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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

Does this work?

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 - 16 answers

What should I do with my Dremel tool?

What should I do with my new Dremel tool? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on Jun 27, 2007 - 20 answers

Any recommended online computer hardware shops who are based in Asia and are willing to ship to Australia?

Hello All! 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! Thanks everyone.
posted by Jimmeh on Jun 23, 2007 - 6 answers

Aren't the Mac Geniuses usually right?

Am I courting disaster by doubting the Mac Genius? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jun 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Gillware - good or bad?

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 - 3 answers

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


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

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