclocked 8150 by approx. 30%.

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My opnion is that you finalise your budget. If you see that the Ivy Bridge can be comfortably accomodated go for it. Else I'm sure that the AMD will not disappoint.

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COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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A:First time build is this looking ok?

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A:First time using multiple monitors

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A:Got some money... time for upgrades?

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A:Where is my keyboard? First time bootup.

Perhaps. This sounds like you need to update the USB drivers. I just built a new system and most of my USB 3.0 were not working. I had to update to the latest offerings. You may need a BIOS upgrade as well.
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A:Making a computer for the first time, need some tips


Knowing your budget and location (I presume US since you mentioned Newegg) would be excellent.

Some questions:

Do you want a silent-and-sleek build? or a more in-your-face gaming rig?
How much storage do you think you'll need? there's no point in adding a 3TB HDD if you'll never fill it.
Do you need a display to go with your new build? how about other accessories?
Will you also be using your PC on workstation tasks such as media encoding, 3D modelling, image editing?

Regarding your suggestions, the Cooler Master HAF 932 is a very good case, but a bit on the expensive side (depends on your budget).
Here are some alternatives:
- you might like this one.
- this one
- or this one
It all depends if you demand excellent cooling or quiet computing.

The i7 2600 is a powerful CPU, but expensive and not exactly the best one Intel has.
Depending on your budget, you might want a Sandy Bridge-E CPU (supports quad-channel RAM) which will offer the best performance you can get or a Sandy Bridge i5 2500K which offers the best bang for the buck atm.

We TechSpotters know quite a bit about GPUs and will help you choose the one that suits your needs. :grinthumb
But we really need to know your budget.

This is a very good and comprehensive up-to-date guide to assembling a modern PC.

PS: TechSpot's buying guide is an excellent read as well.
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A:First time assembling my own system

I think this will be an excellent system. What HSF will you be using? Hopefully not the retail one with the rest of the machine being so top-notch. It might also be worth going with a pair of 8GB DIMMs instead of 4x4. It should be fairly close in price but give you a better upgrade path in the future.
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My understanding is that

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That is setting the boot priority for each type. You will need to set values for the specific boot types.


Hard Drive/CD/DVD ROM Drive/Floppy Drive/Network Device BBS Priorities

Specifies the boot order for a specific device type, such as hard drives, optical drives, floppy disk drives,
and devices that support Boot from LAN function, etc. Press <Enter> on this item to enter the submenu that
presents the devices of the same type that are connected. This item is present only if at least one device
for this type is installed.Click to expand...

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A:External hard drive dock no longer being recognized as USB 2.0

mavrick3020 said:

Alright, I've had this problem for the last few weeks. I have a Alura-tek USB2.0 SATA hard drive dock that I use with a 2TB WD Caviar Green. After using this dock on a different computer a few weeks ago, I came home to find that win7 was requiring me to install drivers for a new USB controller. It installed as a Generic USB controller and the hard drive dock was tied to it. I then get the message "This device can perform faster" and "click here for a list of ports..." It shows 6 ports, for the 6 ports I have on my computer under the two existing usb controllers I have. I've tried uninstalling the new controller, deleting the infcache.1 file and tried using the device on a different pc. It works find on other pc's, but not on my main desktop. I can't seem to find the problem. Also, the computer I used it with before it stopped working was running DeepFreeze, if that means anything.Click to expand...

1) I'm guessing it says it's a Generic USB Hub ( not a Generic controller). (Check Device Manager)

2) If you look at the USB controllers in Device Manager, at least one controller name should include word Enhanced and/or include the number 2? (Those are the 2.0 controllers)

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Brand, model, age, and configuration of laptop?
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A:First time building a new gaming PC -- want to cut cost.

- Get a cheaper motherboard, you're probably not going to use a lot of its functions (i.e. dual, triple graphics cards)
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A:Time for a new motherboard

steelth said:

if i install a new board do i have to do anything different with my hdd,, like reinstall windows or anything?.Click to expand...

YES!!!! What OS? Although it is possible if you remove all drivers and back them up on a flash drive. Be prepared to loose all info as you will have a 50/50 shot this way. I would backup files (do you have an old IDE drive?) and do a fresh install if it were me. Do you have an OEM Windows cd or is it a cd that came with your computer?

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among my other initial questions... Should I go ahead and set the SSD to primary and the HDD to secondary?
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A:Time to get new gaming speakers

check this out,
Creative have the best speakers and they are usually very affordable, i would check around your local tech stores and look for random deals if you want to save even more, i got my 7.1 system for $200 and its still going perfect 6 years later
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When in safe mode, Windows is not using the graphics card driver. While it is in safe mode the graphics card is still being used. If it wasn't, you wouldn't get any display at all.

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Go here for your driver:
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A:DNS time-out warnings

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A:Problem officer? First time computer build!

Your monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 906BW from the other thread) runs a max resolution of 1440 x 900 so unless you plan on changing it for a larger monitor which supports higher reoslution you can look at lower specification graphics cards and check their performance in reviews/Tomshardware/Anantech sites to see if it would be suitable for your gaming needs. I suggest looking at benchmarks and search for the graphics card you are considering and the games you play to see how it performs at the 1440x900 (or similar 1680 x 1050, 1366 x 768m etc.) resolution.

Memory: Should i get 2 pairs, or just stay with the 4gb?Click to expand...

Just one, 4GB should be fine. Plus you can always get more later if you need it. For gaming anything over 8GB is generally considered overkill. I'd start with the 4GB.

Processor: This is the most expensive item, should i stick with the i5, or can i go with an i3?Click to expand...

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For a cheaper option either and AMD Phenom II processor (X4 or X6, 4 or 6 core), or one of the new A8 ones with the Fusion core.
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Motherboard: nothing much to say about it, does it work with everything else?Click to expand...

You have picked out a socket 1155 motherboard so your original CPU choice (socket 1156) wouldn't have been compatible. It's a different version of the one I have in my computer (Asus P8P67 Pro). A good choice. Although you can get cheaper motherboards the Asus is a good choice in my opinion. I'd maybe look at the Z68 chipset motherboards. This is a newer intel chipset and allows for the use of the graphics core that comes on the i5 processor. I believe most motherboard manufacturers are producing boards with "graphics switching" that allows the use of the low power GPU core when just doing stuff in Windows/OS and the dedicated graphics card when gaming. This saves a little on your electricity bill and means you don't have to listen to graphcis cards fan spinning when your on facebook/email etc. It's not going to be good enough for gaming but it also gives you a relatively free backup in case anything goes wrong with your graphics card,

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A:Dell Studio laptop got switched off abruptly and no longer turns on

Does the laptop sound like it is powering up OK? e.g. can you near the CPU fan running, if you listen closely underneath can you hear the hard disk working?

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Do you see the display light up slightly, but nothing show?
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Touchpad problem.

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Take it back to the local repair place... Have them check it once more
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A:Need help ASAP, first time building PC

The Athlon II X4 640 is around $100. For a minimal premium I would recommend this CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz - Now: $104.99

As for mobo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - $99.99

The Crucial kit that you've opted for is not a very good performer. Go for the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) instead.
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A:Built a new computer for first time, monitor doesn't get a signal

Power supply is connected twice to the motherboard, once to the graphics card, and once to the hard drive.Click to expand...

There are more connections than that. What about the 24 pin main motherboard power connection and the 4 pin CPU power connector?
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I've recently installed Starcraft 2 on it and I am really struggling to get the pc to perform. The game recommends full graphics settings but even when I knock everything way down I still hit fps of 1 or 2 any time a battle starts.

What can I do?

You guys have been very helpful on here before. Thanks!

(My system specs are in my profile)

A:PC having a hard time with games (StarCraft 2)

Hi Narey. Check you haven't got your settings set in game to have very high anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering. If these settings are not set to high values, check the card settings in Windows, it might be set to use these regardless of in game settings. Same advice, drop down the AA and AF settings. These settings are usually what can cause heavy load on the graphics card when there are lots of units on screen.

What resolution are you playing in?
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A:ASRock MB will no longer recognize video card or install correct drivers

Could the fact that it isn't recognized by my PC be do to a lack of power from my psu? I have a raidmax 530w psu and min for the card is 400 so I figured I was okay... There is no place on the card to hook a cable from the psu to. It gets all its power straight from the MB... I dunno if that info will help any
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A:Upgrading a PC for the first time... on my own ;) RAM>motherboard>core

ok, I got links in my signature, first is my system at a glance and three others are my RAM examples.
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A:CD-RW drive will no longer burn CDs. Why?

Found this:

I haven't gone through all the postings, but post # 15 & 69 might be of help.
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A:New gaming machine smart at this time?

Looks fine. You've obviously looked at a build with a degree of futureproofing (as much as there can be) in mind and some solid choices in build quality/warranty/longevity/expandibility.
I own an 800D, and they are a very roomy chassis. The 700D offers a little more for a few less dollars- although you would have to do without the window.
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A:Can no longer connect to the Internet

OK, try this. (knowing your version of windows would help)

Clcik on Start and type cmd into the search box.

In Vista and Win7 then right click on cmd in the popup menu and select "Run as Administrator"
In XP just hit the Enter key.

Then type these two command exactly as typed here with the gap. Hit the Enter key after each one. Then try the connection again.

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

If this does not work please state your version of Windows for further assistance.
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A:Maxtor lll external HDD no longer recognized by my computer

Try the external on another computer. If it is not detected by another computer, take it in for repair or take the drive out of the enclosure yourself. You might be able to attach the drive to your computer like a second drive and attempt to recover any data that way
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Don't ya just hate people who only visit when they need a favor.
Kind of like me now.
Monday I should be getting a phone from Consumer Cellular.
It's the first one I've ever had that could take pictures. I also have a new Lenovo P.C.
with a card reader.Also the first time I've had one.
Heres my questions. Can I upload pictures from my phone to my computer?
How is that done? Would I take the sim card out of the phone,stick it in the card reader,and follow instructions.Or is there another card in a camera phone for uploading pictures. Thanks CB

A:Long time no thread

generally... no and no... unless using a "smartphone"...
mostly done either by sending the pic to your email... or by means of a cable.
I know of no phones that store pictures on the SIM. Maybe someone else does.

Smartphones sometimes (all?) offer microSD support; pix may be stored here.
MicroSD cards will require an adapter to be read by most computers, including the more recent netbooks.

There are devices/software for managing your sim card data,
(such as

Many outfits offer "third party" cable and software systems for managing interaction between phone and pc (and rather than have two devices, that is the way I would probably go.)

When you have the details on your new phone, we can be of more specific assistance.