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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Sentios » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:07 pm

Yoshi wrote:- Avast!

Avast! was getting kinda meh and I considered switching to Avira or MSSE but the new version (5) is wow-good and fast.


I like the interface change, I always had problems with the old ones where I had to babysit them or they would pause if they found any problem.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Pudge_is_so_cute » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:13 pm

errr.. since I am such a big newb when it comes to technical stuff, I really like to ask these questions that most people regard as basic knowledge in hardware. Well I dunno if its basic knowledge but it is better to ask questions.

What is a "system memory"? What does it do?

What does a large harddrive do? Does it mean more memory?

What is a computer core and what does it do? I mean whats the difference of a dual core to quad cores etc.

Well... those are my question for now.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:29 am

System memory in most contexts refers to random access memory (RAM) and is a set of chips directly connected to the motherboard. The computer puts information onto the RAM chips so that it can access that information quickly. The computer also uses a disk cache on the hard drive for a similar purpose, but hard drives are significantly slower at accessing information than ram is, but it can hold more information. There is also another type of memory known as a CPU cache which allows the cpu to access common instruction sets faster.

In terms of Hard Drives large usually means holds more data since the drives in the average persons desktop have almost the same physical dimensions. Todays standards I would put a large hard drive at 2 Terabytes. Of course there are bigger but that is about as big as the average person might get.

A core is a processor in the sense that each core performs the functions of a processor by itself. This means that the processor can do more things at the same time. So take my processor for example I have a phenom II 955 which is a quad core. Each core performs independent instruction sets, with a duel core you have 2 independent processors on a single processor, it's not a good explination but that's in essence what they are doing, but because of the way data works it doesn't mean that the processor is 4 times as fast and if a program isn't designed for multicore processors it is not going to give that much of a boost, but from what I have seen the real advantage of a multicore processor is if enough ram is available I can run programs that would normally require too much power (IE Virus scan) and run a game without much ill effect.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:17 am

I like analogies.

Hard drives are like a big cupboard. It's where all your shit gets stored. Same for computers. Install stuff and save stuff and it goes to the hard drive. Bigger hard drive = more space for crap.

Memory (Or RAM) is like a desk. You know when you try to figure shit out and you end up writing a bajillion things on notes that get scattered around your desk? Same thing with RAM. It's right there so it's quick to grab, but there isn't much space on the desk and whenever you're finished (Or, more importantly, you think you are!) shit ends up getting chucked in the bin. Or saved. To the cupboard/hard drive!

CPUs (And cores) are like you. You figure that shit out yourself. That's what a CPU does. Think of more CPUs = more people to help. Cores are the heart of CPUs. If a CPU has one core it's like only you working. Two cores means there's two of you! And so on, so you work better and faster! But, like if there really was two of you then both of you wouldn't necessarily draw on the same picture! Likewise, just because there's more than one core doesn't mean it'll actually be doing stuff (But it should).

A motherboard is like the room everything is in. By itself, it's just a room. But better ones may have nooks and crannies for neat things! Everything sits in the room and is thus connected. That's a motherboard.

Finally, a GPU (Or, video card) is like a dedicated artist. You (The CPU!) write down what you want drawn. You then give it to the artist who draws it much quicker (But not better!) than you could.


Beep, beep. That's a computer!
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Coos » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:27 am

Sounds like a whole lotta complicated. I did my first successful format last night. Windows 7 looks puuurty.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Jay » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:05 pm

I really like that description. Very apt.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Whatis6times9 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:08 pm

Hey Yoshi, your room has some bad ram.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:20 pm

Whatis6times9 wrote:Hey Yoshi, your room has some bad ram.

Thats what you get for buying the cheapest desk that ikea has.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Vegedus » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:54 pm

Lulz, so a computer is me, running around in a room, putting things on a desk, doing all sorts of tasks, possibly having some friends over to help. Though on my laptop, the desk somehow draws for me? Considering I spend some 60% of my time in a little dorm room, a lot of it just doing stuff at my desk, the analogy is almost creepy XD

I'm trying to cook up what sockets and such would be, but the analogy seem to fall apart there.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby ninnypants » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:41 pm

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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:48 am

So I ran BurnIn Test and it came back fail, but only because I didn't have a cd in the drive and it was blocked from accessing my RAW network (whatever that is). There were no errors anywhere else.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:50 am

Welp, next step is grab Hiren's and run GoldMem and Spinrite.

That'll do some thorough checks on your RAM and HDD.

Tick 'em off, one by one. It's called shotgun debugging!
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:30 pm

I'm plugging my earphones into the port on my laptop and the sound isn't switching over.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Grey » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:28 pm

okay i have a computer with vista home edition and no discs and shit and i want to reformat but i dont have discs what do i to
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:37 pm

Grey wrote:okay i have a computer with vista home edition and no discs and shit and i want to reformat but i dont have discs what do i to

Assuming you have the cd key. You can burn a disc with the same version of vista on it. I'm sure there is a torrent out there for that.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby octodexy » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:42 pm

If you have a legit version I think you can also download one from microsoft for a couple of bucks... pounds.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Yoshi » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:56 am

Mathias wrote:I'm plugging my earphones into the port on my laptop and the sound isn't switching over.

Missed this.

If you have any of those shitty Audio Control Panels sitting in your tray, go into it and toggle anything that looks like "Jack Detection". If on, switch off and vice versa.

Grey wrote:okay i have a computer with vista home edition and no discs and shit and i want to reformat but i dont have discs what do i to


Like has been said, if you have a key then just grab the ISO from wherever. Just make sure it's clean.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Grey » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:33 pm

okay what if i dont have a cd key and i cant find what dexy is talking about
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:54 pm

Grey wrote:okay what if i dont have a cd key and i cant find what dexy is talking about

See if there is a sticker with the cd key on the back or bottum. On laptops it will be on the bottum of the laptop on towers they hide it all over. If you don't have a cd key at all, then creatively acquire a corporate edition which can generally be installed on multiple machines.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby octodexy » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:31 pm

It's like the serial number of your computer and you enter it into microsoft support or whatever and it makes it go
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Jay » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:03 pm

Check if your computer has a recovery partition.

You might be able to reformat by just spamming F-something or another.
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:22 pm

Also this is a way to find your cdkey in vista too.
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstrick ... stakey.htm
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:40 pm

Okay, my fan is making a lot of loud noise constantly. I've been told that I may have an overabundance of trojans and rootkits. How do I handle this?

And my audio control panel shows nothing that says "jack detection."
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby zepherin » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:08 pm

Mathias wrote:Okay, my fan is making a lot of loud noise constantly. I've been told that I may have an overabundance of trojans and rootkits. How do I handle this?

And my audio control panel shows nothing that says "jack detection."

Hit your fan with some compressed air. If you have a bunch of trojans and rootkits, download malwarebytes, avast! and adaware and that should take care of those.
If all else fails buy a new fan, they are pretty cheap.

http://malwarebytes.org/
http://www.avast.com/index
http://www.lavasoft.com/index.php
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Re: The Computer Questions Thread

Postby Mathias » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:19 am

Malwarebytes is blocked from opening.
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