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Is there a computer workstation out there for me?

I'm in the market for a new computer desk/workstation. Help me find what I'm looking for! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 27, 2005 - 11 answers

computer freezing

My computer freezes around once a day. There is an audio loop and I have to reset it. How can I diagnose and fix this?
posted by donth on Jun 27, 2005 - 9 answers

What to use to clean a computer?

Is there any sort of spray or protective coating that can be used to clean computer? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh on Jun 26, 2005 - 12 answers

PC with form factor of Mac Mini?

I'd like to buy/build a PC with the form factor of a Mac Mini. Suggestions/references?
posted by xmutex on Jun 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Odd behavior when typing on laptop

When typing on my Sony laptop, the text-entry cursor jumps around unpredictably. Sometimes, the Find box opens (as though I'd hit Ctrl-F), and what I'm typing goes into the Find box. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson on Jun 22, 2005 - 8 answers

Windows XP Annoyance

Under WinXP, how could i get rid of the warning pop-up when I kill a process from the task manager ? i have looked around the web on various tweaking site without finding any answers... anyone ? Task Manager Warning: WARNING: Terminating a process can cause undesired results including loss of data and system instability. The process will not be given the chance to save its state of data before it is terminated. Are you sure you want to terminate the process ? YES / NO i want to get rid of this warning either by having the operating system assume a "YES" since i already asked to kill it or simply not displaying the warning. thank you -Selfsck-
posted by selfsck on Jun 22, 2005 - 4 answers

CPU power failure

I opened up my computer and tried to install RAM. After I installed the RAM, my computer would not come back on. I pressed the power button multiple times, and nothing. A friend checked to see if the power button was faulty and it wasn't. It's a Compaq Presario HP and when we plug the power cord in, the power supply just does this clicking. We're not sure what the problem is. I tried a new power cord and still no luck! Any ideas?
posted by JPowers on Jun 20, 2005 - 28 answers

Adobe! The little car that's made out of clay!

Lately when I attempt to view web-based .pdf files, I get nothing but a blank screen. I am running Firefox 0.9.3 with Adobe Reader 7.0. Any suggestions?
posted by LilBucner on Jun 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Acer LCD, mac mini aspect ratio

I bought a mac mini and an Acer 17" LCD for my mom recently, and it finally looks great since I switched from the VGA to the digital cable. However, the aspect ratio seems a little off - everything is a bit squished together. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Group/Permissions oddness in Tiger

I just cannot change the group of my Music folder. I created a new group called "music" as a first step towards allowing my SO to share my iTunes library directly. I try to set the Music folder (and its contents) to being part of "music", but no dice. The "get info" window says that it's changed. But as soon as I click the lock to prevent further changes, it switches back to the group of me. If I close the get info window and don't hit the lock, then call up get info again, I see that the attempted group change hasn't stuck. I also cannot change the group ID to "admin." As root, it doesn't work either, but then I get a mysterious error called "-60002." chgrp doesn't work from the shell, either. Is this a known bug or am I missing something?
posted by yesno on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Circular Animation for PCs

You know those circular screens they use at concerts that always have some kind of animation projected onto them? Can I replicate that on my PC? [more inside]
posted by grateful on Jun 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Photo Date

I'm in the process of sorting through some digital photos that are about a year or so old. I'd like to sort them in folders by date (year, month) as I do now. The trouble is, when I "Show Info" the "Date Created" field is blank. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by btwillig on Jun 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Slow Verizon DSL with Mac OS 10.4

Three days ago, my Verizon DSL stopped working. Now it's working again but is quite slow. Any thoughts as to the cause? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jun 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Puter Power Problem

Why does my computer not like its lead? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jun 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Ancient Computer Screenshots

Each year I try to teach some computer history to my 5th graders, just to put all the technology into a little bit of context. It would be tremendously helpful if I could show them actual screenshots of what computer programs used to look like. Specifically, I've looked for screenshots of Viscalc (some success, but lousy shots), early amber-on-black word processing, and pre-www internet (PINE, Usenet, etc.) Anybody know of a good place for this stuff? Other related suggestions welcome.
posted by carterk on Jun 11, 2005 - 20 answers

What would I use to make one of those old banners?

You all are geeks right? Well, remember those old-school banners that everyone used to print at home for Science Projects and other stuff? You know, where the letter "A" was made up of a bunch of A's to form the letter? Where in this day and age would I get something like that done? Anyone have Print Shop Deluxe 1.0 and an old printer? Would I try some local schools?? My band's CD Release party is coming up and the whole theme of the packaging and everything is "old computer stuff". Thanks! This place rules...
posted by Wiggo on Jun 10, 2005 - 14 answers

How do I hide the evidence from work?

I am returning a laptop to my employer that I have used exclusively for the last two years. I have used it as a personal machine and need to erase all evidence of my (non-work) use. I have backed up everything that needs to transfer so a clean wipe and re-install would be ok. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2005 - 18 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

Anyone got tips for taking computer screenshots for print?

Anyone got tips for taking computer screenshots for print? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Jun 5, 2005 - 11 answers

No Standby Option on Laptop

I've just reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP (SP2) on a laptop. When I go to turn it off, the "standby" button is greyed out and not an option I can click on. What's going on, and how do I get my laptop to standby mode? [more inside]
posted by ruwan on Jun 5, 2005 - 4 answers

Windows Media Encoder Screen Capture Problem

I'm trying to use Windows Media Encoder to capture a video of my computer screen. Everything is fine, but the resulting movie plays back split down the diagonal of the screen. Its hard to describe, so here is a sample. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Jun 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Why are files on the title bar of my being expressed in an Asian language?

I tried searching for this question but I didn't have much of a plan on how to phrase unique search terms -- sorry. But, yesterday -- my internet explorer would put the title of a webpage I was browing -- like "Metafilter" -- on the title bar in the english language you are now reading. However, today, it's all in an Asian language. [more inside]
posted by narebuc on Jun 3, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I convert an Army certificate into a format OS X understands?

Army Knowledge Online is a webmail/pop email service that any current or former US Army member can use in order to have a .mil address. I've been using it for a while, but for going on three years now I can't get Mail.app (and the keychain) to accept its security certificate. The normal way of importing a self-signed certificate doesn't work under Jaguar, Panther, or Tiger- I can import the cert, but nothing happens. I've tried setting up a new "root" certificate. Nothing works. Apple discussion boards have been useless. Can someone look at this certificate (try going here and it will send you the cert) and maybe tell me what's going on? I think it's in some odd format that prevents it from being imported.
posted by yesno on May 27, 2005 - 10 answers

Microsoft Outlook Help Needed

Can somebody help out with a Microsoft Outlook problem that has me stumped? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on May 24, 2005 - 4 answers

Odd Firefox behavior

I've been ignoring a number of minor Firefox bugs but I've finally had enough. Help! The Linky! extension doesn't work. The Conquery extension doesn't work. I select text but then I get an empty dialog prompting me for search text. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on May 19, 2005 - 3 answers

Laptop help

Looking to pick up a new laptop. Where is the best place online to find reviews of laptops to compare specs, pricing etc.? Looking for a PC OS, not an Apple one.
posted by derekislost on May 16, 2005 - 6 answers

External Hard Drive Failure

Is there any way to recover data from an external USB 2/Firewire hard drive that has apparently decided to stop working? [more inside]
posted by cathodeheart on May 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Computer World cover

What computer is on the cover of Kraftwerk's Computer World album?
posted by donth on May 10, 2005 - 7 answers

need MMORPG recommendations

A friend in Illinois and I (here in California) would like to play an online RPG together. We really don't care about monsters and stuff; we want to harass and kill other players (and each other). That's just more fun. He's on a PC, I'm on a mac, we both have fast connections and decent machines ... we tried the free version of Wolfenstein, and while I enjoy killing nazis, his blowing me up with grenades got old after awhile. Any suggestions? Can we be pirates or ninjas on World of Warcraft? Or, like, cowboys? Cause those things are all really cool. I wish there were a massive pirates RPG, that would be the best. Also: it can't be super expensive because we've got, like, bills to pay and stuff.
posted by luriete on May 6, 2005 - 17 answers

Simple sound recorder

Simple sound recorder. I use Win 2000, and need a simple Sound Recorder that will let me easily overwrite a permanent WAV file with new audio from the microphone as needed. I'm having trouble finding a good replacement. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on May 6, 2005 - 7 answers

European Vacation (with work)

I am travelling to London and Germany next week (from the US), and while I had planned to leave my computer at home, procrastination and the dissertation deadline have made that plan impossible. I don't want my advisors to notice I'm gone. [more inside]
posted by dness2 on May 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Desk Mounted Computer Fans

I am purchasing a new computer. With the amount of heat generated by today's PCs, I am concerned about the heat inside our enclosed desk cabinet. Can anyone suggest a cooling method which would allow heat to escape from the desk? I am willing to modify the furniture to mount a fan, but I'm not sure what to do or what options are available.
posted by y0mbo on Apr 30, 2005 - 11 answers

How can I get CDR drive to work

Tech advice: CDR drive stopped working, replacement drive didn't work either, I'm trying to figure out my next move. [more inside]
posted by donovan on Apr 29, 2005 - 9 answers

What was the site with computer-graphic depictions of famous photos?

I'm thinking of some artist who put together graphic renderings (orthogonal?) of various famous news photos -- the King assassination, the Buddhist monk immolating himself in Saigon, the beating of Reginald Denny -- and made them look like stills from computer games. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
posted by Shanachie on Apr 28, 2005 - 5 answers

Laptop freezes when unplugged. Why?

Why does my laptop freeze up a few minutes after the power cable is disconnected? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Apr 26, 2005 - 5 answers

Locked key problem

I spilt some water on my keyboard and now my 'f' key likes to go off a lot. Is there anyway to disable the key untill I get it fixed (Windows XP)?
posted by jmd82 on Apr 25, 2005 - 5 answers

What To Do Knowing My Boss Is Spying On Me?

I found out a few weeks into a job that my employer had installed spyware (VNC) on my work computer and had been watching what I've been doing (screen mirroring) since I started there. Is this legal? Should I confront him? This all makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2005 - 24 answers

problem with media playing programs

It seems like divx, WMP, and this other program called PowerDVD are all running problematically on my computer, and they all started doing it today. Specifically, they play movie-type files too fast or too slow, they stop suddenly, the audio/visual synchronisation disappears or one disappears, and WMP specifically jumps around from chapter to chapter unpredictably when I try to make it skip forward. What could be causing this?
posted by clockzero on Apr 23, 2005 - 4 answers

Software recommendations

I'm reinstalling Windows XP for a buddy of mine, and I have a question for you lot, namely, what software should I install with it? What great piece of software do you need to have on every pc you use? In particular, what do you more creative types use? Free is best, since I'm not spending any money, but if you know of any good demo stuff I should install so he could try, that's fine too.
posted by KirTakat on Apr 23, 2005 - 19 answers

Buying A Used Computer: How To Avoid Being Burned?

When buying a used computer from a all sales are final location, what do you check and how do you check it? [more inside]
posted by cm on Apr 22, 2005 - 6 answers

OSX or Linux/BSD Laptop?

My laptop is basically toast. I guess I need a new laptop. I was heading toward an iBook/Powerbook, but it suddenly occured to me that a Thinkpad with Linux or BSD might be good. Whatchall think?
posted by five fresh fish on Apr 21, 2005 - 24 answers

Windows XP Home as a file server?

I just bought a smokin' new laptop with a 60GB hard drive, replacing my aging-but-serviceable desktop. I have about 90GB of files in total--too large to fit on the laptop. My just-replaced desktop is running XP Home, while my laptop is XP Pro -- can I use my desktop as a file server, or is XP Home too limiting/insecure? Am I opening myself up to a world of hurt? [more inside]
posted by kables on Apr 20, 2005 - 8 answers

Computer help

Computer A has a HDD and loads of software on it. Computer B has no HDD, but all new hardware. If I take HDD from Computer A and put it Computer B, how many aspirin do I have to take? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Apr 20, 2005 - 15 answers

how to set up a college computer lab

Over the summer I'm going to be setting up a computer and electronics lab for undergraduate art students at a private college. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by puppy kuddles on Apr 19, 2005 - 11 answers

Ergonomic computer desk for a short person?

A friend of mine needs a new computer desk to make her home office more ergonomic. She's shorter than most people, though--about 5'0"--and most computer desks aren't built with people of her stature in mind. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 on Apr 17, 2005 - 6 answers

Is my CPU dead?

While in the middle of doing my taxes the other day, my monitor went to displaying a weird character over and over over the entire screen. The computer wouldn't respond at all, so I shut it off manually via the power switch on the back. Since then, whenever I've attempted to start it up, the fans come on, the hard drive clicks a couple times, as usual, and then nothing. The fans keep whirring but there's no beep, no usual startup process, and nothing ever gets displayed to the monitor. [more inside]
posted by DyRE on Apr 16, 2005 - 3 answers

How to baby-proof my computer?

What's the best way to physically baby-proof my computer? Our 10-month old daughter is showing alarming signs of mobility, so we're baby-proofing our house. I really like having the family computer in the living room, but I have visions of my little girl doing chinups on my CD tray (or worse). We'll be watching her like a hawk, but she's already pretty quick and we'd like to limit the riskier possibilities.
posted by johnwilcox on Apr 11, 2005 - 12 answers

Need a new monitor

My monitor is finally dying on me. I'd like to spend up to $300 max for a decent flat screen monitor. I do some graphic work in Photoshop and play some video games on my PC. Any recommendations for that price (less would be preferable). Any advice on where to buy? Is Ebay ok?
posted by derekislost on Apr 11, 2005 - 9 answers

Selling an unreliable computer.

My current laptop has become unstable and I've been forced to ditch it suddenly to get a new one. It functions, but I don't trust it. What are the ethics of reselling it? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat on Apr 10, 2005 - 11 answers

Don't you know we're talkin' 'bout a resolution?

Just curious: why is 72dpi the standard resolution for the internets? [more inside]
posted by papercake on Apr 8, 2005 - 31 answers

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