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Driving game for 360 or pc where you can drive around aimlessly?

Anyone have a recommendation for a driving videogame with a mode where you can just drive around aimlessly? No objectives, checkpoints, cops, chases, races, don't have to kill anyone or anything, etc. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jun 11, 2011 - 22 answers

New Computer?

I want to buy a PC. I want it to play video games. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 10, 2011 - 16 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

If I read one more pointless post about Atlus' "Catherine" or somebody's controller mod....

Looking for an RSS feed of just the right amount of video game news. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 3, 2011 - 17 answers

What's in your virtual toolbox?

System/network/desktop admins, what tools and utilities do you keep in your virtual toolbox? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jun 1, 2011 - 16 answers

Once you go Mac, you never go back? (Re: external HD use)

I have a Western Digital Elements 1 TB External Hard Drive. I uploaded files onto it from a Mac, and want to put those files onto my PC. Problem is, my PC doesn't recognize my hard drive now when I plug it in, and instead asks me to reformat the whole drive (which I previously had to do on the Mac). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on May 27, 2011 - 15 answers

PC exergames

Are there any PC exercise games besides Yourself!Fitness? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Keep the remote connection from disconnecting

How do I keep my remote connection open if I'm away from my computer? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on May 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Any chance of my Mac/PC keyboard shortcuts coexisting peacefully?

Can I change the way my mac uses modifier keys to navigate through text? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on May 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Gift-wrapped hard drive in the UK

Is there an online store in the UK where I can order a gift-wrapped hard drive? [more inside]
posted by open sourceress on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Fax from my computer?

I need to send a fax. Is it possible to do it from my computer? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on May 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Streaks on the machine

PC Screen Cleaning: What's the best way to clean a PC monitor? Tried water, scared of windex, changed the cloth type -- still have wipe marks and dust. Home readies or commercials solutions with type of cloth to use appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1 on Apr 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Whyfore you play your fiddle, Nero? Burn my Blu-rays!

What's the best Blu-ray burning software out there? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi on Apr 30, 2011 - 4 answers

connect pv-gs120 without firewire

Can a Panasonic PV-GS120 be used for streaming video without a firewire port? Plus more questions! [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Apr 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Ach I'm an idiot

After 10 years of being blasé about downloading dodgy stuff from wherever I pleased, I've just messed up my computer in a single mouse click. It won't start up now, even in safe mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Apr 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Cheap rig for Skyrim

Sub-$700 Skyrim computer? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Apr 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How to access other drive's contents on startup in Ubuntu?

How to access other drive's contents on startup in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Apr 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Apple Remote without the Apple

iTunesFilter: I used to own an iPhone, and used Remote to control iTunes at home. I have both Macs and PCs at home, and would like to use both to be able to control iTunes playback on another machine (old system dedicated to stereo in kitchen/living room) remotely. I'd prefer not to use Remote Desktop. [more inside]
posted by smitt on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

How to stay up to date on PC parts after a hiatus?

How does MeFi stay up to date with PC Tech? [more inside]
posted by BurN_ on Mar 23, 2011 - 13 answers

How to get a PC to output surround sound to a receiver

Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
posted by xdvesper on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

How to diagnose a new video card problem.

I am having problems with a new video card. I'm wondering if it's the card, the system board or some other part of the whole system. I would like to figure this out in time to send the card back to Newegg. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

I have the source code for my app... how do I compile it without access to a Mac?

I have the source code for my app... how do I compile it without access to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Mar 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Mac vs. PC

Mac vs. PC! (Laptops) [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog on Mar 13, 2011 - 27 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Webcam Karaoke

I would like to display Karaoke lyrics over a live webcam feed. This means I might need a skype (or equivalent) plugin that plays the music & lyrics, or find some karaoke software with the ability to display lyrics over a transparent background. (That is, to have windowless karaoke display, and run the webcam feed behind it. ) All the software (I can find) to play .CDG (karaoke lyric standard) files forces them to be played with an image background, or over a video file. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Is there a sticky note app that will source and display a txt file?

Is there a no-frills sticky note app that will simply display a txt file? Preferably for both mac and PC? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Mar 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Who put the BWOMP in the BOP-boo-FZZZZT-eee-BWAAAWAWAW?

I'm trying to pull old Ensoniq SQ-80 sequencer files from ancient floppies, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Migrating from XP to Vista... the hard way.

My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Will the "iPad 2 3G" works with other carriers other than AT&T or Verizon?

Will the "iPad 2 3G" works with other carriers other than AT&T or Verizon?
posted by omaralarifi on Mar 2, 2011 - 11 answers

FUCKING WINDOWS 98!!

What could possibly be going on with my new (to me) Windows 7 desktop? Windows seemingly installs fine, then eventually (most recently after the first reboot), it hangs at a black screen. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Mar 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Enable Ableton for me

[AbletonLiveFilter]Is the fact that many of my samples/wavs/VST plugins are on an external hard drive the reason that Live is quitting on me? [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Feb 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I put a SIM card in my PC?

Is it possible to make/receive calls and send/receive texts using my PC, rather than my phone? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy on Feb 16, 2011 - 5 answers

The Switch Back

ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Feb 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me choose my next keyboard

Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Feb 3, 2011 - 7 answers

What do you use to design an Apple?

I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
posted by FauxScot on Feb 2, 2011 - 11 answers

2 devices, 1 headset.

Is there any sort of headset I can get that I can use both with my PC and my 360? Bonus for wireless setups. [more inside]
posted by deezil on Feb 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Catalog application(files,folders & media)

Catalog application: I'm looking for a lite or open source app, to Catalog all files,folders & media on my PC & Mac ,that can be saved in pdf. I can search , store on my PCs and Macs,so that when I create a backup volume, I can know what is on it. I have tried a few lite and open source apps, but dislike ones I tried ( PixDiskat 1.08 ,Media Catalog Studio Lite 5.9, MediaMonkey because it conflicts with itunes)
posted by pcmactech on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me write a short piece of copy for my website explaining photo calibration.

Help me write a short piece of copy for my website explaining photo calibration. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Feb 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Maxtors and Macs

How can I read a Maxtor OneTouch drive on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jan 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Start it up, shut it down, but on a schedule

What's the best and most reasonably priced software (or free method), on both the Mac and PC platforms, for scheduling computer startup and shutdown, along with application startup and shutdown. Different software for each platform is fine. Being able to control this from an iPhone would be great too. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 27, 2011 - 6 answers

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people?

is there a mobile call encryption solution for absolutely untechnical people? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2011 - 10 answers

What printer should I buy?

Help me find a printer that fits my needs. I don't really know a thing about printers. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jan 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Can you identify this 80s-era CRPG?

Please help me identify a computer game I played in 1986. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Is it possible to designate RAM for only "write" purposes?

If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there a PC laptop that I will enjoy using as much as my Mac?

Is there a high end PC laptop that I will enjoy as much as my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me fix my computer, please

What's wrong with my computer? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Jan 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find the best available solar bag.

What is the best solar-powered laptop bag available? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Why can't everything be easy?

For my mother: a totally unexciting Windows tech question! Mysterious error code, and PC won't boot fully after updating antivirus software. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Getting a video card from Ottawa to California

I'm near Ottawa, Ontario; I need to ship a defective video card to California. What way gives me the best combination of low cost/speed/reliability? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Jan 4, 2011 - 2 answers

What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011?

What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011? I just purchased a new Dell PC, and I'd like to set it up with a good anti-virus and firewall program. The general consensus seems to be that McAfee and Norton are bloated, resource-hoggy, and ineffective. Google turns up plenty of free programs, but credible, CURRENT reviews are hard to find. Many of the big programs offer "security centers" - huge programs that combine anti-virus, firewall, malware removers, and phishing protection. Some of this seems necessary, others not-so-much. Also, Win 7 has a firewall built-in; since I'm not remotely a security expert - I have no idea if this is sufficient, or I need a 3rd party app on top (or instead of it). So, what's a conscientious but non-expert Windows user to do? (I know, I know - get a Mac. Which I've done - I LOVE my iMac. But I ALSO need a PC for work...)
posted by stuehler on Jan 3, 2011 - 22 answers

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