I want to edit video on my bottom-of-the-line Dell Dimension 3100... cost-effective suggestions for success? [more inside]
posted by dismitree
on Feb 27, 2008 -
LinuxNewbie/Hardware Filter: I just bought a Dell T105
server and installed Ubuntu on it. The machine is great, but graphics performance is very very bad. It only has PCI and PCIe 8x slots, no PCIe 16x ones. Is it possible to get a compatible graphics card? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on Feb 25, 2008 -
I have an MP3 player that uses a standard 3.5mm wired set of headphones.
I also have a mobile phone that supports bluetooth.
Is there a headset device that would let me listen to my MP3 player as normal, but when a call was received switch to the phone/bluetooth connection? [more inside]
posted by paulfreeman
on Feb 19, 2008 -
NYCfilter: I've been assigned to track down the most helpful, friendly, patient hardware store employee in the city. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic
on Feb 11, 2008 -
What are the best components for a build it yourself system these days? Not nec. brands but what specs are important. Can you rec'd a good place to read about the options?
posted by Barrows
on Feb 10, 2008 -
I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Feb 9, 2008 -
I'm trying to simplify my computer wiring situation, and could use some strategic advice.
I have a bunch of devices, and 3 machines. How can 2 (or preferably all 3) machines share all the peripherals? My little KVM doesn't quite cut it. [more inside]
posted by swift
on Feb 8, 2008 -
Will a laptop keyboard with a different layout (and a subtly different number of keys) be a good replacement for the currently caffeinated one? [more inside]
posted by _dario
on Feb 8, 2008 -
Wireless device on my girlfriend's hp has just stopped working. Regardless of the position of the switch, the light remains amber and not blue. Is this a hardware problem that needs professional attention? Or is there something that we can try to get it going? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch
on Feb 7, 2008 -
Is PCIe 1.x x16 a viable technology for a gaming PC intended to last for the next 3+ years? What about DDR2? [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar
on Dec 27, 2007 -
say i bought one of those eee pc laptops (google it if you don't know). How unrealistically difficult would it be to replace the sad little screen with something larger? [more inside]
posted by nihlton
on Dec 10, 2007 -
My computer seems to be restarting when there's a lot of activity going on - i.e. heavy downloading, many apps, etc. Please help! [more inside]
posted by zavulon
on Dec 9, 2007 -
Nine drawers, two compartments in each drawer, and over a hundred miscellaneous tools. Help me organize my tool chest. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt
on Nov 13, 2007 -
Looking for a cabinet latch...I need a cabinet latch that looks somewhat like a bow-tie, with a screw in the middle that you turn to keep a cabinet door shut. [more inside]
posted by andreap
on Nov 3, 2007 -
Strange Hardware question (not that kind of hardware): I cannot for the life of me find any information on a particular fastener used in mating the two halves of a large wooden table. [more inside]
posted by barc0001
on Oct 31, 2007 -
Do any modern graphics cards still support 8-bit palettized textures? If not, what were the last ones that did? [more inside]
posted by baf
on Oct 24, 2007 -
My old, faithful, color-reliable, flat screen, CRT computer monitor sometimes starts making a strange, extremely high-pitched noise, which - while not ear-piercing, is annoying. [more inside]
posted by _dario
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Can you name any laptop motherboards (brands, models, etc.) capable of booting from a USB flash drive? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud
on Oct 3, 2007 -
I'm going for a pretty significant (and overdue) upgrade on my desktop PC and as part of this, I'm considering water-cooled system. I looking at a Core 2 Duo Conroe 2.66 GHz CPU
, eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS
and similar motherboard/RAM. I'm looking for a solid water-cooling setup that will be reliable and quiet
. Basically, I'm wondering about kits vs. a la carte, solid manufacturers, general considerations, etc. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Sep 18, 2007 -
I have a chance to request a new hardware set up for work (web production). I want to strike a good balance between having good tools to do my work but not asking for way more than I need (I work at a non-profit, and while we are a large non-profit, we are still a non-profit). What should I ask for? Details inside!
posted by unsigned
on Sep 12, 2007 -
I have a hand-me-down Intel server running Windows XP Pro... most of the time. Once or twice a day it locks up completely and without warning. Connected peripherals go dark but the screen stays frozen. I'm not a hardware guy; is there some free/cheap software to monitor the hardware & OS and tell me what's causing this?
posted by Tubes
on Sep 10, 2007 -
What is the most visually pleasing, safest way to lift this IKEA MALM bed frame about a foot and half off the floor? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic
on Aug 29, 2007 -
We need to install a hanging system on our conference room wall that will allow us to easily swap paper items of various sizes and thicknesses (posters, printer proofs, regular ol' paper). The space is about 4 feet wide.
Does anyone have any experience with this thing? Hangman Products Clip-it Strip
Reminds me of the strips that were installed at the top of chalkboards in grade school. It seems like they were never strong enough and teachers struggled to keep things in there.
Any other product recommendations?
posted by Typographica
on Aug 24, 2007 -
Neeerrrrrrrrdfilter: I want to play Bioshock. Help me find the most economical way to upgrade my video hardware so that it will run the game satisfactorily. [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Aug 22, 2007 -
Can the Cisco PIX 501 be upgraded with any firmware so that it is IP Version 6 (IPv6) Compatible? [more inside]
posted by kaozity
on Aug 20, 2007 -
BSODFilter: I tried to install a RAM upgrade in my girlfriend's Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop, and got nothing on screen after powerup. So I replaced the old DIMM, and got the BSOD -- the file that was missing was a driver for the Intel video adapter. Long story short, it's still not working. [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican
on Aug 2, 2007 -
What is wrong with our Windows 2003 webserver? The web pages it serves are usually (but not always) missing some of the HTML when viewed on other machines, playing havoc with the layout. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by jarsyl
on Jul 20, 2007 -
I am building a new desktop pc for college and am going to leave it on 24/7 in my dorm room so i can just rdc into it from anywhere on campus (only until i get a mbp with leopard later on) Take a look at this hardware and see it everything looks ok.
also this system wil work with vista ultimate x64 right [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy
on Jul 11, 2007 -
I'm under the impression that computer hardware is quite cheap in Asia compared to here in Australia. My question is: are there any good online retailers, who are based online, based in Asia, willing to ship to Australia and accepts Paypal? Good prices a must!
posted by Jimmeh
on Jun 23, 2007 -
Does anyone have experiences with Gillware
for recovering data from a dead hard drive, aside from user bhance
? They are cheaper than the big enterprise-level data recovery companies, but I'd like to see comments from more than one person if possible.
posted by matildaben
on Jun 17, 2007 -
Please help me find a new(ish) monitor. I'd like a small (15"?), inexpensive, glossy LCD that will work with my old VGA video card (max 1024 x 768), and would prefer it be "mountable" for future ease-of-fitting-somewhere. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jun 14, 2007 -
The perfect tool: a drill, screwdriver, and wrench combined into a single, battery-powered device. Does it exist?
posted by Gordion Knott
on Jun 14, 2007 -
Computer Buffs: Building a new computer from scratch, and wondering if my selection will work and if it's the best combination. Any ideas would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by chitlin
on Jun 8, 2007 -
Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect" [more inside]
posted by 0217174
on May 23, 2007 -
AC power is lost on my computer and I need to use it this weekend! How can I find a reputable computer technician that can fix it today or tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by any major dude
on May 12, 2007 -
I need to buy a server for around $800 ($1000 as an absolute maximum). It will be hosting a website with a (PostGres) database that will start at around 4GB and grow slowly (so would like at least 2GB of RAM). It must
be able run Linux, preferably Ubuntu or Debian. [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on May 10, 2007 -
We're finishing up our kitchen and it looks great. the final piece is the door/drawer pull. we are looking for those really unobtrusive chrome pulls that mount to the bottom of the cabinet door ('L' shaped) and we can't find them anywhere. anyone know what i'm talking about? what their called? where to find them?
posted by oigocosas
on May 9, 2007 -
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe.
2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Apr 26, 2007 -
I've got an nVidia nForce 570 motherboard with 5 drives (500 GB each -- 465 GB actual) in a RAID-5 array. The RAID has been working well in Vista until yesterday, when my system froze. Now nVidia's Storage control panel reports a "Healthy" array with 5 drives but with a capacity of only 465GB (rather than the expected 1.81 TB). Can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by scottnic
on Mar 28, 2007 -