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MacBook Pro hardware -- please hope me

Two annoying MacBook Pro (2008) hardware issues/questions, one involving Boot Camp, the other an ExpressCard/34 serial adapter. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Good overall book on the PC?

I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for high-quality security fastener in small quantities.

I'm looking for a high-quality tamper-reistant nut (like a Bryce penta-nut) in 8x1.25mm (8mm coarse), and in small quantities. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 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

Help me keep in touch with another side of my geekness?

Are there any blogs about open-source hardware/software products? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Force Gauges and PureData?

I want to hook up a bunch of force gauges (or accelerometers?) to PureData--what's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Mar 4, 2010 - 6 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

Why does one side of my headphones keep dying?

My headphones keep running into the same problem: after several months of use, one side stops working. Why does this happen, and how can I fix them? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Feb 22, 2010 - 16 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

How to lock an input device to one display.

Is it possible to lock one input device [mouse / tablet] to a single display? [more inside]
posted by n3rt on Jan 29, 2010 - 4 answers

This door is secured, sir!

I've got Weslock doorknobs in my new house... which I can remove easily, except for the ones with privacy latches, like the bathroom doors. The privacy latch is a little button on the side of the door with the collar that's supposed to rotate so that you can access the screws underneath it. How do I get it out of my way? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jan 20, 2010 - 12 answers

How long will it take Apple to fix a fan problem on a MBP?

How will Apple fix this problem with my laptop's fan (possibly logic board and/or hard drive), and how long will it take? [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Jan 16, 2010 - 5 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

What is this metal thing?

What is this metal thing, and where can I get another one? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Jan 9, 2010 - 8 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

Suggest some online stores for DIY electronic gadget making.

Can you recommend some good stores like http://www.goldmine-elec.com/ and http://www.sparkfun.com/ I'm looking for little motors, gears, metal rods, rubber rollers/grommets as well as electrical components.
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Dec 3, 2009 - 20 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

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

Trying to get old files from older HDD

I'm trying to get my old files off of an old Hard-disk. Old PC is XP newer PC is Vista. I removed the Hardisk from the OLD computer. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE cable. When I plug in the Hard-disk via USB, I hear the confirmation tone that you hear everytime you plug in a USB. I see a "ST340082 0AS SCSI Disk Device" in the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the tray. but I do not see the Drive. I can't really afford an External Hard drive. But I will eventually if I have to. Cna anyone help me please.
posted by Student of Man on Oct 27, 2009 - 12 answers

Where to buy server hardware in Dallas?

I need to buy a custom 1U server in or around Dallas. Tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by edmz on Oct 27, 2009 - 20 answers

What would you call it?

emergency translation alert: What phrase would a Latin American Spanish speaker use to describe the following piece of closet hardware: [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Computer Pony Request!

I would like to find a hard drive enclosure that isn't enclosed. [more inside]
posted by Bonzai on Oct 5, 2009 - 11 answers

What is this U-Shaped Nail With a Jacket?

What is this nail/staple/wire thing? [more inside]
posted by lore on Oct 5, 2009 - 6 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

How to reliably and safely move 50kg half a meter?

Every day I need to transfer a piece of equipment from a dolly to another piece of equipment. It weighs about 50 kg (~100 lbs). How can I do this safely and with minimal strain? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Sep 29, 2009 - 13 answers

MacBook Unibody Floppy-Hinge Hacks?

The hinge on my partner's new unibody MacBook Pro is just-loose-enough to make using it in bed annoying. Solutions, cases or a hack welcomed. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Sep 19, 2009 - 24 answers

iPhoneDevFilter: Smartphone app or dedicated device?

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of creating an iPhone/smartphone application vs. building a dedicated device? [more inside]
posted by jplane on Sep 17, 2009 - 15 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

PleaseDon'tJudgeMeFilter.

I have a bunch of HDTV shows recorded on a HD DVR. How can I make a video compilation without knowing anything about video editing? Complication: Linux household. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Best DVD Burner?

What's the best DVD burner? I need a new DVD burner, is there any reason I should buy one model over another, or should I just get whatever's on sale today? [more inside]
posted by davr on Sep 10, 2009 - 9 answers

DSL hardware help

I want to help my aunt get set up with DSL service. She has phone service with AT&T and DSL is available in her area. Her computer is an HP Pavillion that is about 6 yrs. old running XP. To avoid her having to pay AT&T's $200 fee for a tech to come out and get her going, what can I do from a hardware standpoint? Does DSL use an Ethernet port or a dial-up modem port? Should I buy her a DSL modem or will AT&T provide one? Sorry for these NooB questions as I've only dealt with cable Internet service. Thanks.
posted by jingo74 on Sep 3, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I get replacement hardware for an IKEA office chair in the US?

How do I get replacement hardware for an IKEA office chair in the US? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Sep 1, 2009 - 8 answers

harbor freight type store in/near boston

Is there anything similar to Harbor Freight in the Boston metro area, T-accessible? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Aug 30, 2009 - 3 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

How to chose an server for a small mac digital media lab?

I'm trying to figure out my options for setting up a small digital media lab for a new non-profit, but I have no idea how to set a minimum level of server specs! How much CPU and RAM do I really need? What determines this? The server will be used to administer local user accounts, and store files (including large media files). We may also end up using it to host our website and mail, if it makes sense (unlikely). All the main client computers will be macs, so I assume I should make life easier and just get an XServe. But I'm open to other suggestions. See below for some prices and models for various XServe's I'm trying to choose between. How low can I go? How much CPU/RAM do I need? Let me know if you need more information... [more inside]
posted by yuletide on Aug 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Tools That Make Other Tools

How did we go from basic rough hand tools to the point of having really precise tools? Specifically, how do you make a better tool from the ones you have on hand? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Aug 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Where'd my network card go!?

My computer can't find its NIC, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Aug 11, 2009 - 13 answers

I shouldn't be a jerk but...

Should I be a jerk and blow Dude's cover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 - 21 answers

Most boring server rack question ever

How can I put HP DL160s on slide rails in an IBM rack? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Aug 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Hard drive enclosure for a G5 hard drive

MacFilter: Can anyone recommend a hard drive enclosure for an old hard drive from a G5? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino on Jul 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Can viruses damage hardware?

I recently met someone who told me he'd had to discard all the hard disks and memory chips from his computers due to their being infected by a virus. He'd had to discard graphics cards and even an expensive printer because its internal memory had become corrupted by the virus (rorschach, I think). I had never before heard of permanent damage to hardware from virus infection. Clue me in, please?
posted by carterk on Jul 12, 2009 - 46 answers

Help me install a new CPU/mobo

I broke my PC's motherboard :( Please help me pick a replacement and guide me through the installation process... [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Jul 3, 2009 - 4 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

You have _this_ video card, you have _this_much_ RAM, you have _this_many_disks_ with _this_much_ space, your favorite color is _purple_ and your processor is made by _Intel_.

Free or near-free configuration management tool that examines a system and outputs a report? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Jun 19, 2009 - 5 answers

My ding-a-ling, my Dong-a-long, I want to play with my Dongle-Long

I found three parallel port dongles and have no idea what software they go to. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 6, 2009 - 1 answer

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

DEATHMATCH: Tenori-on Vs Monome

Which is a better musical instrument: the Tenori-on or the Monome? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 29, 2009 - 11 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

Diagnose my laptop...

When I turn on my Asus A8Jm (NVIDIA go7600) laptop, I get a strangely beautiful cross-hatching of colored lines. This sounds like a fried video card, right? Luckily, the card is replaceable... how likely is that this is the only problem and replacing the card will fix things?
posted by geos on May 15, 2009 - 6 answers

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