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Re-upgrading a home computer for Revit

A little over a year ago, I posted this question about upgrading my home computer to be able to run Revit. I successfully monkeyed with my box to be able to run Revit 2012, but now my firm has upgraded me to Revit 2013, for which my video card no longer works properly. The major complication now is that I got the only video card I could find that worked with Revit and fit my motherboard, so this time it won't be as simple as just switching out the card. What's my best course of action to remedy the current situation? Technical stuff, specs and further questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I make my grandson laugh like a drunk?

How do I make one of those "Little Girl Laughing...SLOWED DOWN" videos with some footage of my grandson? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 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

the bed's worn and tired legs

What is this white/metal part on my bed frame called, and where can I get replacements? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jun 28, 2012 - 3 answers

attractive and affordable barn door hardware for the win?

Barn door bathroom door? How to do this, and where to get hardware? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jun 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Nut keeps falling off of bolt

How can I make these nuts and bolts stay put? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Connect MP3 Player to In-dash Connectors

Is there a way to connect an MP3 player directly into the connectors inside the dashboard of my 2002 Hyundai Accent without having to install a radio? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525 on Apr 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Flash Video Troubles

The red and blue channels of *some* videos I watch with the Firefox Flash plugin on sites like youtube are swapped. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find closure for the wooden box I'm making over

I'm giving a small wooden box a makeover and have run into a catch when it comes to finding a catch for it. Where can I find steel or silver-tone 15mm hinges and a decorative 25mm catch, lock or hasp?
posted by orange swan on Apr 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me buy a custom gaming PC

What are some good, reliable, up-to-date websites that discuss buying and building a budget gaming PC? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Mar 26, 2012 - 13 answers

New soldering iron! What should I make?

I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 15, 2012 - 17 answers

In search of clever shelf hardware

Clever hardware for making shelves quickly and easily -- where can I find more? [more inside]
posted by redfoxtail on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find a laptop for programming

I generally work from home and have an excellent desktop machine that never lets me down. Occasionally I have to travel, and when I do I take an ancient Dell Inspiron 8500 to work on and use for remote support. Long story short, the Dell has died and I'm out of touch with laptop options. Anyone know the best portable machines for programmers? [more inside]
posted by samworm on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Inside: Leak. Outside: Water (ice) coming from under eaves. What to do?

HOME REPAIR: My over-the-range microwave had water in it! I uninstalled it and found a slow drip coming from the vent duct. Then I went outside and saw a bunch of ice coming out from under the eaves. I don't know much about home construction or repair. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Displaying a Cinemagraph

What is the minimum hardware needed to display a cinemagraph? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Jan 6, 2012 - 3 answers

An ancient lie that is no more?

Are GBs given for SSD capacities actually GiBs (2^30 bytes each) or standard "hard disk GBs" (10^9 bytes each)? [more inside]
posted by themel on Jan 5, 2012 - 4 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 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

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 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

Hardware mod to fix Automatic Brightness on Android smartphone?

I've got an idea to fix the crappy automatic brightness sensor on my Android phone. Will it work / screw anything up? [more inside]
posted by anthill on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Transform a marketing person into a product person in 12 easy steps. First admit you have a problem...

Help me be the best product development person ever! (Or, what don't I know about product development that should scare me?) Books, research, advice, online courses, whatever! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Can you hear me now? Not good.

Strange problem with iPhone while on calls; I sometimes can't be heard by the other party. Not sure if hardware or software. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Oct 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Me and my Jones (fracture), we got a thing going on.....

I've recently become the owner of a stainless steel screw in my fifth metatarsal due to a Jones Fracture. Have you had hardware like this installed and subsequently removed? [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation

Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 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

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

Help me time travel.

I have some devices (scanners, actually) for which there are no drivers for Windows 7. Is there some way to use them anyway? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Upgrading a home system for Revit

I'd like to upgrade my home computer to be able to run Revit, but I'm a complete n00b for anything having to do with looking under the hood of my computer and switching out/augmenting hardware. Please help me figure out what components I've got currently, what I need to upgrade, and what potential conflicts will arise. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Aug 15, 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

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

Please help me show off my professional portfolio!

Please help me create awesome digital presentations for my professional portfolio! Am looking to create a series of slideshows for presentation on a tablet, and need some hardware/software recommendations. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 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

Kitchen Clutter Control! Help me find shelves for my counter.

I want to mount narrow shelves at the back of my kitchen counters, along the top of the backsplash. I have not been able to find anything suitable to match the dark decor. I have black laminate counters with dark cherry-finish wood cabinets. All the hardware in our house is oil-rubbed bronze. See PHOTOS. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Jun 29, 2011 - 8 answers

WiFi N recommendations?

Which wireless N router? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Is this large lab centrifuge capable of spinning? How can I check without a rotor attachment?

Is there any way to find out if the "spin functionality" of a large laboratory centrifuge is operational when said centrifuge was purchased secondhand and did not come with any rotor attachments? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 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

How to diagnose gaming freeze-ups?

My home-built computer seems to not want to undergo any extended load (gaming) without freezing up to extents varying by game. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by pahalial on May 11, 2011 - 13 answers

Time Machine status: stuck in the now

The bad news: catastrophic hard drive failure! The good news: it's my back-up drive. Help me replace it. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Apr 29, 2011 - 8 answers

new laptop + Minecraft. trying to avoid heartbreak. your experience could be helpful.

new laptop + Minecraft. trying to avoid heartbreak. your experience could be helpful. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Apr 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking Hardware: Articulated Joints

I'm wanting to build a sculpture armature for small-to-medium-sized clay work. It'll be pretty typical, except that I want the horizontal support arm to have two articulated, lockable joints so I can easily reposition a sculpture while I'm working on it. I was picturing three long, thin bolts of a few inches length screwed on to some kind of joint with a wingnut. I've looked at hardware stores but haven't found anything like this and I'm not sure how to articulate what I need. [more inside]
posted by picea on Apr 6, 2011 - 3 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

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT not slim) can handle?

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
posted by omaralareefi on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 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

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