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Is there a tough electric line trimmer?

Line trimmers. I'd like to go with an electric line trimmer, but they don't seem to have the same amount of torque as the gas variety. Does anyone have experience with a very robust, torquey electric line trimmer? It has to be able to cut through blackberry bushes, for example of growth it needs to whack down.
posted by grefo on May 25, 2004 - 3 answers

Dead Apple Pixels

How many pixels need to be broken for Apple to replace one of their laptop screens? (more inside)
posted by garethspor on May 22, 2004 - 13 answers

Has anyone had any experiences with the guys at sysbuilder.com?

Has anyone had any experiences with these guys or other such shops?
posted by kenko on May 12, 2004 - 5 answers

Is generic vs. brand name a big deal when dealing with RAM?

This is an extremely subjective question...In an earlier thread I mentioned that I couldn't find memory below $150, but several members here found it for much less. However, much of the cheaper RAM is generic. Does it matter? Is generic vs. brand name a big deal when dealing with RAM?
posted by BlueTrain on May 12, 2004 - 15 answers

Netscreen FR114P Firewall

I need some help with a Netscreen FR114P Firewall. The problem I'm having is that I can't get it to work with fixed IP's. More inside... [more inside]
posted by trbrts on May 7, 2004 - 0 answers

Laptop Shopping

I'd like to purchase a laptop for my work, but I know jack crap about hardware, and I don't know where to start looking. Anyone have recommendations on where to go about getting a robust laptop for a fair price? (Specifically, a Windows machine with lots of speed and memory for graphic design and software development -- size/appearance aren't much of a concern.)
posted by oissubke on May 1, 2004 - 4 answers

Bad Keyboard

Th 'e' ky on my laptop is misbehaving a lot. I took it off, but there is just a rubberisd nobble undr there. What should I do? Can i fix th thing by taking th laptop apart? shall I just typ funny? Hlp?
posted by twine42 on Apr 29, 2004 - 8 answers

hardware/software to transfer VHS to DVD

I need suggestions on a good hardware/software combo that will allow me to transfer some stuff from VHS to DVD (along with any other advice). [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Apr 28, 2004 - 6 answers

Looking for a product that will allow small network equipment to be mounted in a standard 19" rack

Does anybody know if a product exists that will allow small network equipment to be mounted in a standard 19" rack? [:--more inside--:] [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights on Apr 22, 2004 - 4 answers

Hard Drive Failure

Yet Another Hard Drive Failure: My laptop started hanging periodically, and eventually stopped booting. Suspecting a hard drive failure, I swapped drives, and sure enough, it works fine now. Except, of course, for the old hard drive. I've put that in a USB enclosure and I've been able to recover some of the data in fits and starts. However, it continues to lock sporadically while the data is being read, and XP will occasionally drop the drive, no longer showing it in explorer. Is there a better way to recover my data, given the inability to stay connected to it via USB? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on Apr 20, 2004 - 8 answers

Help with buying a laptop

Can you help me spend an absolute max. of £1500 (UKP) on a laptop PC? Using some quite hefty/nasty engineering apps so it needs some grunt to it; wirless technology would be nice, but is not essential; and something that looks the part would be ace too! [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 15, 2004 - 9 answers

Do I need a new hard drive?

Continuing with my stupid computer.... I bought a new Gateway since they're closing their stores. I then put the old hard drive in the new computer. Then the computer wouldn't start. Is this a function of a bad hard drive? It didn't fit in the drive bay, so did I ground it out (I sat it to rest on the case.. is that a bad thing?)? When I took the old hard drive out of the computer, it booted up fine, which leads me to think that it's the hard drive that's causing both systems to lock up. Do I just need a new hard drive for my old computer? Thoughts?
posted by ajpresto on Apr 9, 2004 - 6 answers

HP Backlight

I recently acquired a laptop, an HP Pavilion n5340, and the backlight doesn't like to come on until after the laptop's been on a few minutes. After that, it stays on. I've checked around, and google tells me that the LCD inverter most likely to blame, but I want to know if anyone has personal experience with this. Has anyone else run into this problem (and fixed it) ?
posted by angry modem on Apr 6, 2004 - 6 answers

Compaq Presario 1800T laptop (PIII, 650Mhz, 10GB HDD, w2K, 390MB RAM) with what appears to be a hardware problem.

I've got a Compaq Presario 1800T laptop (PIII, 650Mhz, 10GB HDD, w2K, 390MB RAM) with what appears to be a hardware problem. More inside... [more inside]
posted by gnz2001 on Apr 5, 2004 - 6 answers

Dealing with limited IP addresses

My ISP (cable) provides me with two IP addresses, but I now have three computers. What's the best way to set this up? (More-->) [more inside]
posted by timeistight on Apr 3, 2004 - 4 answers

Where to find mouse and keyboard for Mac Plus

I picked up an abandoned Mac Plus on the sidewalk yesterday, for sentimental reasons. It boots, expecting a floppy. I haven't tried booting it fully yet, but it should work. The screen is wonky, but fixable.

Anyhow, I need to locate a mouse and keyboard, since it lacks them - and it predates ADB (which I do have). Is there an easy (and cheap) source for this, or should I just prowl computer "junk" stores and thrift stores?
posted by O9scar on Mar 30, 2004 - 11 answers

Suggestions for a workgroup color printer for under $400?

Suggestions for a workgroup color printer for under $400? It needs to connect to a network via ethernet.
posted by Macboy on Mar 26, 2004 - 4 answers

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case?

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case? {More Inside} [more inside]
posted by Grod on Mar 18, 2004 - 6 answers

Treehouse Help

I need help with a treehouse! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by bradth27 on Mar 16, 2004 - 16 answers

What to do with a cd network tower?

I've got a 14 cd network tower. I cannot figure out why I would use it instead of a big ol' hard drive. Anyone have any idea what I could use it for? [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Mar 16, 2004 - 6 answers

Potential hard drive failure: What do I do?

Potential hard drive failure: What do I do? [more inside} [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 on Mar 3, 2004 - 5 answers

PC power supply effect on memory report

PC hardware problem: I recently had my power supply replaced and now the computer now only reads half the RAM it actually has plugged into it... [more inside]
posted by picea on Mar 1, 2004 - 4 answers

How do I slow down my CD drive so it's quieter?

My 48x CD-R drive is *really loud*. Is there any way to slow it down for basic tasks like audio CD playback? Googling finds me some brand-specific "control panel" apps, but this is a no-name model. Is there a generic utility out there?
posted by Aaorn on Feb 22, 2004 - 3 answers

How do I find hardware drivers after a clean install of Win2000?

The HD on my Dell died recently. I bought a new one, and did a clean install of Win2K Pro. Now I have an operating comuter with no drivers for the hardware... How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Feb 8, 2004 - 3 answers

What type of DVD burner should I get?

DVD+R? -R? *R? /R? I'm confused on what type of burner to pick up. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by DaShiv on Feb 4, 2004 - 10 answers

Risk of Hard Disk damage by having speakers near my computer?

I want to know if I run the risk of Hard Disk damage by having large (8 inch sub+midrange) speakers near my computer. I have a Western Digital 100GB 7200 and a 160GB 8MB cache disk installed. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Jan 21, 2004 - 2 answers

eMachines laptop reviews (circa 2004)?

i'm thinking of buying a laptop, and i see on bestbuy.com that they have an eMachines M5312 for $999 after rebate. does anyone here have an eMachines laptop, and, if so, how satisfied are you with it?
posted by callicles on Jan 15, 2004 - 20 answers

Adding a hard drive to an old PC

I have a old PC. I want to buy a big new (non-boot, second) hard drive. Will I have problems? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jan 14, 2004 - 6 answers

CDRW worked in Win98SE, inoperable in XP

I have a MITSUMI CR-4804TE CDRW drive. While it's slow, it worked perfectly fine for me while I was running Win98SE. Now that I've got XP, it's all gone to pot [more]. [more inside]
posted by precocious on Jan 11, 2004 - 5 answers

Hard drive backup suggestions?

I have a WinXp machine with three hard drives, each one holding 100GB. I'm researching backup alternatives, and there are tons these days (tape drives, external firewire drives, jazz drives, etc.). I'd like to find a solution that strikes a nice balance between ease of use, cost and durability. Any suggestions?
posted by grumblebee on Jan 8, 2004 - 8 answers

Anybody have any software recommendations to verify hardware integrity?

I built a computer for a friend and he tells me that it hangs and freezes out of nowhere (XP Professional SP1). Anybody have any software recommendations to verify hardware integrity?
posted by Keyser Soze on Jan 5, 2004 - 13 answers

Do hardware upgrades mean HD reformatting is in my future?

I'm considering upgrading the processor (and possibly the motherboard) on an older PC. Am I going to have to reformat the HD? Obviously, I'll back up all the data just in case, but I was under the impression that the OS would just find the new hardware upon booting up for the first time. The 14 year-old at the local CompUSA claims otherwise--that I'll have to rebuild the OS once I put the new processor in place. So which is it?
posted by jpoulos on Dec 30, 2003 - 8 answers

Scanner Repair

I just acquired a scanner that was destined for the dump. THe only thing wrong with it is that the glass is fogged on the interior of the scanner. I would think that opening it and cleaning it would be fairly straight forward, and am wondering if anyone has had an experience to suggest this is a none trivial operation. [more inside]
posted by Grod on Dec 24, 2003 - 8 answers

Christmas shopping for a new video card.

Computer hardware: As part of her Christmas present, I want to buy my wife a video card for her PC (she's a serious geek). What's a good one? [more] [more inside]
posted by normy on Dec 23, 2003 - 11 answers

Solving IRQ conflicts?

What do you do when two devices want the same IRQ and are unwilling to share? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by trharlan on Dec 22, 2003 - 14 answers

Hardwood floors

Anyone know anything about refinishing hardwood floors? I discovered really nice hardwood under the ugly tile that covers the floors of my house, but there's a few areas where spills seeped through, and the wood has bleached out. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 13, 2003 - 17 answers

Are Tablet PCs a passing gimmick or an emerging necessity?

Are Tablet PCs a passing gimmick or an emerging necessity? [More] [more inside]
posted by Hildago on Dec 11, 2003 - 9 answers

Digital Audio Recording

I'm thinking about doing a bit of home recording & have been pondering 4-tracks & the like for a few weeks. Lately, though, I've been thinking it'd make more sense to do it all digitally through my computer & not worry about tapes & stuff. Given the need for hardware and software, what can fellow MeFites recommend that might set me back less than, say, $300?
posted by zempf on Dec 10, 2003 - 11 answers

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