My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Videogame Filter: Anyone ever found another game that plays the same as Cannon Cat?? Too much fun, too few levels. [more inside]
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]
Best choice for securing a monitor in a kiosk setting... [more inside]
Help me spend every cent of my new job’s computer set-up budget. [more inside]
I want a computer utility called "What the hell is my computer doing?" [more inside]
Please help me diagnose an intermittent computer network problem. [more inside]
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?
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]
How can I get my computer to work again after spilling water on the keyboard? [more inside]
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]
Is it always best to install a resource-demanding computer game on the system disk? [more inside]
[Relatively] cheap alternative to PC? My parents are moving... [more inside]
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 ?
Accidentally ran a Win 95 boot disk on my Win ME system. Can't restore fully. Please hope me. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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!!
What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
Upgrading (hacking) a 40 GB Maxtor 3000LE USB external drive? [more inside]
How can I convince my employer to use a Wiki? [more inside]
I want to backup a Windows partition to a DVD, so that I can make my own restore disc. Is this possible? [more inside]
Mini-CDs be damned! How do I remove one of those "mini-CDs" from a Powerbook? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio (model PCG-GRT170, if that helps)? [more inside]
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]
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)?
What do I need to do, practically speaking, after a computer theft? (Several related questions inside.) [more inside]
How can I make the keys on my keyboard less slippery? [more inside]
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]
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]
Does anyone know any good freeware that will allow me to open and/or preview CAD (specifically .dwg codec) files? [more inside]
Is there any software (preferably free) which would permit me to record web video clips, and hopefully burn them to DVD?
buying a small desktop computer for mom [more inside]
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?