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    • How to Burn a VCD

      How to Burn a VCD

      If someone is looking for an alternative to burning video on a DVD, one of the easiest and most affordable forms of media, he/she can burn what is called a VCD (Video Compact Disc). While DVDs are a great way to store large files, especially video and sound, VCDs, while smaller in size, can easily

    • CMOS Checksum Bad Error

      CMOS Checksum Bad Error

      Computer users frequently encounter CMOS Checksum Bad Error for many reasons. This error may be frustrating, but the good part is that it can be solved easily. There are very few reasons for the CMOS Checksum Bad Error, hence they can be handled effectively. The Error Explained A checksum is computed as an error detecting

    • SPDIF

      SPDIF

      SPDIF, or the Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) is used to carry or transport digital audio signals in consumer electronic equipment such as CD and DVD players, PC audio cards, and car audio systems over short distances. The digital signal can be carried over fiber optic (TOSLINK connectors) or coaxial cable (RCA connectors) and is also

    • MBR (Master Boot Record)

      MBR (Master Boot Record)

      The MBR is the Master Boot Record. The MBR is a small program which runs whenever a computer boots up. The MBR is stored in the first sector of the boot disk. The boot disk may be a hard drive, a floppy drive, or even a CD or DVD drive. The Task of the MBR

    • What Are IDE Hard Drives?

      What Are IDE Hard Drives?

      Integrated Drive Electronics or (IDE) are a type of hard drive controller which bundles the components of the hard drive and its controller into one interface. This allows for much simpler installation of the hard drive into the system by removing the difficulties associated with the separation of the components and controllers such as the predecessor

    • Banana Plugs

      Banana Plugs

      A banana plug is mainly used to insert speaker wire coming from an amplifier or receiver directly into the speaker. The banana plug is named after its shape. It is a slender, but bulging prong that is similar to a banana. However, unlike bananas, the banana plug is not bent, but straight. Other uses for

    • How to Measure Signal Quality

      How to Measure Signal Quality

      Most people usually look to Signal to Noise Ratio to measure the signal quality of either audio or video communications. Signal to noise ratio is usually written either S/N or SNR. Most of the time the signal to noise ratio is measured in decibels. A decibel is a measure of power or loudness. Not to

    • This Device Cannot Start – Code 10

      This Device Cannot Start – Code 10

      When someone receives the Windows error, “This device cannot start. Code 10 in audio driver,” it means that he/she has a bad, missing, or incompatible driver for his/her sound card. The very technical and confusing explanation for this message, according to Microsoft, is this: “If the device has a FailReasonString value in its hardware key,

    • How to Fix a Printer Offline Problem

      How to Fix a Printer Offline Problem

      A printer that will not connect and/or displays the “Printer Offline” error message can be a nuisance, especially if the user has tried everything he/she can think of in order to fix it. Fortunately, users have several techniques at their disposal to repair this problem.   Ensure that Cables are Connected Although this is the

    • How to Connect Multiple Monitors to Your Laptop

      How to Connect Multiple Monitors to Your Laptop

      Many computer owners find the multiple monitor features extremely useful. The multiple monitor feature has been around for many years and is available on Macintosh computers, Linux computers and Windows Operating systems- specifically on Windows 98, ME, XP, and Vista. It is quite easy to add one or more monitor to your computer, however there

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