A crackling sound comes out of my speakers whenever the network is used [more inside]
i have a dell pc at home. How come i cant use the the little joypad ive bought on games ive bought like Splinter cell and rainbow six? I know it works cos i checked it out on hardware settings.
I have two Dell 2405fpw monitors (24") and they make a horrible high pitch sound when the screen saver runs or any extended graphics run. I am running OSX, fyi, and want to know if this can be rectified? Why do the monitors make this high sound, and can it be stopped?
Adobe Reader 7.0 for Windows is taking several minutes to open even small PDFs. Why is this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
Computer security question. Is a typical home PC, when it's connected to the net via a cable to a DSL modem, any more or less secure against intrusions than if the same computer were plugged into the network on the campus of a typical, large American university? Say, for example, a UC campus.
Wififilter: I want a miniPCI card for my laptop. [more inside]
I just bought a new soundcard and I'm trying to install it. It doesn't physically fit within the case! I'm thinking about bending the case with pliers... [more inside]
DVD-RWFilter: I burned a DVD ages ago, and on attempt to re-read, wimdows thinks it's blank. [more inside]
The power cord keeps falling out of my laptop. How can I fix this? [more inside]
Every time I try to open a folder, it opens the windows search "application" instead. [more inside]
Which is the best satellite internet service? [more inside]
Irritating iTunes problem. [more inside]
I broke my computer, but it didn't break... [more inside]
After searching Google and the archives of AskMe, I've come across some great suggestions and ideas for making digital photo frames. From what I can determine, however, all of these require a computer of some kind built into the frame. Supposing one only has a laptop screen? Specifically, the screen from an old ThinkPad with a blown motherboard. Could I connect the monitor to my network somehow? Hook it up to some special circuit board designed for just this sort of thing?
Why can't I get my new processor to work? [more inside]
I have $250, access to free computer hardware and a yearning to create something cool for my house. What should I do? [more inside]
I've overfilled my laptop and want to move files to external drives. But moving keeps getting stopped for various reasons (and what the hell is a cyclic redundancy??) and I'm going nuts. Please send me your speed tips and procedure suggestions! The specifics: Toshiba satellite running windows xp; total c drive size 55.8gb, free space 12.6. External drives: f (in fat 32 which I'd like to reformat to ntfs) has a capacity of 152gb, and has only 66.1 free. Newest drive g (i've just formatted it to ntfs) has a capacity of 111gb, with 103 left after my abortive attempts to put an image disc of c on it. Thanks ... [more inside]
GeekFilter: I want to strip all HTML tags from a page of text, leaving plain text. I have Text Wrangler and OS X.4. I thought it would be easy… [more inside]
I was messing around with nlite and ended up making some sort of change to my computer that I just can't figure out. All is basically well except for one thing--- Every time I boot the computer the first menu says something like "Press 'R' for Standard System Recovery Options " and then Press 'F' for reformmting the drive and Q to quit if i hit R i go to the recovery utility HAVEN'T tried F for obvious reasons and Q seems to read the boot ini file. when i hit Q, my normal boot process works and All is OK. However all subsequent reboots give me that same R, F and Q menu and I'd like to get back to just booting in to Windows. Can anyone offer some advice as to how to tell the computer that all is well? i wouldn't want a family member to reboot the computer and select the wrong option. I'm running Windows XP MCE.
computer repair: I have an old Mac G4 Titanium laptop (first generation I think) with a broken mouse button that I would like to repair myself or have repaired cheaply. [more inside]
Is there any disadvantage in terms of long-term retention of information when studying off of a computer display, as opposed to studying from notes on paper? [more inside]
What are the best tools to protect a MacOS computer from disaster? [more inside]
My wife has an old laptop that can just barely handle running Windows XP. I've spent the last year acclimatizing her to Firefox and Open Office, so I believe she would be willing to give Linux a whirl, assuming I could find a distro that was usable, attractive, and faster than XP on her laptop. So what should I try? Specs inside. [more inside]
Help me with my subwoofer power problem! [more inside]
My company is thinking about setting up a blog for IT analysts to contribute ideas and talk about our products. Does anyone know good places to find best practices for doing this? Anyone know of good example sites?
Perfect Keylogger - I have some reason to believe that this product, made by Blazing Tools, has been installed on one of my computers. [more inside]
MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
IBM Thinkpad Brick: I've recently come into posession of an IBM 600E Thinkpad. As a Mac user, I don't plan for this to be my main machine. But it'd be great if I could use it to test web design work, and perhaps to tinker with Linux. The problem is, it won't turn on. What's the best way to have it looked at and perhaps repaired? I don't particularly want to go to the local CompUSA and would like a solid estimate before sinking any money into it. [more inside]
Do you know about any good looking computer cables? [more inside]
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]