Category Archives: Glossary

What is a CD-RW Drive

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A CD-RW is used for reading CDs, writing to CD-Rs, and writing and/or re-writing to CD-RW discs. A CDRW will allow you to create your own music or data CDs when used in conjunction with CD Burning software. CDRW’s cannot read from DVD Discs nor can they play DVD movies.

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What is single link and dual link DVI

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What’s the difference between Single Data-Link and Dual Data-Link DVI? A Single-Link (also known as a Single Data-Link) cable uses a single transmitter to send information across. A Dual-Link (or Dual Data-Link) DVI cable uses two transmitters and can relay a great deal more information and data across the wire (almost twice as much). This […]

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What is HDMI?

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HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is a high quality connectivity interface used for video and audio transmissions.  Unlike other standards, HDMI cables carry video, audio, data, and control signals – making it an all-in-one solution for HDTV, DVD, and other compatible sources.  Data transmissions on HDMI are uncompressed and all-digital to ensure minimal loss and/or […]

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What is a chipset

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A chipset is the collection of ICs (integrated circuits) or simply ‘chips’ on a motherboard that control how the hardware interacts with different components. The chipset is responsible for controlling how information flows through your computer flow of information on your computer and determines critical interactions such as that between memory, cache, drives, input devices, […]

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What harm can a damaged PSU cause

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What are the potential effects of a damaged Power Supply? A dead or otherwise unworking power supply unit must be replaced or repaired. Without power your devices will not ‘Turn ON’ so you will experience complete downtime on the system until corrected. Beyond that, a dead or ‘burned out’ power supply can also cause damage […]

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What does a Power Supply do?

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What Does A Power Supply Do? A power supply’s job is to convert an Alternating Current (AC) signal coming from your wall outlet into a usable Direct Current (DC) signal. Simply stated, this process is done by stepping down the input voltage level with a transformer and then rectifying it to convert to DC. Once […]

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What is MDIX

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What does MDIX mean (Medium Dependent Interface Crossover)? MDIX, or Medium Dependent Interface Crossover, is a port that allows for two ethernet capable computers or devices (such as a computer to a hub) to be connected using a crossover cable. Without MDIX, the devices would require a patch (straight through) cable.

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What is a DVDROM Drive

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A DVD-ROM Drive (also called a DVDROM or DVD Reader) is used for reading Compact Disks (CDs) and Digital Video Discs (DVDs). A DVD-ROM drive will not be able to write to a blank CD nor will it be able to write to a DVD. DVD-ROMs can read disks burned by a DVDRW and can […]

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