Webcam frustration: I have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000, and it's driving me up the wall. When it's not in use, the 'active' light is always on, but when I try to use it with any application, it goes off and the camera does nothing. I've done all the logical stuff I can think of - checked the Logitech site, Googled for this error, uninstalled and reinstalled software and hardware, changed USB ports and toyed with finding a major religion to cling to, but so far nothing makes any difference... so please help me, MetaFilter friends, or Mr WebCam will become surprisingly intimate with Mr Hammer... thanks!
Help me sell my computer! Er... or at least decide if I want to. [more inside]
Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
Need nerd help: Is it better to use a software firewall or a router to protect oneself while connected to the internet? Pardon my igorance, but I really am quite stupid. [more inside]
I want to get a file from my mac to my pc -- the file is just slightly too big to fit on a CD-R. [more inside]
Can I save my data? [more inside]
How do you transport a computer on a motorcycle? [more inside]
Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...) [more inside]
I've recently got into watching sports webcasts but find that the picture quality isn't great. My internet connection is 400Mb/sec so I suspect that the problem lies with my graphics card which is a Mobility Radeon 7500. Is there some way to confirm this before I splash the cash and upgrade it? I'm running on Windows XP and have 512Mb RAM. I'm not sure what else is relevant.
I'm looking for a Zip file extractor for Windows with some specific requirements that I haven't been able to meet... [more inside]
What software packages do phone sex operators use? [more inside]
A question about the legality/kosherness of re-installing Windows XP on a machine that has a legit product number. More inside. [more inside]
My motherboard died but I don't want to loose any data. Can I put in a new motherboard from a diff manufacturer and have windows xp work ok? If not, what should I do. [more inside]
A couple days ago, the company's IT guy did some fiddling/updating to the server and to my (and others) laptops. Now, whenever I try to open a folder or document file, I get a message telling me that "The Rpc Locator encountered a problem and needs to close". [more inside]
Looking for a *free* Windows based Ticketing/Help Desk/knowledge base software. We are a small IT department that is looking for somewhere we can put solutions on how we fixed issues for looking up later.
I've taken the role as a graphic designer at a small company, and I also wear the IT hat sometimes. That being said, I'm more of a Mac Guru than (blech) XP. BUT, we have a small file server (40 GB, half full) of data we would like to backup nightly. #1: What's a good tape drive (or other media) for that much data, with room to grow, of course. #2: What software? #3: What's a "typical" backup schedule. I'd prefer just to do incrementals, but how often to rotate tapes/etc...? Thanks!
Please help me find these three ancient computer games. [more inside]
What do I need to know to become a web developer? Be as vague or specific as you want. How can I get started and learn what I need to learn? Where should I go for help? How do I find clients and keep up on industry news? I'm just trying to sus out if it's the right field for me.
The following message keeps popping up in Windows concerning a virus on my computer. Is it coming from my computer or the Internet? If it's a fake (and it may be since I noticed that it's gramatically incorrect) how do I get rid of it? (message inside) [more inside]
What files are truly interchangeable between Mac and WinTel? [more inside]
Need a reliable cd burner to burn audio cds for radio show. [more inside]
Is there such a distribution of linux that is multiarchitectural and designed to run off of a flash drive?
How can I convert TIF files to JPEG, GIF, or PNG without spending 25 bucks on a computer program I'll use once?
My laptop is dead. What's the best way to dispose of the body? [more inside]
Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
My laptop speakers are terrible. Can I replace them? It's an Acer TravelMate 4400.
Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming: woe! Help me make this workable! [more inside]
Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
I will be wiping the hard drive of my Dell Inspiron 600m, which is currently running Windows XP with multiple profiles. What's the best way to make sure I back up everything? [more inside]
I have a lovely Xanga skin for my blog, but weirdly it appears to be the only skin which doesn't include an option for a reader to go back and look at my previous posts, and despite my Googling, Xanga-ing and trying to work it out, all I've done is muck it up good and properly. So, can anyone suggest what code I need to enter (preferably by cutting and pasting!) into the middle of the three boxes at the bottom of my Xanga code to allow people to go forward or back as far as they like? The source I'm using at the moment is at my blog page, here: http://www.xanga.com/timpollard Many thanks in advance!
Is there another web-based tool similar to MonitorsDirect's monitor tool kit? [more inside]
I'm looking for a reference movie for testing video codecs, or tips on how to create my own. [more inside]
So, I'm writing this book, and I need some software advice for making a computerized version of my mental rolodex. (DIT) [more inside]
What's up with the 30 day return period on laptops? Are there any fees that I'm going to lose by going that route? [more inside]
For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
What LCD monitor should I buy? This thread 6 months ago recommends the Dell UltraSharp 1905FP, which is about $383 right now. Is that still the best bang for my monitor bucks? I'm not a gamer, do a little web work but nothing hugely critical, and look at my computer screen for most of the day. What do you recommend? [more inside]
A friend of mine is looking for an application (Windows XP preferred, but other platforms might work) that will allow him to freeform draw a sound wave, and have it exported as an AIFF of WAV. Does anyone know of such a utility?
I have my eye on a new computer. I have the choice between including a 256Mb GeForce 6600 or a 256Mb Radeon X700. For an avid gamer, I have no idea if the latter is worth the extra £50. Is it?
Sound distortion on Windows XP [more inside]
I'm hoping to recover some corrupted files that (I think) got messed up during a transfer to a Firewire drive. Could you be a lamb and step inside? [more inside]
When I try to use the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) in Firefox and Opera to open a link in a background tab it will sometimes "jump" down a few lines, not clicking the correct link and sometimes clicking a wrong one, and then jumping back to the first position as soon as I let go of the button. This is unbelievably annoying. The mouse is a "Genius NetScroll+Eye PS/2".
Where can I find a good computer/technical bookstore in Manhattan? [more inside]
My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop. [more inside]
What's the score with Pentium Ds? If I'm buying a new desktop computer, should I make sure I have this processor?
I, like a lot of geeks, seem to just have a few spare motherboards and hard drives kicking around. I'd like to put these to good use, but the question is how? I'm interested in building a machine into a piece of furniture of even a wall or ceiling (renovating the basement now so timing is good for this), but I can't think of any reason to actually do this other than a digital picture frame with an LCD screen on the wall. This PC is already running without a case, so its in pieces and can stay that way. What practical (or slightly impractical) use can I get from an extra PC like this? I don't just need a simple server, already have one of those, and a client machine would be great, but I want this machine hidden if possible which makes the logistics of getting a monitor and keyboard somewhere useful a little more difficult.
Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
I have to do a new XP install... [more inside]
New motherboard cannot detect harddrive and it's driving me nuts. Let's solve this crazy mystery together >.< [more inside]