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Unbelievable Double Mac OS disaster(TM)

Not one but two Macs refuse to boot, getting stuck on the grey Apple logo screen. What can I do and what could have possibly caused this?? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 9, 2014 - 7 answers

My computer got hit by a truck. Sorta.

Yesterday my PC repeatedly failed to update Windows. My attempts to get things back on track went catastrophically wrong. I have a backup system and am now putting my system back together. What *should* I have done? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jun 13, 2014 - 4 answers

External HD crashed, what next?

External HD crashed, what next? What do do before sending it to a recovery service? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on May 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Text mangled in Final Draft - is that the Final Answer

A non-geeky friend just called me asking if I had any knowledge of Final Draft - to which the answer is "minimally" - and asked for help, which I was unable to provide, in recovering or repairing a file. I am now wondering if there is something I didn't think of... [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Apr 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Make Facebook stop annoying me!

Typing anything in a Facebook entry box (search bar, status update, comment field) that causes a list of possible things I might want to link (friend's name, company, page I've "liked") to come up freezes Firefox. Completely. Except not every time, and not consistently. Help! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Apr 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Word on Mac can't handle feedback

Mac Word 2011 (most recent version, 14.3.9) running on most recent version of Mavericks on late 2013 15" retina MacBook Pro crashes whenever opening a document that contains comments or change tracking. A complete uninstall and reinstall of Office did not fix the problem. What gives?
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

How to deal with the Adderall/Vyvanse crash?

I am currently on 40 mg of Vyvanse. I usually take it around 7 AM, and by 2 PM I am already starting to crash. By 5 PM I am basically braindead. I had a similar problem with Adderall XR. For people who have had similar problems: Has increasing the dose helped you at all? Did you supplement with a booster? Or was another medication (or quitting) the answer? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 24, 2014 - 8 answers

I choo-choose you! To be the train car most likely to let me live!

In two of this year's notable high-speed train derailments--Compostella in Spain in July and the New York Metro North crash on Sunday--the train driver survived, but many of the passengers and crew, who were presumably in cars further back from the engine car, did not. Is there any data from any safety board (NTSB or similar in other countries) that suggests any particular train cars are more safe than others in the event of a derailment? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Out of Memory Nightmare

My PC has about 1.5TB of HD memory, and about 75% of it is free. And 2GB more of RAM was recently installed, increasing total RAM to about 6GB. But I am discovering that has little effect on why a program would display an out of memory message. I access the program, which is a website builder, from my desktop. Each time the program crashes, I find changes to work most recently done. And now, I am afraid to continue working on one of the saved versions because of the possibility of more crashes. I tried the Microsoft Fix It for OOM errors, but it didn't seem to help. And I've been exchanging messages with Serif, but the answers haven't been as helpful as I've hoped. Why is this happening and what, if anything, can I do to find out what is stealing the memory and stop it?
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Taking action about a dangerous road/intersection

Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

New games are crashing my computer

My computer started crashing to a black screen a few minutes into any new game. I just got payday 2, and 4-5 minutes into the introductory map my computer would crash to a black screen, I thought it was the game, so then I tried the other new game I just gotten, Saints Row IV, same thing, it let me play for like 10 minutes then the same crash to black screen. [more inside]
posted by Iax on Sep 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Is my data written to a TrueCrypt volume only when it's dismounted?

I'm very interested in TrueCrypt, and am experimenting with moving some of my files (especially stuff I keep in my Dropbox) into TrueCrypt containers. But there's one possible scenario that concerns me, and about which I can't find any solid information -- not on TrueCrypt's site, not via Google, and not here on the green: What happens to my newly generated data if my computer crashes before the TrueCrypt volume I'm working in is dismounted? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

What's causing Word and Facebook to break at the same time?

When I'm working, I often have Word 2010 document open and Facebook open in a Chrome browser tab. Every so often, I'll try to close a Word doc and it'll hang with "not responding". Simultaneously, I'm unable to do anything in Facebook - can't scroll, click, etc. Every other Chrome tab works fine, every other Windows application works fine. I can close the FB tab, but the Word doc is still stuck. Restarting Chrome and Word doesn't do anything. Task Manager doesn't show any unusual activity or processes running. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jun 27, 2013 - 10 answers

The incredible spontaneously crashing graphics drivers

A buddy of mine has been having some utterly bizarre issues with his upgraded build: Gaming consistently causes his video card to crash. This problem is not present in any other use case—other GPU-intensive tasks such as BTC mining does not trigger instability. Isolating and stress-testing individual components fails to identify the culprit. Card itself continues to run fine in the old motherboard/CPU setup. Rolling back drivers, undervolting, etc. makes no difference. Help? [more inside]
posted by pinsomniac on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Crashed my car, should I fix or just get a new one?

I've been on a cross country road trip for over 35 days, originally departing from Los Angeles. While driving back home, I got caught in a rain/thunderstorm in Louisiana and rear-ended the car in front of me. I only have liability insurance, so the other party is taken care of but I have to take care of my own busted car. I'm wondering if it's worth getting it fixed up or just getting a new car once I get back home. [more inside]
posted by xtine on Jan 11, 2013 - 14 answers

My apps refuse to stay open!

I just bought a new iPad 4 in Japan (along with a logitech keyboard case), and I frikkin love it! It unfortunately, however, tends to crash at the most inopportune times - I do not want this to turn into a dealbreaker. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jan 2, 2013 - 9 answers

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt?

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 20, 2012 - 12 answers

How best to restore Macbook Air (OSX Lion) from backup?

What is the best way for me to restore my Macbook Air to full functionality, given that the it won't boot due to a corrupted file? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Jul 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Computer is now a spacecase.

My MacBook is acting weeeeird. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Tiresias on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

I Destroyed Firefox. Profile is deleted & It No Longer Works.

While on Firefox (12.0) for my Mac (OS 10.5.8) I hit a mail link which caused my Firefox window to open rapidly window on window ad infinitum. It locked up my mac and I couldn't even get to Firefox Preferences/Tools etc without multiple windows opening on top. I force- quit. I restarted and this did not help. I uninstalled an reinstalled and this did not help. It hit about midnight and stupid and tired, I deleted my entire profile....The whole blasted thing in a rash moment. So unlike available articles on Mozilla for retrieving missing/lost/messed with profiles mine is simply bye-bye by my own hand. I emailed Mozilla and got these instructions: "Try to delete the profiles.ini file *http://kb.mozillazine.org/profiles.ini_file *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox" I don't have the ini file in the locations specified nor elsewhere. This link did not seem to help, either. I tried entering a terminal command for Firefox (cannot find page for that now) and no luck. If I click on Firefox, it says "Firefox is already open, only one copy can be in use." (Nothing else is open and I even restarted the computer a few times.) Any ideas? I like Firefox the best and would like to use it. And yes, I was an idiot to delete things so will take appropriate lashings.
posted by snap_dragon on May 13, 2012 - 17 answers

InPageCoFire error, and Windows Explorer crashes. Am I hooped?

My W7 laptop has an InPageCoFire error, and Windows Explorer crashes. Am I hooped? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Mar 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Win7 home-built HTPC shuts down without an error message, why?

My home-made HTPC running Windows 7 shuts down without warning, first after prolonged use playing HD (720) videos with VLC. Then it stopped twenty minutes into an episode, and switching to Media Player Classic seemed to be the answer. Then the computer shut down after about 20 minutes of simply being idle. And there's never a "sudden shutdown" error message when I reboot. How do I diagnose this, or what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Computer sleep issues?

Why is my Windows 7 laptop crashing when I close the lid? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

No, really, there is no disk.

I have a new Macbook running Lion- 15", 2.2 Ghz i7, with 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB SSD. It's fancy, and crazy-fast. Except for the constant crashes. Any idea as to why it might be thinking I am improperly ejecting disks when there is no disk attached? [more inside]
posted by rockindata on Jan 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Microsoft Word 2002 crashing when opening specific documents

Microsoft Word 2002, running on Windows XP, has started crashing when opening particular documents, but not others. Any troubleshooting advice? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong on Nov 30, 2011 - 5 answers

FUS RO D'OH!

Help me understand how Skyrim crashing on one PC causes other PCs on my network to hiccup. [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Nov 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Graphics card seems fried after a few weeks of working fine

I installed a new video card and power supply in a new desktop computer, but the machine had problems (restarting occasionally for no obvious reason over a few weeks) and now the card seems dead. I need help figuring out what has gone wrong! [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Nov 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Flash crashes when I start it

Flash CS5 crashes during startup- any idea how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Nov 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Who nearly crashed himself & his son & wrote about it?

Who wrote about a change in perspective due to a near-miss in a private airplane he was piloting? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Nov 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Goofy-proof iPhone 4/4s cases!

Which one of these iPhone 4 cases will resist my goofiness better? Or other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Oct 10, 2011 - 24 answers

MacBook Air. Now with a drive no one else interfaces with.

MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

A HD is probably an important part...

Computer appears to be dead. Before I go and replace it, is there anything else I can do to try and bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 9, 2011 - 13 answers

I miss you, Firefox.

Firefox fail. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Broke my collar now what?

I think I just broke my clavicle. What's the cheapest way in NYC to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Freshly reinstalled Sony Vegas won't open the video edits I produced with it before

I recently had to reinstall Windows (XP) on my PC to kill some malware. Subsequently, I reinstalled Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9, which I've been using for the last couple of years on this machine. Today I went to open one of my video edits for the first time... but Vegas chokes on it. Can you help me figure out why? Error log after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Aug 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Boom boom crash crash without the hassle

Where can I play drums without annoying people? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

The Quicken and the dead...

QuickenFilter: Laptop died. Now what? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

MacBook, heal thyself. Reinstalling MacOS on a recent MacBook

I need to reinstall Mac OS X on my 2011 MacBook Pro urgently, but my install disc is unreadable. Previous versions of MacOS won't install on this laptop, as it requires a more recent build. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Jul 4, 2011 - 11 answers

I promise to only buy from Dell after this

I have a PC issue that is making me crazy! [more inside]
posted by rtimmel on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

My PC is running slow. So I went to ProcessLibrary.com to check the programs running in task manager. I've also got Malwarebytes and AVG Anti-Virus running. But these programs aren't impenetrable. Consequently, I've learned there are many legitimate programs that have double identities. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 27, 2011 - 14 answers

What's with the crashing?

I have a new Nvidia GPU, and now games keep freezing on me! [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jun 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Why is YouTube crashing Chrome and my computer?

I have some sort of video driver issues affecting Chrome on two different machines (2 different makers) using an i3 chipset. Any ideas how I can fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

How to back up the information from the Notes app on an iPhone 3GS that crashed?

How to back up the information from the Notes app on an iPhone 3GS that crashed? [more inside]
posted by wooh on May 30, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I get back behind the wheel?

How do I get back on the road after a car crash? [more inside]
posted by becomingly on May 21, 2011 - 11 answers

gra[r] part two

Why does JGR crash when I try to make crosstabs in [R]? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on May 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Why Is Facebook Crashing My Computer?

My Windows Explorer has recently begun to crash whenever I get a Facebook email. Any idea why this is happening and how I can fix it?
posted by Mickelstiff on Apr 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Flash Crash

Why does my Flash Crash? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Apr 2, 2011 - 9 answers

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