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    Internal HDD with SMR

    No, SMR drives tend to perform a lot slower and are painful to work with even as external drives (I bought one and used for about a year now). Avoid like the plague. Google for specs of whatever you're planning to buy and go through carefully. Some further resources are available at...
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    [NOSTALGIA] How long you've been Gaming ?

    My first game was the original Prince of Persia in 1992, on a then already outdated Sharp PC-7100 gifted to my elder brother by my uncle (He was settled in Canada, having a govt job there :) In gorgeous blue and white LCD, CGA emulation. The graphics wasn't anything to see on the blue and white...
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    Lenovo Y50-70 stuck in black screen

    1) I may be off track, but trying a memtest? If RAM is faulty it would cause trouble with the integrated graphics also. (Also according to their manual RAM is user replaceable, but you'll have to remove the laptop back to do so). 2) Rather than just disconnecting from net, uninstall display...
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    Free software to precisely edit MP3 Files?

    Alternative https://www.ocenaudio.com/en/ It's been around for awhile, and similiar.
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    12 GB Ryzen laptop - 50k?

    I recently (< 1 year) bought an Orange ASUS X512DA EJ-504T with SSD and Windows 10, and I can assure you it is very quick and responsive for everything I've thrown at it so far. The exact model is Buy ASUS VivoBook 15 X512DA-EJ504T AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5-3500U 15.6-inch FHD Thin and Light...
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    Warning Over Chinese Mobile Giant Xiaomi Recording Millions Of People’s ‘Private’ Web And Phone Use

    Xiaomi smartphones are tracking usage habits and browsing data of their owners [Update] From neowin.net A more nuanced take on the matter. Pay attention to the portion marked "update" in the latter part of the article.
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    You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

    They already do it in places like Indonesia (Bali). They just don't call it a lockdown Do a google for "Bali Day of Silence" or "Nyepi" :D A link too This Was Nyepi 2020 - Bali Day of Silence - , Bali 24 Hours Offline on Silent Day
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    You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but lockdown is not over even in Kerala. Partial restriction changes in some districts only. Places in the red zone are still in complete lockdown (including where I am at present). Also, cases have not decreased as mentioned by the other poster. Across India...
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    PM Modi announces all-India lockdown over Covid-19, will be in place for 21 days

    In my area in Kerala, I had to go to HDFC to deposit previous days' office collection. They were allowing only 1 person in at a time and queue was outside the building with separation between the people. The security at the door was giving sanitiser to everyone and making them clean up before...
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    Black screen in Ubuntu 19.10 on bootup

    You have to have "timeshift" installed. It will allow to create restore points, but needs lots of disk space for the backups.
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    Black screen in Ubuntu 19.10 on bootup

    If you're getting the boot menu, go into advanced options for ubuntu and select some kernel version from the list. It will usually boot without the black screen. Try changing the graphics drivers from nonfree to free version or vice versa., and reboot. It *may* get alright. Sorry I can't give...
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    My first ever NAS device - Synology DS218j Review

    Yes, but it not a backup solution or a backup system. For a few pointers, Why is RAID not a backup? much deeper at "But it works!" - why is RAID not a backup tool? - Reddit (Sorry if it's OT. Have had to use data recovery procedures at work when the "backup" raid drives failed. This is not...
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    PC not starting, CPU Pin issue

    Actually you should have used all 8 pins, yes. On all boards I've seen so far the pin sockets are like what you showed in the attachment, and the pins are not exactly the same but compatible. According to Gigabyte's website the board has their dual BIOS feature. Try switching to the backup...
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    Ryzen 5 3500 - whether worth upgrade

    3600 best offer seems to be MD. Buy Amd Hexa Core Ryzen 5 3600 at Best Price in India - mdcomputers.in Thanks, will go with 3600. (Can't change SSD at the moment)
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    Ryzen 5 3500 - whether worth upgrade

    Need only CPU upgrade, but am filling questionnaire anyway. 1. What is the purpose of the computer? What all applications and games are you going to run? (Stupid answers like 'gaming' or 'office work' will not work. Be exact. Which games? Which applications? Avoid the word 'et cetera.') Ans...
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    CPU & Motherboard Price List

    I got it for 14099/- awhile ago. It costs 16000+ now :-( Cabinet was an Antec EKWB ITX Cube (an extravagant absurdity, but good looking).
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    CPU & Motherboard Price List

    Gigabyte B450 I https://www.amazon.in/GIGABYTE-B450-AORUS-PRO-Motherboard/dp/B07GPDJ9R6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mini+itx+motherboard&qid=1573929137&sr=8-1 ASUS ROG Strix B450 I...
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    Graphic card for my ryzen 2200g pc under 20k

    Nice to know you got it to work :goodjob::thumbs:
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    Reviewed : Redgear MK881 Invador pseudo-RGB mechanical keyboard (brown switches)

    Actually white is available, but even it is expensive. check out https://www.amazon.in/Cooler-Master-MasterKeys-Intelligent-Switches/dp/B01ITE93OM/ref=sr_1_2?crid=12OQRV5O3L77Y&keywords=cooler+master+mechanical+keyboard&qid=1572787675&sprefix=cooler+master+mechanical%2Caps%2C336&sr=8-2 White...
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    Graphic card for my ryzen 2200g pc under 20k

    No. It doesn't need windows 10. Taken straight from the Rockstar games site: Minimum System Requirements: OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1 Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @...
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