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  1. I think he was doing me a bit of a favour ;) The...

    I think he was doing me a bit of a favour ;) The CPU alone fetches about £30 (Athlon 64 x2 4200+)
  2. Didn't bother in the end. Ended up buying my...

    Didn't bother in the end. Ended up buying my brother in law's old one for £50 which is an absolute bargain.
  3. Glad to see they've got rid of that drive2go...

    Glad to see they've got rid of that drive2go protuberance they had on that other model. Pity about the plasticy red piping though. Is the motherboard model mentioned anywhere? There could still be an...
  4. Reading around a bit...

    Reading around a bit, it appears that the maximum RAM you can have in one of these is 4GB, so you won't be able to upgrade any further. There's no IDE on the motherboard and only 4 SATA ports, so...
  5. Thread: Freeview HD

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    DVB-T2 allows additional subcarrier modes and...

    DVB-T2 allows additional subcarrier modes and modulation modes. The parameters selected for the UK are 32K and 256QAM respectively (on DVB-T, it's 2K and 64QAM), both increase the available bandwidth...
  6. Thread: Freeview HD

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    The move to DVB-T2 is driven by the desire for...

    The move to DVB-T2 is driven by the desire for more capacity. T2 gives about 50% more capacity. As far as needing new equipment is concerned, most televisions do their stream decoding in hardware, so...
  7. Thread: Freeview HD

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    You won't get anything from a DVB-T tuner on a...

    You won't get anything from a DVB-T tuner on a DVB-T2 multiplex. Freeview HD uses a "different broadcasting method" in two senses: different carrier (DVB-T2), different codec (H.264). You will need a...
  8. Thread: Recycling

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    In the cupboard under the sink we have the normal...

    In the cupboard under the sink we have the normal bin, a sturdy cardboard box for glass and tins and a cornflakes packet for cardboard. When one goes out to the bins, we take whichever other one is...
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    Can you keep your number with Asda though?

    Can you keep your number with Asda though?
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    Oh, so you're talking about Cable, as in Virgin....

    Oh, so you're talking about Cable, as in Virgin. I'd assumed the cable/wireless discussion was talking about the security of the communication between modem and PC, i.e. the ethernet cable or...
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    Cable doesn't extend outside your house by...

    Cable doesn't extend outside your house by default though, does it?
  12. Don't forget to add postage, so for those two...

    Don't forget to add postage, so for those two it's really £49.80 and £55.
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    If your ebay username happened to be...

    If your ebay username happened to be cultcomicsonline, I'd probably try cultcomicsonline.com and cultcomicsonline.co.uk to see if your prices were lower outside ebay.
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    It might well be, but you need to place a value...

    It might well be, but you need to place a value on your time and sanity. Going to small claims court to try to recover what probably amounts to £5 of final value fee isn't a profitable use of time.
  15. Yes and no. Many shower regulators only allow you...

    Yes and no. Many shower regulators only allow you to control the temperature, not the flow rate, and if it's fed directly from the mains via a combi boiler, the flow rate can be very high. This...
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    Most scart leads can carry two different video...

    Most scart leads can carry two different video signals and two audio channels: Composite video, which is carried by a single wire and is equivalent to the yellow connector on the front of your TV.
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    Your hard drive recorder and DVD player (if it's...

    Your hard drive recorder and DVD player (if it's not a really cheap one) will have a passthrough feature. It's probably easiest to connect to the DVD input as it's less likely to turn on by itself...
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    Posting 12" records

    Anyone sold any of their old vinyl on eBay? Are mailers like this going to do the job for something worth around £30, or do you think a collector is going to expect their prized auction win to...
  19. Another Bosch recommendation here too. We got an...

    Another Bosch recommendation here too. We got an Exxel (about their most expensive at the time) and it's wonderfully quiet.
  20. It's not their rules though is it? It's rules...

    It's not their rules though is it? It's rules introduced by the government. Make it difficult to open bank and savings accounts and people will be crying out for an easier way to identify themselves...
  21. Might be worth a quick read of the DigitalSpy...

    Might be worth a quick read of the DigitalSpy forums here and here before diving in. If the issues people have had with similar models are software based, no amount of refurbishing the cases is going...
  22. It'll probably work like this: First time you...

    It'll probably work like this: First time you play the game, the entire DVD contents will be copied to the hard drive. The second time, it'll check that the correct disk is inserted before loading...
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    A dodgy buyer could raise an INR claim with...

    A dodgy buyer could raise an INR claim with paypal once they'd received the CoP and you'd be unable to persue the claim with Royal Mail.
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    That's not Numberwang.

    That's not Numberwang.
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    Well, it'll have an IDE bus then. Personally, I'd...

    Well, it'll have an IDE bus then. Personally, I'd try removing and reseating the RAM and PCI cards first, then a reinstall of XP if it's still misbehaving before replacing hardware.
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