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BIOS not detecting laptop SSD, but Windows XP installer does?

After a hard drive failed me, I tried replacing with an SSD, but neither BIOS nor Ubuntu from a USB could detect it. But for some reason, an XP installation USB could detect it, but said it was corrupt. Any ideas on what to try next? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Apr 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Chrome if you want to

I'm about to retire a laptop computer from daily active service; thinking about going Chrome or pseudo-Chrome. [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jul 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I clone an XP drive and install that on a Windows 7 system?

I have two laptops, an old XP machine with a dying power supply, and a new Windows 7 machine that could easily store the old XP harddrive. Can I clone the XP drive and make a dual boot system on the Windows 7 machine?
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Old PC as an HTPC and File + Game Server... Help Me Make It Happen!

I have an old computer I'm thinking of turning into a home theatre PC, as well as a dedicated FTP and multiplayer game server. Can it be done, and what do I need? Tech specs and more detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jan 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Is Win XP Blackmailing Win 7?

Does the Google Chrome browser act that much differently between Windows XP Pro (32-bit) and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit? Less vagueness inside... [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Feb 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Computer Keyboard Misbehaving

My laptop spontaneously decides to treat every keypress as a character different from what I actually press. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 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

WinXP: Browsing the home dir in a HDD pulled from a different PC

In WinXP, why is it that the file browser within Nero9 is able to view the home dir of a disk pulled from a different WinXP PC, but Windows Explorer isn't able to? [more inside]
posted by gluino on May 31, 2011 - 2 answers

To your scattered machines, go

Help me coordinate my digital ecosystems [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Apr 12, 2011 - 4 answers

I need emo music. But I don't have any.

Posted for a friend: iTunes went apeshit, drive has been emptied of music. WTH? [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 26, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the easiest way to transfer files off of a corrupted Windows XP install?

What's the easiest way to transfer files off of a corrupted Windows XP install? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Feb 22, 2011 - 11 answers

vision quest

Help me understand the vicissitudes of connecting my laptop via VGA to a TV. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jan 22, 2011 - 7 answers

I hope I can read the popup reminder...

How can I tell Windows XP to make a beep, chirp or show a popup reminder every 10 minutes as long as I am logged on to my computer (and the screen is not locked)? I would like to save my eyes before I go blind. [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection?

[interwubsfilter] How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Sep 25, 2010 - 3 answers

UBUNTU! no, seriously.

i've given up on windows, and i'm enthusiastic about not dealing with its security issues ever again. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Sep 9, 2010 - 22 answers

Metafilter, am I thwarted?

[Win7 Filter] I think I seriously screwed up my boot partitions and need some help with multiple HD / OS box. [more inside]
posted by BZArcher on Jul 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Multi users on one system and Access

I posted a previous question about fixing permissions on an Access/PostGreSQL d/b I use at work. Now what I'm attempting to do is enable using Access with multiple users on the same machine. [more inside]
posted by diode on Apr 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Wireless LAN driver XP WE250

I am looking for a WinXP driver for a wireless lan PCMCIA card. I have searched via google, but alas to no avail. The card has "11M Wireless LAN Card PCMCIA" on the front and The Part number is WE250-IF. One site suggested that it was either a BroMax or a KingsMax card, but I still couldn't find a driver and both companies seem to have vanished. Any suggestions greatly appreciated - Cheers Dren
posted by Dren on Apr 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Is there a way to display USEFUL info instead of "Running Shutdown Scripts"?

Is there a way to display USEFUL info instead of "Running Shutdown Scripts" on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Why is Windows XP freezing and refusing to shut down?

Windows XP freezes, audio has disappeared and returned, system hangs on shutdown...my PC has suddenly taken a turn for the worse, and nothing I've tried seems to be helping. So...help? [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Dec 12, 2009 - 8 answers

ThinkPad T42 wireless connection problem

Windows XP Home network connection issues. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

Where's the XP Installer's Undo?

A Windows 2000 hard disk got clobbered by the XP installer and is "unallocated". What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Wide Screen, Narrow Resolution

I have a computer running Windows XP and I just connected it to my TV via VGA cables. The TV reports its maximum resolution as 1024x768, which Windows will happily provide, however my TV is 16:9. This results in an over-wide picture. I would like to have Windows use this 1024x768 resolution, but tell it to use non-square pixels, or something similar to bring everything back to the correct shapes.
posted by Xoder on May 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Where to find updated info on (graphic design) hardware?

How should I keep up-to-date on hardware for graphic design? I'm not a graphic designer by trade, but I would like my personal (WinXP) computer to be suitable for hobby-work graphics. More details and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Computer Virus

My girlfriend's Thinkpad T23 is infected with a virus. [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Mar 29, 2009 - 10 answers

[WinXP] How can I create a separate user account that is completely separate from the main admin account?

[WinXP] How can I create a separate user account that is completely separate from the main admin account? I.e. doesnt share the same programs, settings, etc [more inside]
posted by Jimmeh on Mar 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Reinstalling WinXP hosed my drive letters...

WTF? I thought I knew what I was doing! I reinstalled WinXP on C:\ and it screwed up all my drive letters and made a secondary partition into a system partition. Help me get it back to normal! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Jan 10, 2009 - 7 answers

SP3 networking woes!

So I went against my better judgment and installed SP3 on one of my XP Pro machines. I figured it was safe by now but, as luck would have it, I am now unable to see that computer on the network. Help! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Need to compare registry before and after an install and end up with a merge-able regfile

I need to scan an XP registry BEFORE an installation, then rescan the registry AFTER the installation, and end up with a merge-able reg file that I can then apply to multiple computers via AD or startup script. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Who is 14F1? What is device 2720?

My PCI Simple Communications Controller has bitten the dust. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 12, 2008 - 4 answers

How to fix Windows iTunes HD video?

How do I make iTunes on Windows XP stop stuttering? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 18, 2008 - 10 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

One version of Windows isn't enough, I need three!

Will Windows 98 and XP run and dual boot (or, treble boot, I suppose,) with my new Vista running computer? [more inside]
posted by Snyder on Jun 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Rude taskbar

winXP filter: Taskbar takes focus away from applications; Setting 'dont steal focus' in powertoys has not helped; What tools can I use to help me find out why/what is doing this? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Jun 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me clear up some conflicting info.

Two quick computer hardware questions before I try setting up a new drive. [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas une marionnette de chaussette on Apr 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Why is the Archive command missing from Outlook's File menu?

Why is the Archive command missing from Outlook's File menu? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Apr 6, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I change the location of my WinXP application data?

How can I move application data to another drive? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Mar 15, 2008 - 3 answers

How to hide mouse cursor.

Is there a free program that would allow me to have my cursor (mouse) disappear on system start up and/or after remaining motionless for a few seconds? I found one program, "cursor hider", but it is not free. Too bad, because it is exactly what I want. This is for a winxp system. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Mar 4, 2008 - 5 answers

No Title

I am a computer illiterate person trying to understand the information from Wireshark. Help! [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Feb 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Copy/Paste with File Time Intact

How do I copy a large number of files in Windows XP without changing the date created/modified? [more inside]
posted by muckster on Feb 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Lost user settings on a win XP machine

Please help me restore my user settings (Win XP Pro). All of my wife's personal settings (also folders and files) have beem sent to the recycle bin upon restart. I tried to use the recycle bin restore feature, but to no avail. There is only one user account, and that seems to be set to new machine status. She wants her desktop back ! Last time, you guys saved my butt...can you do it again? Thanks.
posted by lobstah on Jan 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Automatic reboot from Leopard to XP?

I have an Intel iMac with Leopard, and via Boot Camp, a partition with Windows XP. The normal way to boot into XP is--after restarting Leopard or turning on the computer--to hold down the Option (Alt) key and then choose the OS. Is there a way around this? Is there some setting or third-party app that will reboot my computer from Leopard and automatically start Windows so I don't have to wait around holding down that key? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I get my Kinesis Ergo PS2 keyboard to work with a KVM switch?

How do I get my Kinesis Ergo PS2 keyboard to work with a KVM switch and USB adapter? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder on Dec 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Blue Screen Hell: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

My wife's WinXP laptop is now showing this error: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME I've poked around the net to find a cure , but nothing works. Safe Mode just shows a string of entries and locks up, Normal Mode returns to the blue screen. I tried to re-install the OS , but although I can hear the disc spinning, it does not show up on the screen. What to do? ...and for bonus points, can I save the data on the HD? Thanks in advance.
posted by lobstah on Nov 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Is Bill or Steve to blame?

I've spent the weekend playing with my new Intel iMac, and I finally got Windows XP installed only to run into a brick wall with internet connectivity... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Nov 11, 2007 - 2 answers

Very specific wireless router problem

Restarting my wireless router after some failure while I was at work-probably short power outage. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 3, 2007 - 14 answers

I don't really feel like rating over 2000 mp3s all over again, so help me not have to do so!

I'm thinking of nuking my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. This means iTunes, which sits on my C Drive, will obviously be wiped and reinstalled. If I do this, will I lose all the star ratings and other individual settings I have for my mp3s (which are stored on another partition that I won't be wiping)? If so, is there some file in the iTunes directory or somwhere else that I could back up and add to my new iTunes installation so I don't have to individually rate every mp3 I have all over again?
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 31, 2007 - 5 answers

New laptop with XP for under $500?

Is it possible to buy a new laptop for around $500 with Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Sep 30, 2007 - 6 answers

quick and easy centralized access control list?

windowsXP logon restriction question: We have a small public computer room with about 15 computers where we only want certain people to be able to log into and use the computers. What is the easiest way to administer who has access to them? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Sep 27, 2007 - 10 answers

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