I make stuff out of old computers. I may know that most towers/cabinets today are made out of Cycolac, but what are those little clock looking things that are molded into the plastic walls?
posted by wallstreet1929
on Mar 24, 2007 -
How much do older Apple Cinema Displays differ from the newer ones? Do the display elements compare favorably to today's standards? Help me stay within my budget! [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Mar 12, 2007 -
Laptopfilter: I'm curious about how CPU usage, noise level, and being able to go to standby/hibernation and shut down properly are related. For a long time (over a year, I think) my HP laptop(running Windows XP) was at 100% CPU usage all the time, ran loudly, and wouldn't go to standby or hibernation or shut down all the way. There's a lot [more inside]
posted by sleeplessunderwater
on Jan 31, 2007 -
Can you identify this connector? It's actually for bluetooth in the Mac Pro, but I want to figure out what this 10-pin connector is officially called so that I can buy a male analog of it. [more inside]
posted by floam
on Jan 27, 2007 -
DAWs are cool, but I really like the feel of instruments in my hands. Where can I obtain potentially-electronic-music-producing electronic gadgets, oscillators, noise machines, etc. in Southern California?
posted by univac
on Jan 19, 2007 -
I'm looking for a good computer-parts store in or around the DC Metro area; 'good' meaning one that has "junk bins" of parts that can be pawed through, lots of used gear, no salespeople, etc. Specifically not a big-box store. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048
on Dec 28, 2006 -
Recently (and I know its obnoxious to not be able to pin it down to a single event), I've been having an issue where my Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer USB (It's optical) will freeze up for a few seconds and then start working. It seems that my XP machine thinks it is being disconnected, as I heard the sound cue for hardware being removed, and then 5 seconds later the re-connection sound.
The thing is, I've had this issue before, and I believe it was resolved with a registry hack, or uninstalling a bit of software, I just can't for the life of me remember which.
posted by softlord
on Dec 21, 2006 -
Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince
on Dec 18, 2006 -
How to calculate hardware requirements for a load balanced web server cluster? The web servers will be running Windows 2003 with a back end DB server, I want to support about 1000 simultaneous connections per server. The web application is fairly AJAX intensive. Not sure how I go about determining what sort of hardware I need for the servers, any ideas or suggestions?
posted by RedMosquito
on Dec 12, 2006 -
I built my PC about two years ago. Works great, mostly. But lately, when playing one particular game, my PC performs for only 16 or so minutes before shutting down completely. As you might expect, there's a lot ... [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand
on Dec 1, 2006 -
Is there a competent, reliable hardware service company in the L.A. area that can maintain my computers and office equipment? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN
on Nov 22, 2006 -
Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it? Sound card driver is installed but the hardware itself isnt recognised.
posted by freddymetz
on Nov 17, 2006 -
A couple months ago I got a new motherboard
, but earlier today it crashed with a hardware error and the built-in soundcard no longer works, and I'm worried that other things might go as well. The complication is that my main system drive is actually a RAID-1 array using the motherboard's built in RAID controller. So the first question is: how easy would it be for me to recover the data if the motherboard dies? and the second question is whether or not I could get the board replaced under warranty, and if so would I just be able to swap it in without reinstalling XP? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton
on Nov 11, 2006 -
On my computer, sometimes I can't load Windows. Sometimes I can and it freezes. Can intermittent problems like this be due to the power supply? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha
on Nov 4, 2006 -
Hardware geeks, your advice please: what models of laptop can handle being used at a steep angle most of the time? Please help me before I kill another laptop. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy
on Nov 1, 2006 -
Portable DVD player, or video player, or custom-built Frankendevice, with VERY high-quality audio output?? Video quality doesn't matter (could even be b/w), but screen should be 8"+ and unit should be as lightweight as possible. For live concerts where I need to see video, just for my own reference, that's exactly in sync with my pre-recorded audio (so I would make DVDs or video files with my audio + the visuals I need). Laptop = expensive/heavy/overkill.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Sep 27, 2006 -
how possible/ difficult would it be to link two or more monitors to the same tower and be able to have different users working on the same system from different monitors? better asked, could you use some sort of log in system for windows xp which would enable multiple users to use the same system from different areas, having separate files, programs, etc.?
posted by localhuman
on Sep 25, 2006 -
My daughter's college dorm room has two Ethernet ports, and her laptop interacts with them differently. I can't understand what's going on, so I'm asking the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by cameradv
on Sep 19, 2006 -
What is a good forum to go to if I'm interested in building my own simple Athlon computer system and want to learn before I shop? [more inside]
posted by zek
on Sep 17, 2006 -
How can I try out a Filco Majestouch keyboard? Inspired by an earlier question today, I looked it up on the web, but most of what I could find was Japan-centered. Any ideas about how I could find one to try, or even to order? I'm in the US (Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina).
posted by amtho
on Sep 16, 2006 -
We moved my husband's Mac from one side of the room to the other, carefully re-connecting all the cables. But when we started it up again, the screen displays in almost indecipherable chunky gray-and-white (8-bit?), and the icon and window sizing are all wrong. Help, please!
posted by Uccellina
on Sep 3, 2006 -
I need an alternative to Newegg.com that easily allows Paypal. I'm having trouble lately submitting orders on Newegg. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Aug 31, 2006 -
COMBINING Hard Drives. Roommate has fast, great computer. I have slow, antiquated one with (among other upgraded parts I've procured) a fast new hard drive (personally installed). Want to install my current drive in her current machine so that all roommates can use one system and still keep my files/ preferences. [more inside]
posted by mireille
on Aug 28, 2006 -
Cycle Computer to Computer conversion. I would like to run the wire from the magnetic sensor to my laptop and then handle the data programmatically. What is the best and cheapest way to do this so I can read from the port using established methods? Parallel port, USB? Cannibalize a cycle computer or build from scratch?
posted by srboisvert
on Aug 23, 2006 -
My place of employment sees a LOT of laptops come and go. Recently a PIII Dell Latitude L400 ultralight came through and was marked for surplus, but I want to use it for Ubuntu. One snag, though. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon
on Aug 21, 2006 -
My campus has a pile of (maybe 40) dual 1GHz G4 PowerMacs that have reached their "end-of-life". Usually we ship them off to a recycler, but that seems like a sin for what are perfectly good systems. What should be do with them? There's a little bit ... [more inside]
posted by roue
on Aug 15, 2006 -
I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu one month ago. Everything was working perfectly well until this week, but now I am having keyboard problems. [more inside]
posted by lilboo
on Jul 25, 2006 -
I have an external firewire CD burner that I want to repurpose as an external firewire hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jul 19, 2006 -
I would like to upgrade my company's aging phone hardware from a Lucent PartnerMail system to Asterisk. Can anyone point me to a site, or worklog detailing something of this nature? We would like to keep our existing phones, and I'm not sure if and how it would support these phones.
posted by jackofsaxons
on Jun 16, 2006 -
My 17" Dell LCD monitor is erratically flashing on and off: possible reasons and solutions? [more inside]
posted by melissa may
on Jun 10, 2006 -
I'm about to buy a Dell 2405FPW LCD. The max resolution is 1920x1200, and it's got D-SUB and DVI inputs. I'm going to have to buy a new video card. What are the advantages of each connection, and what video card features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by box
on Jun 2, 2006 -
So my computer has been doing a lot of this
lately. Only a hard reset will fix it. Hardware malfunction suspected, but what? Video card? Or could it be something else... [more inside]
posted by sophist
on May 29, 2006 -