I bought a netbook a couple of years ago and have probably used it a total of eight times since. I just resold it on Amazon and am now preparing to ship it off. I understand that under normal circumstances it's advisable to wipe the hard disc and then reinstall the operating system. My netbook has no CD drive and therefore no operating system CD. I'm told the operating system may be embedded in another disc but I don't have the savvy or patience to figure it out. [more inside]
It’s 2013 Mefi; how do you keep your computers in sync? [more inside]
Question about Itunes Match....I just got off the phone with an Apple Care Specialist, but I have some doubts of the answers I received as the gentlemen never truly came across as confident in any answers he gave me, as well as a lot of it contradicts stuff I have read by looking around online...Looking for confirmation and clarification... [more inside]
I just bought a new iPad 4 in Japan (along with a logitech keyboard case), and I frikkin love it! It unfortunately, however, tends to crash at the most inopportune times - I do not want this to turn into a dealbreaker. [more inside]
Know any remote control programs for the PC that could work with videogames? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the name of a computer game I played when I was very young. Circa 1986-7 ish. Details inside. [more inside]
I recently built myself a PC for the first time since the 1990s and really enjoyed it. What fulfilling hobby can I grow from this? [more inside]
My 5 year old granddaughter and I like this game and we'd like to know what the captions on the potions mean. Is it Korean? Also, any other insight into the game, any of the characters you get when you make different potions? [more inside]
I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things. I have run virus scans, cleaner, system restore and all procedures recommends by Microsoft to no avail. problem is.on both IE and Firefox so not a browser issue. I spent two hours with tech.support. nothing. I can bypass and access through some proxy servers. have run checkdisc etc. There was no change made to my hardware or new software but it did happen just after Windowsupdates were installed. I do not have a windows disk. I am using Vista. Excuse my mistakes, I am typing on my phone. any suggestions? I am thinking it has something to do with SSL Certificates.
Is an under-desk pedal exerciser a worthwhile supplement to an existing weight-loss / exercise regimen? [more inside]
Might the Toshiba HDD Recovery tool save my ailing hard drive and me a wad of cash at the computer repair store? [more inside]
Based on this thread, touch typing has changed people's lives. I have been watching my fingers type for more than forty years, so I may not be able to make the change, but I'm willing to put forth a good effort. What software-based training program is likely to be effective to help an adult fast finger-typist become a fast(er?) touch typist?
Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
I recently updated my Mac to Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard and now the way my computer handles the mail messages has changed and I would like to go back to the old way. [more inside]
Art tablet for computer PC for a 12 year old girl? [more inside]
Can you recommend a desktop PC that will be durable, do basic surfing, and run two monitors? I'd like to avoid Dell. Cost is an issue, but it does not need to be cheap. [more inside]
Can I edit a website cookie to make it last longer? [more inside]
My mouse is getting worn out and I need a newer and more precise one. [more inside]
What is the best computer I can get right now for ~200 bucks? Wifi and FireWire port are the only requirements. [more inside]
I have an ipod nano 1st generation, and I want to copy all of the music on there to my new ipod classic 5th gen. They are programmed on separate computers and I've been told by techy friends and Apple store employees that if I connect my old ipod to my new computer then it may erase all of the data. I don't want to take that risk. Is there a program that will transfer all of my music from my old ipod nano to my new classic ipod (without erasing my nano's drive)? Thank you!!
Is there a Portland, OR area high/middle school with a good computer technology elective/program? [more inside]
What's the real world difference between CAS 9 and 10 for modern dual channel memory? For the last six months DDR3 1600 has been roughly double the price for CAS 9 v. CAS 10. [more inside]
Are there any mice that have a tilt-wheel and some lefty-specific buttons? That's all I need! [more inside]
You guys are always supersmart and up-to-date with this kinda stuff. Help this semi-retired print designer understand the tablet/mobile magazine biz! [more inside]
Mac Filter: I recently switched from a PC to a Mac at work and am having my first experience with Outlook 2011. So far, it has not been a good one, and now I'm totally stumped. Contact Group and Meeting Request question inside. [more inside]
Aw, Christ. Why does my computer properties say "12.00 GB (6.00 GB usable)"? If it can detect it, then that means I installed it right, so why isn't it usable? Please tell me this is something easy to fix! [more inside]
Dark Souls for computer: any experiences? [more inside]
Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
My Windows 7 computer no longer turns off properly. If I shut the screen, it no longer sleeps or hibernates, it just freezes. If I go through the start menu to hibernate, it will do so, but the computer is still on -- the power and the wifi lights stay on, it's still running and using battery. This also happens if I go through the start menu to turn off the computer. If I hold on the power key, it will then turn off and restart or resume from hibernation normally when I turn it back on. [more inside]
What's the best way to buy a gaming computer for less than $500? Should I be buying components and putting it together on my own, or just waiting for the best deal on a prebuilt system? And what websites should I be using to price things? [more inside]
Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a computer game I had years back, but I can't for the life of me find it. It was a falling bricks game (like Tetris) but the pieces were one of four parts of several different faces - the hair, the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the chin and neck. The idea was to make a complete face that would then disappear from the board (again, like in Tetris). You could do mix and match faces, but you got more points for doing a whole matching face. If you let, for instance, too many mouths pile up on each other and reach the top, you lost. There were different levels, and the faces changed with each level. Does anybody else know of this? It would have been a Mac game, sometime during the 90's. I can't have just imagined this!
Please help the dumbest person you have never met figure out how to use a wacom tablet. [more inside]
Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
I have an old ibook from about 2003 or so gathering dust in a corner. It turns on but doesn't function enough for me to delete the data on it, as far as I know how. Plus, I don't own a power cord that works for it anymore. I would like to be rid of it, but I do not even really remember what's there and I don't want anyone else to see personal info that might be on it. I live in the SF Bay Area. What should I do with it? [more inside]
What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
Is there ANY way using JUST the ipad 2 to export a playlist I made there as a text file? [more inside]
Is there anything better than an xbox controller to control xbox media center running on a windows 7 HTPC? [more inside]
Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
I became a full-time author 2 months ago, and my hands are starting to get stiff. What do I do to prevent wrist/hand injuries? [more inside]
I recently broke the screen on my laptop and I need to get it fixed. What are some good computer repair places in Baltimore?
Former liberal arts nerd planning a return to university for Computer Science. How can I best catch up and prepare after years away from math and science curriculum? [more inside]
For a project, I'm trying to collect uses of Excel that do not include any formulas or other use of math. What are some common documents that people use the format of Excel to create in an office setting? [more inside]
Hey all - I have an old HP laptop from 2005, still working, but quite old now. I was tempted to recycle it, but I have a chance to give it a new life. I also have a kid on the way, so I was thinking about wiping it and making it the kid's computer in 2-3 years when he's likely to be interested in it. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
How do I sell "old" computers for their parts, without fuss and fairly. 2004 iMac & 2002 HP laptop. Both have minor operating issues. I don't know a lot about computers, so I don't want to get into specifics with eBay sellers. Prefer walk-in to computer shop and get a fair price. In Chicago if that helps. Thanks!
So this involves a whole bunch of computers (Linux, Windows (server), Windows (7) and Macs and 6 monitors a keyboard and a mouse. I am trying to find a way to dynamically assign a computer to one or more monitors, and change it around whenever needed. (So no monitor should be hardwired to a single machine) I am thinking of a super duper KVM switch but I havent been able to find one yet.
help installing an ethernet jack in an HP pavilion tower. [more inside]
How do I "start over" with my Macbook Pro without reinstalling the OS? [more inside]
Trying to acquire as cheaply and efficiently as possible some fonts I don't have on my current computer. Working with a book/design project made in Quark XPress ten or more years ago, then put on the back burner and just now re-opened. The file opens fine in Quark XPress 9, which is the latest version, but a number of the fonts used in the original file are missing. [more inside]