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Spanning mulit-mode for laptop

I have a laptop with a vga out - is there an external box or some sort of device that would allow me to have a spanning multi mode with two external monitors, in addition to the laptop? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms on Jul 28, 2005 - 7 answers

exporting favorites

I am uber-tarded computer-wise and I need to know if it's possible to export my favorites off my msn page. They are vast and I cannot loose them, I am moving to another state and will not be using msn again. Therefore, I will no longer have access to them. Any ideas, any help?
posted by codeofconduct on Jul 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Please recommend small form factor Linux servers

Where can I buy an inexpensive small form factor Linux server with a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jul 27, 2005 - 24 answers

php/mysql ticketing systems

Can anyone suggest some good php/mysql ticketing systems to review? 'Tis for tech support tickets. Thanks.
posted by pissfactory on Jul 27, 2005 - 16 answers

Using Notebook Computer as CD-Player

Sound output of notebook computer (Powerbook) too low to drive Bose Wave Radio input; inexpensive solution? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Jul 26, 2005 - 15 answers

Dvr possibilities?

DVR possibilities? Are there smaller companies that make computers ready to go like a tivo, only not a tivo? [more inside]
posted by chuckforthought.com on Jul 23, 2005 - 22 answers

How can I fix my network connection?

I can't connect my computer to my router or modem. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Jul 23, 2005 - 8 answers

Trying to avoid surgery

ErgonomicFilter. Or, CarpalTunnel/Hernia PreventionFilter. I promise it's not the chair question- but a plea for tips writ large. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 19, 2005 - 11 answers

how can i fix my computer?

Computer problems...When i press power, nothing happens. It's the power supply right? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jul 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Why did Sun change their voltage requirements?

Sun is EOL'ing the V480 and V880, replacing them with slightly faster models (the V480 and V890). 480s and 880s run on 110-240VAC, but 490s and 890s are 200-240VAC only. Can anybody explaing the logic for this change?
posted by mosch on Jul 18, 2005 - 2 answers

What's wrong with my computer?

HELP! My computer is having some strange problems that look to be pretty serious! I've got a Presario running XP. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jul 14, 2005 - 5 answers

How to recall an email in Lotus 6.5?

Is there any way to recall an email in Lotus Notes? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Jul 14, 2005 - 4 answers

Dead computer, locked hard drive?

My wife's computer died (autopsy pending). I took her hard drive out, put it in an Adaptec external enclosure, and hooked it to my machine via USB. It runs fine and I can see the directory tree, but it won't let me access the important stuff under her profile in Documents and Settings -- just says "Access Denied." Is there any way around this? [more inside]
posted by words1 on Jul 13, 2005 - 11 answers

Should I RAM one slot, or two? Huh huh.

I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
posted by logovisual on Jul 13, 2005 - 14 answers

MacFilter: Where did all the space go?

MacFilter: Where did all the space go? I was using my Powerbook (OS 10.4.1) last night and at last glance it had 4.5GB of space left. After working on iPhoto and Firefox, both of which hung for minutes during operation and while quitting, I got a message saying I was running out of disk space. It turned out I only had 200MB left. After rebooting, the space went up to 1.1GB. Is there any way I can find out where the space went and get it back? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Jul 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Arrrgggh!!! It's a Mac!!

Help me find a computer prank. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jul 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Does tiled PC desktop wallpaper still exist?

Anyone know a good source of tiled wallpaper backgrounds for a computer desktop? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic on Jul 11, 2005 - 11 answers

I moved it gently, and still it betrayed me

[DeadComputerFilter] I just moved, and as is customary, my PC moved in a separate trip, re-boxed in its original container, and generally cared for better than even myself. Now, I plug it in, turn it on... well, almost. It just doesn't come on anymore. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Jul 9, 2005 - 6 answers

Blown capacitors and power supply problems.

My computer is suffering from undervoltage on +5V! Help me out if you are a ninja with hardware. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jul 8, 2005 - 13 answers

Cool, odd, or unusual uses for a computer?

What are some of the coolest, oddest, or most unusual uses you've come up with for your personal computer?
posted by gwenzel on Jul 8, 2005 - 10 answers

A good book for FPGAs

Learning Field Programmable Gate Arrays... Know a good book? [more inside]
posted by onalark on Jul 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Cleaning a PC

Looking for good ways to clean out a PC storage before donating. I have some old PCs that I would rather donate than trashing them. What are good procedures and tools to use to clean out disks? Should I leave the OS on ? There may be questionable and personal content lurking around that I would prefer to wipe out. etc. etc.
posted by flyby22 on Jul 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Where can I get a USB version of the NeXT keyboard?

The best keyboard I have ever used was the one that shipped with NeXTStations. It was loud and obnoxous, but had great feedback and I felt it added about 10 WPM to my typing. Does anyone know any details of how they were constructed / are they available in USB or PS/2 / does anyone make a close knockoff version?
posted by y0mbo on Jul 7, 2005 - 9 answers

laptop network issue

I have a linksys wireless router (WRT54GS) and broadband. I never have any connectivity issues with my desktop that is connected with cat-5. I never used to have issues with my laptop with a wireless card, but recently.... [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Jul 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Video Card Upgrade

I need to replace my video card. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by meditative_zebra on Jul 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Firefox Homepage and Bookmarks Mysteriously Disappear, Complications Ensue.

Twice this week I've lost my bookmarks and homepage on Firefox. Please help me--I'm a babe in the woods and the big hungry Firefox is licking its chops. [more inside]
posted by wordswinker on Jul 1, 2005 - 12 answers

No more synchronicity!

Windows Synchronization Catastrophe! Due to office policy, a former colleague was using an office server as the location for the "My Documents" folder of her personal laptop, then using the synchronize folders feature to provide her with a crude backup. It worked too well. The server was decommissioned a year or two ago and no one ever told her. She just continued to work using the offiline cache. Today, not knowing what she was doing, she went into the "synchronize files" menu and unchecked the box. Suddenly her "My Documents" folder is very, very empty. Those files have to be stored somewhere on that machine, don't they? Can they be restored? Easily, even? Thanks in advance.
posted by Sinner on Jun 30, 2005 - 5 answers

how do i fix my printer problem?

When I click add new printer, nothing happens, how do i fix this? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jun 27, 2005 - 4 answers

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

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