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Does my computer have a simple illness?

PC has gone down. Does this sound like a common problem? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 10, 2010 - 7 answers

my mac needs to play nice with the new kids in september

i have some questions about going back to school with my mac. [more inside]
posted by janepanic on Jul 31, 2010 - 26 answers

Project Management software that Just Works?

I have tried a big number of PM software packages: OpenGoo, OpenAtrium, ProjectPier, Merlin, OpenProj, Project.net, Basecamp and have never found anything that had all the features I really need and that was easy to work with. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Windows 7 login required. WTF?

My Windows 7 (64bit) PC crashed and now wants me to login. However, I have never set up a user account. What the heck do I do now? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me help my IT guy help me, please.

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to VPN to my company's network. The IT guy is not being forthcoming, declaiming all knowledge of Macs. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 12, 2010 - 21 answers

Help make my PC to Mac personal finance software quick and painless!

What is the best way to move years of financial data from AceMoney on Windows to anything on OSX and not screw it all up? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 on Jun 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Insomniac Laptop?

My friend just got a new laptop, and every time she attempts to shut it down, within a few seconds it turns itself back on. Halp? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Jun 27, 2010 - 14 answers

Total e-clips.

Is there any good free-ware video editing software? [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Jun 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Moving Apple Mail emails to Microsoft Outlook

How do I move my emails FROM Apple's Mail program TO Microsoft Outlook on a PC? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Jun 17, 2010 - 7 answers

What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC?

What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Jun 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Can't Connect my PC Laptop to Airport Extreme network.

Can't connect to Airport Extreme with my PC. The Macs in the house have no trouble. [more inside]
posted by goatdog on May 31, 2010 - 4 answers

Airvideo for MacBook Pro?

What's the best way to replicate the Airvideo app on a MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by newfers on May 30, 2010 - 12 answers

iTunes headaches!

iTunes/Networking Filter: Cannot see a shared library that resides on my Windows XP desktop on iTunes on my Windows 7 laptop... [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on May 30, 2010 - 1 answer

Anyone switching back?

Why do Macbooks cost so much more than Windows notebooks? Now that Microsoft has gotten it right with Windows 7, is the Macbook still worth it? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on May 27, 2010 - 61 answers

Need help creating a media center PC setup

Need some advice on creating the ultimate media center PC setup [more inside]
posted by deeman on May 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does my Windows partition hate the Internet?

The Windows partition of my PC is no longer able to connect to my home network. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Electric Dragon on May 25, 2010 - 5 answers

I need to find some new PCs for the small business I work for.

I need to find some new PCs for the small business I work for. [more inside]
posted by unreason on May 18, 2010 - 10 answers

*&^*!@* Sound Problems Again!

Does anyone remember a downloadable bios patch to fix sound problems on an HP Pavillion PC? I need it! [more inside]
posted by Eicats on May 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me build my perfect home media machine.

Help me build my perfect home media machine. It must play blu-ray discs, browse the web, and stream HD video from internet sources. I have no interest in video games, and little interest in cable TV. Is this something I can buy? If this is something I must build myself, what kind of computing muscle will I need? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on May 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Why is the System process spiking to 50-100% of the CPU?

The "System" process on my work PC is intermittently causing the CPU utilization to spike to 50-100%, freezing the computer for a few seconds each time. Why, and is it fixable? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Overclocking my PC makes games run too fast!

When I overclock my CPU, modern games run a little too fast. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on May 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Which Windows laptop is semi-equivalent to this Mac?

My girlfriend is looking for a laptop. She's used to a Mac (desktop) and we've determined that the MacBook Pro 15-inch with 2.4 ghz Intel Core i5 processor (she's a photographer, so needs a decent amount of power). We're pretty sure she'd be happy with that, but we're trying to figure out how much we'd save by going Windows. Of course, trying to figure out an equivalent Windows to a Mac is a bit baffling (to me, anyway), so...I turn to the fine people of Askmetistan. What's a good comparable?
posted by The Dutchman on Apr 22, 2010 - 34 answers

Is there a good and easy freeware program for Flash slideshows?

Looking for freeware software to create Flash slideshows with audio options. Does such a thing exist and if so, where? Thanks.
posted by watercarrier on Apr 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How to listen to music from PC to home theater while utilizing sub woofer?

How can I listen to music from my PC on a home theater while utilizing my sub woofer? I have my PC in a different room, hooked up with an optical cable to my home theater receiver. When I play music from iTunes on my PC, the sound only comes out of my main floor speakers and not my sub woofer. Is this possible with regular music tracks? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Trying to remember the name of this company

About 5 years back there was an online PC retailer who had this fantastic looking website with all these super-powered liquid-cooled PCs. But when people went to order them, they didn't have any to sell. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Apr 13, 2010 - 2 answers

PC laptop rental in Hogtown?

I need to rent a couple of laptops (PC, not Mac) for a month in Toronto to teach a class. Who do I call to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Apr 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Unconventional uses for a netbook?

Unconventional uses for a netbook? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me build a new PC

I've decided to buy a new PC, mostly because I want to upgrade before the next WoW expansion. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Apr 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Make computer run faster

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]
posted by desjardins on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Reusing salvaged PC fans for the connector-challenged

Firstly, I apologize for asking about computer cooling, as I'm sure there are tons of questions about it, but my problem is with the specifics. The fans in my gaming computer have been running much more lately, probably due to the warmer weather making my room quite hot. (My current fans are adequate, the computer's never been above 128f, they're just loud and high-pitched) I salvaged 2 fans from older Dell desktops, but I'm pretty clueless about the many types of connectors involved. It looks like I'll be buying a fan controller, but first I need to know what connectors it needs to have. In addition, I want to make sure that the added fans won't be too much for my power supply In short, can you please give me advice on the best way to cool my computer, preferably with the fans I already have? [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Apr 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Good overall book on the PC?

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]
posted by gadha on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

What goes in a good PC these days?

Building a computer: help me put together a shopping list. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Mar 31, 2010 - 10 answers

Windows 7 desktop gizmo reveals annoying escalating RAM demands.

Windows 7 paranoia: the desktop CPU/RAM clock doohickey is now the central preoccupation of my life. But I'd like to know why does my RAM usage continually creep upwards? [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Broom, broom, Eeeeeeee!

Can you recommend me a GTA or Gran Tourismo-esque game... for the PC? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Mar 25, 2010 - 17 answers

How to access advanced BIOS settings on an Asus notebook?

Some time ago I was able to access hidden BIOS settings on my M50Vm Asus notebook and change memory settings for my video card. Now I need to change them back but have no idea how to access it again. I know that there is some magic key combination (and it's not ctrl+F1) but Google seems useless. [more inside]
posted by przepla on Mar 24, 2010 - 2 answers

I'm a Mac and I need PC help

How to transfer video from a Mac and burn on a Blu-Ray PC? [more inside]
posted by bach on Mar 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Because macaroni and glitter might not end well.

Please help me make my new computer case a little more snazzy. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Mar 22, 2010 - 5 answers

New PC. No preloaded software.

I want to buy a new PC. Do you recommend any manufacturers that: 1. Do not preload ANY software except the OS (except maybe MSOFFICE). 2. Allow you to add second and third drives in the machine itself. I've bought a lot of machines from mom and pop shops in the past - but want something with a guarantee now. [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt on Mar 12, 2010 - 17 answers

New Desktop for gaming etc. - Do I go for ATI or wait for Nvidia?

My new computer comes with a pretty weak videocard for gaming. It also has a limited 475 watt power supply. I've not owned a desktop in 7 years but have noticed the nvidia/ati rivalry is stronger than ever. Which card should i choose for under $300? [more inside]
posted by phylum sinter on Feb 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Helping a friend remotely

What remote access software (pref. free) should I use for occasional tech support for non-techie clients? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz on Feb 26, 2010 - 15 answers

Change-resistant PC Question of the Week

How do I make my 23" LCD monitor act like a 17-18" one? [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Feb 22, 2010 - 14 answers

How much PC security will I really need?

I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by woot on Feb 13, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I connect a USB header device?

How do I hook up an internal card reader with USB header connection, when I don't have a USB header connection on my motherboard? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Stream dreams

Do I want a wireless bridge? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Feb 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Is my website virussed?

I have a personal Wordpress website/blog ('www.timpollard.com') but the other day got an email from someone I know telling me that my site appeared to have a virus on it (a redirection to one of those appalling 'buy our virus killer' sites). I checked myself and couldn't see an issue but today, using a different PC if I typed the URL diredtly I could go there straight away but if I Google-searched 'timpollard' and then clicked in the 'timpollard.com link it displayed the message 'This site has been reported unsafe' as it was trying to access an entirely different site: 'antivirus-wizard-a1.c*m'. Help, what's happening - and how can I fix it, please?
posted by timpollard on Feb 3, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I remove a virus when I can't get online?

Help! I have a virus and I don't know how to fix it when I can't even surf the web! [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Feb 1, 2010 - 31 answers

Temporary Internet Turnoff Software for PC?

I found a free application called Freedom whereby one can disable one's internet access for up to eight hours, unless one re-boots. But it is exclusively for the Mac, and I run PC's. I can't find a version or a similar app for my Windows Vista-equipped PC. Does anyone know of such program? [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Feb 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Mac file to PC file conversion help?

Is there a way to open .pages (iWorks) files in Word 2007 which doesn't involve going back to the original sender to get them to export the file? [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jan 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Building a low-power dumb terminal

Suggestions for hardware for a low-power dumb terminal? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Jan 26, 2010 - 13 answers

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