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??
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]
Is this monitor worth repairing? [more inside]
How can XP notify me when the startup process is complete? [more inside]
Can an external sound card bypass a non-working internal audio controller? [more inside]
Useful download program to tune up computer weekly [more inside]
HardwareFilter: trying to revive an old computer. Help me defeat the psychedelic screen of death. [more inside] [more inside]
Is it possible for a computer to catch spyware/malware/virus/trojan just by viewing or scrolling a compromised webpage even if no clicking no pressing yes on any popup is involved?
I know that cookies may be automatically and surreptitiously installed on my computer when I arrive at a webpage, but what about spyware/malware/virus ? [more inside]
I'm trying to help someone fix her computer. She rebooted when her system got bogged down, and then when restarting, somehow logged into an account called Sarah.SARAH instead of just Sarah. [more inside]
What do you put in your PC card slot? Nowadays, many laptops come with stuff like Wi-Fi and flash card readers built-in (as mine does), and it seems like every peripheral is connected through USB. Eight years ago my modem lived in the PC card slot. But is there anything cool and/or useful I can do with it today?
Knowing Explorer is no longer being upgraded for macs, how can I best assure browser compatibility across platforms (from a previewing standpoint)? [more inside]
How do I read a winmail.dat file? [more inside]
Any way to gain access to a win XP box through a forced remote desktop (or another method?). Or even a network install (though that'd be hard, I don't dare lose anything on the HDD) of Linux? Oh, and I don't have a monitor (that's the root of the problem) [more inside]
Trouble with a Netgear MA 521 Wireless PC Adapter conking out [more inside]
Gather 'round ye Mefites, come and listen to my song about me and my laptop and how BEST BUY done me wrong. My laptop died while in their arms, they claim she never cried, my tale is a woeful one, you bet there's [more inside]
My computer is hosed. I installed Magic Folders at the suggestion of Ask Mefi and now I can't start it whatsoever. [more inside]
I have a problem. I just downloaded a couple of programs that are practical for my everyday online commuting. Now when I open internet explorer it only opens the page halfway when I want it to be fully maximized. Anyone knows how to do that?
Crap! I just lost ten years of writing by accident. [more inside]
I am looking for an optical 3-button mouse, and can't find one anywhere. Scroll wheels don't count. Where can I find one? [more inside]
What if there was a video game you could play only by moving your eyes across the screen? What sort of game would this be? [more inside]
I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
Dell laptop died under warranty. Dell says, "it looks like something spilled on it," thus voiding the warranty. Nothing spilled on it. Now what? [more inside]
The power connector to my G4 Powerbook is almost dead. It only charges in one very specific position, and I have to twist it around for a few seconds to find the sweetspot (rotating it in situ). Nothing is loose and nothing is visibly wrong. I tried squeezing the metal sleeve slightly to make it more elliptical in the hope this would create a tighter connection, but it made no difference. [more inside]
A rule of thumb for volume of sent / received data during internet surfing? [more inside]
Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
I recently purchased a new Dell Dimension 9150, I plan to wipe the Dell partition and install a fresh copy of XP Pro (I already have a full copy). Any problems/hiccups I should know about before I destroy the Dell partition?
Dear crafty gnomes of Mefi, riddle me this: my laptop (Vaio PCG-FRV27) just had a fit and died. What may the problem be? [more inside]
Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there? [more inside]
How can a 3 GHz PC be "slow"? [more inside]
Is there any aesthetically pleasing way to arrange two computers (and desks, office chairs), a TV (and table), and a big comfy couch in a single room. I'm always embarrassed at the ugliness of my functional apartment when people come over. [more inside]
Is Zone Alarm the last free firewall software? [more inside]
I received a decent tax refund and I'm thinking about doing a computer upgrade. The last time I rebuilt my system was in 2003. I don't need to be able to play the hottest new FPS (although I do game occasionally), but I want to be able to comfortably run Windows Vista when it's released. Here are my current specs: [more inside]
Do any of the big video game tournaments around the world drug-test players?
Is there a way to tell those fancy desktop search engines like Google or Copernic, to NOT index the contents of any file on my PC? [more inside]
Now that we have desktop search engine that can index contents of text files in a computer, how about a software that can index the contents of audio files (e.g. speeches , teleclasses, voice mails) ? Anybody making it or even selling it? Please enlighten. Thank you very much.
Riddle me this: there are two Windows XP computers (desktop and laptop) on the same Internet connection, behind the same router, connecting wirelessly to it. The laptop often (but not every time) takes a really long time (30 seconds+) to send email and connect to certain websites. The desktop never has this problem. What's going on? [more inside]
How much should I charge per hour as a computer repair person? How much should I charge to set up a website for someone? [more inside]
I've got two columns in MS Excel. They each share 200 numbers. However, one of the columns has an additional 700 numbers. I want the column with 900 sorted in ascending order, with like numbers from the column of 200 beside those in the column of 900. How do I do that?
I was typing on my laptop and my husband touched my face. His hand gave me a shock, and then my computer restarted itself. [more inside]
My computer occasionally locks up, and sometimes completely fails to boot when I press the power button. Linux's "sensors" reports out-of-range voltage values. [more inside]
My mother has an Acer LCD (model AL1715) hooked up to her Mac Mini. The warranty expired 3 days ago, and last night it woke up after being asleep for about 45 minutes with a black line across it - the image divided in such a way that the image has rolled - that is, the bottom is at the top and the top at the bottom, split not quite equal halves. Disconnecting and reconnecting don't work, powering off and back on don't work, changing the display mode on the mac doesn't work, and we can't find a reset button. Acer doesn't answer tech support phone calls (endless holds) or emails. Any ideas?
Alienware laptop: I need/want to see the temperature that my laptop is running at. Recently it seems to be hotter than usual. Does anyone know stats for Alienware laptops? (board details, etc...?) Or of applications/hardware that monitors this sort of thing?
Has anyone here ever created their own computer game? I don't play computer games that often but my sister and I just came up with the most brilliant idea for one [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good lock (Kensington-style) for my Apple iMac and new LCD TV? [more inside]
I just got a new ink cartridge for my HP deskjet and it won't quit printing symbols. [more inside]
What type of router typically has a gateway of 10.1.9.1, I'm used to seeing the typical router use 192.168.*.* but I'm trying to figure out what routers the local apartment unit is using to run their wireless.
Mystery cable claims to connect USB and firewire. What does it really do? [more inside]
LAPTOP HELP!? I have an alienware laptop, whose warrenty just expired and am now having problems with the removable cd/dvd reader burner. [more inside]
Please help me diagnose a dead computer. The missus' computer was just dead one morning. Pressing the power butten results in absolutely nothing. [more inside]