My Windows 7 computer no longer turns off properly. If I shut the screen, it no longer sleeps or hibernates, it just freezes. If I go through the start menu to hibernate, it will do so, but the computer is still on -- the power and the wifi lights stay on, it's still running and using battery. This also happens if I go through the start menu to turn off the computer. If I hold on the power key, it will then turn off and restart or resume from hibernation normally when I turn it back on. [more inside]
posted by jeather
on Nov 27, 2012 -
I am tired of this damn computer and its numerous problems. Before this, I've had to replace newly bought RAM and a new HDD, a motherboard and oh so much more. Anyway, moving on. After a power outage I had while running my computer, it has never been the same. [more inside]
posted by johnx
on Oct 3, 2012 -
I installed a new video card and power supply in a new desktop computer, but the machine had problems (restarting occasionally for no obvious reason over a few weeks) and now the card seems dead. I need help figuring out what has gone wrong! [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides
on Nov 24, 2011 -
My homebuilt, always-on HTPC has ground to a halt. It won't boot past the BIOS, which slowly - slowly - fills the screen like it's being downloaded by a very old dial-up modem. What's my "checklist" for zeroing in on the problem? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan
on Nov 15, 2011 -
Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil
on Oct 6, 2011 -
Desktop computer smelled like smoke- now will not power on. Already changed Power supply? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop
on Jun 2, 2011 -
Hello IT, have you tried turning off and on again? I'm in need of a short extension cord, with a separate, big button toggle switch. Extra difficulty: It needs a short time delay before it powers back on. Any ideas? [specifics inside] [more inside]
posted by chambers
on Feb 8, 2011 -
My laptop power cord's ground prong (the third prong) broke off, and it stopped working in most wall plugs. I ordered a new one and when it came, it didn't have a third prong, but it works fine. Why is that? And more importantly, is there some future situation where I'm going to regret not replacing the old one with a new, three-prong plug? [more inside]
posted by malapropist
on Sep 20, 2010 -
After a move, our computer (an older aOpen desktop) can't sleep through the night. It's fine if we leave it powered on, but if we put it to sleep, it seems to lose power sometime in the night and does not wake up properly in the morning. Will a cheap UPS (this one
, for example) solve the problem? Any other ideas?
posted by Xalf
on Sep 12, 2010 -
There's a sick computer I'm trying to diagnose & I have no idea why it's doing what it's doing. It's a custom Intel-based desktop from maybe 3-5 years ago, can't easily read the mobo maker but if it's needed I can probably get it. When I hit the soft power switch it turns on briefly, the front power light comes on & the fan spins up then it all shuts down inside of half a second. Any ideas?
posted by scalefree
on Jul 9, 2010 -
My sister and brother-in-law have a large (12) and growing number of desktop boxes at home. They're rightly concerned that they're putting a strain on the electrical circuits they're using. What should they be asking an electrician to do to set them up correctly? [more inside]
posted by skyscraper
on Jul 11, 2009 -
Moving a desktop computer internationally - we're moving from Korea (220 V) to Canada (110V). Is it as simple as removing the power "section" of the desktop and replacing it with 110 V at a computer repair place in Canada? Are internal components individually responsive to a particular voltage?
posted by carolekorea
on Apr 8, 2009 -
Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success?
Any advice \ information appreciated.
Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi
on Jan 28, 2009 -
Building a uber powerful gaming pc, what parts to buy as I don't want to be a sucker. Need your help. Intel Core i7 [more inside]
posted by spinko
on Nov 22, 2008 -
What is, and what is the purpose of this part of a laptop power adapter? [more inside]
posted by jjbb
on Mar 16, 2008 -
Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts:
Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
posted by itheearl
on Jun 27, 2007 -
[DirtyPowerFilter] My CRT monitor has developed a nasty shake/vibration at certain refresh settings, since I moved to a new apartment. I think the problem stems from the old electrical system. Is there anything I can do to "clean" the power and alleviate the problem? Or are all "power conditioning" products bogus? Backstory and more info below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048
on Feb 13, 2007 -
It's the oldest computer question in existence... My computer won't start. Help me. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly
on Dec 31, 2006 -
How can I discover how to keep my laptop's hard drive powered down? Hibernating or standby states are unreliable or very slow to wake up from. [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco
on Dec 3, 2006 -
I am about to have a nervous breakdown. Please, can you help me with my mysterious, probably power-related, computer nightmares? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots
on Nov 27, 2006 -
Laptop hardware question: My laptop takes a couple minutes to "warm up" before it will boot... details inside. [more inside]
posted by knave
on Nov 4, 2006 -
My mother-in-law plugged in her laptop via a docking station, hit the on switch on the powerstrip, and two disturbing things happened...
posted by I, Credulous
on Nov 1, 2006 -
How do you secure a plug so that even if someone yanks on the chord, it doesn't come out of an outlet? It does need to be POSSIBLE to get the plug out sometimes, and it won't work to glue/staple the chord to the wall, because sometimes equipment needs to be moved to another room. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Jul 14, 2006 -
My notebook repeatedly restarts after a second or two. Anything I can do before next week's repair, if possible, to save some cash? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 10, 2006 -
My laptop is mysteriously not turning on. I hit the power button, the fans and lights go on, but then it shuts off within about three seconds. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa
on May 9, 2006 -
The power connector to my G4 Powerbook is almost dead. It only charges in one very specific position, and I have to twist it around for a few seconds to find the sweetspot (rotating it in situ). Nothing is loose and nothing is visibly wrong. I tried squeezing the metal sleeve slightly to make it more elliptical in the hope this would create a tighter connection, but it made no difference. [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Feb 16, 2006 -
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 -
I opened up my computer and tried to install RAM. After I installed the RAM, my computer would not come back on. I pressed the power button multiple times, and nothing. A friend checked to see if the power button was faulty and it wasn't. It's a Compaq Presario HP and when we plug the power cord in, the power supply just does this clicking. We're not sure what the problem is. I tried a new power cord and still no luck! Any ideas?
posted by JPowers
on Jun 20, 2005 -
Hey, is it better to keep an external hard drive plugged into and constantly running, or is it safer (for archiving and the health of the drive, avoiding power failures that might otherwise zap an entire machine, etc) to only turn it on and connect it when you use it? Thanks as always for your thoughts.
posted by Peter H
on Dec 1, 2004 -