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Do I need a new computer power supply, or can I fix this one?

I have a 650W power supply in my computer that I installed myself back when I asked this question (scroll through the answers on that for most system specs). This morning, the fan on the power supply started making noise. Do I need to replace the supply entirely, or is this something I can fix on my own? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Computer service/repair in Milwaukee?

I need recommendations for a person or service that can have a look at my mom's computer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I would like for Geek Squad to be an absolute last resort. I live on the west coast, alas, and have already done what troubleshooting I can do remotely.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Aug 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Cheapest sensible laptop for photography

I'm beginning to take photographs again, and my apartment has no real easy space to set up my currently-decommissioned desktop PC. My present laptop is super low-end and it's a horrible drag trying to do anything with photos on it. Please recommend a minimum spec replacement - a few more details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

If someone says Tricorder....

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]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Give my older desktop some new life

What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Best monitor for photography under Linux?

I am currently (still) using a CRT monitor and would like to move to an LCD panel. My primary usage is for photography and web browsing. I have spent the last three weeks or so researching monitors and have found out that (1) I will need to buy an IPS panel, (2) having looked at monitor sizes in the store I really would prefer a 27 or 30 inch monitor and (2) I have resigned myself to the fact that I should expect to pay at least $1,000 for a good monitor, possibly closer to $2,000. What monitor would you recommend? Is it really worth upgrading to a really high-end monitor ($2,000+)? More questions and details inside. [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Dec 31, 2011 - 18 answers

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Un-bork my card

Puzzling computer display problems. Is my graphics card salvageable? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Nov 25, 2011 - 3 answers

I want to kill zombies in higher resolution

Getting a gaming rig -- advice? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Oct 14, 2011 - 19 answers

help me pick a machine.

I'm looking to get a used computer for video editing. What's a minimum reasonable hardware configuration for editing 720p video? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Getting back up to date

About a year and a half ago my graphics card crapped out. I'd like to replace it at a level where I can play modern games again, but not necessarily at the highest graphics setting. I've never replaced a graphics card before, so I'm not sure what I'm looking for in terms of purchasing and installation. Specs for my system inside... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 2, 2011 - 15 answers

No display due to motherboard?

Do I really have to replace the motherboard? My computer is showing no display and I think I've ruled out everything except the motherboard. Changing that is obviously expensive and time-consuming, so please tell me if I'm missing anything! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Upgrading a videocard - need advice

Upgrading a videocard - need advice [more inside]
posted by Cloud King on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

My computer keeps clicking!

My computer keeps making a clicking sound and I can't work out how to fix it or what is causing it... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jul 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Old technology filter: Zip disk stuck in drive

I've got a pile of old Zip disks I'd like to investigate... but modern computers haven't got RS232 interfaces, which is what my Zip drive has. Boo! However, I discovered that my wife has a USB ZIp drive! Yay! But there is a problem... [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 31, 2011 - 10 answers

Easiest way to destroy a hard drive in situ?

I'm having trouble disassembling an old desktop PC to get to the hard drive before I can destroy it and throw everything out. Is there a quick and easy way to destroy the drive in situ, using everyday household objects? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Apr 6, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I replace both drives in a RAID 1 configuration?

How do I replace both drives in a RAID 1 configuration? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Feb 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Setting Up A New Laptop For Your Mom?

The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Buying a flat-screen computer monitor

Help me buy a flat-screen monitor for my husband as a Christmas gift, please? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Dec 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Need good recommendation for an external monitor

Can I get a good computer monitor recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Installing an SSD on a HP netbook

I have a HP Mini 110 with a 160 GB HD running Ubuntu. I'm pretty happy with it, but I don't really need all that space (currently I'm filling a tiny portion of it) and would prefer a faster boot time. What kind of improvements in speed should I expect if I swap out the hard drive with an SSD? What is the level of expense and difficulty involved in the install? Would I be better off just getting a newer notebook with an SSD already installed? What is the best source for a suitable SSD?
posted by Artw on May 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Make computer run faster

Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 on Mar 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Computer will not load any operating system

I'm at my wits' end trying to solve this computer problem. The system will not boot to any OS install CD (Windows 7 Pro x64, Ubuntu 9.10 x86, Ubuntu 9.10 x64) even after a total hardware replacement. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Feb 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Where can I buy computer hardware offline?

Where can I buy computer hardware? Offline? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jan 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does shopping for cables always sound so dirty?

Computer power supply conundrum. We need to convert SATA power (male) to old school Molex (female) and we need to add another 12" of length. I can't seem to find a single cable that meets our needs. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Jan 13, 2010 - 4 answers

SoundBlasted: How to get my SoundBlaster X-Fi Working With Windows 7?

Help me hivemind! I have a driver issue with Windows 7 and a Soundblaster sound card... horrors of hardware details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jan 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs?

Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Nov 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Bill Gates I ain't...

The best way to go from knowing how to put a computer together out of the box but nothing else, to understanding how the 'innards' work? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Oct 5, 2009 - 16 answers

A beowulf cluster with nothing to do.

I scrapped all my junk computers together and made the most rag tag beowulf cluster ever in my living room. Mostly as a conversation starter. But now I have to figure out what to have it working on. What's something that will sound really cool?
posted by brenton on Sep 12, 2009 - 10 answers

What's cheaper, Windows based MBP-equivalent desktop computer?

In lieu of buying a tricked-out MacBook pro, I'm thinking about taking the advice in this comment and picking up a mostly equivalent, Windows-based desktop for around $500. Can you give me advice? [more inside]
posted by niles on Aug 22, 2009 - 10 answers

FreeNAS Hardware Specs

I'm going to make a dedicated FreeNAS box. Looking for hardware suggestions. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

What do I need to look at when buying a new laptop?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. Should I get a PC or Mac? What specs are important for me to look at when making a decision? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 2, 2009 - 31 answers

What's a good simple and cheap media or file server setup?

Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on May 29, 2009 - 12 answers

To RAID or not to RAID?

I just purchased two WD Caviar Black 500GB HDDs and I'm trying to figure out the best backup configuration for my home computer. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Feb 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Computer hardware: In Over My Head

Help a poor fool fix his computer. New motherboard has only one IDE slot. Have two old hard drives and two old CD drives. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kurtroehl on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Any good computer stores in Melbourne?

Does anyone know a good computer store based in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 6, 2008 - 8 answers

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months?

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months? I would like to make sure I'm prepared for future technology. I don't want to build totally for the present. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Wanted: Multitouch hardware and software solutions

Looking for robust multitouch hardware and programming. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jul 21, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I get data off a bad hard drive?

I am having a very unusual problem with my hard drive and CANNOT recover any data from it after trying numerous methods. Please help me with your technical expertise. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jun 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Computer hardware review sites?

Is there a website that tests computer hardware like Tom's Hardware does, but publishes comprehensive comparison artilces more regularly? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Jun 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Why do my DVD drives crap out so quickly?

Between the 4 desktops that my immediate family owns, we've probably been through 6 or 7 DVD burners in the last few years. Does everyone else have this kind of failure rate? Any recommendations on reasonably priced, quality drives, so that I don't have to keep replacing them? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on May 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Diagnose a computer-death, and advise on migrating the dead one to an imac?

My desktop computer is dead dead dead (I think -- can you help me be sure?). I was going to get a new iMac anyway, so now I'll just move those plans up. I understand there's a utility to migrate all my files from the old Windows machine to the new Mac -- how can I make that happen when the old one won't start? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Mar 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer?

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer? [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Feb 29, 2008 - 18 answers

Upgrading a video card vs. upgrading a CPU for gaming?

I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 9, 2008 - 18 answers

How to share loads of peripherals between two or more computers.

I'm trying to simplify my computer wiring situation, and could use some strategic advice. I have a bunch of devices, and 3 machines. How can 2 (or preferably all 3) machines share all the peripherals? My little KVM doesn't quite cut it. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 8, 2008 - 13 answers

I need a new motherboard and processor.

I need a new motherboard and processor compatible with my old hardware. [more inside]
posted by mithiirym on Dec 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Is this CRT monitor dying?

My old, faithful, color-reliable, flat screen, CRT computer monitor sometimes starts making a strange, extremely high-pitched noise, which - while not ear-piercing, is annoying. [more inside]
posted by _dario on Oct 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Laptop motherboards that can boot from USB

Can you name any laptop motherboards (brands, models, etc.) capable of booting from a USB flash drive? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud on Oct 3, 2007 - 11 answers

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