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My computer is getting old and cranky.

My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on May 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Buying a Laptop for College

My brother is going away to college this upcoming fall, and for a high school graduation present, my mom is getting him a laptop to take with him. He is interested in trying a Mac. We are both life-long PC users. I am the most technologically-inclined in my family. My brother knows the basics and has no trouble with them, but anything more is my job. [more inside]
posted by willmillar on May 10, 2006 - 37 answers

Why can't I play HD video?

Why can't my fairly powerful system play HD video content? When ever I try, the audio works fine but the video stutters and lags behind. [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin on May 10, 2006 - 19 answers

Help! My notebook is sliding everywhere!

One of the rubber "feet" on the bottom of my notebook computer came off and I can't seem to find it. Where can I purchase a replacement? I called technical support (Gateway), and they said they do not ship them nor can they repair it in their warehouse. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 9, 2006 - 6 answers

My laptop won't turn on.

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 - 11 answers

Using 2 keyboards on one XP box...

I want to expand the number of keys available for mapping as hotkeys in some of my games. Is it possible to connect a second keyboard under Windows XP, possibly a USB one, and use it as, essentially, a very large keypad? If so, how would I go about it without causing IRQ conflicts? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on May 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Partitioning without formating

Is it possible to partition a hard drive without reinstalling windows or formatting the drive? I have a 60 gig HD and would like to partition part of it to install ubuntu linux on. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros on May 9, 2006 - 9 answers

..and I'm feelin' blue.

Where can I get a steady supply of cheap blue computer cases? Alternatively, how do I paint a standard case blue, for cheap? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on May 8, 2006 - 6 answers

Define a Robust Category System

I'm developing an online "pop quiz" application as a hobby, and I just want to run the specifications of my projected categorization system by the askMeFi crowd for comment before I devote a whole lot of time to sorting questions into these categories, and writing questions to fit. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on May 1, 2006 - 4 answers

XP help

Help me look like I know SOMETHING (my boss thinks I'm an ass!). He actually asked my advice. What do you think might be cause?? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on May 1, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I get more Cannon crack for my videogame fix?

Videogame Filter: Anyone ever found another game that plays the same as Cannon Cat?? Too much fun, too few levels. [more inside]
posted by anthill on Apr 30, 2006 - 5 answers

the smooth mouse buttons syndrome

I noticed that as times goes by, computer mice (and other plastic items) get used by skin friction. I notice my mice have "smooth" areas on their buttons that obviously seem to be there because of use. Is there a way to prevent that? [more inside]
posted by a007r on Apr 30, 2006 - 6 answers

How best to secure a kiosk monitor

Best choice for securing a monitor in a kiosk setting... [more inside]
posted by O9scar on Apr 29, 2006 - 1 answer

New Computer Buying Guide

Help me spend every cent of my new job’s computer set-up budget. [more inside]
posted by bove on Apr 27, 2006 - 42 answers

WTHIMCD?

I want a computer utility called "What the hell is my computer doing?" [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Apr 25, 2006 - 15 answers

Teh Internet is broekn

Please help me diagnose an intermittent computer network problem. [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Apr 25, 2006 - 12 answers

Need cheap computer fast!

A friend with a limited budget is looking to buy a reconditioned desktop computer. What are the best resellers to deal with? Anything in particular I should be wary of?
posted by TheManticore on Apr 21, 2006 - 16 answers

Why can't I open pdf's in Firefox?

Recently, Acrobat has stopped opening pdf's in my firefox browser. It works fine in internet explorer, but I'd rather stay away from that particular program. I've tried reinstalling, updating, changing preferences and more. Anybody else experiencing this? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Apr 19, 2006 - 12 answers

Murphy's Law with Bottled Water

How can I get my computer to work again after spilling water on the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Apr 17, 2006 - 8 answers

Morning routine for an internet-addicted college student?

What is the best morning routine, especially for someone who is (a) in college and (b) wants to fight something starting to look like internet addiction? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

Multiple hard drives and computer games

Is it always best to install a resource-demanding computer game on the system disk? [more inside]
posted by fondle on Apr 15, 2006 - 12 answers

cheap alternative to monitor and tower and keyboard and wires and then and then and then...

[Relatively] cheap alternative to PC? My parents are moving... [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Apr 15, 2006 - 14 answers

Wireless router security:

I have a linksys wireless-G 2.4 ghz router. I use a macbook pro. The set up cd for the router works only on Windows. The router works and i get wireless, but i was unable to set up a security feature. I am guessing anyone in my neighbourhood can use my signal. How can i make this secure if the set up cd with instructions is incompatible with my OS ?
posted by cascando on Apr 15, 2006 - 9 answers

boot me

Accidentally ran a Win 95 boot disk on my Win ME system. Can't restore fully. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Apr 14, 2006 - 9 answers

How can I create a personalized honeymoon gift registry?

I'd like to set up a honeymoon registry (aka vacation wishlist) for my 07/07/07 wedding, but none of the online ones that I've seen are to my taste. Is there any easy way to create my own, perhaps with a tool similar to DropCash? [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Apr 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Good Widget Dashboard Setups

Looking for something for Windows and/or Mac OS X that allow you to invoke or otherwise mark off an area at the side of the screen with only widgets/applets/chiclets/whateverlets in them. It should be different from, say, the OS X dock, in that it should claim its screen real estate fully -- no letting things slide under it or over it, windows that bump up against it should recognize its edge and stop. [more inside]
posted by namespan on Apr 13, 2006 - 4 answers

Good scifi computer game(s)?

I played various RPGs as a kid (D&D, Gamma World, Top Secret, Traveller) and later as an adult (most notably Alternity). My favorite RPGs are scifi. I don't have the time (or team) to play with now and would like to play on the computer. Care to recommend a good scifi (post-apocalyptic, space opera, trader-based or whatever) computer game or two? I'm especially interested in games that aren't just FPS.
posted by jdfan on Apr 13, 2006 - 29 answers

How did you prove your eliteness?

Elite BBS access. What were some of the most common questions used to verify a new user's level of elite in the late 80s, early 90s? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on Apr 12, 2006 - 14 answers

How to remove a CD drive on a Dell 5160 laptop?

The CDRW/DVD-ROM drive on my Dell 5160 laptop is dead. I have a replacement drive. But I don't know how to pull the old one. I've worked on desktops quite a bit, but I've never done any real service on a laptop, other than upgrading memory. My Google-Fu has failed me. Can you help?
posted by wheat on Apr 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Albatross 18 Panyga Golf Game Ladyfilter. Help me get him to turn off this game for good.

Albatross 18 Panyga Golf Game Ladyfilter: My boyfriend plays over 9 hours a day all weekend on this free Internet community golf game, stays up until 2am. As you can imagine this hinders conversation and our sex lives, drives me mad. After 2 months together How do I get him off this game for good when he is at my house!!
posted by sandrapbrady on Apr 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Strange PC noises

What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Apr 8, 2006 - 16 answers

Hacking a Maxtor external drive

Upgrading (hacking) a 40 GB Maxtor 3000LE USB external drive? [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Apr 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Wiki?

How can I convince my employer to use a Wiki? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Apr 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Making a customized restore disk?

I want to backup a Windows partition to a DVD, so that I can make my own restore disc. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul on Apr 3, 2006 - 3 answers

How to remove a mini-CD from my Superdrive?

Mini-CDs be damned! How do I remove one of those "mini-CDs" from a Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Apr 3, 2006 - 25 answers

How do I open a wks file?

I need help opening a file with a .wks extension. I believe it's a Lotus spreadsheet, but I don't have that program. [more inside]
posted by kensanway on Mar 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Start up problem with EPro Laptop N34AS1

I obtained an EPro (Compal) N34AS1 laptop computer. It has a Pentium 4 with Win XP Home. When starting up, it will not boot on the first try. The indicator lights flash and you can hear the fan but there is no display and no boot. However, I have found that by repeatedly pressing the power button to turn the computer on and off, by the 4th or 5th try it will boot up and then operate very well. [more inside]
posted by KHcancun on Mar 29, 2006 - 2 answers

Swap the Modem?

Modem problem. Three computers, all firwalled, virus protected and clean have been separtely attached to the modem with different cables - they all exhibit the same behaviour [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper on Mar 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Windows to my PC

Is there an application that can give me a little window that sits on my desktop that can show various computer functions: hard disk space, cpu function, etc.? I've used Konfabulator, and it's good, but I've been having a bit of trouble with it recently and wonder if there's something similar out there. Freeware is best!
posted by zardoz on Mar 26, 2006 - 14 answers

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio?

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio (model PCG-GRT170, if that helps)? [more inside]
posted by DyRE on Mar 26, 2006 - 5 answers

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook... very tight space and very delicate. What can I do? I have a suspicion that an ant or two has crawled in my titanium powerbook G4 (let's not talk about the ants!) and I wanted to open it up by taking up the keyboard/track pad assembly so I can inspect it, armed with a nice spray can of air. [more inside]
posted by semidivine on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Water spilled on iBook

Some water (a glass, only about 20% full) got accidentally spilled on my iBook (it was closed, turned off and disconnected). I immediately rinsed it all off, especially the rear panel vent, very carefully. But I am afraid water got in the insides of the iBook. How long do I have to wait until its guts dry up & I can safely try to turn it on, see if it's been damaged? And, if it doesn't work, is it going to be expensive to have it fixed (it's a G4, two years old)?
posted by PenguinBukkake on Mar 25, 2006 - 13 answers

What do we do after a break-in?

What do I need to do, practically speaking, after a computer theft? (Several related questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Mar 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Slippery Keys On Keyboard

How can I make the keys on my keyboard less slippery? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Mar 23, 2006 - 3 answers

I need a Terabyte!

What's the best way of adding a Terabyte of reliable, contiguous, archive-quality storage to my system? By 'best' I mean Toyota Corolla as opposed to Hummer. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 22, 2006 - 48 answers

Recording voice over demo on the cheap: USB or pre-amped mic?

I'm trying to determine the best bare bones microphone system for recording a basic voice-over demo cd for the smallest financial outlay possible. Is there a tremendous advantage to USB mics over 1/8" mics? Can I get decent quality without having to buy a preamp, or is phantom power the only way to go? Can a USB headset give me CD quality audio, more or less? [more inside]
posted by StrangeTikiGod on Mar 22, 2006 - 7 answers

Opening CAD without CAD

Does anyone know any good freeware that will allow me to open and/or preview CAD (specifically .dwg codec) files? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Mar 20, 2006 - 6 answers

How to record web video to computer?

Is there any software (preferably free) which would permit me to record web video clips, and hopefully burn them to DVD?
posted by quintno on Mar 19, 2006 - 8 answers

buying mom a computer

buying a small desktop computer for mom [more inside]
posted by jason9009 on Mar 18, 2006 - 22 answers

Software for new computer

My mother in law has just purchased a brand new laptop. She only uses it for mail and banking. What software could/should i install that would broaden the computers usefulness?
posted by FidelDonson on Mar 18, 2006 - 9 answers

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