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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

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Ubuntu help?

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 - 6 answers

Old FW enclosure problem...

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 - 9 answers

Yes, there is a hard drive there...

Debian won't find my hard drive! Please help! I have details so there's [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Jul 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Will this computer run Oblivion?

Will this computer run Oblivion? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Jun 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Sata drive question

sata controller question for Dell 8300. [more inside]
posted by arh07 on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I properly connect my internal wireless antenna properly?

I need some help with my internal laptop wireless antenna. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 22, 2006 - 8 answers

How to change from PartnerMail to Asterisk?

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 - 6 answers

I may not be able to read your reply, but thanks.

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 - 7 answers

What's the right card for the job?

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 - 12 answers

Display Glitch

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 - 15 answers

How do I tell what revision Apple hardware is?

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 - 16 answers

Using 2 keyboards on one XP box...

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 - 5 answers

Oblivion Hardware Question

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 - 27 answers

What's my NeXT step here?

I inherited a NeXT machine. How can I start from scratch on it? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Apr 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Does booting often hurt my computer?

Does booting a computer often lower its life expectancy? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Apr 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Windows keyboard repeat-rate gremlin

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 - 9 answers

Why is optical digital audio locked at full on a Mac?

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 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for the PIC microprocessor.

Geeky BookFilter: I'm looking for a good book on PIC Microprocessors. Details of the specific knowledge I'm seeking inside. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid on Mar 31, 2006 - 11 answers

Can I deduct academic software being used non-academically?

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 - 18 answers

How do I get rid of all these old servers?

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? [more inside]
posted by SkelPaff on Mar 17, 2006 - 15 answers

My computer-box done broke!

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 - 14 answers

Subtitles from DVD/VCD/Video Cassette Tapes into a computer text file

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. [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Mar 4, 2006 - 11 answers

Oooh pretty colors!

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 - 7 answers

How to use USB where it won't go?

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 - 12 answers

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV.

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Feb 15, 2006 - 17 answers

Destroying the Dell Partition

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 - 14 answers

Thinkpad T41 is possessed!

Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on Feb 13, 2006 - 2 answers

Hardware costs for high-traffic internet site

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 - 4 answers

Destroy my drives!

What do you or your company do regarding physical destruction of hard drives? [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Feb 3, 2006 - 36 answers

What router typically assigns 10.1.9.1 ip?

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 - 18 answers

Can I use my academic discount?

Can I use an academic discount on software and hardware that I eventually will use to generate money? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Jan 28, 2006 - 23 answers

Boot up or die tryin' starring Systemax N34AS1

How can I find out what's causing this laptop to power down during startup? [more inside]
posted by moift on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 answers

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