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How do I make these components work together properly?

The PC, DVD changer, HDTV, receiver and 5.1 speakers, theoretically, were properly set up. They're not working, and other configurations aren't working! How can I get them working together? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Nov 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Can I automate sending emails in Gmail one at a time?

I'd like to send the same email to a group of about 40 people, but instead of sending it BCC with me in the "to" field, I'd really like to send it individually to each person. Is there a way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can I find a USB cable that fits my WD external hard drive port?

Here is a photo of the port in the back of my Western Digital external hard drive. It's not a mini-USB, or anything else I recognize. I need a new USB-to-whatever-this-is cableto connect the drive to my laptop. The only one I've found is here, but it would take a full month for it to get to me. Any suggestions welcome.
posted by tzikeh on Nov 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I return/exchange my new Macbook Pro?

I have a new Macbook Pro 13" that I purchased two weeks ago from the Apple store. It has had two minor (but possibly signs of something bigger?) issues so far, and today is the last day I can exchange it for another one. Would you exchange it in my position? See inside for the issues. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Mac Pro or iMac 5k

I'm thinking of replacing my current 3+ year old Mac mini workstation for a 2015 27" iMac 5k but after doing some research I think the 2013 Mac Pro might make more sense. [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Nov 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Major hardware upgrade with Windows 7

I'm considering doing a major computer upgrade - CPU, mainboard, and video card. Is Windows going to completely shit the bed after I do this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 13, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I retrieve the files from my malfunctioning flash drive?

I'm trying to transfer the files from my 8 GB Sony flash drive to my computer. However, whenever I plug it in and try to open, save, or transfer a file, doing so causes my computer to freeze--which prevents me from doing any of the above. I'm thinking that something went wrong when I ejected it on a previous occasion. So, what can I do to get these files? (Ideally, I'd like to transfer them all.) Thanks!
posted by gypsyhymns on Nov 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Computer, once again you have forsaken me.

My stupid old computer is on the fritz again. All of a sudden, my computer keeps shutting itself down. It'll say Entering power save and the screen will go blank. Then there's no way to wake it back up. So frustrating! Is this fixable or I should I finally break down and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 11, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I recover my bitcoins that I forgot all about?

A little over X years ago, I traded for about $1500 worth of bitcoin off mt. gox (I'm PRETTY sure about that). I then set an alarm to go off in 7 days so that I could check on it to see if I'm making money or not. Shortly after, I received horrible news over the phone, and I had to leave the country for 9 months. A little while ago, an alarm on my calendar went off. I had set the alarm for X years and 7 days instead of just 7 days. It doesn't make sense, but it explains how I never remembered this. I have no idea where I put anything!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

A week's travel photos ... Poof! Gone. Can you help?

We're traveling in Japan and my daughter has been taking photos all along on her Sony nex5r camera. After 10 days of beautiful photos, it suddenly it displayed a dialog stating a file format "not recognized" ... ! [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Reply from contact form used ex-BF's name. How?!

Yesterday I used a website's contact form to ask a question. In the form, I wrote my question and gave them my name and email address. Today, I received a reply from them addressed to my ex-boyfriend. Instead of "Dear Kinetic," they replied, "Dear Kinetic's ex-boyfriend's name." I contacted the company and asked them how this happened, and they claim to have no idea. They're forwarding the screenshots to their IT department. I'm using a new computer, I haven't seen or spoken to him years. I did not write his name on the contact form. How did this happen??
posted by kinetic on Nov 2, 2015 - 29 answers

Computer is running in treacle!

Due to its slowness I have installed AMD System Monitor which shows the computer (upgraded to Win 10) has AMD E1-1200 with Radeon HD Graphics with AMD Radion HD 7310 Graphics. (Why is this shown twice?). Please interpret these figures for me. It looks like my 4 GB of RAM is sufficient, but the CPU is overloaded? Any help or advice gratefully received! [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Oct 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Drag and drop modern website programs?

Now that I've gotten a new domain (thanks guys) I want to modernize and streamline my website. I basically want a single page with ' click to expand' photos that looks good on a tablet. Think a nice restaurant website. I have no idea how to do this, my incredibly creaky HTML skills are at least 15 years out of date, and template / design for you sites like Squarespace all want a hosting bundle package. I just want something drop-dead simple that will export an index.htm file at the end. Does this program/service exist? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Need recommendations for a replacement motherboard (and case?)

In summary: I want a recommendation for a good, high-performance motherboard (and a solid case for it), with allowances made for size (my current case could just barely fit a GTX970) and budget (I have a bit of leeway but I don't need to drop a ridiculous amount of cash if I don't need to). Elaboration under the cut: [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Oct 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Need a Instant Messenger Program for small office

I work in a small office where everyone's computer is a Windows PC. We need the option to send each other a instant message when it would be easier to do that then to get up and go down the hall to ask a question in person. What would be a good FREE program that would be suitable for us? We do not use Microsoft Outlook, we use GoDaddy for our email server.
posted by just asking on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

My Macbook has been inexplicably been freezing

I have a brand new Macbook which has been for the most part pretty great. But it's been doing a few odd things lately... [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Can you help me update OS X?

My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Mirror iMac monitor hotkey?

My spouse and I own an 27-inch iMac from 2011. Recently, the screen seemed to go briefly haywire and then black. Now, when the computer is turned on, it seems to boot fine, but nothing can be seen on the screen (the flashlight trick did not help). Is there a way to make the computer mirror itself to another monitor at startup so that we can access its contents? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Do I need a desktop or laptop?

Do I need a desktop or laptop, and which model? My desktop died yesterday, and I'm trying to figure out what to replace it with... [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Oct 6, 2015 - 15 answers

I need a photo uploader for a WordPress web site...can you suggest one?

The photo uploader I had used for my site has closed. It resized in three sizes. Now I need a new one. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 answers

What's the best PC for my mom?

My mom is using my 2006 Core Duo iMac and all is well except that, of course, it's a 32-bit CPU that can't run new versions of MacOS and is no longer receiving security updates. Chrome frequently blocks Flash and it's generally annoying her. It's time for a new machine (probably). [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

aughhhhh no no no no no

What the hell is going on with my computer help help help [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for cheap but easily upgradeable desktop

I want to spend less than $400 to buy a fully functional new desktop. Regardless of the CPU it would have, I want to be able to put in an i7 later on. I want to be able to add more RAM and a powerful video card without having to get a new case or power supply. HDD should be at least 1TB. It can start with 4GB of RAM, since I plan to upgrade. If it's 4GB i'd prefer it to be on a single stick. I would also prefer Windows 10 to be already installed.
posted by spacefire on Sep 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Settings GPS Data Logger

I would like to use my Old Wintec WBT-201 GPS Data logger to keep track where we are taking pictures. Given the limited storage space on the device I want to minimize the amount of data points that are collected. No need to record speed, direction etc. Its just when we are hiking to log every minute or so our location. I can charge the battery but cant' download the data for 12 day's. Using the "Time Machine" software to access the settings page but am confused about the settings. Any advice?
posted by Mac-Expert on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

Netgear wifi-extender: I can't get past the second-to-last setup page

I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Did I just do a clean install? or just a regular install

I have an “early 2009” Mac Mini that I am nursing along. It’s not my main computer but I do use it enough to want to keep it running smoothly. Last year, without putting a lot of thought into it, I upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard. I noticed a hit in speed even though the reviews I was reading after the fact said the opposite should happen. Whatever. So this past weekend, I thought it’d try it again with a clean install. [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Super special snowflake laptop edition

I am thinking of getting my son a laptop but I have no idea where to start looking. And there is a list of what this laptop has to be able to do. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Do I need to do a clean Windows 10 install to remove Windows 7 cruft?

In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
posted by Bugbread on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Motherboard light flashing after PC shutdown, how to stop?

A light somewhere on my PC motherboard, my best guess is near the Ethernet connector, has recently begun to flash irregularly even after system shutdown, which is driving me nuts, because I sleep in the same room. I can't easily cover up the light or open my case, and since the PC was built for me by someone I can no longer reach, I need your help to kill that light. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me font my name

My name is A R N I E. However, when typed on a computer it often looks like Arnie and lately a LOT of people are having trouble, thinking it's A M I E I use Gmail primarily and with that comes a limited selection of fonts, but how can I format my name so that it comes through clearly but still be unobtrusive as a signature?
posted by arniec on Aug 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Create a bootable USB repair stick?

Fixing a computer for a church friend. I'd like to easily create a bootable usb stick from my other computers... windows and mac... but everything I've read makes it seem like a daunting process. Is there a utility out there to easily burn a rescue usb stick ? thanks.
posted by toastchee on Aug 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there a good computer for keeping in hot climates?

I've been thinking of getting a new desktop computer--one that is adequate for gaming and doing high-res artwork (I'm a comic artist). But also I live in in a place where the weather is hot all summer and autumn. [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Aug 21, 2015 - 15 answers

Laptop or iPad for 13 year old?

I decided to get the kid a computer for her 13th birthday. Does she need a laptop or can I get away with an iPad with external keyboard? Primary uses: homework (word processing, internet research), games, general internet. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Laptop for life

Another should-I-buy-a-new-machine question, plus: what laptop would you buy if the main consideration was how long it would last? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Aug 15, 2015 - 20 answers

I'm like the Goldilocks of laptop shopping

Some ominous clicking from my current laptop's hard drive, along with a separating bezel that I've taped together for the moment, have convinced me that I should take advantage of back-to-school sales and get a new laptop before this one craps out. I'm looking for advice with the somewhat picky wishlist I've got going for a 15.6" laptop that comes in at less that $800, and is ideally closer to $600. I refuse to get a Dell or a Mac, but would love opinions on other brands, and will definitely purchase online. [more inside]
posted by TwoStride on Aug 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Should the Kid Learn to Program? If So, What?

Kid is interested in training himself to program in order to get a job. Is programming still a good job skill? If so, what programming language should he learn, and how? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Passing on old (but useful?) computer books in the UK

The question has been asked before, but not specific to my location - I'm in London, I'm moving and need to create space, have a whole bunch of computer & programming texts, they are arguably useful to someone, how do I find that person or organization? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Aug 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Laptop tells me it has no hard drive

When I try to turn on my Dell laptop, it tells me there's no hard drive. Given that this isn't true, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Best practices for searching/wiping hard drives

What is the safest (within reason) and most efficient way for me to get the data I want off of a bunch of old hard drives and then securely wipe them for recycling? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Why doesn't my computer reliably connect to the internet?

My wireless network seems to work for every device we have except our actual computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? I asked the same question 3 years ago, and got good suggestions. I'll buy something this week, or today, if there's a good buy. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Jul 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Security for a laptop repair?

I have a laptop purchased from Costco at the end of 2013. It is dead and needs to be repaired, but I'm concerned about the theft of my data. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 25, 2015 - 5 answers

unhack the planet!

An old password of mine has been compromised, and someone has been using that information in the past 30 minutes or so. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 22, 2015 - 17 answers

new laptop, please help, hate technology.

I've had mac laptops in the past but I'm over it. My laptop is dying and I need to get a new one. I internet, stream things [netflix, hulu, mets games on sketchy websites, if that matters], type papers for school. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on Jul 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Help finding the most power in a small laptop?

I am working in data science (genetics) and am looking for a small but powerful laptop, here is what I have found, is there a "perfect" option out there? Thanks! Everyone loves the new 13" Dell XPS 13, but I need more than 8gb ram. The 12.5" Thinkpad x250 (a similar small laptop from Lenovo) has 16 gb, but the Intel HD 5500 could be better. The Alienware 13 sounds incredible, but just a little too big for just the inclusion of a dedicated graphics card.
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Jul 16, 2015 - 11 answers

How do you remove those pesky broken rivets from a MacBook Air keyboard?

I took apart my MacBook Air to replace the keyboard. When I pulled the old keyboard off a lot of the rivets broke off and stayed behind, stuck in the little holes. So how do I remove them? I've tried a Phillips screwdriver, tweezers even but it doesn't work. Right now my computer is in 100 pieces with deadlines looming. Any ideas would be appreciated from those brave souls who have tried this and succeeded! [more inside]
posted by lillian.elmtree on Jul 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Hard Drive Help

I would like to get information off of a hard drive without installing it in a computer, possible? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jul 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Good, cheap laptop under $200?

What good, cheap (old?) laptop could I get for under $200? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jul 14, 2015 - 8 answers

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