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Have I managed to brick my elderly new to me iMac by updating Avira?

My brother gave me his 2008 27" iMac. I tried to update Avira on it and now I can't turn it on. Help! I don't know from Macs - I have always had PCs. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Nov 22, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I power up for more After Effects?

Can I power up my macbook pro to better run After Effects? Or do I need something else? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Mar 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Goodbye, XP...hello photo-optimized desktop?

So. I guess they're finally going to pry XP out of my hands after all. As long as I'm updating, I'm thinking of getting a new desktop which would be used primarily for photo editing and storage. Advice? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Mar 10, 2014 - 11 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I get Windows to work?

My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

How does my computer work?

I'm a proficient mac user, but I think I'd like to know more about how my machine works. Where do I go to learn more? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I need to buy a new PC laptop and have no clue where to start. My criteria: Good hardware, sleek design, good speakers, AWESOME customer service, NOT a macbook, under $900. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 14, 2011 - 20 answers

If you transplant the head, is it a brain transplant or a body transplant?

How much pain and suffering will there be if I replace a Windows 7 machine's motherboard, CPU and video card, but leave the hard drives? [more inside]
posted by chengjih on Jul 11, 2011 - 10 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

Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited.

Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited. [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Mar 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me choose my next keyboard

Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Feb 3, 2011 - 7 answers

I will build it, piece by piece

Help me understand computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jan 1, 2011 - 9 answers

How hard is it to assemble a bare-bones PC kit?

How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 20, 2010 - 27 answers

Unresponsive CD/DVD Drive, how can I fix it?

My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
posted by hafehd on Oct 31, 2010 - 5 answers

MOUSE ISNT WORKING in sc2

i just installed a new video caRD vn240gtmd1g and its workin and stuff but now i cant move the cursor in starcraft 2 everything else worlks fine i dont know what to do can anyone help?
posted by quseio on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Any port in a storm.

Time sensitive hardware question: I have a Biloxon SRP-370 thermal receipt printer. It uses an LPT cable. The POS computer uses lpt or com, but the software only talks to COM. Therefore, I need the printer to use COM instead. Where can I buy a com port that will fit it and get it shipped overnight?
posted by lazaruslong on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Due diligence before buying a used laptop...

Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

My home built PC is DOA. Help!

My new homebuilt PC is DOA (Dead on Assembly). Athlon dual core with an ASUS motherboard, GeForce 9500 and 2 GB of RAM. It is a barebones kit from Tiger Direct, so I shouldn't have any imcompatible parts. [more inside]
posted by COD on Dec 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for an external hard drive

My external hard drive has been making some very odd noises for a while and I’m looking for a good replacement. Your input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email on Nov 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Anything as good as an Apple Cinema Display?

Which monitor would you recommend in place of the Apple Cinema Displays which are too expensive?? [more inside]
posted by stevyb on May 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Why do mine keep breaking?

What's the normal lifespan of a wireless router for home use? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 7, 2009 - 34 answers

Nomadic computer components must be civilized

I'm looking for inspiration on how to reduce computer clutter. I run a lot of machines and make them do a lot of cool things, but in a 92sqm apartment where we're also trying to manage massive DVD, magazine, and book libraries, and where my previous work station (which was never all that orderly) has been conquered by my girlfriend's rampaging makeup and sewing stuff, it ain't easy. I want to compartmentalize, organize, and speed up the process of accessing my stuff. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Nov 29, 2008 - 10 answers

I'm confused about computer specs

How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
posted by talitha_kumi on Jul 31, 2008 - 11 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

Which of these computer components is faulty?

I bought a new motherboard and a new video card, and now my computer beeps and won't boot to Windows. Which one is to blame? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Linux-compatible very slender PCI vid card?

I need a skinny, possibly fanless video card for a 1 U server. Linux drivers, PCI Express, very little room for it to live. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Apr 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Building a system on the new AMD 780G chipset....video question...

I’m building my first desktop system in many many years now and getting back up to speed on all the hot topics is taking a while. I’m leaning towards getting the GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H which is based on the 780G northbridge so it has the integrated graphics with the hybrid crossfire feature (and also is miniATX size and has audio optical out, HDMI…). Review here and here continued... [more inside]
posted by joshgray on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Optimal computer set-up for web production work?

I have a chance to request a new hardware set up for work (web production). I want to strike a good balance between having good tools to do my work but not asking for way more than I need (I work at a non-profit, and while we are a large non-profit, we are still a non-profit). What should I ask for? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by unsigned on Sep 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Did my new RAM kill my video adapter?

BSODFilter: I tried to install a RAM upgrade in my girlfriend's Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop, and got nothing on screen after powerup. So I replaced the old DIMM, and got the BSOD -- the file that was missing was a driver for the Intel video adapter. Long story short, it's still not working. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Aug 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Gillware - good or bad?

Does anyone have experiences with Gillware for recovering data from a dead hard drive, aside from user bhance? They are cheaper than the big enterprise-level data recovery companies, but I'd like to see comments from more than one person if possible.
posted by matildaben on Jun 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Monitoring computer temperature

Looking for GNU or similar idea temperature monitoring software. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Can you identify this connector?

Can you identify this connector? It's actually for bluetooth in the Mac Pro, but I want to figure out what this 10-pin connector is officially called so that I can buy a male analog of it. [more inside]
posted by floam on Jan 27, 2007 - 16 answers

Adding a new HDD to an old PC

I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jan 13, 2007 - 17 answers

Bargain-bin computer parts near Washington, DC?

I'm looking for a good computer-parts store in or around the DC Metro area; 'good' meaning one that has "junk bins" of parts that can be pawed through, lots of used gear, no salespeople, etc. Specifically not a big-box store. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Dec 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?

Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince on Dec 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Why is my USB storage device lying to me??

Why is my USB storage device lying to me?? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Dec 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Need more power with no power!

What is the most powerful AGP video card I can use with a 200W power supply? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

How can I fix my CD-R?

How can I fix my CD-R? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Save 40+ G4s from the Recycler

My campus has a pile of (maybe 40) dual 1GHz G4 PowerMacs that have reached their "end-of-life". Usually we ship them off to a recycler, but that seems like a sin for what are perfectly good systems. What should be do with them? There's a little bit ... [more inside]
posted by roue on Aug 15, 2006 - 44 answers

Windows keyboard repeat-rate gremlin

My Windows 2000 system has started spontaneously reducing the key-repeat rate and the rate at which windows scroll, slowing each to a crawl. Other weirdness accompanies this. [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Apr 4, 2006 - 9 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

Destroy my drives!

What do you or your company do regarding physical destruction of hard drives? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Feb 3, 2006 - 36 answers

What router typically assigns 10.1.9.1 ip?

What type of router typically has a gateway of 10.1.9.1, 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

Computer upgrade options

I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Elpoca on Jan 5, 2006 - 23 answers

help me upgrade my computer

Help me, a hardware ignoramus, upgrade my computer... [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Nov 29, 2005 - 9 answers

Replacement hard drive for G3 iMac

I need to replace the hard drive in a G3 iMac. What type of disc will I need? [more inside]
posted by kenchie on Aug 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Quickly learn the latest computer hardware?

Is there a website to quickly get up to speed on the latest computer hardware? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Aug 22, 2005 - 7 answers

Where can I get customized USB drives for a good price?

Where can I get customized USB thumb drives for a good price? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Come on Works, work!

Extremely odd and specific Microsoft Works word processor text entry problem... [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Aug 1, 2005 - 5 answers

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