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Your Questions About Ati Mobility Radeon Hd 4250 Graphics Gaming

Maria asks…

Would this processor and Graphics do good at this?

Processor:
Mobile AMD Phenom II quad-core processor N930 (2.0GHz)

Graphics:
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics
With 128MB display cache and up to 3069MB total graphics memory

Also would this do good for The Sims 3 game?
I forgot to say HD videos as well?

steve answers:

Quad-core!
This *sounds* like a good processor.
And can certainly do well for a game like Sims
which does not require much.

I have a Toshiba satellite a135 and i think it MIGHT as well work on it too!

William asks…

wich graphics card is better?

im looking at a laptop to buy and it has this graphics card:
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics.

and i try to look it up on youtube to see how good games play on it, but all that really comes up is ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 graphics. and the games play really well on this graphics card.

so im wondering if mine is 4250, is it better then 4200? if so that would be sweet!

steve answers:

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Donna asks…

Any significant differences between these two graphics cards?

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330

ATI Radeon HD 4250

Not much of a gamer, but system has Blu ray and I may use it as an HD DVR in the future.

I found two almost identical systems, each has a different graphics card.

steve answers:

The 4330 is slightly more powerful

Jenny asks…

Is this a good school/gaming laptop. PLEASE HELP?

.Pavilion G6-1A19WM
.AMD Athlon II P360 processor
2.30GHz 1MB L2 Cache
.•3GB of DDR3 system memory
.•320GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive
.ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics
i will be playing games like Diablo 1 and 2, Age of empires 1-3. PLEASE HELP

steve answers:

For what youre playing, yes, for anything else….no

Lisa asks…

Which one is a better laptop for gaming?

Fujitsu Lifebook A530i

Intel Core i3-370M,
3 Gt RAM,
Intel HD graphics

or

HP Probook 4525S

AMD Athlon II dual core P340,
3 Gt RAM,
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250?

steve answers:

Neither of them will be able to play games. They both have integrated graphics cards. An integrated graphics card steals memory from your RAM and your computer severly slows down and wont play games. The 2 cards are really about the same performance wise. You would be able to play old dirextx 9 games like CSS and HL2 on medium settings. But the majority of new games wouldnt even play on low settings. Only games would be Fifa, and Left4dead.

If your looking at getting a gaming laptop look for a dual core proccesor thats atleast 2.0ghz. 4 Gb of RAM, and most importantly a dedicated graphics card. The bare minimum cards you should get is a ATI radeon 5470, or Nvidia 310M. Dont get any lower than that. You should be able to find a comp with those specs for about $600-650 or spend $100 more and get an even nicer card like ATI5650 or Nvidia 420M

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Your Questions About Pc Asus Portable

Jenny asks…

Is the ASUS Eee pc any good?

I’m not looking for much. I already have a personal desktop computer but I need something portable for writing, viewing e-mail, and preferably the ability to view short videos.

I came across the ASUS Eee at Target today and couldn’t believe it was so cheap. I actually thought it was some type of gag computer. I can’t actually afford much over the $350 mark so (from what I’ve researched and the reviews I’ve seen) the Eee seems ideal.

Any thoughts?

steve answers:

Well, the computer is very under powered. It’s tiny which makes it awkward to use, but it also makes it lightweight a super portable. It does not have an optical drive so no CDs or DVDs without an external DVD drive. It’s descent for very basic applications and web browsing so it might suit your needs perfectly.

Mandy asks…

Competition for the Asus Eee PC?

I currently have a monster desktop computer, and a Dell 700m as my portable machine – mostly for school and sometimes work. I don’t require much of my laptop beyond the very basics, since I have a desktop to do my real work. I’ve been checking out the Asus Eee PC to replace my 700m, which I like quite a bit, but I was really wondering if there’s anything else out there (or coming soon) that compares to it – perhaps with a smaller screen bezel and longer battery life. Price is definitely a concern since I don’t want to spend much beyond the resale price of the 700m- otherwise I might as well keep it (I’m guessing its worth about $600-$650 with two brand new extended batteries).

I’ve heard Asus is coming out with 2nd gen Eee PC, but haven’t seen any recent news about it.

Suggestions?

steve answers:

I think the 8g asus did come out, theres been a lot of talk about newer versions of the asus eee pc no real release dates though not even on their accessories. “Everex” I think that’s the company is coming out with the “cloudbook” this month. It’s supposedly compared to the asus eee. Same size, a goS os though which I guess is kinda like linux. But the cloudbook boasts about their 30G hard drive instead of 4G and I think upto 5 hr battery. All for about the same price as the asus eee.

Mary asks…

Asus Eee pc questions??!11!1?

Can you watch dvds with this small portable laptop??? Its brand is Asus and its a netbook

steve answers:

Yeah if you share dvd drive or buy an external dvd drive but that defeats the purpose of a netbook.

Helen asks…

Should I buy the ASUS 7″ Eee 8GB PC Computer from Target?

I recently saw these $299.99 ‘mini’ laptops at Target and it looks like something I need for a portable laptop. The notebook comes with either Linux operating system or Windows XP(you can choose). What one should I get? And are these seemingly cool little gems even worth my investment? Thanks! :-]

steve answers:

Hi – what will you want to do with it?

Windows OS is prob. Better. Do you have a laptop already?

See older review, gives good idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFTryA-1pu8

Thomas asks…

asus eee pc 900(windows) or hp mini note???

being used for basic computing. planning to buy portable hard drive for movies.

steve answers:

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2030260032%20103980219&bop=And&CompareItemList=N82E16834220350%2CN82E16834147675
comparison side by side

that you mention windows, the asus ships with windows xp & the hp with linux

checkout the other features & take what suits you best

add:
ooops, sorry > hp ships with windows too, but seen vista only so far, though xp maybe available

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Your Questions About 10 Unique Laptops

Mandy asks…

Is there any ways to get a free ipad? What are the best websites for earning points to get rewards?

steve answers:

Forget it, those Free Ipad offers which require you to sign up to 13 different trials, credit cards, etc. You have to have a credit card to qualify, the great majority of people blow some money on the products but can jump through all of the hoops they put up, some operators may never award the prie.

This example site requires you to complete 8 promotional offers (most costing you money) they make it tough in order to pay off as infrequently as possible, read the requirements:

http://getofferstoday.com/info.htm?tp=tos&promo_name=3796name&catalog_id=18444&gift=71#prog_req

(It pays affiliate marketers $1 for sending prospects:)

“Program Review Getofferstoday.com is a freebies site that is simple and easy to use and has served over one billion people in the past 3 years. They have sent over 10,000 laptops and 26,000 unique gifts in that time period and they pay for shipping and handling! There are no future obligations, the gift is the user’s when they complete the program requirements.”

Looks like the chances of the average visitor getting a prize is 1 in 27,778 ( 1,000,000,000 / 36,000 )

Maria asks…

why my laptop cannot connect to my wireless?

Other laptops at home are connected, but this one here, it connects to my home wireless when it wants to. Like right at this moment, it can see the wireless connection, but when i try to connect to it, it just wont connect. It says: windows was unable to connect to bla bla bla bla….

I have another laptop that is connected right now.

I went to device manager, and i don’t see any errors there.
what can be wrong? help please

steve answers:

There are a number of possibilities, and they would all need to be checked and eliminated…

It could be the location of the laptop that won’t connect. If that laptop is the furthest away, or there is a 2.4ghz cordless phone handset or base station between that laptop and the router, or the kitchen (with all that copper) is between the laptop and the router.

It could be the broadcast channel your router is set to (combined with the brand of wireless card in the laptop). You can try changing the settings in your router, especially if there are other routers in the area. You would pick a different channel… Something away from the most common channels of 1, 6, or 11. Interference from another source might be the issue. Along this same vein is the SSID of your router. Make sure the broadcast name of your router is something unique, rather than the default “linksys” or “default” that came with the router initially.

It could be the make and model of that laptop. For example, The Dell Inspiron 1000 and 2000 series laptops only came with one Antenna lead, even though all laptop wireless cards are designed to use a Main AND an Auxiliary antenna (two antenna) lead for the best possible reception and broadcast strengths. This meant that those model laptops would always perform poorly when compared to other laptops.

It could be your encryption/security choice. The more complex the encryption you choose, the lower the speed you will be connected to your router. If there is any interference, it might take too long for the wireless card and router to agree on a speed, and the laptop will time out on making the connection. No one is going to guess a 64 bit, 10 character WEP key, so that you would be required to have a 26 character, 128 bit WEP key… Or a WPA2 security passphrase. Using the 40 or 64 bit encryption WEP is just fine and still very secure.

Microsoft has an article that covers some of what I said… And has a few other tips you can try.

Http://www.microsoft.com/athome/setup/wirelesstips.aspx

Of Course… Make sure that laptop is infection free (Malware AND Spyware.. Not just Virus infections).

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Susan asks…

Why is Acer not considered a good laptop company?

I have heard this from every where….almost a year ago I bought the acer aspire E1-571…everyone said that I had made a huge mistake…now it’s been almost a year and the laptop is working absolutely brilliantly well..no overheating…no battery timing problems.. no nothing…no repairs…not even a single damn problem…and I have used the laptop every day more than 12 hrs since I bought it…so why do they always say that acer is not a good company…

My cousin is buying a new laptop now and he asked me which one he should buy and I said that he could buy Acer and he just said to me “You out of your mind..Acer’s crap”….Just tell me what the hell is the problem with Acerlaptops..
And for people saying it doesn’t have good graphics and processor…it has a 2.4 GHz processor and HD Graphics 4000….so it’s the perfect laptop for me…

steve answers:

In general, Acer-Gateway-Packard Bell (one company), Lenovo Essentials, Dell Inspiron, Toshiba Satellite, HP Pavilion, all can be grouped together under “generic laptops”, and then, add in almost any “cheaplaptop for whatever the price range of cheap is at a time. Today in the US, that means under $400. The better brands are Samsung, Asus, Sony, Lenovo Thinkpad and Ideapad, maybe Dell XPS, HP Elite, possibly MSI, and the Toshiba business.

Surveys from thousands of people:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2020725/apple-macbooks-lead-in-laptop-features-and-reliability.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/244419/laptop_reliability_and_satisfaction_macbooks_rule.html

MacBooks are good, but severely overpriced to the CPU, graphics, DRAM performance features, and run OSX as a unique operating system incompatible to most software, and the buyers are generally more financially well off or very tainted by trendiness. I call them cult zombies, so the survey results are not really valid. Also, they do have better reliability in the first couple of years and excellent batteries.

Acer tends to have cheap parts, and cheap parts have issues more often. In the USA and many other countries, Acer is often the best performance of CPU, DRAM, Graphics at a price point BECAUSE everything else is cheap, and their overhead as a company is very low.

Acer has minimal development work as a % of sales as can be found in annual financial reports.
They also do not have production. They buy and re-sell.

Survey example. Acer at Best Buy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=4819816966167803737&id=pcat17080&type=page&lcn=Computers+%26+Tablets&sc=abComputerSP&st=processingtime%3A%3E1900-01-01&usc=abcat0500000&cp=1&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&nrp=86&qp=cabcat0500000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cabcat0502000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~cpcmcat247400050000%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q4661737433736b75313230~~nf510%7C%7C41636572&add_to_pkg=false&pagetype=listing&gf=y

Without studying too hard, and just looking at the feedback from people that bought them as a single measure point only:
Acer: 5 stars (3), 4 star (3), 3 star (1), 2 star (4), 1 star (2) from 13 models. 3.08 avg 3 star median
Samsung: 5 stars (1), 4 star (5), 3 star (3), 2 star (2), 1 star (0) 11 models. 3.45 avg. 4 star median
Asus: 5 stars (10), 4 stars (17), 3 stars (9), 2 stars (2), 1 star (5). 43 models 3.58 avg. 4 star median
Lenovo: 5 stars (4), 4 stars (1), 3 stars (4), 2 stars (0), 1 star (1) 10 models 3.7 avg, 4 star median
HP: 5 stars (0), 4 stars (11), 3 stars (4), 2 stars (3), 1 star (1) 19 models 3.31 Avg 4 star median
Dell: only 6 units with feedback. 5 stars (2), 4 stars (2), 3 stars (2). Avg 4.0, 4 star median
Toshiba: 5 stars (1), 4 stars (9), 3 stars (4), 2 stars (1) Avg 3.67 and again 4 star median
Acer has low average rating.

For a while, they showed an i5-3210M GT 630M graphics card 500GB HDD 4GB RAM laptop for $500 at Acer.com.
Now they have:

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.267354500/parentCategoryID.60084600/

AMD A10-4600M, 6GB DDR3 memory, 750GB hard drive, HD 7660G + 7670M Dual Graphics w/ 2GB dedicated memory. For $500.

If someone says “what is the best performing laptop for $500 for gaming?”

Try to find something in a higher performance. Has gigabit ethernet and a 6 cell battery.

When looking at the feedback when you can find it, generally it is overheating, dim screen, spongy feel to the keys, weak quality of construction.
I am not saying everything is like that, or everyone gives the same feedback.
It is just a bit too common. The performance is very compelling when you don’t have the money.

I worked in the industry for 31 years, and the general sense is Acer = generic laptop.
Sometimes, they are very good. Sometimes they are very bad.
I remember reading feedback on the touch screen models. Mostly negative.

This is a general opinion plus a bit of documentation.
Here is another in .pdf from 2009 Squaretrade.com

http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_laptop_reliability_1109.pdf

Acer and Gateway and HP on bottom.
Lenovo Thinkpad is mostly business sold with service contracts and not many squaretrade warranties on those. Squaretrade info on Lenovo is skewed to the lower model lines a bit.

But, just look at the compilation here.
PCWorld annual surveys. A spot photo of Best Buy, A squaretrade study in 2009.
Take them together rather than in detail and what do you see?
Per your additional details: Agreed as I stated. Performance and features of CPU+Graphics+ram can be very good with Acer. They are not bad; just everyone else on average is better in quality.
I bought a Samsung with A8-4500M HD 7640G graphics. Feels solid. Keyboard is springy not spongy. Screen is crisp and bright. It was $400 and now $380. Better than HD 4000 graphics. Perfect for me.

Sharon asks…

Camera/Laptop compatibility?

I have a Sony Cyber-shot [3.3 mega pixels] camera and a Compaq Laptop Computer. I don’t have the version of compaq that will accept the memory card [Sony 64 MB Memory Stick]. Is there a USB cord or SOMETHING that I can purchase for a reasonable/cheap price? I have a USB cord [the one you get with an ipod], but it doesn’t fit the camera. Do they sell different sizes of USB cords? Or is the ipod USB cord just unique. If I could have an answer and a site to buy this at, I’d be eternally grateful! Any other info is apperciated. Thank you!

steve answers:

All you need is a Card Reader. Cost about $10 on sale….

Card comes out of the cam, reader plugs into USB, card plugs into reader and there you are – you get an “E:” drive with all your pictures, available in Windows Explorer.

Richard asks…

laptop battery??

I have a Dell Latitude D600. I have heard that leaving it plugged in while the battery is on full will slowly eat away at the battery life. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, how to guard against it?

steve answers:

Check this info out.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are the newest technology batteries and offer several advantages over NiMH and NiCd batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are preferred for their lighter weight and higher performance. Lithium-ion batteries are typically 20-35% lighter and will provide 10-20% better performance than a NiMH battery of equivalent mAh rating. Lithium-ion batteries are also unique in that they are not susceptible to the “memory effect”.
A new Lithium-ion battery will benefit from an initial “conditioning” of the battery. For the first 3 charge cycles, fully charge the battery overnight and allow it to fully discharge before recharging. Once conditioned, Lithium-ion batteries will perform best when charged at a rate somewhere between a conventional slow charge and a rapid charge. When rapid charging, Lithium-ion batteries require a charger designed to charge Lithium batteries. To achieve a true full charge when rapid charging, the battery needs to be slow charged the last 10-15% of its charge cycle. Most “intelligent” desktop and Lithium-battery rapid chargers provide this capability. A Lithium-ion battery may be damaged by extensive overcharging (continuously on a charger for more than 24 hours).
Easy steps to follow…print a copy~
1. New battery pack must be fully charged before use.
2. New battery pack needs to be fully charged and discharged (cycled) a few times before it can condition to full capacity.
3. Rechargeable batteries undergo self-discharging when left unused. Always store a battery pack in a fully charged stage for storage.
4. Fully drain and fully recharge your battery pack every few month.
5. Turn down the LCD brightness of your portable device.
6. Use built-in power management on your portable device.
7. Turn off LCD or other unnecessary accessories when not in use.
8. Set screen saver blank to 1 to 2 minutes of your notebook
9. Add more RAM if you have extra RAM expansion slot, it will reduce the usage of hard drive and it is power exhaustive.
10. Close unused software in your notebook.
11. Remove unused PC Cards or USB devices from your notebook.
12. Don’t watch DVD or play graphics intensive video games.
13. Don’t short circuit terminal or store your battery pack with metal parts.
14. Don’t drop or mutilate the battery pack.
15. Don’t expose to moisture or water.
16. It is normal to get warm when charging or normal use. If it is getting too hot, there may be a problem with the device and qualified personnel should check it.
Good Luck~!

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Your Questions About Netbook Hp Mini 210

Sharon asks…

Skins for HP Mini 210?

I want to get a skin for my new HP Mini 210 but I can’t find any that say they are for that model. Is there another name or model that’s skin will fit my netbook? Thanks!

steve answers:

You can go to www.skinit.com and under netbooks select HP and the model you have to select is HP Tord. It has the same 10.1″ screen as yours and the lids are the same size.

Richard asks…

the hp mini 210 vs. Acer Aspire One?

I’m really interested in buying a netbook. I like their size and how easy and portable they are. I have a “full” laptop already (with DVD/CD drive) but I would like a netbook to carry to class; it would be a lot easier than heffing around my big laptop, haha.

I’m choosing between either the HP mini 210 (specific model: 1010NR) or the Acer Aspire One. Admittedly, where i live, the Acer is cheaper in price but I don’t like the Operating System that it comes with.

Which one should I get? If you have any personal experience with them, please tell me, give suggestions, etc. I’m leaning towards the HP but I’m not sure just yet :)

Thank you!

steve answers:

The hp mini 210 is far better than HP..

Linda asks…

Should I get the HP Mini 210 or the Dell Mini 10?

I have been looking into buying a netbook but I can’t decide which one I want to buy. The netbooks I have been trying to decide between are the HP Mini and the Dell Inspiron Mini. They both have the same size screen, hard drive, and specifics I just can’t decide which one I like better. Here are the links,
HP Mini:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-10.1-160-GB-210-1018CL/13339226

Dell Inspiron:
Mini 10 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-464-1012/14648544

Please help me decide which one to get! Thanks.

steve answers:

Definitely HP. More trusted brand. The Dell has a good look though…

Mandy asks…

Is Apple iBook/Powerbook still worth it or HP Mini 210?

Hello guys,

I am currently looking for a netbook, basically for writing and other basic stuff. I have a home computer and gaming consoles for my other needs. I am an author, so I’d love to have a netbook/notebook to carry it around with me.

Now, I am an apple fan despite not having any single product of apple. I wanted to know if an Apple iBook would do just fine in my case or should I buy HP Mini 210. As I said before, I want the laptop just to write (I am an author), internet and basic video/movie stuff. Just wanted to know your opinions.

Thank you.
*rolls eyes* Give me good detailed answers with your reasons please, or don’t write at all. Thank you.
Uh…a ‘netbook‘ around 300$ please :P

steve answers:

I don’t EVER recollect a time when ANY Mac was worth it.
EDIT: You asked for them!
Reason 1: gross incompatibility with the software market. No matter what some buffoon tells you that a Mac can do anything Windows can do has NO experience in software. You can download better freeware for a PC than you can buy for a Mac.
Reason 2: Extremely over priced. You can purchase a PC for half the price and far superior hardware.
Reason 3: Incompatible with a big percentage of the hardware market. 50% of the computer hardware on the market won’t run on a Mac simply because manufacturers don’t waste time on the paltry few Macs being used today. Wait til you buy a printer only to find there are no mac drivers for it. PCs have outnumbered macs in sales by 95% for the last 18 years and still do today. The reason is SOLELY due to the fact that experienced users already know all these facts.

Now you can go spend a grand or more on a Mac, install Windows on it to make it half assed compatible, still end up with driver issues, and you’ll have a kluged up piece of crap that cost you twice as much as a comparable PC.
Your choices are keep listening to the few computer illiterate people with no experience in computing , keep watching those misleading Apple ads and get a valuable tool in a PC for half the price as that funky Mac fisher priced toy crap.
Keep in mind, for every 5 people you can find who think you’re cool because you have a Mac, there are 95 more of us laughing their asses off at your gullibility.

George asks…

What do you think of the hp mini 210?

Im looking into getting a nice and low priced netbook for school asap, and i found this one is it any good??? And will i be able to run internet explorer and microsoft word at the same time without any problems??? give me any info on it thnx =)

steve answers:

I’d go for the hp dm1z instead…

Http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Screen+size&v1=Under+12.0&series_name=dm1z_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/Under_12.0/dm1z_series

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Your Questions About Samsung Corby

Betty asks…

Is the Samsung Corby any good as an mp3 player?

I’m looking for a nice mp3 phone. I read reviews for the Samsung Corby and it looks pretty good, but I’m not so sure about it’s performance with music. For the users out there, is it any good?

steve answers:

I’d like Sony .

Steven asks…

i want to know that is samsung corby speed cdma is 3g enabled or not and which social netwirking sites it prov?

Hi, is samsung corby speed cdma 3g enabled and can i open orkut in this phone?

steve answers:

Yes u can open orkut on samsung corby speed.But samsung corby speed is not a 3G enabled phone.

Susan asks…

where can i download applications of Samsung corby pro b5310?

Where can i download applications for samsung corby pro b5310? is there a website where i can download games, dictionary, and other stuff?

steve answers:

Go to www.getjar.com(from ur computer) or m.getjar.com(from ur mobile).

U have Categories of apps and games…

Best messenger app there : Nimbuzz

Best Web App there : Opera Mini

Helen asks…

How to connect my mobile to my laptop to use internet in the laptop?My mobile is samsung corby GT-S3653?

My mobile is samsung corby GT-S3653 and does not have wi-fi and my laptop is of compaq and its model no.is cq40?Please explain every process in detail because i’m doing it first time!pls reply quickly!

steve answers:

U have to pare ur phone with ur pc via bluetooth. Make sure u have drivers on both sides. After that u simply connect ur pc with ur cell and, abble the connection and u shulda be fine.

Sandy asks…

What is a good virus guard for samsung Corby s3653?

i have the Samsung Corby wifi edition, but i can’t find a good virus guard for it. i read that KMS is the best mobile virus guard for any phone, but i can’t get it working. i can’t realize how to download it for particularly for my phone model, so if you can, PLEASE help me to download KMS for S3563. Just give me the link.

Thank you very much.
-B-
sorry, the model is S3563.

steve answers:

From what i know, the OS for the Corby is Java (J2ME) based, which means that a virus would not cause any trouble to your phone. However, if you want an anti virus, then as you said, Kaspersky Mobile Security should work….. I will bring it when i come for Class.

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