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Small can be Beautiful - but how to find it

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 - 9 answers

Tool tips for a tool tool.

The perfect tool: a drill, screwdriver, and wrench combined into a single, battery-powered device. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Jun 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Help Me Build a Computer!

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 - 14 answers

Gaming PC on the cheap

Yet another PC upgrade advice question. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on May 23, 2007 - 8 answers

Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect"

Apple airport extreme--works fine with wifi macbook, but hardwired PC always needs to "reconnect" [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on May 23, 2007 - 6 answers

laptop has lost AC power, how can I fix it?

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 - 14 answers

Where can I buy an $800 Linux Server?

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 - 9 answers

help me find hidden door pulls!

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 - 8 answers

DIMM DDR RAM INSANITY

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 - 14 answers

Monitoring computer temperature

Looking for GNU or similar idea temperature monitoring software. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me fix a software RAID-5?

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 - 4 answers

What are those little clocks?

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 - 7 answers

How much do older Apple Cinema Displays differ from the newer ones?

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 - 14 answers

Please tell me everything you know about MIDI over Ethernet or MIDI over IP.

Please tell me everything you know about MIDI over Ethernet or MIDI over IP. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Feb 11, 2007 - 14 answers

What happened to my laptop, and did I fix it?

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 - 11 answers

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job.

Looking for a nice folding ruler for spatial calibration in photographs for my job. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jan 31, 2007 - 6 answers

Can you identify this connector?

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 - 16 answers

Electronic music hardware gadgets & gizmos?

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 - 10 answers

Adding a new HDD to an old PC

I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jan 13, 2007 - 17 answers

Bargain-bin computer parts near Washington, DC?

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 - 6 answers

My computer doesn't like my mouse!

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. [more inside]
posted by softlord on Dec 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?

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 - 24 answers

Why is my USB storage device lying to me??

Why is my USB storage device lying to me?? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Dec 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Web server hardware requirements

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 - 6 answers

Why is City of Heroes overheating my PC?

ComputerHardwareConundrumFilter. 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 - 17 answers

How to check for validity of ownership on laptops!

Stolen Hardware: Why is it so hard to check for? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Nov 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Fixing the latch on my iBook: Case closed?

How can I get the latch on my 14" ibook working again? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 23, 2006 - 7 answers

Need more power with no power!

What is the most powerful AGP video card I can use with a 200W power supply? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me keep my office hardware and blood pressure stable.

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 - 1 answer

How can I fix my CD-R?

How can I fix my CD-R? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it?

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. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 17, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I remove shelving hardware?

How do I remove shelving hardware? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Nov 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop.

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Nov 14, 2006 - 4 answers

My motherboard is sick!

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 - 10 answers

How can you tell if a computer problem is a hardware or software problem?

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 - 15 answers

Hardware geeks, your advice please

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 - 28 answers

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits?

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Oct 13, 2006 - 2 answers

How can I easily get info on our networked computers?

What is the best enterprise quality software & hardware inventory solution? [more inside]
posted by criticman on Oct 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Light, cheap portable video/DVD with excellent audio?

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 - 5 answers

How to reduce the amount of computer towers in my home?

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 - 14 answers

Why doesn't her laptop work on one Ethernet port?

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 - 21 answers

Serial port died

What to do about a serial port failure? [more inside]
posted by cbrody on Sep 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Getting the scoop on building a computer

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 - 20 answers

Finding a Filco Majestouch keyboard

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 - 4 answers

How to restore display on a Mac

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 - 19 answers

Need Newegg alternative

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 - 7 answers

Give my great new hard drive a better body.

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 - 20 answers

How to wire a Cycle Computer to a PC

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 - 16 answers

How do I install Ubuntu on an old laptop with no CD drive?

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 - 12 answers

Save 40+ G4s from the Recycler

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 - 44 answers

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