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Whoosh! or crawl?

To upgrade or not to upgrade ... [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jan 7, 2006 - 23 answers

atomchip real or hoax?

Is the atom chip vaporware? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow on Jan 6, 2006 - 4 answers

How to recover user data (Windows) from hard drive?

DataRecoveryFilter : Computer died. Internal hard drive saved and put in an external usb enclosure (Maxtor). Tried to read user data (Documents and settings\user): Access denied. Windows Xp. Don't have a computer in which I can put the saved harddrive (and boot from). What can I do? [more inside]
posted by aroberge on Jan 4, 2006 - 22 answers

Looking for a new AMD motherboard with good Linux support.

Please recommend a motherboard for an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor that is completely supported by Linux. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Time for a laptop

I need to buy a laptop to study overseas for sixth months. All of my previous computers have been desktops which I've assembled, so I have little experience buying pre-built machines. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 1, 2006 - 15 answers

Fans of Dell: fans of Dell!

My 2001 Dell Dimension 2100 desktop is making this incredibly scary and irregular grinding noise. This sounds way more serious than a fan having some issues, but I'm no expert. Help. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 1, 2006 - 9 answers

Meal planning software for OSX?

Any recommendations for meal-planning software I can run on my iBook? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 1, 2006 - 2 answers

PC fighting game from the 90s?

I'm looking for the name of a specific PC fighting game from the 90s. [more inside]
posted by bwilms on Dec 31, 2005 - 6 answers

Why is my PC overheating?

My computer is making a funny noise and overheating. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by MrZero on Dec 29, 2005 - 17 answers

How to Monitor Baby with Webcam

New Baby / Webcam Question: I'll be taking our baby to work with me from now on. I'd like to hook up a webcam over her crib in my office and have it upload a pic every so often (automatically) to my website so that my wife can see her from work. What's the best program solution for this?
posted by damiano99 on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

We need a a full-time IT guy...

So we just got a new printer at work. It has a standard USB printer cable. But I somehow need to connect it to our linksys print server which has the old-school 25 pin female printer cable receptacle -- you know, looks like this. Can this be done? And how? Thanks as always...
posted by Heminator on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

How to give Internet access to my grandparents but not the world

How can I safeguard a Linux laptop with dial-up Internet access? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Dec 28, 2005 - 14 answers

PowerBook logic board woes

Should I get my PowerBook's logic board replaced? [more inside]
posted by danb on Dec 27, 2005 - 12 answers

Should I invest in a Mac?

I'm a longtime PC user who is considering purchasing a Mac laptop for personal use. I'm relatively unfamiliar with Macs, and need advice! [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

Dell Fan Noise problem

My computer is driving me crazy... and others around me I'd imagine. I work in a cubefarm... [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 on Dec 20, 2005 - 5 answers

testing, testing, is this thing on?

I had ViaVoice 98, but with a new computer, I'm wondering what the latest, greatest voice recognition program is. It'll mainly be for dictation. What are you using?
posted by gnz2001 on Dec 20, 2005 - 4 answers

sluggish, aging pc seeks hot young linux installation

I have an old pc. Celeron 600mhz processor, 376mb ram. The ram is maxed out (I believe) and the overhead of microsoft's anti-spyware combined with AVG antivrus, along with XP sp2, have slowed the machine to a crawl. Is there a way to speed things up that is compatible with quicken 2004 and will leave me protected from net nasties? I thank you, hive-mind. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Dec 20, 2005 - 23 answers

Communication Breakdown

How do I get my external hard drive to talk to my computer again? They seem to be pissed off about something, and now they won't even recognize the other's existence. [more inside]
posted by mudhouse on Dec 20, 2005 - 12 answers


What's the deal with USB cables? They're supposed to be "universal", but every time I get a new device (or buy a new cable at the store), I end up with a different kind of plug or receptacle. The only cable I can use with my digital camera is the one that came with it -- I've never found another with the same tiny plug on one end. Now my MP3 player requires yet another type of tiny plug. I left the cable that came with it at work, thinking I could surely use one of the various USB cable types I had at home. None of them fit! [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Dec 19, 2005 - 29 answers

How to get an External Hard Drive to show up in WinXP SP2 again?

How can I get an External Hard Drive to show up in WinXP SP2 again? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 on Dec 18, 2005 - 4 answers

My programs all got rather picky about how to play a CD.

I had a brief power outage last night; today some of the computer programs are not reading a CD in the DVD drive correctly, while others still read it without a problem. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Dec 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Wearable computing and one handed key-boards

I'm interested in wearable computing and am curious if anyone has any resources for information. More importantly, I'm wanting to get a one handed keyboard. I've seen the Frogpad but would like to know all of my options. I'm preferablly looking for something bluetooth that can be used with my Blackberry. Thanks in advance.
posted by Knigel on Dec 16, 2005 - 8 answers

"Handwriting" Printer?

Computer Peripheral Filter: I am looking for a device (other than a plotter) which I can hook up to a computer which can then generate text that looks hand written. I know you can get handwriting TT fonts , but the documents produced do not really look hand written. Getting a plotter is a last resort. I'm pretty sure I have heard of a device that will do what I need, but I can't seem to google it. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
posted by wisdom-seeker on Dec 16, 2005 - 9 answers

Hw can I transfer Mp3's from my Ipod to an external hard drive?

I have a 60gig Photo Ipod. In order to keep my computer's hardrive relative clean, I do not keep my MP3's stored in the Itunes library. All 9500 are strictly on my IPOD. I know I run the ris of losing all that upload work should my ipod get lost or break, but it was by choice. I recently bought a 250 gig external hard drive for the sole purpose of keeping all of my MP3's and important computer files on there....What I want to do and havent been able to figure out is, how could I go about transferring all the MP3 files from my IPOD to my computer and then to the external drive. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Dec 15, 2005 - 18 answers

Hmm... Which game would he like?

Help me get a computer game for my brother... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 14, 2005 - 34 answers

Excel bells & whistles

Microsoft Excel. Is it possible to insert some "alarm" function that will notify me if I insert duplicate text in later cells? [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Dec 7, 2005 - 4 answers

Screen Capture as jpeg?

Can I do this? I'd like to do a screengrab (difficulty A) and save it as a jpeg (difficulty B) so I can pull it into Photoshop and edit to my hearts content. I have a PC running XP. If the Metagods would so grant this wish, I promise to use this power for good not evil.
posted by wordswinker on Nov 30, 2005 - 22 answers


I need to boot to DOS in XP. How do I make a bootable CD? The command prompt will not do the trick as i need to be able to access the hardware.
posted by daveed66 on Nov 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Am I Unknowingly Phishing?

I was just contacted by my company's ISP saying that our company's account is compromised by a virus as phishing emails have been sent out from here. I find this very hard to believe as we are an all-mac shop and I am fairly confident that these phishing emails generally spoof headers and such. Am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Nov 28, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I get my laptop to work my monitor at > 60 hz?

How do I get my external monitor to refresh faster than 60 hertz? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Nov 28, 2005 - 5 answers

how to use GTD for computer files

I use David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) system along with other productivity styles similar to it and spawned from it. I’ve organized many things in my life, but my computer files are still all over the place and don’t seem to have the same logic as my other implementations. I am curious if anyone has set up a GTD system for his or her computer files, or another system that works very well at retaining organization, short term and long term. I use Windows XP right now, but am curious about other operating systems as well such as Linux. I appreciate any tips or tricks that can be provided, thanks in advance.
posted by Knigel on Nov 27, 2005 - 8 answers

I'm looking for a bare bones R2D2

Please help me find a system to prototype my wireless robotic ideas. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Nov 27, 2005 - 1 answer

Handwriting OCR?

Help my girlfriend get her writing out of a top-secret government compound! [more inside]
posted by smartyboots on Nov 27, 2005 - 26 answers

Printing Troubles

What is wrong with my new printer? [more inside]
posted by slow, man on Nov 26, 2005 - 13 answers

Are dell being illegal?

DellHellfilter: Dell are telling my sister that if she doesn't sign the contract they sent her for a new computer her credit rating will be affected and she won't be able to get credit for anything again. This can't possibly be true, can it? [more inside]
posted by Little Bravado on Nov 22, 2005 - 29 answers

Military gaming

Can anyone recommend any interesting historical military simulation games for Windows? There's a ton of titles and reviews out there and I can't figure out where to start. I'm not looking for mindless shoot-em-up action but rather an engaging game that draws its substance from real battles or wars (esp. WWII, Vietnam, or Korea) and gets good marks for historical attention to detail. Ground, air, or both.
posted by rolypolyman on Nov 22, 2005 - 19 answers

Computer Glasses?

What are your experiences with Computer Glasses? [more inside]
posted by a. on Nov 20, 2005 - 11 answers

Monitor Brightness and Contrast

How can I get a good picture on an aging CRT monitor? [more inside]
posted by joegester on Nov 19, 2005 - 7 answers

What needs to be upgraded in this computer?

I am building a computer, and I would like to know what I need to upgrade in order to have a passable gaming machine. Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Nov 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Computer notification

Would anyone know of a software package or service that would page you when a particular stock price or a particular time was hit? For instance, I would want to be notified when a stock price hit say 17. I therefore would enter that price into my computer. If that price was hit, the computer would notify me through either a page or cell phone call.
posted by Mckoan1 on Nov 19, 2005 - 6 answers

A crackling sound comes out of my speakers whenever the network is used

A crackling sound comes out of my speakers whenever the network is used [more inside]
posted by CKZ on Nov 18, 2005 - 9 answers

I cant use my joypad on my home pc?

i have a dell pc at home. How come i cant use the the little joypad ive bought on games ive bought like Splinter cell and rainbow six? I know it works cos i checked it out on hardware settings.
posted by indio1919 on Nov 17, 2005 - 6 answers

Why do my monitors make this high pitched sound?

I have two Dell 2405fpw monitors (24") and they make a horrible high pitch sound when the screen saver runs or any extended graphics run. I am running OSX, fyi, and want to know if this can be rectified? Why do the monitors make this high sound, and can it be stopped?
posted by Saku on Nov 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Adobe Reader sloooow in opening PDFs

Adobe Reader 7.0 for Windows is taking several minutes to open even small PDFs. Why is this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Nov 14, 2005 - 19 answers

Home vs. university computer security

Computer security question. Is a typical home PC, when it's connected to the net via a cable to a DSL modem, any more or less secure against intrusions than if the same computer were plugged into the network on the campus of a typical, large American university? Say, for example, a UC campus.
posted by shoos on Nov 10, 2005 - 23 answers


Wififilter: I want a miniPCI card for my laptop. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Nov 10, 2005 - 7 answers

My sound card won't fit in my case!

I just bought a new soundcard and I'm trying to install it. It doesn't physically fit within the case! I'm thinking about bending the case with pliers... [more inside]
posted by jojopizza on Nov 9, 2005 - 19 answers

DVD Burner b0rked

DVD-RWFilter: I burned a DVD ages ago, and on attempt to re-read, wimdows thinks it's blank. [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Nov 8, 2005 - 8 answers

Assault on battery

The power cord keeps falling out of my laptop. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by painquale on Nov 6, 2005 - 12 answers

Folders go to search instead of opening

Every time I try to open a folder, it opens the windows search "application" instead. [more inside]
posted by AmericnJewl on Nov 5, 2005 - 4 answers

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