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"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

Beep beeeeep bang!

Please help me put a friends PC together. Right now I'm getting error codes. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Aug 31, 2008 - 5 answers

I want to turn my DS into an FX processor. How?

My Nintendo DS has a mic-in and headphone jack. I want to be able to send a signal from my amp/mixer/etc. to the DS for processing in the DS audio homebrew I've downloaded and send the processed signal out to the mixer/amp/etc. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Aug 15, 2008 - 4 answers

hardware

My laptop keyboard isn't working, and I'm not sure whether its a hardware or software problem. [more inside]
posted by londontomasbird on Aug 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Good source for attractive doorhandles?

Do you know where I can get some inexpensive and attractive lever-style doorhandles? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 31, 2008 - 12 answers

I'm confused about computer specs

How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
posted by talitha_kumi on Jul 31, 2008 - 11 answers

this or another shaving mirror

Gatco shaving mirrors - good quality? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Glass Doorknob

Where can we buy round glass doorknobs? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Jul 26, 2008 - 8 answers

LCDs without bezels.

Could an LCD display be made without a bezel ? [more inside]
posted by godidog on Jul 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Wanted: Multitouch hardware and software solutions

Looking for robust multitouch hardware and programming. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jul 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Competition for Belarc Advisor/Manager?

Competition for Belarc Advisor? For a whole network? Mefite reviews? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jul 7, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I get data off a bad hard drive?

I am having a very unusual problem with my hard drive and CANNOT recover any data from it after trying numerous methods. Please help me with your technical expertise. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jun 29, 2008 - 7 answers

How to power a Canon EOS from the grid?

Where can I find a AC power adapter (not battery charger!) for the Canon EOS / Digital Rebel series? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Jun 18, 2008 - 4 answers

MioMore Frustration

How can I force MioMore Desktop to work on a Vista computer? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Jun 14, 2008 - 1 answer

How difficult is a water softener install?

Much like my last question posted here four years ago about OS9, I am being flummoxed by hard water. Or more specifically, the level of difficulty wrt installing a water softener. How hard is it? [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Jun 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Computer hardware review sites?

Is there a website that tests computer hardware like Tom's Hardware does, but publishes comprehensive comparison artilces more regularly? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Jun 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Which of these computer components is faulty?

I bought a new motherboard and a new video card, and now my computer beeps and won't boot to Windows. Which one is to blame? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 6, 2008 - 14 answers

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