• Is it normal for a PC to use 3 GB of RAM with no apps open?

    Best answer: I go to 2.7 GB used on startup before I open anything so it is not to abnormal in Windows 10. Along with the other suggestion to check processes, go to the Startup Tab in the Task Manager which indicates which programs are automatically starting. Multiple apps install some processes which automatically run at... show more
    Best answer: I go to 2.7 GB used on startup before I open anything so it is not to abnormal in Windows 10.
    Along with the other suggestion to check processes, go to the Startup Tab in the Task Manager
    which indicates which programs are automatically starting.
    Multiple apps install some processes which automatically run at startup without you doing anything.

    You should review the processes in the Startup tab and you can right click on ones you
    don't think are needed and disable them and check and see if it improves your memorry usage.
    Also, you check if disabling process causes problems with the related application.

    However with 16GB ram, using 3 GB RAM at startup should not slow anything down.
    You should be in good shape.
    7 answers · 1 day ago
  • Where's the hardware department?

    4 answers · 15 hours ago
  • My gtx 1060 gpu is weird.?

    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • If 200 minutes of audio on 0.5 inch Reel to Reel tapes was to be stored, on average how much file storage size will be consumed?

    If 200 minutes of audio on 0.5 inch Reel to Reel tapes was to be digitised and stored onto a computer, on average how much file storage size will be consumed? Can you please explain how you calculated.
    If 200 minutes of audio on 0.5 inch Reel to Reel tapes was to be digitised and stored onto a computer, on average how much file storage size will be consumed? Can you please explain how you calculated.
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is JPG compression rate?

    If I had 1,866.24GB of uncompressed images, how do I calculate what the file sorage size would be if compressed to a JPG
    If I had 1,866.24GB of uncompressed images, how do I calculate what the file sorage size would be if compressed to a JPG
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • If 200 minutes of audio on 78 RPM records was to be stored, on average how much file storage size will be consumed?

    If 200 minutes of audio on 78 RPM records was to be digitised and stored onto a computer uncompressed, on average how much file storage size will be consumed? Can you please explain how you calculated.
    If 200 minutes of audio on 78 RPM records was to be digitised and stored onto a computer uncompressed, on average how much file storage size will be consumed? Can you please explain how you calculated.
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • PC specs: is there ever really a "capacity limit" for a HDD/SDD that you can plug into a port?

    Best answer: As far as I am aware the only actual "limit" was at the 2TB point and any system that can take >2TB drives should support much larger ones. 2TB is the limit if 64 bit addressing, I believe - It applied to both drive controller firmware and to MS "MBR" partition tables. Some SAS controllers... show more
    Best answer: As far as I am aware the only actual "limit" was at the 2TB point and any system that can take >2TB drives should support much larger ones.

    2TB is the limit if 64 bit addressing, I believe - It applied to both drive controller firmware and to MS "MBR" partition tables.

    Some SAS controllers can be updated by firmware, others cannot; it depends on the specific controller & its manufacturer.
    https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic....
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is flopy disk?

    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can you say that a computer is any device that is able to display or manipulate data?

    Best answer: Not quite. A [Digital] computer is defined as a device that can run a sequence of instructions (a program) and "make decisions" (jump to different parts of the program) depending on results of other instructions. eg. A player piano using a punched paper roll or a card-controlled weaving loom use... show more
    Best answer: Not quite.
    A [Digital] computer is defined as a device that can run a sequence of instructions (a program) and "make decisions" (jump to different parts of the program) depending on results of other instructions.

    eg. A player piano using a punched paper roll or a card-controlled weaving loom use instructions to perform actions but are not computers.


    Most of the current versions of the things you describe _contain_ computers now, but as "Embedded" systems rather than being computers in their own right; you cannot use it as a computer, just as what the designer made it do.

    The computer part is not directly usable or controllable, it's emulating a fixed-function device.

    Even some toasters use a tiny computer (a microcontroller) as it's cheaper to use that than design a special function timer - but as far as the outside world is concerned, it's a timing chip.

    There is a big difference between a computer that someone can program and use for general things and an embedded system that acts like a single function device.

    Modern cars have many embedded CPUs in different parts of the system but you don't consider the car itself to be a computer, for good reason, it's obviously not...


    Example of the type of microcontroller that is typically used in a toaster, if it works like that:
    https://www.jameco.com/z/PIC12F629-I-P-M...


    For info.. From the early 1600s to around the 1950s, "Computer" was a job title, like being an accountant or mathematician.
    It was someone whos job was to do complex calculations - computations - such as for engineering design.

    It was only when computing machines started to become common that people started to assume the word meant "Digital computer" (which is the proper full name) and the job is now called "Human computer".

    eg. - the computers in this 1929 photo are the people, using mechanical adding machines to do their work...
    http://www.johnwolff.id.au/calculators/c...
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • When will graphics cards become cheaper again?

    I know because of mining and all, the cards are expensive now. But will they ever become cheaper again or will the demand for mining keep going up?
    I know because of mining and all, the cards are expensive now. But will they ever become cheaper again or will the demand for mining keep going up?
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Best way to optimize 2 GTX 1080s in SLI?

    Best answer: There are many on line sources for optimizing and overclocking video cards. What yours might need or do for you depends on the brand and model of the 1080 cards. There are about 20 good brands of them, and at least 3 types within a single brand. You cannot "overclock" a monitor since it has no settings... show more
    Best answer: There are many on line sources for optimizing and overclocking video cards. What yours might need or do for you depends on the brand and model of the 1080 cards. There are about 20 good brands of them, and at least 3 types within a single brand.
    You cannot "overclock" a monitor since it has no settings to do that. Monitors run at the maximum design rate or less, not more. The refresh rate is set by its electronics. The frame rate is set by the electronics. There is no firmware or internal software settings for adjusting those, and there is no storage for that. Storage for settings is about screen size and position adjustments, color balance, etc.
    Long ago there were CRTs with analog electronics with very high wattage power, both in volts and amps. The most dangerous part of adjusting refresh rate was overtaxing the flyback transformer. Collapsing and charging its coils and core at higher than the design rate could damage that or other stuff in the monitor, even cause a fire. Modern flat panel monitors with LED illumination have no significant power inside, just a few watts at low voltage runs them.
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How to overclocked you to get better performance ?

    I have nvidia gt 430 so how to overclocked it without messing with hardware.
    I have nvidia gt 430 so how to overclocked it without messing with hardware.
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What is an I/O module in computing?

    Best answer: Input/Output. It is the part of the chip that physically links the chip to other devices. However much of the "facilitating" of the link (what controls how it works) is in the BIOS software of the chip. There is both a hardware and a software component to I/O.
    Best answer: Input/Output. It is the part of the chip that physically links the chip to other devices. However much of the "facilitating" of the link (what controls how it works) is in the BIOS software of the chip. There is both a hardware and a software component to I/O.
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Question about wire connections of external hard drive enclosure.?

    Question about wire connections of external hard drive enclosure.?

    Best answer: The enclosure that you're showing is ancient IDE what you want it's called a USB hard drive interface or USB hard drive adapter you can get them on eBay for less than $10 you can use the case to put the hard drive in it and you'll figure out a way to make the wire look good or you can just hook the... show more
    Best answer: The enclosure that you're showing is ancient IDE what you want it's called a USB hard drive interface or USB hard drive adapter you can get them on eBay for less than $10 you can use the case to put the hard drive in it and you'll figure out a way to make the wire look good or you can just hook the interface straight up to the hard drive and plug it into the USB again they ain't but $10 on eBay
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • I've got an on-going issue with my internet, and after having tried everything I Could think of. Seeking ideas / help for possible fix.?

    [ This is not a laptop. Its a Computer, using a cabled connection, no WiFi ] So what is the problem? I cannot figure it out, what happens is that my computer will, at completely random intervals, lose connection for anywhere between 2-6 seconds. There is no telling when or why this happens, its happened during the... show more
    [ This is not a laptop. Its a Computer, using a cabled connection, no WiFi ] So what is the problem? I cannot figure it out, what happens is that my computer will, at completely random intervals, lose connection for anywhere between 2-6 seconds. There is no telling when or why this happens, its happened during the day, evening and night. I've seen it happen one time during a whole day, none for a few days, and then about 20 times in one evening. Its absolutely random when, and how much it occurs. This is a major issue, as I play a lot of video games. League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Counter Strike etcetera, and I play most of it competitively, so its very frustrating. When it happens during my games, its not just a huge spike in ping, its straight up "You have zero connection." When it happens, the internet icon on my PC will also gain the red triangle, for like, 2 seconds, then yellow for 3-5 and then back to normal. The little internet light on the back of my PC will also turn off for the duration of the red icon. It can happen back to back, sometimes it'll happen once or twice during an hour, or 20 times in 20 minutes. At this point, I fear it might be a hardware issue. I'll make a list of what I have done so far. Any ideas for a fix would be very appreciated, as this problem has really started wearing on me.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Can I replace the PCB board on a hard drive?

    Best answer: yes and NO. the drive is effectively ANALOGUE so it will only reliably read the data if the boards match closely enough with the timings. Typically you also need a board made in the same COUNTRY and with the same FIRMWARE on it. So you need to check the TEXT of the LABELS very carefully too. So exact same model of... show more
    Best answer: yes and NO. the drive is effectively ANALOGUE so it will only reliably read the data if the boards match closely enough with the timings. Typically you also need a board made in the same COUNTRY and with the same FIRMWARE on it. So you need to check the TEXT of the LABELS very carefully too. So exact same model of drive, exact same country of origin, and exact same firmware revision, and you might get lucky. BUT DONT BOOT IT. in case its starts trying to repair anything. Boot a clean OS cd instead and BROWSE IT to copy off the data WITHOUT ANY ATTEMPT WHATSOEVER TO WRITE DATA TO IT. eg booting a Hiren's to MiniXP will allow you to browse it if its ok.
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Does anyone know how to increase copy speed?

    Best answer: If you are copying over from some kind of flash drive, the flash reader makes a huge difference. One based on an older chip may only transfer at the speed you are seeing, even though USB 2.0 (or 3.0 of course) is capable of much faster. Only solution is to get another reader. Actually 5 MB/sec is 18 GB/hour, so... show more
    Best answer: If you are copying over from some kind of flash drive, the flash reader makes a huge difference. One based on an older chip may only transfer at the speed you are seeing, even though USB 2.0 (or 3.0 of course) is capable of much faster. Only solution is to get another reader.

    Actually 5 MB/sec is 18 GB/hour, so if you don't have to do this operation often, you might just want to live with it.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • HELP I don't know what to do!?

    HELP I don't know what to do!?

    I just bought a new SSD for my PC and I got it and did something stupid which I cant remember. How do I put the partitions or whatever they are back together to make the full 465 gigabites
    I just bought a new SSD for my PC and I got it and did something stupid which I cant remember. How do I put the partitions or whatever they are back together to make the full 465 gigabites
    6 answers · 1 month ago