This is going back to this question
where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
I have the hard drive from a broken laptop. It has really important things on it. How do I recover said things? [more inside]
Question on upgrading my getting-on-ancient Dell Inspiron 9300's hard drive - what kind of drive do I need, and is there an actual limit to what I can throw in it? [more inside]
Before I partake in a spree at Newegg, I'd like to know: Can I plug a USB wireless adapter like this one
into the back of an external hard drive, then access the hard drive with my laptop over my wi-fi network?
How much will BitLocker eat my battery? [more inside]
What's the best way to get a laptop ready for a sibling's trip to college? [more inside]
Is there a way to selectively disable the CD/DVD drive in my computer? [more inside]
Replacing my laptop's hard drive. I think I've almost got it but have some questions about the cloning process. [more inside]
My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
I'm looking for instructions, guides, or suggestions of something fun to do with my camera or laptop during an upcoming cross-country drive. [more inside]
Trying to install a new optical drive in an old laptop. Windows recognises it, but the BIOS does not! [more inside]
I need a new laptop harddrive. Can I use any that is physically the same size, or must I stick with HP? [more inside]
I've got an older notebook, and I was thinking it would be an interesting project to replace its 2.5" hard drive with a solid state flash drive. I'd probably just go with a 4 GB drive, and keep all my data out on the Internet. I was thinking it would extend the battery life, speed up data access, and make the machine a little quieter. Has anybody done this?
My CD-RW drive will not firmly attach to my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop. If I push it with my thumbs, it will make a connection, but as soon as I remove firm pressure, it loses its connection. [more inside]
Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
LAPTOP HELP!? I have an alienware laptop, whose warrenty just expired and am now having problems with the removable cd/dvd reader burner. [more inside]
H2OFilter: Laptop disaster! The cat spilled a vase-full of water on the keyboard of my Dell Latitude C800 laptop. I managed to avoid getting the thing completely drenched, but the machined did shut down immediately, unprompted. [more inside]
My laptop is dead.
What's the best way to dispose of the body? [more inside]
I just got a new used laptop, and it has a lot of error messages showing up, so I want to completely clean it up before I start using it. Is it better to use the manufacturer's Quick Restore discs (Compaq), or to reformat the HD completely and install an operating system clean? [more inside]