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My friend accidentally fried my Macbook. What is her responsibility?

I'm in grad school. My friend/classmate accidentally knocked over her water bottle on Wednesday and drenched my MacBook Air (which was on the classroom table about three feet away), killing at least the motherboard (per the repair shop where I took it) and possibly other things as well. It will cost at least $520 to repair; I'm out of AppleCare coverage because I got my computer a bit over a year ago. I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Mar 9, 2014 - 89 answers

Unplugged PC Motherboard in a Hurry, Now in Trouble...

I finally broke down and bought a new CPU fan for my PC, which had sounded like a monster truck filled with ball-bearings playing the drums. Things are much quieter now, but in my rush to get it installed I had to take out my motherboard completely and now can't figure out how to put the connections back! Help! [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jan 6, 2014 - 6 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Crooked mobo ports

Three ports on my computer's motherboard are crooked. Is this easily fixable? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Oct 8, 2013 - 4 answers

USB plugin soundcardish thingie

Has anyone ever tried one of the USB plug-in things sold as "soundcards"? Last night's lightning storm ate my motherboard sound ports and I have no alternative. [more inside]
posted by jfuller on Oct 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Best Value PC for My Needs

Spec me a processor for a machine running VMs. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Sep 11, 2013 - 5 answers

RAID-0 HD Replacement After Laptop Repair?

What do I need to know about my RAID-0 configured hard drives before removing them to send my laptop away for repair? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 23, 2013 - 5 answers

The DVI Port on my Gigabyte Motherboard no longer seems to work.

The DVI Port on my Gigabyte Motherboard no longer seems to work. I need the DVI port as I am running a Hackintosh and Apples are not compatible with VGA. What are some of my options and what is your diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Something wrong with the wife's computer. But what?

So, my wife's computer stopped booting the other day. Nothing happening on the monitor, hard drive whirrs away in a repetitive pattern for as long as we want to let it go. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Apr 3, 2013 - 2 answers

SOS: broken computer

What computer tower do I need to buy to fit my new motherboard? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Dec 8, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the screeching?

Computer/Electronic/AudiophileFilter: I just finished my first build of a computer. When I plug in my computer's onboard sound into my receiver through the standard 3.5mm audio jack and output to two KRK monitors and a sub, I get screeching/scrambling from the speakers that drives me nuts. It basically sounds like I can hear my processor. This doesn't happen with headphones. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by jwmollman on May 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Is this a big deal?

I replaced my graphics card and power supply and nothing blew up! Hurray! I mistakenly loosened one of the screws on the fan to my heat-sink and now there's a distinct rattling coming from it. Boo! How big of a deal is this, and what's the best way to fix it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Fried motherboard frying psu's?

Is my motherboard fried, and frying power supplies? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Aug 26, 2011 - 13 answers

cheap computer parts

Computer Hardware Filter- where to find older, cheap computer parts... [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

No display due to motherboard?

Do I really have to replace the motherboard? My computer is showing no display and I think I've ruled out everything except the motherboard. Changing that is obviously expensive and time-consuming, so please tell me if I'm missing anything! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply?

Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Mini-ITX HTPC Motherboard with Analog (Composite or S-Video) Output

Looking for a mini-ITX motherboard for an HTPC that supports analog video out (s-video or composite/y-rca) or I need a cheap way to convert HDMI or DVI to one of those analog video formats. [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Apr 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Cool My Jets

I have a system with a Microstar K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard. It's got an NForce4 Ultra chip on it. This has a fan on top of it which has become annoyingly noisy (and so I'm worried it's going to fail altogether) . What can I use as a replacement ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Feb 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Why would one of my RAM bays be okay with a 512MB stick but not a 2GB?

I got some new RAM for my Macbook, but it's causing some really weird freezing issues. [more inside]
posted by jenmess on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Start, ya bastard!

Sometimes my PC turns on, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes it turns itself off with no rhyme or reason. Why, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Jan 15, 2011 - 28 answers

Installing a Motherboard

No stand-off/riser screws came with my new PC case. Can I install the Motherboard without them? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Jan 7, 2011 - 13 answers

USB Header -> Port solution?

I need to turn a USB Header on motherboard into an *internal* USB port. No cables. Someone's GOT to have made one of these... but I can't find it. Help, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jul 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find a good AM3 mainboard

I'm looking for the best AM3 motherboard out there quality wise under 200 USD. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld on Mar 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Buying the cheapest available motherboard was an awesome idea

Reassure me that this is a motherboard issue (or correct me if it isn't) before I buy a new one. [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on Jan 31, 2010 - 14 answers

Replacement Motherboard for one that crapped out.

What motherboard can I find that will replace an MSI K9VGM-V? [more inside]
posted by saxamo on Nov 20, 2009 - 2 answers

What caused my drive to die?

What happened that suddenly caused my harddrive to not be recognized by BIOS? [more inside]
posted by comradestu on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Replace Thinkpad motherboard or just buy a new one?

Spilled a drink on my Lenovo Thinkpad. Now it won't boot. Looks like I've damaged the motherboard. I've never done any computer repairs before. Will I be able to replace the motherboard myself? And if so, should I? [more inside]
posted by Kronoss on Nov 10, 2009 - 12 answers

The mother of all boards

Help me pick out a motherboard for a Core i7 Processor! [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Aug 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Maybe I should have bought a Dell....

You guys helped me figure out what computer parts to buy. Now I've got the parts, tried putting it together, and it's been a disaster. Please help me figure this out... [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Jul 22, 2009 - 22 answers

More difficult than buying a Wii.

I'm in the middle of grabbing all the parts to build a new PC for myself. I have pretty much all the components, but I can't figure out which kind of memory I need to go with an Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz) and ASUS P5Q-E. I've looked at both Intel's and Asus's websites, and of course the Google to no avail. Details on what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Jun 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Will this dual-xeon motherboard boot with a single CPU?

Will a dual-1366 (Nehalem, Xeon 5xxx) motherboard work with a single CPU? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on May 18, 2009 - 4 answers

How to get my motherboard to recognize all 6GB of RAM

New Asus P6T motherboard only showing 4GB of RAM in BIOS when I have 6 installed. :( [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Mar 14, 2009 - 7 answers

ohshitohshitohshitohshit

Why won't my computer post? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 13, 2009 - 12 answers

Video causes my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) to restart after watching fro 30-45 minutes, motherboard or video card dying?

HP laptop video card issues filter: Video problem with my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) - artifacts appear then increase while watching Hulu, after 30-45 minutes the computer freezes then restarts. Pausing the video then letting the computer sleep for a couple minutes resolves the issue for another 20 minutes of video watching, then it repeats ... bad integrated video? Bad VRAM? Evil monkey? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Dec 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Need new motherboard for an emachine

Should we replace the motherboard and processor or buy a new computer? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Don't you die on me!

My beloved Thinkpad T60 has died in my arms. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Oct 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Can I upgrade my ram to 2GB?

Can I upgrade my ram to 2GB? [more inside]
posted by twelve on Oct 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Can you get my (once decent) PC working again....

Can you help me get my PC back in working order? [more inside]
posted by RufusW on Oct 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Beep beeeeep bang!

Please help me put a friends PC together. Right now I'm getting error codes. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Aug 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me break into my own computer's BIOS

How do I reset the BIOS administrator password on an ex-IBM NetVista motherboard? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

What's this here motherboard slot?

It's been a while since I've needed to know anything about the innards of a PC, but I just got a new one (new to me, anyway) at work and my dual-head AGP video card won't work with this machine. Good news is that I get to buy a new video card, the bad news is that I have no idea what to shop for in terms of interface. So, without further ado, can you tell me anything about the long black slot with the blue retaining clip pictured here, as well as the small slot below it? Many thanks, MeFis!
posted by DandyRandy on Jul 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Which of these computer components is faulty?

I bought a new motherboard and a new video card, and now my computer beeps and won't boot to Windows. Which one is to blame? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Pimp my HTPC?

Mobo Filter: Help me find the perfect motherboard (and possibly PSU) for my HTPC. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on May 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Com ports. Endangered Species?

Looking for a *new* motherboard with more than one serial port onboard. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on Apr 28, 2008 - 8 answers

HP Laptop died 2 months out of warranty

A few lights blink, but no-one's a home. No bios, no whirring, no help from the retailer (PC World UK, and no I didn't go there, this question is for a friend)... [more inside]
posted by criticalbill on Mar 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Need for speed

I want my computer to work exactly the same, but faster. I can't add any more RAM. Motherboard/CPU upgrade? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Mar 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Need MB, CPU, RAM.

Best bang for $300 total: Motherboard, CPU and Memory. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Nov 4, 2007 - 17 answers

BIOS won't flash :(

I am not able to flash my BIOS on my gigabyte K8NF-9 motherboard using current @BIOS utility. Why do I keep getting write errors? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

My stuff works in my CMOS, but not in Windows. WTF?

I just installed a new motherboard (and various other things). Yay! The problem is, my keyboard worked fine when I was mucking around in my CMOS, but nothing plugged into any of my USB or ps/2 ports works in Windows. Argh! [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Oct 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Laptop motherboards that can boot from USB

Can you name any laptop motherboards (brands, models, etc.) capable of booting from a USB flash drive? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud on Oct 3, 2007 - 11 answers

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