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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

"In laymen's terms we'd recommend not turning it off."

An LG 22' widescreen monitor, a few months old and seemingly not overheating or failing thanks to the computer, shuts itself off and won't come back on without a power cycle. I'd like to avoid returning it to base if possible. [more inside]
posted by stelas on May 15, 2009 - 5 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

sansa e280 problem

Sansa e280 problem. Corrupted files. When I turn it on, logo wipes on, holds a few seconds, fades to white, repeats endlessly. Following forum directions for reformatting, I remove battery, slide switch to Hold, connect to computer. Purple ring lights up, screen displays Shutting Down message, e280 shuts down. Alternately, I slide switch off Hold, but then it loops as described in third sentence. Sandisk tech support isn't responding. Any ideas?
posted by markcmyers on Apr 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find the awesomest laptop ever.

Laptop filter: please help me find an awesome laptop for business and personal use for the next 3-4 years. (Feel free to recommend an ideal setup, rather than the hardware itself if you feel so inclined.) [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey on Apr 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me replace a hinge on my folding coffee table.

Hardware experts: can you help me identify this hinge? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Apr 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me clean my laptop

Help me clean my laptop! [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Apr 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Video Conferencing Solutions

Help me learn more about video conferencing and the equipment I'll need. [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Mar 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Always locked front door knob

I'm looking for a front door lock or doorknob that stays locked even after you've opened the door. [more inside]
posted by fnerg on Mar 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Pixels not included.

I'm at my wits' end trying to find a suitable LCD monitor to use as a secondary screen for an oldish Toshiba laptop. [more inside]
posted by _dario on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Minimum PC specs for playing HD video files?

What are the minimum specs for a PC to play HD video files smoothly? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Mar 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Please help identify this weird RF connector?

Can anybody identify or adapt this connector on my Terratec cinergy 850e PVR box? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Mar 22, 2009 - 7 answers

PB G4 17in Display: Am I really screwed, or just kinda screwed?

My PowerBook G4 17in, with the dreaded W85 serial number is displaying (or rather not) a white 1.25in vertical block down the left side. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Mar 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Pick a Harddrive for my mac

Can anyone help me pick a new hard drive for my first generation MacBook? [more inside]
posted by alan on Mar 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Can anyone recommend Mac compatible external (USB or FW) video capture hardware?

I just ordered the updated Mac Mini, and I'm looking around for an external box that I can plug analog or DV sources into to capture video. The main purpose would be to capture a lot of old material on VHS and Hi8 tape that is getting well past expiration date. If it could tune into cable or over-the-air tv, that'd be great, but it's really just capturing/encoding video from external sources (RCA,S-Video,DV) that it needs to do well. I have one of these things for inputting analog/outputting digital audio, and it works great with its parent application. I'm hoping to find something similar in quality for video. My price point is $200-400. Does anyone have experience using something like this, that they'd care to recommend?
posted by $0up on Mar 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Ladder hinges - what name do they go by?

What do you call those locking hinges on ordinary stepladders? And where can I buy one or two? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Mar 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Why is my USB headset/mic only buzzing when I use Dragon Naturally Speaking?

buzzing noise in Dragon Naturally Speaking, but not on other programs. Using VMWare fusion to run DNS on my Mac, and recording/listening through a Dinex USB headset with microphone. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Feb 17, 2009 - 3 answers

To RAID or not to RAID?

I just purchased two WD Caviar Black 500GB HDDs and I'm trying to figure out the best backup configuration for my home computer. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Feb 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Computer hardware: In Over My Head

Help a poor fool fix his computer. New motherboard has only one IDE slot. Have two old hard drives and two old CD drives. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kurtroehl on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Shipping database servers and electronics in the US. Need advice.

Shipping 500-1000 pounds of electronics (some sensitive, fragile) cross country. Anyone have advice or resources? This is in the US. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba on Jan 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Modern Barndoor Hardware

Where can I find a less expensive industrial version of the popular Klassik sliding door track system seen in Dwell mag and here? [more inside]
posted by jeffmac on Jan 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive.

Looking for a hard drive adapter/box for an IBM Travelstar laptop hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Hard Drive Limited to 1.5 GB/sec?

So I'm installing a new Seagate 500GB SATA HDD in my PC, when I notice, for the first time somehow, a jumper that limits the drive to 1.5 GB/s. What's that all about? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 14, 2009 - 6 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

Why aren't there any 3rd party wireless controllers for current game consoles?

Why aren't there any 3rd party wireless controllers for current game consoles? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Any good computer stores in Melbourne?

Does anyone know a good computer store based in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 6, 2008 - 8 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

Identify LCD panel

Help me identify an Optrex 10 pin lcd panel/controller so I can program it. [more inside]
posted by fingo on Nov 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Comparison of computer hardware technologies?

Is there a good website for generic computer hardware information and comparisons? By that I mean a website that compares, for example, different RAM technologies and their pros and cons -- as opposed to comparing brands. It needs to be updated frequently. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Nov 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Getting started producing electronic music?

How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Oct 28, 2008 - 24 answers

p vs. i - the heck?

IBM-Hardwre-FIlter - So it's a shot in the dark, but anyone in the know about IBM Power servers? Specifically differences between the P550 and i550 offerings? I've got a bit [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Oct 9, 2008 - 5 answers

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months?

What type of capabilities should I look to include in a computer I'm planning on building within the next few months? I would like to make sure I'm prepared for future technology. I don't want to build totally for the present. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Podcasting Equipment

Podcasting questions [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Sep 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Podcast pointers and primers, please.

Podcast pointers and primers, please. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Sep 29, 2008 - 3 answers

What do you do when you don't want to buy more fancy Apple drives?

Older Apple Hardware Filter: My Google-fu has failed me. Anyone have some resources on/experience with replacing Apple-branded SATA drives in a G5 XServe with non-Apple-branded ones? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Sep 9, 2008 - 9 answers

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