Suppose I'm thinking of purchasing an e-book reader (or an iPad/tablet), and my primary hesitation is that I don't want to buy a bunch of e-books in a format that (1) will someday be useless or unreadable or (2) will lock me into a specific brand of hardware forever. What do I need to know? [more inside]
iPhone "works with iPhone" hardware accessories, where do I start? [more inside]
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]
Two annoying MacBook Pro (2008) hardware issues/questions, one involving Boot Camp, the other an ExpressCard/34 serial adapter. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Are there any blogs about open-source hardware/software products? [more inside]
I want to hook up a bunch of force gauges (or accelerometers?) to PureData--what's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
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]
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]
Where can I buy computer hardware? Offline? [more inside]
Is it possible to lock one input device [mouse / tablet] to a single display? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs? [more inside]
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.
I need to buy a custom 1U server in or around Dallas. Tomorrow. [more inside]
emergency translation alert: What phrase would a Latin American Spanish speaker use to describe the following piece of closet hardware: [more inside]
I would like to find a hard drive enclosure that isn't enclosed. [more inside]
What is this nail/staple/wire thing? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of creating an iPhone/smartphone application vs. building a dedicated device? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
How do I get replacement hardware for an IKEA office chair in the US? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
My computer can't find its NIC, any ideas? [more inside]
Should I be a jerk and blow Dude's cover? [more inside]
How can I put HP DL160s on slide rails in an IBM rack? [more inside]
MacFilter: Can anyone recommend a hard drive enclosure for an old hard drive from a G5? [more inside]
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?
I broke my PC's motherboard :( Please help me pick a replacement and guide me through the installation process... [more inside]
I'm going to make a dedicated FreeNAS box. Looking for hardware suggestions. [more inside]
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]
I found three parallel port dongles and have no idea what software they go to. [more inside]
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]