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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

CompCam Biz Insurance

I am trying to internationally insure my Camera and Computer equipment but I keep getting turned down because I tell the insurance person that it' for business. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Mar 16, 2006 - 4 answers

bypass corrupted RAM chips?

is there any way to bypass corrupted RAM chips? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Mar 13, 2006 - 9 answers

Doesn't let me delete!

I run Abyss Webserver, and of late.. sometimes when I try to rename/move/delete any folder within htdocs folder, it doesn't let me to. It says access denied. I try removing the read-only attrib, and it comes back. [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz on Mar 10, 2006 - 1 answer

Which tuner card for digital TV?

Which standard to get when purchasing a digital TV tuner card? [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh on Mar 8, 2006 - 10 answers

My Computer's Acting Up....

Help! My computer has gone crazy! [more inside]
posted by matkline on Mar 6, 2006 - 3 answers

It crunches when I type

I'm looking for a new keyboard. My current one is wireless, and I am tired of buying batteries. I have a lengthy feature list, inside. [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Mar 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Help No computer sound

I have no sound from my computer. I had to have a computer technician reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP (Home edition service pack 2). Ever since than, no sound from speakers or headphones! I went into control panel - sounds - audio device says no audio device found. I am not terrible computer literate. I think I need to install a sound driver. Can anyone tell me what I need to download, where to get it on the internet and where to place the file? I even had my 17 year old son working on it and we both are stumped. Thanks soooo much....
posted by orlin on Mar 2, 2006 - 12 answers

The time (on my computer) it is a changin'....

New Toshiba Satellite laptop. Every time I turn it on, the hour on the time is different - this morning it was two hours early; I reset it. Now it says 3:49; it's actually 6:49. Why? WHHHHY??
posted by dpx.mfx on Mar 1, 2006 - 8 answers

How to make my laptop the same as my PC.

Is there a simple solution for keeping everything the same on my home PC and my laptop? I don't have the time at this point to mess with learning how to network the two. [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Is this monitor worth repairing?

Is this monitor worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Mar 1, 2006 - 10 answers

How can my computer tell me it's done with startup?

How can XP notify me when the startup process is complete? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Feb 28, 2006 - 4 answers

Computer audio controllers

Can an external sound card bypass a non-working internal audio controller? [more inside]
posted by anticlock on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

how to tune up (weekly) a computer

Useful download program to tune up computer weekly [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Feb 27, 2006 - 12 answers

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