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]
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]
My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
What are some good, reliable, up-to-date websites that discuss buying and building a budget gaming PC? [more inside]
Getting a gaming rig -- advice? [more inside]
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]
Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
I need the cheapest, lowest possible power consumption solution for a GlusterFS test cluster. MeFi PC hardware experts, can you hope me? [more inside]
My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system? [more inside]
Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to get my old files off of an old Hard-disk. Old PC is XP newer PC is Vista. I removed the Hardisk from the OLD computer. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE cable. When I plug in the Hard-disk via USB, I hear the confirmation tone that you hear everytime you plug in a USB. I see a "ST340082 0AS SCSI Disk Device" in the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the tray. but I do not see the Drive. I can't really afford an External Hard drive. But I will eventually if I have to. Cna anyone help me please.
I broke my PC's motherboard :( Please help me pick a replacement and guide me through the installation process... [more inside]
I'm in the market for a new laptop. Should I get a PC or Mac? What specs are important for me to look at when making a decision? [more inside]
So I'm installing a new Seagate 500GB SATA HDD in my PC, when I notice, for the first time somehow, a jumper that limits the drive to 1.5 GB/s. What's that all about? [more inside]
Please help me put a friends PC together. Right now I'm getting error codes. [more inside]
How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
I want my computer to work exactly the same, but faster. I can't add any more RAM. Motherboard/CPU upgrade? [more inside]
I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
My computer seems to be restarting when there's a lot of activity going on - i.e. heavy downloading, many apps, etc. Please help! [more inside]
Vista disk space filter: What's eating 190 GB on my computer? [more inside]
What is the cheapest PC video card available that supports Pixel Shader. [more inside]
Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
Yet another PC upgrade advice question. [more inside]
Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect" [more inside]
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe. 2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
COMBINING Hard Drives. Roommate has fast, great computer. I have slow, antiquated one with (among other upgraded parts I've procured) a fast new hard drive (personally installed). Want to install my current drive in her current machine so that all roommates can use one system and still keep my files/ preferences. [more inside]
I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
sata controller question for Dell 8300. [more inside]
My desktop PC, which has been working happily for a year, has suddenly refused to boot - I get prompted to insert boot media. The two SATA hard drives aren't detected in the BIOS (as they used to be). What should I do to work out the problem and fix it? [more inside]
I recently purchased a new Dell Dimension 9150, I plan to wipe the Dell partition and install a fresh copy of XP Pro (I already have a full copy). Any problems/hiccups I should know about before I destroy the Dell partition?
Please help with Windows XP PC with screen resolution issues. [more inside]
Where do you go for product reviews and comparisons? I recently bought a bunch of audio and PC hardware with mixed results. Consumer Reports is outdated, Epinions reviews are quite thin on the ground, and Amazon is trying to sell you everything. Google? Ha! Thousands of links to people with little "stores" fronting for Amazon...
I would like to buy a voice chat headset for my Windows-2000 based computer to use in UT2004/other games and also with Skype. I would like a quality piece but I don't want to pay a lot of money. Suggestions?
[PCHardwareFilter] Inspired by the recent MacMini, I've been looking at Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs. (This isn't a question about the mac, I use a powerbook, but run an IT Division). What companies make SFF PCs that are good, reliable, and suprisingly decent little beasts. I'd love to hear reviews and accolades. I know of Shuttle... What else is there?
I'm in the market for a new computer, and wanted suggestions on a good website to go through to buy a custom built one. I'm looking for a site that is cheap but has all the latest technology to choose from and will assemble the system for me (no Pricewatch). Google turns out lots of different sites, but I wanted to ask MeFites about their personal experiences.
Let's say you had a wooden box you wanted to turn into a PC case. Where would you buy a metal 5.25" bay assembly? I'm talking about a U-shaped piece of flat metal that will screw onto the wood box wherein a couple of drives can be mounted. There's just way too much noise in Google on this one. Thanks!
PC hardware problem: I recently had my power supply replaced and now the computer now only reads half the RAM it actually has plugged into it... [more inside]
I have a old PC. I want to buy a big new (non-boot, second) hard drive. Will I have problems? [more inside] [more inside]
Computer hardware: As part of her Christmas present, I want to buy my wife a video card for her PC (she's a serious geek). What's a good one? [more] [more inside]