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Getting rid of "ghost touches" on Dell laptop

Hi. The cursor flies around opening/closing programs, etc. I see these weird "bubbles" at top of screen all along at points where icons are. Like someone's touching tablet. Well-known phenomenon -- and NOT a virus. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Oct 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Cracked touchscreen laptop: what's my move?

My wife's touchscreen laptop, an Asus Q302L, is cracked. Is there an easy way to tell whether I need to replace the LCD screen, the digitizer, or both? I've replaced the screen in my non-touchscreen laptop without much hassle, but I don't know where to begin with touchscreen technology. Extra points: whatever part/parts it turns out I need, where's the best place to go? Many thanks.
posted by jwhite1979 on Oct 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Best Apple Store in Atlanta for quick repair?

Hi, refugee from the Hurricane Matthew evac, staying in Columbus, GA with a suddenly dead Macbook Pro. There are 4 Apple stores in Atlanta, which is best for making an appointment for someone to look at it today? It has to be today. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 9, 2016 - 4 answers

How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Recommendations for a replacement laptop battery?

I'm looking for a new battery for my old Lenovo laptop. The OEM Lenovo batteries are pretty expensive ($70 and up). I would like to buy a cheaper aftermarket one especially since the laptop is quite old and might not last another 2-3 years. Can you recommend good places to buy online? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Oct 7, 2016 - 4 answers

My eyes! Tiny font, Dell Latitude laptop edition

My new work laptop is smaller than any I've ever had. I love how light it is, but hate how small the font is for most applications - particularly Outlook. My Google-Fu is failing me. How do I increase the font size? [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on Oct 3, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I replace my Sony Vaio laptop screen?

Where can I find a replacement screen for my Sony Vaio T Series Ultrabook (SVT13125CXS)? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Sep 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Small, cheap laptop with no internet required

I'm looking for a small, inexpensive (<$400) laptop to use from the rainforest in West Africa for data entry and word processing. It seems like since I last looked for this sort of thing, notebooks have been replaced by chromebooks and fancy tablets, but I won't have access to the internet the vast majority of the time. Do I want a chromebook? A refurbished notebook? Something else? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Sep 8, 2016 - 24 answers

Help this old lady learn how all you hip young kids take notes in class.

Starting grad school in a few weeks and need some suggestions for note taking "apps" or software. I'm more of a pen and paper kind of girl but I know that, realistically, it might be best if I learned to take lecture notes on my laptop or iPad. What do you use for notes? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Sep 3, 2016 - 38 answers

Backpack that will fit a 15.6" Dell Business Laptop?

Hello. I'm trying to find a high-end quality backpack for university for my 15.6" business laptop. Price range could be from $100 - $210. Something that will last a long time. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Sep 2, 2016 - 9 answers

New Gaming Laptop for Dragon Age Inquisition & Witcher 3

I want to play Dragon Age: Inquisition and Witcher 3, but my current laptop is not sufficient. What should I buy? I don't need the prettiest graphical experience ever, although, of course, that's nice. It'd be awesome if the laptop were good enough to allow me to play the next Mass Effect, next DA 4, and even the next Elder Scrolls game (maybe this is wistful thinking, given that a release date isn't even out yet...). Should I just go with the Wirecutter's suggested laptop, or is there a better choice for me? [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Aug 31, 2016 - 9 answers

Laptop recommendations

MeFi, you are all so very wicked smaaht in recommending the best things. Can you help me find a laptop that fits my needs? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Aug 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Laptop recommendation for a new freelance writer?

I just gave notice at my 9-5 advertising job (yay!) to try out the freelance life, but will soon be forfeiting my awesome Macbook pro to the company store (boo!). Therefore, I am in need of a new laptop, STAT. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 9 answers

My laptop is powerless

Help me diagnose why my laptop won't charge. [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Aug 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Can I get a laptop that rolls up?

I don't like to carry my laptop around everywhere. It's heavy and I don't like worrying about it getting damaged or stolen, especially when I'm travelling or using it outside. I would like to do a workaround where I use a roll-up keyboard, and have some kind of tiny computer that projects the computer screen onto a wall. Then I could have a lightweight, flexible keyboard and screen (maybe a piece of paper that I project my desktop onto?). Mefi, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by ball00000ns on Aug 4, 2016 - 19 answers

The Great Escape (from Apple)

After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jul 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Halp me choose an inexpensive laptop

I'm looking for laptops under $500 that meet my special snowflake needs (inside). [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jul 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Plugging a U.S.-U.K. converter into U.K.-EU

If I have an American laptop with a 60W power adapter, and I'm in Europe, and the only thing I have with me is a U.S.-U.K. plug adapter -- is it O.K. to plug that into a U.K.-E.U. one? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jul 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Shop open in Krakow past 6pm where I can buy chargers

I just arrived in Krakow from Australia. My luggage did not. Insurance will cover replacement of everything if it hasn't turned up after 8 hours, which will be 5pm. I desperately need clean clothes, a laptop charger (Acer) and a phone charger before tomorrow as I am teaching a workshop. Have located places for clothes open until 10pm. What about the chargers? I am in the Old Town. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Find me a just-so laptop

So I'd like a laptop that is generally not crap, has a discrete GPU, weighs 4 lbs or under (approx) and costs under $1000 (in the US). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 6, 2016 - 20 answers

Expanding a hard drive?

I'm buying a new laptop, and have a choice (via work) between a 500GB but faster (7200) harddrive, or a 1TB hard drive that is slower (5600). I'm fairly certain I'm going to go with the faster drive as I will need to do some video editing, but I'm worried about the size of the memory (precisely because I'll be doing some editing!). Any advice? How hard would it be to expand the size of the drive if I find that I am, indeed, in need of space? I have a couple of external drives, but I don't know if they get me ahead at all as they're the slower speed as well... THANKS! :)
posted by johnsohl on Jul 5, 2016 - 18 answers

How to get rid of old laptops?

Seeking advice on the best way to get rid of two old laptops. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Jul 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Laptop Recommendation for Video Streaming

Cut the cable cord a couple months back, looking to purchase a laptop that will be used primarily (almost exclusively) for live video streaming, connected to my TV. Do you have a recommendation of a laptop that is optimized for streaming? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Jun 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Heat issues with laptop

I don't hardware well. Can you tell me why the sensor utility on my laptop gives me a fluctuating "maximum" temp for my computer? And for bonus points, whether I can do more about the fan? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jun 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Which flavor of awful should I buy: Norton Vs. McAfee edition

I am holding my CEO's credit card in my hand and cannot leave work without purchasing either Norton or McAfee today (thanks to our sales guy who keeps getting malware on his computer). Running a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro-1370 with Windows 10 and Windows Defender, however, they are not convinced this is sufficient and are forcing me to buy/install one or the other today. Help? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jun 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Flickering Laptop Screen

I have a Lenovo Ideapad that is approaching 2 years old. It's been a pretty good computer and has held up fairly well, but over the last month the screen has started flickering in many positions that aren't just straight up and down. E.g. if I'm on a couch and it's in my lap, the screen may flicker if I adjust my legs. If I have it resting at a an angle to write in bed, the screen tends to flicker any time it moves, until I can get it into a relatively stable position. Is this fixable, and if not, how much longer is my laptop for the world?
posted by codacorolla on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

How to stop my laptop from doing its own thing

My Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series is acting crazy again. The cursor won't stay still, under my control, and it scoots around opening and closing programs, even when they're in the bottom taskbar. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 8, 2016 - 40 answers

Requirements for Video Editing

I'm learning to edit video and high-res pictures for a new project, and can buy new equipment. I'm reluctant to blow the bank for an Apple laptop, though! What are the minimum requirements for video editing for a new laptop (i5, 4GB RAM, etc)? Any recommendations? (Most of the material will be for web display.)
posted by johnsohl on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Stickers on a MBP and heat

How will stickers/decals on the lid of my (2014-ish) MacBook Pro impact the heat dissipation? Major impedence, or negligible?
posted by curious nu on Jun 5, 2016 - 3 answers

ISO better Linux laptop

Last year I took my old Acer Aspire One and replaced Windows with Kubuntu, and in general I was quite pleased. I have been carrying it around in my backpack with my work Windows laptop. I use it for personal/educational development projects, and in general things that go easier on a laptop than a tablet (real keyboard, larger hard drive and screen, standard *nix software, etc.) [more inside]
posted by forthright on Jun 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Can I still plug a mouse into a laptop with broken USB ports?

My cheap Dell laptop has finally lost both of its regular USB ports. (Sooner or later you jerk either the laptop or the mouse, and the little plastic rectangle snaps off where the USB plug connects to the laptop.) If I buy a USB-to-HDMI adapter, could I plug my mouse into my laptop's HDMI port? Or if I go to a repair shop, will they be able to fix the USB ports?
posted by destinyland on Jun 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Laptop speakers for a presentation to 200 people?

I'll be giving a presentation to an audience of approximately 200 people and want to show a video from my laptop. Venue has projector and screen but no speakers. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Seeking non-clunky backpack for clunky laptop

I need a basic backpack for my work laptop. I'd like one that's as unobtrusive and non-dorky as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 18, 2016 - 12 answers

What kind of computer and lighting do I need to record and edit video?

What kind of computer and lighting (and recording devices) do I need to record and edit video? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on May 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I DTMFA? Laptop edition

The screen on my HP Pavilion dv4 goes completely white when I turn it on. Is repairing it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on May 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Is there any way to fix this laptop screen problem?

Last night, while watching a tv episode, my laptop screen did this. This morning, after installing the most recent video driver and copious shut-downs and restarts, the problem is still here. Sometimes the bottom 3/4 is flickering like it is continuously refreshing at a stuttering rate, sometimes it is still. [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on May 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find a spinner laptop bag/briefcase

I've been traveling a lot and my overstuffed backpack is wreaking havoc on my back. Help me find a better solution? [more inside]
posted by Karessa on Apr 27, 2016 - 4 answers

how to get a good laptop??

i am student and need a better laptop for my thesis. my field is computer engineering and i work with laptop for programming. i want to bye a new laptop that has a good speed and the money that i want to pay for that is about 800$. please help me to choose the best one
posted by msmryh on Apr 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Replace the PSU in my Lenovo, or junk this POS?

Lately my Lenovo G510 has been restarting when I move it. A little research suggests it's a bad power supply unit. This machine is less than two years old, but it's never worked that well and I don't know if it's worth another repair or if I should just get a new laptop. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Apr 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Help buying a nice laptop with Linux pre-installed

I'm looking to buy a nice new Linux laptop and having trouble finding many reviews online of the various options. [more inside]
posted by parkin on Apr 16, 2016 - 17 answers

What is 'bloatware', why should I care, and how do I fix it?

After some research I have decided to buy this laptop, which has great specs for the price - but multiple reviews (like this one) say that while it's a good computer, it's "full of bloatware, which takes time (or a fresh Windows installation) to clean up." I barely even know what that means, much less how to actually go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Best way to clean personal info off work computer?

My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
posted by qldaddy on Mar 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Can I salvage $50 out of this dinosaur?

I have an old laptop to get rid of. How to best get a few dollars out of this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 27, 2016 - 8 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Any way to do a factory reset on a laptop that will not power up?

Is there any way to wipe a computer that cannot be booted? [more inside]
posted by tillei on Mar 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for a good (cheap) laptop for photo and video editing

Going to be doing some freelance photo/video work for an event and it looks like I will need a new laptop. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Should I wait for the 4th gen lenovo x1 carbon, or buy now?

I'm thinking of buying a Lenovo X1 Carbon. I think these are the last days of the 3rd-gen X1 Carbon, with the 4th-gen ones coming out pretty soon. Is there a reason to wait for the 4th gen x1 carbon before ordering? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Mar 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Slim backpack for 17.3" laptop

I'm looking for a slim, minimalist backpack for a 17.3" laptop. Degree of difficulty: laptop measures about 1" larger both width and height compared to a 17" Macbook Pro, so I think a lot of 17" bags designed to snugly fit a MBP are going to be a smidge too small. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Feb 28, 2016 - 7 answers

wide screen laptops without trackpads?

Back in the day I had a Toshiba Libretto L5. A small, widescreen laptop with a pointing nub in the middle of the keyboard. I really loved this form factor. Is there is modern laptop or "2 in 1" that is similar? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Feb 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Reputable seller of laptop parts?

I want to replace the failing keyboard on my off-brand laptop. Where do I find a reputable seller? [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist on Feb 18, 2016 - 5 answers

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