The conventional wisdom is to not buy "Rev A" Apple hardware. How can I tell what revision a specific piece of hardware is? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer
on May 12, 2006 -
I want to expand the number of keys available for mapping as hotkeys in some of my games. Is it possible to connect a second keyboard under Windows XP, possibly a USB one, and use it as, essentially, a very large keypad? If so, how would I go about it without causing IRQ conflicts? [more inside]
posted by slavlin
on May 9, 2006 -
Gaming Hardware Question:
I recently started playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Right now I am running just about at the minimum required for the PC version:
Pentium D 820 Dual Core (2.8 GHz)
Radeon X300 SE 128MB Video Card
1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Right now I am playing at the lowest resolution, which is fine for me. I am enjoying this game immensely as is. The only real problem is that when I an fighting 4 or more enemies at once, the game slows down and it becomes almost unplayable. I am wondering what would be the best upgrade to improve this specific aspect of game pay. I am not an obsessed gamer or anything, so I don't want to sink tons of money on a top-of-the-line video card. I don't want to spend more then $200 or so, and I am wondering if I would be better off getting a bargain 256mg video card, or if I should upgrade my system memory. Thank you.
posted by moseymose
on May 1, 2006 -
My Windows 2000 system has started spontaneously reducing the key-repeat rate and the rate at which windows scroll, slowing each to a crawl. Other weirdness accompanies this. [more inside]
posted by Tubes
on Apr 4, 2006 -
What prevents the volume control working on a Mac when the optical digital audio output is being used? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah
on Apr 2, 2006 -
If I use my sister's college-student discount to by computer products at a reduced price, but claim them as expenses for my home business, will anyone care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 29, 2006 -
I have hardware. Servers, to be precise. A stack of them. Taking up space. What's the best way to get rid of them while getting something in return? Charity, and if so, who? Or selling them, and who's buying?
posted by SkelPaff
on Mar 17, 2006 -
My desktop PC, which has been working happily for a year, has suddenly refused to boot - I get prompted to insert boot media. The two SATA hard drives aren't detected in the BIOS (as they used to be). What should I do to work out the problem and fix it? [more inside]
posted by wilberforce
on Mar 5, 2006 -
Subtitles from DVD/VCD/Video Cassette Tapes into a computer text file ----- the fastest way ? Without typing or paying someone to transcribe? Any software or hardware that can do the job? I know of one VCR player made in the early 1990s that can do this but it has been discontinued and the manufacturer no longer around.
posted by studentguru
on Mar 4, 2006 -
HardwareFilter: trying to revive an old computer. Help me defeat the psychedelic screen of death. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by sophist
on Feb 25, 2006 -
How does one connect a USB stick to an old laptop without a USB port? I have an IBM Thinkpad 701C, and even with the port replicator I'd be out of luck. Is there perhaps some way to do this using PCMCIA card?
posted by sholdens12
on Feb 21, 2006 -
I recently purchased a new Dell Dimension 9150, I plan to wipe the Dell partition and install a fresh copy of XP Pro (I already have a full copy). Any problems/hiccups I should know about before I destroy the Dell partition?
posted by mhaw
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there?
posted by jadanzzy
on Feb 13, 2006 -
I have to figure out potential hardware costs for a heavy-traffic website. Rich Flash movies (static content) but with some db queries (user information, scores, etc). More inside... [more inside]
posted by frogmoses
on Feb 10, 2006 -
What type of router typically has a gateway of 10.1.9.1, I'm used to seeing the typical router use 192.168.*.* but I'm trying to figure out what routers the local apartment unit is using to run their wireless.
posted by skEwb
on Jan 30, 2006 -
How can I find out what's causing this laptop to power down during startup? [more inside]
posted by moift
on Jan 25, 2006 -
I have a large mirror that my former roommates acquired via dumpster diving
. It measures 48" x 36". It has 4 small holes, one drilled in each corner, 5" diagonally from the corners and 3.5" from the sides. It's unframed and quite heavy. How can I hang it without using glue or mastic? [more inside]
posted by Famous
on Jan 17, 2006 -
I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Elpoca
on Jan 5, 2006 -
Need advice on selecting and implementing a file server for a small graphic design studio. [more inside]
posted by ads
on Dec 28, 2005 -
MTBFFilter: Why is Microsoft's mouse scrolling mean time between failures different for scrolls towards
the user vs. scrolls away
from the user? As seen here
. [PDF] [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Dec 25, 2005 -
RSI - a dear friend has bad repetitive injuries (carpal tunnel problems)...it gets bad when she types....and allieviates when she stops. Oh, yeah, she's a professoinal writer. No - not RSI advice....keyboard advice
. Have you (or someone you know) had comfort (or a reduction of discomfort) from using a particular keyboard? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Is there a combined bluetooth/802.11g miniPCI card that will work as a replacement for the Intel PRO 2100 in my Centrino laptop? It would need to support WPA as well, I suppose. Googling seems to show that such things exist, but I couldn't find any at Amazon or my normal online hardware shops. [more inside]
posted by tirade
on Dec 12, 2005 -
How do DVD manufacturers convince DVD player manufacturers to cripple their product by include region restrictions? And why isn't the high cost of region-free DVD players considered a form of price-fixing? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Dec 8, 2005 -
My wife is a pharmacy student and needs a PDA, primarily to run pharmacy-related databases from Lexi-Comp
. I've owned only Palm handhelds in the past, but I want the best value for the money and have narrowed the field down to the Palm TX
and the Dell Axim X51
. [more inside]
posted by wheat
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Is there any Windows XP utility that will tell me what program is accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by crazyray
on Nov 23, 2005 -
I want a new mouse. One that won't make me nervous, wondering what to do... Every computer mouse I've tried recently has been a piece of junk. What's the perfect one? [more inside]
posted by jellicle
on Nov 16, 2005 -
Is there any way to attach an external WiFi antenna to a latest-model 15" Powerbook without voiding the warranty? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy
on Nov 16, 2005 -
Does it matter if you leave an audio player (hard drive) in the car overnight in a New England winter?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Nov 13, 2005 -
DVD problem. I have a new PC, installed Win2K, and the DVD/CD drive only sees CD-Roms. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo
on Nov 8, 2005 -
After dissassembling a hard drive, a coworker found a drive platter with an "X" engraved/stamped on it, anyone know what this means?
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo
on Nov 4, 2005 -
After searching Google and the archives of AskMe, I've come across some great suggestions and ideas for making digital photo frames
. From what I can determine, however, all of these require a computer
of some kind built into the frame. Supposing one only has a laptop screen? Specifically, the screen from an old ThinkPad with a blown motherboard
. Could I connect the monitor to my network somehow? Hook it up to some special circuit board designed for just this sort of thing?
posted by aladfar
on Nov 3, 2005 -
Yeah so I went the complete cheapo route and bought an Initio KM-910UW SCSI card from TigerDirect.com and I'm pulling the rest of my hair out. I can successfully see all 4 fujitsu and 2 seagate 18 GB drives in their Ctrl-I (like Adaptec) BIOS. I've got zero conflicts in Device Manager and my Events are so clean minus what's mentioned below.
No matter what combinations I try, e.g. disks/slots/drivers/try or buy software from download.com. I'm unable to get more than one drive to format and work correctly. I've been able to format in any slot w/only one drive but as soon as I add a second or even a third or all six, the second drive will refuse to format and/or the system will probe to no end thus hanging the boot process or after boot get a BSOD or chkdsk after a reboot on the 1st drive...
The main error in event viewer I get is that the card is not replying during the timeout limitation - "The device, \Device\Scsi\ini910u1, did not respond within the timeout period." Unfortunately my main computer BIOS (or the SCSI based BIOS) has no threshold for me to increase as far as timeout values go.
My first hope is that b/c I'm such a Windows hater is that I'm missing something there. I'm a Sun SysAdmin and ex Oracle programmer/pseudo DBA.
I'm desperately hoping that someone, somewhere has been able to get a Sun 6-drive Multipack to work w/a Windows XP IDE-based workstation.
I'm properly terminated, I've tested so many combinations of drives, cables and slots it's disgusting.
Thanks in advance for _any_ ideas, including a new Adaptec card that will hopefully do the trick.
Windows always defeats my Unix logic...
posted by prodevel
on Nov 2, 2005 -
I want to record my own music. I have no idea where to start.
What would be a fairly inexpensive and good beginner's setup hardware and software-wise? [more inside]
posted by petah
on Oct 14, 2005 -
Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh
on Sep 25, 2005 -
I have an idea for a product/service. I've drawn out a rough business model and shown it to a few people who all think its a great idea but I'm having a few problems getting things rolling... more inside about funding the project, pitching it to major 'players' in certain industries, investors, etc [more inside]
posted by hummercash
on Sep 6, 2005 -
I am searching for a 'one stop shopping' website for hardware and network related questions. I am a computer consultant with almost twenty years experience, so I know my way around the basic issues and, given enough time, can usually dig up and/or figure out anything I'm not familiar with. But I am finding myself with less and less time to spend researching this stuff and would much prefer being able to ask a pro directly. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso
on Aug 30, 2005 -