I'm comfortable with computers, but far from an expert. But other people see my comfort and presume that I'm a total pro and ask that I take a look at their PC, because "its running too slow". What FREE bit of software would you recommend to optimize a person's Windows 7 PC so runs a bit faster or smoother? These users all use the Microsoft Suite and Firefox. Is there FREE software on the PC that deletes old caches or files or something similar?
My PC has been overheating. I cleaned it out as best I could, and it ran better for a while, but still overheats and crashes when playing a taxing game. I've taken to opening the case and pointing a small fan into the case, against all the advice I've read, but it works. What's a long term solution? [more inside]
I'm interested in the Dell Inspirion 15 5000 Series, but I'm not sure if Dell is worth the time. Chiefly, I need a good laptop for university, photography editing, blogging, writing essays, youtube, reddit, playing chess, downloading pdf files, computer programming, and possibly Minecraft. [more inside]
Friday night the hard drive my Steam and Origin games were installed on died the death of the dreaded click. All is fixed, except for the Windows 10 uninstall programs menu. [more inside]
What are the best ways not to get myself buying a PC in a hurry? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a good game that runs on a pc and does not require an internet connection for game play? [more inside]
My dad is 70 and wants to play some super easy casual games on PC, iOS, PS4, and possibly Wii or Wii U. Recommendations? [more inside]
I'm using Amazon Streaming for the first time, and it crashes my Windows 7 PC. Whats up? [more inside]
Two computer games from the early days (1983-84ish) of home computing are both lost and unrequited to me. Hive mind, I have but two dimmish memories as clues: a character like Vitruvian Man (PC) and a map showing game tracks as two bear prints (Apple). [more inside]
Been out of console or PC gaming for years, but the pending release of Overwatch has me excited about getting back in! What platform do I want? [more inside]
My colleague is based in Kenya and has badly torn up his shoulder. We are looking for solution for him to work on the computer. He has an iPhone and uses a PC. The Dragon app is only for US and Canada. Can you recommend a solution he can try before he buys that will be available to him in his location? This is rather urgent. Thank you.
I'm looking for a PC game I can relax while playing, with low level investment in terms of attention/focus. [more inside]
I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
I'm about to transition to a new Windows PC and of course need to migrate numerous apps and data from old to new. Having done this many times, I have a process but it's time consuming and involves lots of re-installs and updating appdata and all that happy stuff. [more inside]
I want to join the modern world and upgrade from my Windows XP laptop to a reasonably priced Windows 10 desktop. Seems like most everything you can get in the $500 range will be plenty fast enough and have plenty of storage for the basic tasks I do. Only feature I know I'll want to add is ability to drive a 4K monitor down the road. Wondering how to be sure that'll be possible and whether there is anything else I don't know I need?
I got a SSD for Christmas and finally got around to installing it a couple weeks ago. My computer seems to run great, but now certain games that used to run fine crash my computer completely. Details inside. [more inside]
My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
I'm running Linux Mint and I have the this notification icon showing (the one in centre, left of WiFi icon). Can anyone tell me what it means and how to remove it? [more inside]
For several months now the media players on my PC "skip" when playing music. At first I thought it was just WMP but it's happened on iTunes and JRiver Media Jukebox as well. This PC is a Dell, about three years old, and replacing it just isn't going to happen this year. I've reinstalled audio drivers, even reinstalled Windows 10. All to no avail. [more inside]
It is possible to clone a hard drive from a failing computer, put that disk image on a drive in a NEW computer, and expect the installed software to just work? [more inside]
Recently I totaled my car and lost all my favorite CDs that were stored in the disc changer. I never ripped any of the albums to a computer so no digital copies exist, but I do have all the original cases and booklets. Is it possible to legally download digital copies to replace what I've already purchased?
I'm in the market for a new laptop and want to buy one that will last. I'm OS flexible (PC or Mac) but want something that will last 5 years min. [more inside]
Please can you help me spec out a PC? I have a Silverstone Mini-ITX case that I would like to re-use, with a 450W power supply. I'd like 32-64GB memory and a decent processor (although the case doesn't have room for much in the way of a cooling fan). The board must have whatever PCI slot is necessary for a (small) Nvidia graphics board (which is for both display and GPU programming). [more inside]
I played it in 1998-1999, using my PC with a 3DFX card. The character was controlled from a first-person perspective in 3D, and the game was very immersive - you were walking around a planet, with grass and water. There were bunny-like animals that wandered up to you; you could kill them (though that wasn’t the point of the game). That’s just about all I can recall. Any ideas, guys?
I'm worried I've done something deeply stupid and potentially made my PC vulnerable. Full details below the fold. [more inside]
Recommendations for a super-cheap, portable PC that can run Rhino (3D modeling graphics software)? [more inside]
Best security software for my new Windows 10 laptop? Any other advice to ensure my computer's life gets off to a good start? [more inside]
Has anyone heard of or owned a vintage Polaroid printer that printed directly from a computer onto standard Polaroid stuff (not sure if 600 or SX-70). I'm trying to locate one for maybe experimenting with Impossible stock. Unfortunately, in the years since, Polaroid has made a ton of newer printers for smartphones etc and it's very hard to find with just the vague memory of when it came out. Any help would be appreciated.
I remember going to someone's house for regular sessions of this very long game about a quest for something that had to do with aliens, spaceships and weird planets. The defining thing about the game was that your Windows PC computer kept track of what was going on, even though you spent a lot of time reading passages the computer assigned you to read, from cards or a book. So it had this hybrid aspect reminiscent of VCR games.
Too much of what I read on the internet makes me angry and upset. This is bleeding into my reactions in real life as well. How can I develop a mental filter and learn to take things less personally? I don't want to just avoid reading about certain topics and becoming less informed overall as a result. [more inside]
This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
Hi all, I have a Lenovo 'PC on a stick'. It runs windows 10 and I would like to use my iPad as a primary display for it using the Duet app on iOS but it seems like in order to connect you have to go in and activate Duet on the PC first - which is a sort of catch 22 because I need a display in order to do that. Any ideas on how I could make Duet 'activate' as soon as the PC boots up and connect to the app on my ipad?
My PC is getting old. Help me decide on a cost-effective upgrade that will improve my gaming experience. [more inside]
I want to play Skyrim on my TV as cheaply and efficiently as possible... Deets inside [more inside]
Other than using itunes. It's so complicated. I remember there were a few programs out there where you could just usb the ipad to pc, check what you want and do the transfer seamlessly. [more inside]
How can I make my p2toHDMI bit work with my computer monitor? [more inside]
I've recently become intrigued by the thought of applying the same cloud services that run the likes of twitter and facebook to my measly gaming needs. Think Amazon Web Services, but with GPUs. A company buys and maintains an array of high quality GPUs, then rents them out to anyone looking for some sweet graphical computing power. [more inside]
I have an Amazon basics PC keyboard and am having difficulty take screen selections. [more inside]
My mom is using my 2006 Core Duo iMac and all is well except that, of course, it's a 32-bit CPU that can't run new versions of MacOS and is no longer receiving security updates. Chrome frequently blocks Flash and it's generally annoying her. It's time for a new machine (probably). [more inside]
It was a RPG game on PC, around 1989. Futuristic, dystopic. I’m quite sure the main character was called ‘Mike’ something, a grizzled fella. There were several scenes in smoky bars. That’s all I have to go on, in the absence of some epiphany. Any ideas guys?
Hi MeFi, I have a PC I bought in 2012 and it has served me well for past years, however, it skips/lags when it comes to 1080p/4k video. I am looking to upgrade to a better card but unsure what factors I have to consider before upgrading. I mostly do video editing + motion media. The machine is as follows: Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) CPU: AMD FX-8150 (Zambezi 32nm Technology) Motherboard: Gigabyte 2AC8 Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7570 2gb RAM: 16gb Is there a site that will let me figure out which GFX card(s) my machine is upgradable to? Thanks in advance!
So, I am finally giving up my last personal connection to Microsoft, my home PC running Windows 7 Home Premium, and switching to a really gorgeous iMac. Everything else in my life -- phone, tablet, watch, and laptop -- are already Apple. What preparations should I engage in while waiting for the new iMac to be delivered? And what do you recommend for smoothly getting my data (photos, documents, Quicken file, etc.) from my PC to my new Mac? And is there anything else you would advise I do as I make the transition? Many thanks.
Is it worth asking for a discount on an item which dropped in price whilst shipping (and after the charge was made to my card) [more inside]
Inspired by this post, I'd like to dip back into gaming. Please recommend me some recent games outside the AAA mold, and advise what hardware I need to play them. [more inside]
What is the best way to upgrade my PC for the next few years? [more inside]
I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
Hi MeFi, I am looking for someone or a shop that does custom PC builds. I do a lot of multimedia production (video editing, motion media/rendering, audio production, etc) and I would love to give my money to a smaller shop/person versus going through Dell/HP/etc. I will gladly buy all the parts I need, I just need someone with experience to assemble it all. I heard APC Integrated in Boston is pretty good but they can get pretty booked. Any other spots? Thanks in advance!
I play a lot of PC action games, but I'm kind of bored of the same old junk. I'd like to play a relaxed, slow-paced strategy game. [more inside]