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Which tuner card for digital TV?

Which standard to get when purchasing a digital TV tuner card? [more inside]
posted by kc0dxh on Mar 8, 2006 - 10 answers

My Computer's Acting Up....

Help! My computer has gone crazy! [more inside]
posted by matkline on Mar 6, 2006 - 3 answers

It crunches when I type

I'm looking for a new keyboard. My current one is wireless, and I am tired of buying batteries. I have a lengthy feature list, inside. [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Mar 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Help No computer sound

I have no sound from my computer. I had to have a computer technician reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP (Home edition service pack 2). Ever since than, no sound from speakers or headphones! I went into control panel - sounds - audio device says no audio device found. I am not terrible computer literate. I think I need to install a sound driver. Can anyone tell me what I need to download, where to get it on the internet and where to place the file? I even had my 17 year old son working on it and we both are stumped. Thanks soooo much....
posted by orlin on Mar 2, 2006 - 12 answers

The time (on my computer) it is a changin'....

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??
posted by dpx.mfx on Mar 1, 2006 - 8 answers

How to make my laptop the same as my PC.

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]
posted by RoseovSharon on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Is this monitor worth repairing?

Is this monitor worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Mar 1, 2006 - 10 answers

How can my computer tell me it's done with startup?

How can XP notify me when the startup process is complete? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Feb 28, 2006 - 4 answers

Computer audio controllers

Can an external sound card bypass a non-working internal audio controller? [more inside]
posted by anticlock on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

how to tune up (weekly) a computer

Useful download program to tune up computer weekly [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Feb 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Oooh pretty colors!

HardwareFilter: trying to revive an old computer. Help me defeat the psychedelic screen of death. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by sophist on Feb 25, 2006 - 7 answers

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]
posted by studentguru on Feb 25, 2006 - 13 answers

I see double. Help me see just one Sarah.

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]
posted by voidcontext on Feb 25, 2006 - 25 answers

What do you put in your PC card slot?

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?
posted by Nikolai on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Previewing across platforms?

Knowing Explorer is no longer being upgraded for macs, how can I best assure browser compatibility across platforms (from a previewing standpoint)? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 answers

How to view .dat files

How do I read a winmail.dat file? [more inside]
posted by brent on Feb 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Broke my Moniter, need to access my tower... Any thoughts?

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]
posted by TrueVox on Feb 23, 2006 - 10 answers

Netgear Wireless PC Adapter trouble

Trouble with a Netgear MA 521 Wireless PC Adapter conking out [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Feb 23, 2006 - 1 answer

Can they really get away with this?

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]
posted by sourwookie on Feb 22, 2006 - 19 answers

Magic Folders hosed my computer?

My computer is hosed. I installed Magic Folders at the suggestion of Ask Mefi and now I can't start it whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by sian on Feb 21, 2006 - 6 answers

IExplorer problem

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?
posted by Gabe014 on Feb 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Moron doesn' back up files

Crap! I just lost ten years of writing by accident. [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Feb 18, 2006 - 34 answers

Where can I find a real 3-button optical mouse?

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]
posted by bsdfish on Feb 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Me, Myself, and Eye

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]
posted by Laugh_track on Feb 17, 2006 - 28 answers

Help me grow my small computer repair business?!?!

I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Feb 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Dell customer service sucks (duh)

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]
posted by unknowncommand on Feb 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me charge my G4 Powerbook

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]
posted by unSane on Feb 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Was I a zombie?

A rule of thumb for volume of sent / received data during internet surfing? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Feb 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV.

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Feb 15, 2006 - 17 answers

Destroying the Dell Partition

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?
posted by mhaw on Feb 15, 2006 - 14 answers

Computer Trouble; Like a Valentine's Gift from a Bitter Ex Named Nemesis

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]
posted by Firas on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Thinkpad T41 is possessed!

Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on Feb 13, 2006 - 2 answers

3 GHz is slow?

How can a 3 GHz PC be "slow"? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Feb 13, 2006 - 26 answers

Can our apartment be functional and still look nice?

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Feb 12, 2006 - 20 answers

Free/cheap firewalls?

Is Zone Alarm the last free firewall software? [more inside]
posted by jaronson on Feb 12, 2006 - 24 answers

Upgrading My Athlon System

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]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Feb 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Do major video game tournaments drug test players?

Do any of the big video game tournaments around the world drug-test players?
posted by mediareport on Feb 11, 2006 - 4 answers

Stop desktop search engine from indexing contents?

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]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Feb 11, 2006 - 9 answers

Is there a desktop search engine that can index the contents of audio files for fast searching?

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.
posted by studentguru on Feb 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Network tech support brain-twister

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]
posted by frenetic on Feb 10, 2006 - 10 answers

How much should I charge for computer repair.

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]
posted by stilgar on Feb 8, 2006 - 17 answers

MS Excel Sorting

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?
posted by panoptican on Feb 8, 2006 - 18 answers

Electric Shock Made My Computer Restart

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]
posted by JuliaKM on Feb 7, 2006 - 9 answers

It's alive! (not)

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]
posted by bkudria on Feb 6, 2006 - 6 answers

bad screen! bad!

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?
posted by luriete on Feb 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Heat and Laptop

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?
posted by nosophoros on Feb 5, 2006 - 6 answers

How does one go about creating a computer game?

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]
posted by bluehermit on Feb 4, 2006 - 23 answers

Any recommendations of locks for HDTV and iMac?

Can anyone recommend a good lock (Kensington-style) for my Apple iMac and new LCD TV? [more inside]
posted by kevinmeyers on Feb 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Problems with a printer.

I just got a new ink cartridge for my HP deskjet and it won't quit printing symbols. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Feb 1, 2006 - 4 answers

What router typically assigns ip?

What type of router typically has a gateway of, 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.
posted by skEwb on Jan 30, 2006 - 18 answers

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