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Major crashes with OS X 10.4 (on a G5 iMac). Bad hardware?

Major crashes with OS X 10.4 (on a G5 iMac). Bad hardware? It looks like I'll have to take it in for repairs, but maybe there's a software fix? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Jun 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Why do my DVD drives crap out so quickly?

Between the 4 desktops that my immediate family owns, we've probably been through 6 or 7 DVD burners in the last few years. Does everyone else have this kind of failure rate? Any recommendations on reasonably priced, quality drives, so that I don't have to keep replacing them? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on May 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Manual for obsolete test equipment wanted.

I need a manual for a Panasonic VP-8121B AM-FM Stereo Signal Generator. [more inside]
posted by kc8nod on May 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Why isn't newer firmware better?

Quite often when debugging hardware, such as a router, a recommended solution is to downgrade the firmware to a version that is generally agreed to be the most "stable". What is it about firmware that often leads to the latest released firmware not being the best firmware? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew on May 26, 2008 - 14 answers

What IT systems would Jesus use?

Looking for a IT consultant for a largish-church in NYC - please help? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on May 23, 2008 - 5 answers

One-off Hanging Stemware

I want to hang stemware upside down under a shelf in my kitchen, but it isn't a deep enough shelf for the racks I've used before, or really for more than one glass. What can I use? Hanging them in a track that runs lengthwise under the shelf is an option. Does that track exist?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on May 4, 2008 - 6 answers

The X is NOT for Express!

Is there such thing as a PCI-X video card that will work in a Mac G5 tower? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Apr 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Retail hardware filter

My new boss has allotted me US$3000 and US$1500 for a new desktop and laptop machine, respectively. I'd appreciate some suggestions about what to buy. [more inside]
posted by Coventry on Apr 29, 2008 - 22 answers

Linux-compatible very slender PCI vid card?

I need a skinny, possibly fanless video card for a 1 U server. Linux drivers, PCI Express, very little room for it to live. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Apr 16, 2008 - 7 answers

What are the world's most useful dead-tree catalogs?

What is the iconic (or just "your favorite") dead-tree product catalog (listing of merchandise for mail-order sale) for your hobby, industry, or trade? [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Apr 1, 2008 - 74 answers

Diagnose a computer-death, and advise on migrating the dead one to an imac?

My desktop computer is dead dead dead (I think -- can you help me be sure?). I was going to get a new iMac anyway, so now I'll just move those plans up. I understand there's a utility to migrate all my files from the old Windows machine to the new Mac -- how can I make that happen when the old one won't start? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Mar 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Building a system on the new AMD 780G chipset....video question...

I’m building my first desktop system in many many years now and getting back up to speed on all the hot topics is taking a while. I’m leaning towards getting the GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H which is based on the 780G northbridge so it has the integrated graphics with the hybrid crossfire feature (and also is miniATX size and has audio optical out, HDMI…). Review here and here continued... [more inside]
posted by joshgray on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I get terminal services to keep a port connection?

How do I make a USB port map permanent with terminal services? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 10, 2008 - 1 answer

Need for speed

I want my computer to work exactly the same, but faster. I can't add any more RAM. Motherboard/CPU upgrade? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Mar 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Growable Linux hardware RAID?

How can I make a growable hardware RAID-5 Linux system? Is LVM the right choice, or am I setting myself up for trouble? Lots of geeky details follow. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Mar 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer?

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer? [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Feb 29, 2008 - 18 answers

How Do I Turn my $400 Dell into a Video Editing Powerhouse?

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 - 12 answers

Graphics card for Dell T105/Ubuntu machine?

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 - 10 answers

One Phone, One MP3 Player, One Combined Headset?

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 - 3 answers

Best hardware story employee in NYC?

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 - 6 answers

Help me spec my new PC

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 - 10 answers

Upgrading a video card vs. upgrading a CPU for gaming?

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 - 18 answers

How to share loads of peripherals between two or more computers.

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 - 13 answers

I'd like it with cream, sugar and an extra key, please.

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 - 3 answers

Wireless device down and won't get up again

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 - 8 answers

How do I get review units?

How do I get hardware review units to review in my school paper? [more inside]
posted by names are hard on Jan 28, 2008 - 8 answers

PCIe 1.1 vs 2.0 / DDR2 vs 3

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 - 10 answers

I need a new motherboard and processor.

I need a new motherboard and processor compatible with my old hardware. [more inside]
posted by mithiirym on Dec 24, 2007 - 6 answers

size matters. what?

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 - 13 answers

Computer restarting problem

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 - 13 answers

How do I get my Kinesis Ergo PS2 keyboard to work with a KVM switch?

How do I get my Kinesis Ergo PS2 keyboard to work with a KVM switch and USB adapter? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder on Dec 3, 2007 - 3 answers

If I Had A Hammer

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 - 9 answers

Looking for a cabinet latch

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 - 5 answers

Drive distopia

Vista disk space filter: What's eating 190 GB on my computer? [more inside]
posted by gavia on Nov 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Please help me find out what this weird table hardware is called or a picture?

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 - 5 answers

What supports 8-bit palettized textures?

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 - 6 answers

Is this CRT monitor dying?

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 - 11 answers

Laptop motherboards that can boot from USB

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 - 11 answers

What's a reliable, quiet water-cooling setup for a new DIY gaming PC?

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 - 14 answers

Optimal computer set-up for web production work?

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! [more inside]
posted by unsigned on Sep 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Software to help troubleshoot Windows crashes?

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 - 8 answers

Pixel Shader-lovin' video card?

What is the cheapest PC video card available that supports Pixel Shader. [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS on Aug 30, 2007 - 13 answers

Best way to lift my bed a foot and a half?

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 - 24 answers

Needed: the ultimate paper hanging system?

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 - 8 answers

Best price/performance modern video card?

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 - 20 answers

Cisco PIX 501 Firewall

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 - 4 answers

Did my new RAM kill my video adapter?

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 - 10 answers

Third Times a charm

I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good I already have the OS and case/power supply more details after break. (previously, previously) [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy on Jul 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Disordered HTML packets?

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 - 8 answers

Replacing the glowing apple on the lid of a Mac laptop

No-logo hardware mod: With what shape should I replace the glowing apple on the lid of a Mac laptop, and how? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Jul 20, 2007 - 21 answers

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