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No IDEa about hard drives

Can I add more than just four IDE devices to my PC? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Sep 11, 2005 - 11 answers

GeForce 6600 or a Radeon X700?

I have my eye on a new computer. I have the choice between including a 256Mb GeForce 6600 or a 256Mb Radeon X700. For an avid gamer, I have no idea if the latter is worth the extra £50. Is it?
posted by nthdegx on Sep 4, 2005 - 19 answers

Portable PC screen

I spend a lot of time at the computer. Sometimes, I'd like to sit in a nice comfortable sofa, and still point and click. Does anyone know of a "portable screen" that shows exactly what's on the pc screen, but wireless? A bit like a tablet PC without the PC...
posted by wibbler on Sep 1, 2005 - 8 answers

To (Pentium) D or not to D?

What's the score with Pentium Ds? If I'm buying a new desktop computer, should I make sure I have this processor?
posted by nthdegx on Aug 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Apple keys for a PC Keyboard?

Is there anyone selling keys with Apple markings for PC keyboards? (Or do I have other options?) [more inside]
posted by ontic on Aug 24, 2005 - 15 answers

What is a practical use for an extra PC built from spare parts?

I, like a lot of geeks, seem to just have a few spare motherboards and hard drives kicking around. I'd like to put these to good use, but the question is how? I'm interested in building a machine into a piece of furniture of even a wall or ceiling (renovating the basement now so timing is good for this), but I can't think of any reason to actually do this other than a digital picture frame with an LCD screen on the wall. This PC is already running without a case, so its in pieces and can stay that way. What practical (or slightly impractical) use can I get from an extra PC like this? I don't just need a simple server, already have one of those, and a client machine would be great, but I want this machine hidden if possible which makes the logistics of getting a monitor and keyboard somewhere useful a little more difficult.
posted by gfroese on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Calendaring Software

Calendaring Software? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 on Aug 23, 2005 - 9 answers

Transfer: PC to Mac

How do I transfer songs from a PC to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by benkolb on Aug 18, 2005 - 10 answers

How to build a cheap gaming PC...

I want to build a cheap gaming PC that can handle any modern game, yet not cost me a fortune. [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Aug 8, 2005 - 24 answers

MediaWiki windows server synchronisation

How can I synchronise a local wiki installation (preferably MediaWiki) with an online server installation? [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda on Aug 5, 2005 - 12 answers

More old software

Back in the '90's, I had a game for the Mac called "Mission: Thunderbolt". I heard it was moved to PC format. 1) Was it? 2) If so, where could I get it? 3) Are there any more like it?
posted by Pedagogue on Aug 1, 2005 - 4 answers

Seeking PC power supply recommendation

I am in the process of building an AMD Sempron 2400+ based file storage machine. I am seeking recommendation for how big a power supply I need. I am planning on 4 to 5 (may be 6 in future) 250GB Seagates, 2x320GB WD Sata drives, 1 DVD writer, Geforce FX 5500 video card. The $50 case has a stock 480W PSU. I am wondering if I need more juice and possibly something by a well known brand ? I recently built an Athlon box with Seasonic 430 PSU. Seems pretty quiet. Not sure if I should get another of those.
posted by flyby22 on Jul 31, 2005 - 13 answers

What motivated Bill Gates?

What motivated Bill Gates?
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 23, 2005 - 19 answers

What's wrong with my computer?

HELP! My computer is having some strange problems that look to be pretty serious! I've got a Presario running XP. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jul 14, 2005 - 5 answers

Can I print multiple documents at once?

Is there any way to select and print, say, 30 documents at a time without having to individually open each one?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 13, 2005 - 12 answers

Cool, odd, or unusual uses for a computer?

What are some of the coolest, oddest, or most unusual uses you've come up with for your personal computer?
posted by gwenzel on Jul 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Cleaning a PC

Looking for good ways to clean out a PC storage before donating. I have some old PCs that I would rather donate than trashing them. What are good procedures and tools to use to clean out disks? Should I leave the OS on ? There may be questionable and personal content lurking around that I would prefer to wipe out. etc. etc.
posted by flyby22 on Jul 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Mac Vs. PC

Mac Vs. PC I am in the market for a new Laptop and am an avid PC user. What are some pro's and con's of making the switch to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Jul 7, 2005 - 28 answers

Which DVD software package?

I like watching DVDs on my PC. What program should I use for greatest enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 7, 2005 - 10 answers

Buy a new video card or upgrade whole system?

I have a 2.53Ghz Pentium PC (Alienware), 512 MB RAM, and want to play the latest games on it with very good quality. I have a (now lowly) Radeon 9700 Pro video card. Should I bother upgrading the video card, or wait to get a new system? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Jul 5, 2005 - 20 answers

HD DVD Playback via a Computer

I'm running DVI out of my PC into HDMI on my HDTV, but I'm wondering how to playback DVD movies in 1080i... [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Jun 27, 2005 - 4 answers

PC with form factor of Mac Mini?

I'd like to buy/build a PC with the form factor of a Mac Mini. Suggestions/references?
posted by xmutex on Jun 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Circular Animation for PCs

You know those circular screens they use at concerts that always have some kind of animation projected onto them? Can I replicate that on my PC? [more inside]
posted by grateful on Jun 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Blogging 101

Getting My Own Blog, FuckWits... [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Jun 14, 2005 - 37 answers

How to get XP desktop & OSX laptop to play nice in a LAN?

I'm getting an OSX laptop Monday after the keynote, and I'm trying to figure out how to get to place nice with my XP desktop. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jun 1, 2005 - 10 answers

Recording HDTV in Windows XP

So I saw an article in MAKE magazine about recording HDTV on your Mac with an "over the air" antenna....but I've never seen a detailed run through with Hardware and Software suggestions for a windows machine.....Where can I find out about this?
posted by stevyb on May 26, 2005 - 2 answers

Burning a DVD in a PC for a Mac

My machine has a DVD writer, my girlfriend's iMac has a DVD reader. Is there a piece of software which will allow me to burn a bootable DVD in Mac format?
posted by NinjaPirate on May 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Mac to PC: I want to avoid the tiff decompressor error

Mac to PC: How do I avoid having images replaced with the error message "Quick time and a tiff decompressor are needed to view image"? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on May 16, 2005 - 6 answers

Laptop help

Looking to pick up a new laptop. Where is the best place online to find reviews of laptops to compare specs, pricing etc.? Looking for a PC OS, not an Apple one.
posted by derekislost on May 16, 2005 - 6 answers

A PC Game Involing Gangs from the Late Eighties

I have very fond memories of playing a graphically-simple game in the late eighties or possibly early nineties. It was set in the future, in a plague-ridde, post-apocalyptic America. You were a gang leader, and your job was to assemble gang members, vehicles and guns and essentially deliver America from ruin. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot on May 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Using an old Mac

I may be able to grab an old Mac from work (dumpster dive). It's a PowerPC, 266mhz, 32meg and 4gig HD. I'm not sure what the operating system is, or version number. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Wireless Printers

I need to buy a printer in a hurry. I would like a wireless printer, but I've never use one. I've also heard that you can get adapters for that will make printers wireless. Can anyone explain this to me and tell me what to look for when shopping? [more inside]
posted by pinkkitty on Apr 19, 2005 - 7 answers

Need a new monitor

My monitor is finally dying on me. I'd like to spend up to $300 max for a decent flat screen monitor. I do some graphic work in Photoshop and play some video games on my PC. Any recommendations for that price (less would be preferable). Any advice on where to buy? Is Ebay ok?
posted by derekislost on Apr 11, 2005 - 9 answers

Stella-type modeling app for PC?

Years ago, I had occasion to use a very cool, interactive, drag-and-drop, graphical modeling application for Macs called 'Stella.' It was good for non-coders, like myself, to model systems and learn about their interactions and regulatory mechanisms. Does Stella still exist? Is there a similar application for Windows PCs?
posted by kittyoneil on Apr 3, 2005 - 4 answers

Are Macs really more reliable than PCs?

I'm looking for a laptop and leaning heavily towards a powerbook. In my research, I have been looking for a comparing the overall reliability of PC versus Mac. Does anyone know of any studies that have been done comparing the two? Personal feedback is also welcome.
posted by renyoj on Apr 1, 2005 - 20 answers

Fast file transfer between a mac and PC on a network?

I've got a mac and a PC sharing the same desk, both on a 802.11g network, but file transfer between the two is atrociously slow, like only a couple hundred kb/sec. Is there any way to transfer lots of data quickly between the two (like several Mb/sec)? A crossover ethernet cable between the two? USB? Firewire?
posted by mathowie on Mar 31, 2005 - 12 answers

Looking for a better sound scheme for my PC

Ever since I've had a PC I've either had to endure the MS Sound scheme or some amatuer wavs that were horrific. What I'm looking for are pleasant sounds that say like, when you have a critical error, you hear a chorus vocal by Enya instead of "DING!" [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Mar 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Taking screenshots of video?

Anyone know of the best way to take screenshots of video on a PC? I notice that DVDs and mpegs and avis all seem to do a weird matte screen thing where video is projected "above" the video player on your screen, so all screengrabs are blank. There must be a hack to get a simple grab every now and then off this sort of video. Anyone ever figure this out?
posted by mathowie on Mar 21, 2005 - 8 answers

Electronic music production tools?

ClickCutCrunchFilter. I'm an amateur musician who wants to start producing electronic music on my PC. [more inside]
posted by gentle on Mar 20, 2005 - 19 answers

PC needs to read Mac documents

I need a free and solid document reader. I have a PC, the documents I need to read are from a mac. Any suggestions?
posted by pwally on Mar 19, 2005 - 6 answers

Computer Software for Recording

I'm looking to record on my PC ( I have adequate Hardware) some music using guitars, bass, vocals, and some other instruments. I need suggestions for a good software program to use (money is not a problem) for the basic recording/tracking and a good program to create drum tracks from scratch. Please see extended explanation for more details. [more inside]
posted by derekislost on Mar 18, 2005 - 11 answers

Can a Mac and PC ever learn to live together?

I just bought a new PC and would like to set it up so I can wirelessly share a cable internet connection with an older mac. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Mar 16, 2005 - 5 answers

Modern-day Consumer Reports?

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...
posted by rwhe on Mar 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Material to teach Introduction to Computers

I'll be teaching a smart, almost completely computer-illiterate person the basics of navigating a PC. Does anyone know of good material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by quiet on Mar 3, 2005 - 17 answers

CD RW Drive failure

I know they are throw away items these days, but I have a pretty new CDRW drive that just ejects the CD as soon as it closes....is there a way to repair this or should I just order a new one?
posted by keep it tight on Feb 23, 2005 - 5 answers

What's the latest in anti-malware for the PC?

I've been called upon to immunize a friend's PC against all sorts of malware (after re-installing the OS and apps to recover from the current infestation). Since I moved completely to Mac a while ago, I've lost touch with the current state of PC health. I intend to install NAV, AdAware, Spybot S&D, and SpywareBlaster, as well as the latest Win2k patches. I'll push Firefox, too. What else should I do to protect my friend's PC? What's the latest in anti-malware?
posted by jdroth on Feb 22, 2005 - 14 answers

PC Headset for many uses

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?
posted by selfnoise on Feb 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Can you ID this PC puzzle game?

Yet another PC game question. Help me find a puzzle game that I really do not have a lot of information about, but hopefully something will tweak someone's memory. [+] [more inside]
posted by purephase on Feb 12, 2005 - 6 answers

What do you suggest for a defragger for Windows?

In this thread, people mention a few times that the Windows disk defragger is horrible and can have negative long-term effects on hard drives. What suggestions do you guys have for a defragger to use instead? Preferably freeware...
posted by swank6 on Feb 10, 2005 - 14 answers

Will my old Canon printer work with Win XP?

Printer filter/ I'm downsizing to travel cross country and would like to use an old Canon bubble jet (BJ10ex) with my new Dell laptop running XP. Does anyone know if this won't work? I have to wait for a USB Parallel converter cable to arrive to test it. Are there other compatibility problems I need to know about?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Feb 3, 2005 - 3 answers

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