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What is a practical use for an extra PC built from spare parts?

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.
posted by gfroese on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Help me get office XP off my computer!

Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Aug 22, 2005 - 4 answers

Which XP add-ons do I need?

I have to do a new XP install... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Aug 19, 2005 - 20 answers

Mystery of the hating motherboard!~

New motherboard cannot detect harddrive and it's driving me nuts. Let's solve this crazy mystery together >.< [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Aug 16, 2005 - 14 answers

New computer, old files

At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries on Aug 15, 2005 - 7 answers

Mac or PC?

Mac or PC? [more inside]
posted by benkolb on Aug 11, 2005 - 59 answers

Installing PHP MING on Debian

Installing PHP package Ming on Debian Sarge? (kernel 2.4.29) I'm getting compilation problems when I'm rebuilding php and I'm a n00b. Can I get some help? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Aug 11, 2005 - 4 answers

Alienware vs. Dell

Alienware vs. Dell: I humbly request personal experiences to aid in the resolution of my notebook-buying dilemma. [more inside]
posted by gramschmidt on Aug 11, 2005 - 30 answers

A good independent computer shop in NYC?

A good independent computer shop in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Aug 10, 2005 - 12 answers

Smile! You're on candid camera!

Start a webcam on a timer to catch a prank [more inside]
posted by KirTakat on Aug 8, 2005 - 6 answers

Automatic pausing ... because I'm lazy

Are there such things as automatic-pause headphones? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Aug 4, 2005 - 17 answers

CD Search

Runtime search on CD - What is your recommendation for an inexpensive (but not free) search utility to add to a data CD for use in searching its contents? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Aug 2, 2005 - 3 answers

How to POP an Exchange 2k3 server using Outlook

I need to allow a few people to access our mail server using Outlook from outside the building. They use OWA yet do not like having to use a web page to do this (yeah, I know...). I thought of setting up POP3 but am not sure what ports I need to open on the firewall (110, 25 do not seem to cut it). What is the functional difference between POP3 and IMAP and is either one better/easier to setup? (File folder sharing would be an optional objective). Microsoft's KB system sucks...any other useful articles out there?
posted by SparkyPine on Aug 2, 2005 - 11 answers

I need a particular keyboard.

I'm looking for a keyboard with a cover. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jul 31, 2005 - 3 answers

Seeking PC power supply recommendation

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 - 13 answers

Slide right into my hot box, baby

Owing to bad/absent ventilation design on the part of hold everything, I now have a drawer with an interior temperature pretty constantly in the 90 degree F (32 C) range. How should I best take advantage of this? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Jul 31, 2005 - 17 answers

Toronto home computer tech support

Looking for recommendations for home computer tech support in Toronto, Canada. Nerds on Site seems pretty good, anyone want to give a recommendation for a buddy or company that does great work?
posted by will on Jul 29, 2005 - 1 answer

Free downloads to restore/ repair docs for Mac OS X?

I used ClamXav for Mac OS X to locate any viruses and had the infected MS Word docs (quite a few) isolated. Now I need a free download to clear the viruses and repair these documents. Know of any and where I can find them? For the future, are there any free downloads that do both the finding and repairing?
posted by auntbee on Jul 29, 2005 - 0 answers

Ffftt!

Why does my Powerbook with OS-X 10.4 go ffftt! and jump to a different web page unprompted? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Jul 29, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I get my mouse functions back after plugging into a passthrough switch?

After adding new hardware to my computer setup, my "extra" mouse buttons and mouse wheel no longer work. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Jul 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Uses for an old laptop?

What can I do with my old laptop? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jul 29, 2005 - 17 answers

Windows XP macro recorder

I use Windows XP and am looking for a macro recorder to enable me to assign fixed strings to hotkeys. This should work for applications such as Exceed, Putty etc. It's for use at work so it needs to be a freebie. Can anyone recommend one?
posted by PurpleJack on Jul 28, 2005 - 3 answers

Spanning mulit-mode for laptop

I have a laptop with a vga out - is there an external box or some sort of device that would allow me to have a spanning multi mode with two external monitors, in addition to the laptop? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms on Jul 28, 2005 - 7 answers

exporting favorites

I am uber-tarded computer-wise and I need to know if it's possible to export my favorites off my msn page. They are vast and I cannot loose them, I am moving to another state and will not be using msn again. Therefore, I will no longer have access to them. Any ideas, any help?
posted by codeofconduct on Jul 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Please recommend small form factor Linux servers

Where can I buy an inexpensive small form factor Linux server with a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jul 27, 2005 - 24 answers

php/mysql ticketing systems

Can anyone suggest some good php/mysql ticketing systems to review? 'Tis for tech support tickets. Thanks.
posted by pissfactory on Jul 27, 2005 - 16 answers

Using Notebook Computer as CD-Player

Sound output of notebook computer (Powerbook) too low to drive Bose Wave Radio input; inexpensive solution? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Dvr possibilities?

DVR possibilities? Are there smaller companies that make computers ready to go like a tivo, only not a tivo? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com on Jul 23, 2005 - 22 answers

How can I fix my network connection?

I can't connect my computer to my router or modem. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Jul 23, 2005 - 8 answers

Trying to avoid surgery

ErgonomicFilter. Or, CarpalTunnel/Hernia PreventionFilter. I promise it's not the chair question- but a plea for tips writ large. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 19, 2005 - 11 answers

how can i fix my computer?

Computer problems...When i press power, nothing happens. It's the power supply right? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jul 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Why did Sun change their voltage requirements?

Sun is EOL'ing the V480 and V880, replacing them with slightly faster models (the V480 and V890). 480s and 880s run on 110-240VAC, but 490s and 890s are 200-240VAC only. Can anybody explaing the logic for this change?
posted by mosch on Jul 18, 2005 - 2 answers

What's wrong with my computer?

HELP! My computer is having some strange problems that look to be pretty serious! I've got a Presario running XP. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jul 14, 2005 - 5 answers

How to recall an email in Lotus 6.5?

Is there any way to recall an email in Lotus Notes? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Jul 14, 2005 - 4 answers

Dead computer, locked hard drive?

My wife's computer died (autopsy pending). I took her hard drive out, put it in an Adaptec external enclosure, and hooked it to my machine via USB. It runs fine and I can see the directory tree, but it won't let me access the important stuff under her profile in Documents and Settings -- just says "Access Denied." Is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by words1 on Jul 13, 2005 - 11 answers

Should I RAM one slot, or two? Huh huh.

I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
posted by logovisual on Jul 13, 2005 - 14 answers

MacFilter: Where did all the space go?

MacFilter: Where did all the space go? I was using my Powerbook (OS 10.4.1) last night and at last glance it had 4.5GB of space left. After working on iPhoto and Firefox, both of which hung for minutes during operation and while quitting, I got a message saying I was running out of disk space. It turned out I only had 200MB left. After rebooting, the space went up to 1.1GB. Is there any way I can find out where the space went and get it back? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Jul 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Arrrgggh!!! It's a Mac!!

Help me find a computer prank. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jul 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Does tiled PC desktop wallpaper still exist?

Anyone know a good source of tiled wallpaper backgrounds for a computer desktop? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic on Jul 11, 2005 - 11 answers

I moved it gently, and still it betrayed me

[DeadComputerFilter] I just moved, and as is customary, my PC moved in a separate trip, re-boxed in its original container, and generally cared for better than even myself. Now, I plug it in, turn it on... well, almost. It just doesn't come on anymore. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jul 9, 2005 - 6 answers

Blown capacitors and power supply problems.

My computer is suffering from undervoltage on +5V! Help me out if you are a ninja with hardware. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jul 8, 2005 - 13 answers

Cool, odd, or unusual uses for a computer?

What are some of the coolest, oddest, or most unusual uses you've come up with for your personal computer?
posted by gwenzel on Jul 8, 2005 - 10 answers

A good book for FPGAs

Learning Field Programmable Gate Arrays... Know a good book? [more inside]
posted by onalark on Jul 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Cleaning a PC

Looking for good ways to clean out a PC storage before donating. I have some old PCs that I would rather donate than trashing them. What are good procedures and tools to use to clean out disks? Should I leave the OS on ? There may be questionable and personal content lurking around that I would prefer to wipe out. etc. etc.
posted by flyby22 on Jul 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Where can I get a USB version of the NeXT keyboard?

The best keyboard I have ever used was the one that shipped with NeXTStations. It was loud and obnoxous, but had great feedback and I felt it added about 10 WPM to my typing. Does anyone know any details of how they were constructed / are they available in USB or PS/2 / does anyone make a close knockoff version?
posted by y0mbo on Jul 7, 2005 - 9 answers

laptop network issue

I have a linksys wireless router (WRT54GS) and broadband. I never have any connectivity issues with my desktop that is connected with cat-5. I never used to have issues with my laptop with a wireless card, but recently.... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Jul 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Video Card Upgrade

I need to replace my video card. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by meditative_zebra on Jul 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Firefox Homepage and Bookmarks Mysteriously Disappear, Complications Ensue.

Twice this week I've lost my bookmarks and homepage on Firefox. Please help me--I'm a babe in the woods and the big hungry Firefox is licking its chops. [more inside]
posted by wordswinker on Jul 1, 2005 - 12 answers

No more synchronicity!

Windows Synchronization Catastrophe! Due to office policy, a former colleague was using an office server as the location for the "My Documents" folder of her personal laptop, then using the synchronize folders feature to provide her with a crude backup. It worked too well. The server was decommissioned a year or two ago and no one ever told her. She just continued to work using the offiline cache. Today, not knowing what she was doing, she went into the "synchronize files" menu and unchecked the box. Suddenly her "My Documents" folder is very, very empty. Those files have to be stored somewhere on that machine, don't they? Can they be restored? Easily, even? Thanks in advance.
posted by Sinner on Jun 30, 2005 - 5 answers

how do i fix my printer problem?

When I click add new printer, nothing happens, how do i fix this? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jun 27, 2005 - 4 answers

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