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Does this tech wizard exist in SF?

All of my laptops inevitably, inexorably slow down noticeably, way before they should. I know this happens with all computers. I am reasonably tech-savvy. But my current ThinkPad slowed down in the first three months. I want someone to take my laptop, figure out what's making it slow (software and/or hardware), and fix it all. I just want my computer to not be slow. Does such a person exist in SF? Who are they, where can I find them, and how much do they charge?
posted by Ragini on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

New Laptop Needed – Alternatives to Windows 8

I’m in need of a new laptop, and I get the impression I ought to avoid Windows 8. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Aug 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Surely backpack technology has progressed alongside the laptop?

I'm looking for a men's backpack or messenger bag that exists at some magic intersection of lightweight and strong/durable. This is for daily commuting, often by foot, in New York City. My flashy new devices are impossibly light, and I'm looking for a bag that won't add unnecessary bulk when I carry some or all of them with me. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

What is going on with my laptop screen?

In the past few days I've notice blue vertical lines on my monitor, only in white areas. What is going on? Is it a graphics card issue? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for a New 17" Laptop Suggestion

Looking for a laptop as a desktop replacement. Main requirement is that it needs to have a number pad on the keyboard. Looking for something high powered. [more inside]
posted by banished on May 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Laptop Blues.

Yet another laptop question. I only need a laptop for surfing the web, downloading, watching DVDs and streaming Netflix for around $500. Unfortunately, I don't know much about laptops. I do know that I want a terabyte hard drive and I don't care about touch screen. I found this and this both from Toshiba, both very similar. Will I be happy with either of them? Will Windows 8.1 piss me off? I am also open to other suggestions.
posted by MaryDellamorte on May 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Help choosing a budget laptop for international work?

I need a new laptop but have no idea where to begin. Reading reviews at CNET and PC Mag only confuses me more. I would really appreciate help from the MeFi community! [more inside]
posted by philotes on Apr 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Calling all cable experts

Tomorrow I'm hosting a presentation where the speaker would like to hook up a laptop to two decent-sized external speakers. All that's lacking is a cable. I'm hoping to run out to the electronics store tomorrow morning to buy a cable (or two?) to do this, but am completely baffled as to what to get. I plan to call the store in the morning, but simply because I am nervous about the presentation and would like to sleep peacefully tonight, can anyone here recommend exactly what kind of cables I should get? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Help with finding an inexpensive laptop

I need a laptop for travel for about 3-4 weeks a year, and up to this point I have always had an old one I can tote around, I recently bought a series of older macbooks through craigslist that did the job for a little while, but both, for various reasons are no longer working and can't be fixed without a lot of cost. I am hesitant to try for another craiglist computer, because of my recent experiences, but I also don't want to lay out the money for a new macbook because of how infrequently it will be used, it just seems, well, wasteful both monetarily and also letting a new computer collect dust. It needs to be able to run Adobe CS 5 or 6, it can either be a mac or pc, though ideally a mac. If no other options present themselves, I would most likely look at Apple refurbished. But are there any other sources that I am overlooking?
posted by nanook on Feb 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Buying a computer in the U.S.

I live in an EU country and will be visiting the States soon. I also need a new laptop (I'm a Mac user). Given the favorable exchange rate, does it make sense to buy it while I'm there? What kind of hardware or other issues will I face (charger, keyboard, etc.), and is it worth the hassle?
posted by Paris Elk on Feb 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Ideas for my new laptop?

I am in the market for a new laptop but am so far out of the loop that I'd like your tips on what's even possible these days, please! [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jan 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Devil Computer, Stop Updating Yourself

This morning I was working on my computer, and stopped to take a break for lunch. I left my computer on--it generally goes to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. When I returned from lunch, my computer had unexpectedly shut down and had to be rebooted. Once it restarted, I noticed that it had updated several programs that have been prompting me for updates, like iTunes and Firefox. (I had purposefully not been updating them.) My computer requires permission from me to update programs like this, and it has never updated programs without that permission. Any thoughts as to what might have happened this time? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Jan 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Thin, light, and 1080p laptop

I'd like a thin and light 1080p laptop. It does not need to be powerful, but it does need to be cheap. I'd like to spend about $300, but it must be under $500. The perfect machine would be something like a chromebook, but with a higher res screen than the ones I'm aware of. The resolution requirement trumps the thin and light requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Would a Chromebook be right for us?

Between my wife and I, I'm the "computer guy," while she basically uses her computer to write, engage in social media, and update a couple of blogs with all that this entails (light photo editing, etc.). We have to replace her aging Dell laptop. Would a Chromebook be a good option? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jan 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Samsung NC20 Laptop Slow, Malware--Should I just reinstall Windows?

I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

My eight year old is dying! (Laptop that is..)

My eight year old laptop is about ready to bite the dust. For the last year and a half it has had permanent residence on my desk as it cannot function if it is not plugged in. The screen must be at the correct angle or it completely cuts out. It struggles to download documents and music. She has been good to me, but it is time to begin thinking about purchasing a new computer. Problem is, I’m fairly out of touch with the market now. Here are my needs with regards to a laptop. You tell me what I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by Driven on Oct 28, 2013 - 15 answers

How are these tricked out Thinkpads selling so cheaply on Ebay?

I'm thinking of getting a Lenovo Thinkpad x230 to replace my aging laptop and noticed that Ebay had sellers with seemingly good ratings offering machines with higher specs than you can get in the Lenovo store for much cheaper. Is this too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Oct 18, 2013 - 7 answers

More than one tab would be just great

Laptop freezing semi-regularly with internet use, need suggestions. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

I don't know about processors, but I know what I want?

I will need a new laptop soon, and the one thing I can't stand is lagging programs. So I know what to look for, explain processors to me like I'm a small child. I know enough to know that I don't know what I'm doing. For example, I know that the ability to not jitter, lag, and occasionally freeze isn't down to one factor, but is (I think?) a combination of RAM, processor speed, and some other things. Cores, maybe? Info on my current problems and what I need inside... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Aug 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Computer-fixer-type-people in Philadelphia? Halp?

PhillyPhilter: I need the services of folks in Philadelphia who might be able to fix or at least diagnose a busted laptop on short notice. Seemingly randomly, my high-end Clevo-style PC laptop started to show random visual artifacts when in Windows... and then even when booting up the BIOS... and then freezing horribly. I have no idea what is going on, and I have two academic manuscripts that are coming up to being due. However onerous, I could go to the university library to work on this, as I have all of my work backed up. Unfortunately, I have the misfortune that I am going to be traveling out of my area starting this weekend, for almost a full week. So I need help fast if at all possible, and I would prefer not to mail this damn thing to Michigan where it came from if I can avoid it. Where can I turn to in Philadelphia for this kind of PC laptop fixing service?
posted by Keter on Aug 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Recommend a laptop for a grad student who knows nothing

I finished my first year of grad school, passed my comps (so they're not getting rid of me!), and spent the summer using a computer lab to work on campus. I'm sick of it and want to buy a laptop but haven't bought one in awhile and I'm not sure what to get or the best way to go about it, so I thought I'd beg y'all for advice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dismas on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Dell Vostro 1400: Battery not being recognized. Possible culprits?

Is it even possible to replace the component that will allow my battery to be recognized again? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jun 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Trading a desktop for a laptop

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Laptop overheated, now connectivity problems

My laptop overheated, I took it to get cleaned, now it's having Internet connectivity issues. I think the repair place may be at fault. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on May 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Which laptop to buy for a college freshman?

My brother is starting college in a few weeks and needs a new laptop. His only requirement is that it run Windows 8. My requirements are that it is under $800 and can withstand manhandling by an 18-year-old. I'm leaning towards a Dell because of their perceived good reputation - is this accurate? Any recommendations for Dell models or other brands? Bonus: he will click every suspicious link, download any fool thing, and therefore infects computers with viruses instantly. What can I do to prevent this? His favorite line is "Norton anti-virus IS a virus!"
posted by tatiana wishbone on May 16, 2013 - 34 answers

Does your laptop resemble the laptop I'm trying to buy?

I'm looking to buy a laptop that meets a few simple requirements. Does this describe your machine?
  1. Customizable before purchase -- it's essential to me that the factory install e.g. the SSD and the CPU that I specify
  2. 17" screen
  3. Trackpad is responsive, ergonomic, satisfying to use
  4. "Home", "End", "PgDn", "PgUp" and "Delete" keys are all clustered together, not strung out in a row
  5. High-end
  6. Not made by HP
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posted by foursentences on May 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Picky girl looking for a new laptop.

These are the things I want in the laptop.... [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 on Apr 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me choose a laptop quickly (Student UK)

So I stupidly dropped my laptop and whilst the data on it was thankfully recoverable (teach me to back up more often!), the machine itself is done for. I'm more technologically minded than a lot of my friends but it isn't really my area and I always take forever to investigate and weigh up the options, but I really need to order it quickly since I go back to university next week! So please, some recommendations or pointers to help me make a quick and sensible choice. (Some basic personal requirements/details below.) [more inside]
posted by an opinicus on Apr 13, 2013 - 3 answers

ThinkPad Edge or faster cheap laptop?

Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Computer recovery after reset to original settings

Computer froze up, only letting me access the recovery manager. Burned 6 recovery disks, then reset to original factory settings. Reinstalled the recovery disks, the program said it was successful, but the files are nowhere to be found. What next? [more inside]
posted by dorey_oh on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Need help with technology in China (and Japan).

I leave for a two week stay in China (Beijing), on Friday. I would like to take a laptop with me. I have heard however, that there is a significant risk of becoming infected with malware or spyware. Is this true? I will not have the laptop on me at all times. [more inside]
posted by oddman on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Backup software copying entire contents of laptop *twice*!

I backed up the contents of my ASUS UL50VT laptop in 2011 to my Seagate external hard drive using their Memeo software. In 2012, I connected the Seagate again and ran a second backup, and it created a separate folder where it stored all the new files I'd gained since the previous time. So far, so good. Now when I try to back it up again, it has started from scratch--duplicating the entire contents of my 450 GB laptop to a third folder. I'm gonna use up all my hard drive space this way, stat. Any way to make it back up only the new files again, like it did before?
posted by manzanita on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Laptop was stolen, what should I do?

My Macbook Air was stolen this afternoon, with my gmail accounts open in browser windows. I logged out of all locations and changed passwords, requested a new credit card, and am planning to open new bank accounts (because I'd downloaded bank statements on a couple of occasions). What else should I do? Is there anything I can do remotely to track or wipe the computer if I (stupidly) hadn't installed anything to do that? What should I do to protect my work computer from the same fate? Thank you for your help!
posted by three_red_balloons on Feb 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Broken Laptop Screen

I recently broke the screen on my laptop and I need to get it fixed. What are some good computer repair places in Baltimore?
posted by josher71 on Oct 31, 2012 - 2 answers

A Laptop To Study Monkeys By

I am looking for a relatively rugged laptop (or tablet?) that I can use for data entry, word processing, internet browsing, and music playing while in the US, and then use for data entry, arcGIS, and music playing while in the rain forest in West Africa. It would be wonderful if it was less than $700. I do not want a Mac. What should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Stupid computer! Bad computer!

My new laptop has the world's most annoying feature: for about 30 seconds after (resuming from hibernate/opening the lid/mysteriously just happens), a popup will appear in the center of the screen announciing: " Power Save > Increased Performance" This stupid popup cannot be moved or dismissed. I have no idea where it comes from, or how to alter it. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 3, 2012 - 4 answers

What laptop or tablet has everything I want?

Help me work out the best laptop/tablet to take away from home! [more inside]
posted by missix on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me buy a computer for commuting!

I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me keep a connection for ten seconds!

TechSupportFilter: Internet connection drops out after five seconds regardless of whether I'm connected via wireless or ethernet [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 28, 2012 - 7 answers

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

What do I need?

I'm buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to watch a lot of live-streaming on the web on it. So which is more important for that, RAM or CPU speed? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 answers

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