Elite BBS access. What were some of the most common questions used to verify a new user's level of elite in the late 80s, early 90s? [more inside]
The CDRW/DVD-ROM drive on my Dell 5160 laptop is dead. I have a replacement drive. But I don't know how to pull the old one. I've worked on desktops quite a bit, but I've never done any real service on a laptop, other than upgrading memory. My Google-Fu has failed me. Can you help?
Albatross 18 Panyga Golf Game Ladyfilter: My boyfriend plays over 9 hours a day all weekend on this free Internet community golf game, stays up until 2am. As you can imagine this hinders conversation and our sex lives, drives me mad. After 2 months together How do I get him off this game for good when he is at my house!!
What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
Upgrading (hacking) a 40 GB Maxtor 3000LE USB external drive? [more inside]
How can I convince my employer to use a Wiki? [more inside]
I want to backup a Windows partition to a DVD, so that I can make my own restore disc. Is this possible? [more inside]
Mini-CDs be damned! How do I remove one of those "mini-CDs" from a Powerbook? [more inside]
I need help opening a file with a .wks extension. I believe it's a Lotus spreadsheet, but I don't have that program. [more inside]
I obtained an EPro (Compal) N34AS1 laptop computer. It has a Pentium 4 with Win XP Home. When starting up, it will not boot on the first try. The indicator lights flash and you can hear the fan but there is no display and no boot. However, I have found that by repeatedly pressing the power button to turn the computer on and off, by the 4th or 5th try it will boot up and then operate very well. [more inside]
Modem problem. Three computers, all firwalled, virus protected and clean have been separtely attached to the modem with different cables - they all exhibit the same behaviour [more inside]
Is there an application that can give me a little window that sits on my desktop that can show various computer functions: hard disk space, cpu function, etc.? I've used Konfabulator, and it's good, but I've been having a bit of trouble with it recently and wonder if there's something similar out there. Freeware is best!
How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio (model PCG-GRT170, if that helps)? [more inside]
I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook... very tight space and very delicate. What can I do? I have a suspicion that an ant or two has crawled in my titanium powerbook G4 (let's not talk about the ants!) and I wanted to open it up by taking up the keyboard/track pad assembly so I can inspect it, armed with a nice spray can of air. [more inside]
Some water (a glass, only about 20% full) got accidentally spilled on my iBook (it was closed, turned off and disconnected). I immediately rinsed it all off, especially the rear panel vent, very carefully. But I am afraid water got in the insides of the iBook. How long do I have to wait until its guts dry up & I can safely try to turn it on, see if it's been damaged? And, if it doesn't work, is it going to be expensive to have it fixed (it's a G4, two years old)?
What do I need to do, practically speaking, after a computer theft? (Several related questions inside.) [more inside]
How can I make the keys on my keyboard less slippery? [more inside]
What's the best way of adding a Terabyte of reliable, contiguous, archive-quality storage to my system? By 'best' I mean Toyota Corolla as opposed to Hummer. [more inside]
I'm trying to determine the best bare bones microphone system for recording a basic voice-over demo cd for the smallest financial outlay possible. Is there a tremendous advantage to USB mics over 1/8" mics? Can I get decent quality without having to buy a preamp, or is phantom power the only way to go? Can a USB headset give me CD quality audio, more or less? [more inside]
Does anyone know any good freeware that will allow me to open and/or preview CAD (specifically .dwg codec) files? [more inside]
Is there any software (preferably free) which would permit me to record web video clips, and hopefully burn them to DVD?
buying a small desktop computer for mom [more inside]
My mother in law has just purchased a brand new laptop. She only uses it for mail and banking. What software could/should i install that would broaden the computers usefulness?
I am trying to internationally insure my Camera and Computer equipment but I keep getting turned down because I tell the insurance person that it' for business. What do I do? [more inside]
is there any way to bypass corrupted RAM chips? [more inside]
I run Abyss Webserver, and of late.. sometimes when I try to rename/move/delete any folder within htdocs folder, it doesn't let me to. It says access denied. I try removing the read-only attrib, and it comes back. [more inside]
Which standard to get when purchasing a digital TV tuner card? [more inside]
Help! My computer has gone crazy! [more inside]
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]
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....
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]