• Is it ok to always use my laptop without the battery and just use the AC power cord?

    I really only use my laptop at my desk and I never really move it. I know that I can use it without the battery and just the power cord, but is it bad to do this all the time? What are the long term effects? Thanks!!!
    I really only use my laptop at my desk and I never really move it. I know that I can use it without the battery and just the power cord, but is it bad to do this all the time? What are the long term effects? Thanks!!!
    7 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 22 hours ago
  • What is a "Boot Device not Found" error?

    I purchased a new desktop PC less than a week ago. I had been using it without any issues up until last night. I was playing a game with my friends when all the sudden, the screen went blue and popped up with the message, "An Error has occurred," which was followed by the computer resetting. Once it... show more
    I purchased a new desktop PC less than a week ago. I had been using it without any issues up until last night. I was playing a game with my friends when all the sudden, the screen went blue and popped up with the message, "An Error has occurred," which was followed by the computer resetting. Once it turned back on, it loaded up with a "Boot Device not Found," error message, and I have no idea how to fix it. This is a brand new computer and I have no idea why this would ve happened when I wasn t doing anything extreme with it. Is there something I can do to fix this? Or am I out 1200 bucks?
    9 answers · Desktops · 18 hours ago
  • Is replacing hdd with ssd worth it?

    I have Lenovo B-50-80 laptop. It has i5 5th Gen (2.2 GHz) processor, 4GB RAM. I will upgrade my RAM to 8GB if replacing hdd with ssd is worth it. My laptop is too slow to even run chrome smoothly. I don't do gaming, but I have to do basic photoshop editing and adobe premiere pro editing or 1080p videos. What... show more
    I have Lenovo B-50-80 laptop. It has i5 5th Gen (2.2 GHz) processor, 4GB RAM. I will upgrade my RAM to 8GB if replacing hdd with ssd is worth it. My laptop is too slow to even run chrome smoothly. I don't do gaming, but I have to do basic photoshop editing and adobe premiere pro editing or 1080p videos. What should I do?
    9 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 3 days ago
  • Something is wrong with my external hard drive?

    So I bought a new 1TB hard disk to move all my stuff from my laptop to it. (I formated the Hard disk to exFAT format first) I start moving 500GB worth of files and came back a few hours later to find that its already full. It only freed up about 300GB before it got full. I check some of the folders properties, and... show more
    So I bought a new 1TB hard disk to move all my stuff from my laptop to it. (I formated the Hard disk to exFAT format first) I start moving 500GB worth of files and came back a few hours later to find that its already full. It only freed up about 300GB before it got full. I check some of the folders properties, and apparenlty a 19GB folder had a "Size on disk" of 243GB ??? Does anybody know how I can reduce thesize on disk? or what has caused this? Thanks
    4 answers · Add-ons · 10 hours ago
  • Should I get a better processor along with my new graphics card?

    I'm gonna get a gtx 1080 pretty soon and I'm not sure if I should get a better processor along with it. I'm aiming for more frames and better graphics for about every game I own. The monitor I have is just 60hz so I'm planning on getting a 144hz later. Current specs Gigabyte GA‑Z170XP‑SLI AMD R9... show more
    I'm gonna get a gtx 1080 pretty soon and I'm not sure if I should get a better processor along with it. I'm aiming for more frames and better graphics for about every game I own. The monitor I have is just 60hz so I'm planning on getting a 144hz later. Current specs Gigabyte GA‑Z170XP‑SLI AMD R9 200 series Core i5-6600k 16GB RAM Windows 10
    7 answers · Desktops · 3 days ago
  • How do I increase the usable RAM on my laptop?

    How do I increase the usable RAM on my laptop?

    I'm attaching a photo with the laptop info. Please offer a bunch of solutions to try, in case one doesn't work. TIA!
    I'm attaching a photo with the laptop info. Please offer a bunch of solutions to try, in case one doesn't work. TIA!
    8 answers · Laptops & Notebooks · 5 days ago
  • Help building budget PC!?

    Best answer: 1. DDR4-2400. G.Skill Ripjaws or Trident Z will work without a doubt. If DDR4 2666 or 3000 is only a few bucks more then get it. 2. Yes the specs are compatible but I don’t like your pick of parts either. The Green label cx750 is junk but the Grey label cx750 is decent. Also, I’d recommend an EVGA B3 or Corsair... show more
    Best answer: 1. DDR4-2400. G.Skill Ripjaws or Trident Z will work without a doubt. If DDR4 2666 or 3000 is only a few bucks more then get it.

    2. Yes the specs are compatible but I don’t like your pick of parts either. The Green label cx750 is junk but the Grey label cx750 is decent. Also, I’d recommend an EVGA B3 or Corsair TX. A 550w PSU is good for most cards and a 650w unit is enough for high end cards like the GTX 1080ti and AMD Vega 64.

    I agree with the other guy, get Ryzen or spring for a Core i5-8600k and a z370 motherboard. The Core i5 7500 is obsolete.
    Passmark scores
    Core i5 7500, 8088
    Core i5-8100, 8075
    Core i5-7600k, 9150
    Core i3-8350k, 9221
    Core i5 8400, 11794
    Core i5 8600k, 12794


    You can compile a build list at pcpartpicker.com and th pcpp forums are useful too. I’d buy all the parts for the build this weekend with all of the Memorial Day sales going.
    5 answers · Desktops · 3 days ago
  • 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 · Other - Hardware · 1 week ago
  • Is 32 gigs of RAM overkill?

    Best answer: Yes, overkill for most gaming and photo retouching purposes, but since you're not paying for it, it's no problem at all. DDR4 RAM is now some of the most expensive components on a PC these days. At modern DDR4 RAM prices, that 32-GB would likely cost anywhere between $280 to $500, depending on the... show more
    Best answer: Yes, overkill for most gaming and photo retouching purposes, but since you're not paying for it, it's no problem at all. DDR4 RAM is now some of the most expensive components on a PC these days. At modern DDR4 RAM prices, that 32-GB would likely cost anywhere between $280 to $500, depending on the performance and quality of the RAM, which is about the same prices as a very high-end CPU nowadays. That's just nutty prices, traditionally RAM hasn't been that expensive: usually for the RAM, you should expect to pay only about half the price of your CPU, more or less. So getting such a gift for free is a really expensive gift.

    There is currently a lawsuit that has been filed against memory chip manufacturers, alleging that they are colluding with each other to keep the prices of RAM artificially high.
    11 answers · Desktops · 6 days ago
  • Computer program fails to recognize correct screen resolution - what do I do?

    My computer display is set to 1152x864 (yes I have checked) but for some reason I have a recently downloaded program that keeps giving me the error message "Can not run in less than 1024x768 resolution" and fails to start. Why is it doing this and how do I fix?
    My computer display is set to 1152x864 (yes I have checked) but for some reason I have a recently downloaded program that keeps giving me the error message "Can not run in less than 1024x768 resolution" and fails to start. Why is it doing this and how do I fix?
    5 answers · Monitors · 2 days ago
  • How do I brighten my computer scrren?

    5 answers · Monitors · 4 days ago
  • I have a question about a Dell Computer?

    My dad got a Dell Optiplex 780 from a friend, and on the tag it says it is supposed to be Windows 7 Operated, but for some reason it has Windows XP on it, and it refuses to work with the Windows XP. He cant factory reset it to get it to work and has been trying to get Windows 7 back on it but no luck since we... show more
    My dad got a Dell Optiplex 780 from a friend, and on the tag it says it is supposed to be Windows 7 Operated, but for some reason it has Windows XP on it, and it refuses to work with the Windows XP. He cant factory reset it to get it to work and has been trying to get Windows 7 back on it but no luck since we don't have a disk or a USB that has a bootable version of it on it. So what can he do to fix this Dell Computer?
    12 answers · Desktops · 1 week ago