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Looking for a new laptop.

I'm looking to replace my development laptop with a more powerful model. I'm having a hard time finding a model with everything I need. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

 

Help me not get scammed buying a computer used

After my previous question, I'm considering buying a used Mac laptop via Craigslist. Help me not get scammed? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter?

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Nov 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Is this a terrible idea?

What can and can't you do with Android? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 answers

What are the essentials for remote computing?

What tech specs are most essential for working remotely via Citrix? Longtime Mac user here, have never bought a Windows machine. I need to buy a laptop to work remotely for my job (paralegal at a mid-size law firm). I will be logged into my Firm's network, and running a variety of software programs off Citrix (iManage Desksite, Filesurf, Word, Hotdocs template manager, Adobe Professional, etc). What key features should I be looking for? Is 8GB of RAM enough? Recommendations for specific brand names are also welcome.
posted by invisible ink on Aug 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Is this a good deal on a laptop?

Is this a good deal? It's a Lenovo G580 Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 2.5GHz 15.6" for $599. My uncle left his job and had to give up his work provided laptop. Thus, he's now using one so old it has windows 2000. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Jul 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Windows to the soul, or time for something new and Airy?

Should I get a MacBook Air or stick with Windows? I may be getting a new laptop for school and I want to get the best, most portable one... but I have never had a Mac. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal?

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I do it?

Is it possible to network all my storage? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

You're a dirty, dirty boy!

My Aspire 5003WLMi laptop collects dust, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to remove the bottom cover to get at it. I can get parts out - DVD & hard drives - but that's about it. I've tried all visible screws, and shone lights into all holes. Help?!
posted by IAmBroom on Oct 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Questions about Staples' 2 yr Protection Plan

How difficult is it to get a replacement from Staples using their protection plan? There's nothing wrong with the item in question, but I'd like to sell it and if I can replace it for a new one I imagine I could get more for it. Also, is there any way to transfer the plan to a buyer since there's still over a year on it? [more inside]
posted by blunt_eastwood on Sep 19, 2011 - 16 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I need to buy a new PC laptop and have no clue where to start. My criteria: Good hardware, sleek design, good speakers, AWESOME customer service, NOT a macbook, under $900. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 14, 2011 - 20 answers

BIG tablets, or a virtual & portable screen?

Can I use a tablet as a roaming interface for my home desktop, and as a standalone tablet when I travel? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jul 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Netbook indecision crisis!

Buying a netbook, but can't decide which one. Do you have one you love? One you hate? What's the best way to decide when all of the specs are same-same-but-different? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Jul 10, 2011 - 26 answers

Looking gift tech gear in the mouth.

Potential Computer Upgrades for Misers, or should I accept this free laptop? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jul 8, 2011 - 11 answers

New, slow laptop is very disappointing...

It's taking my brand new Thinkpad a full two minutes to boot (and an additional 30 sec to get my browser open). What's up? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 26, 2011 - 30 answers

What's wrong with my laptop speakers?

My laptop speakers aren't working, but the sound is fine with headphones. What does this mean and how can I fix it? A few details inside. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Widescreen monitor woes. Please help.

My laptop computer won't play nice with my new widescreen LCD monitor. Would an external graphics card or ExpressCard help? [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy on Sep 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Please Help Me Find Good Computers for My Two 7th Grade Boys

My two boys, both starting 7th grade in a couple of weeks, need computers...laptop or smaller? Smaller relates to cost? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 21, 2010 - 27 answers

How is DVI formed? How is DVI formed? How laptop get co-nnect-ed?

I need to figure out: the correct cord with which to connect my MSI Wind netbook to an older Toshiba tube-style HDTV (a... DVI-D Dual thing, or something, maybe?! + a ???), and where I can purchase such a cord. I am cord-illiterate. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Keter on Jul 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Due diligence before buying a used laptop...

Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Apr 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Robust Tablet PC - exists?

My laptop (an Acer Travelmate) just gave up the ghost after 3 years and a replaced (but still dodgy) hard drive. Any suggestions for laptops that can handle plenty of travel and being bumped around in bags? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Dock recommendations for a 2 year-old Macbook Prop?

I'm trying to make my "main computer" my 2 year-old MacBook Pro instead of my home-built desktop. How can I best do this? Does anyone have any dock recommendations for that MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 13, 2010 - 21 answers

What Bay Area stores carry the Dell Adamo?

Where can I see a Dell Adamo (not the new XPS, but the one that was released last year) in person, in the San Francisco Bay Area? Frys doesn't seem to carry it, and I don't know who else would. I'm considering buying one, and want to handle it and check out the keyboard, weight, etc., in person, before making a decision. Thanks for any help you can provide :-)
posted by Susan PG on Nov 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance?

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

What computer offers me the best bang for my buck?

I've got $500.00 to spend for a new computer. I want to get the most bang for my buck. My needs are: - Play music - Edit and view photos - Edit and view videos - Create DVDs & Surf the Internet. My past history has been in PCs. I am open to building my own computer. So what should I get?
posted by jserdula on Jun 29, 2009 - 19 answers

Windows Vista Doesn't Work with VGA to HDMI Converter Box

We have an HP Slimline machine running video with an Nvidia Geforce 6150 SE graphics card. We are wanting to use a VGA->HDMI box to convert the video output of the desktop and connect it to our television: [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Jan 9, 2009 - 1 answer

Cloning a laptop hard drive

Replacing my laptop's hard drive. I think I've almost got it but have some questions about the cloning process. [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Aug 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Here a Drive, there a Drive...

What to do with a spare laptop hard drive...please help [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Jul 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me Geek Squad these laptops!

2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Which laptops will last, which will break? Online ratings anywhere?

Where can I find online laptop ratings about durability, repairs, or typical problems, the way Consumer Reports does for cars? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Mar 14, 2008 - 17 answers

Best computer buying/selling strategy?

What's the best strategy for buying new laptops and selling old ones? I usually buy a new computer once every five years or so and then sell my old one. Say I spend $3000 for a new one and sell the old one for $300. Would I be better off buying a new one every year and selling the old one each year? In other words, would I get more for the old one that it would make up for the depreciation in waiting five years? [more inside]
posted by moedym on Feb 14, 2008 - 17 answers

RAM Woes

I own a Dell Inspiron 9100 that uses 200-pin DDR PC3200 SODIMM RAM. I've found a good deal on 200-pin DDR2 PC2-5300 667MHz SODIMM RAM. Would this be backward compatible? Can't seem to find a quick answer on this, many thanks mefites.
posted by MrHappyGoLucky on Oct 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Hopefully not dead yet?

Without warning, my laptop suddenly turned off. [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Sep 15, 2007 - 9 answers

How to create a file library?

[NoseBleedFilter] How to maintain a file library on Big Computer, and a small selection on Little Computer, so Big Computer Looks like Little Computer, but Little Computer doesn't need to carry all the files in file library? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Aug 22, 2007 - 7 answers

How to run script when you connect to network?

How to run a program/script automatically when laptop connects to Home wireless network? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Aug 13, 2007 - 7 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

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways?

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways (like a book)? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on May 25, 2007 - 12 answers

How do I get ruid of Bloodhound.exploit.106?

My laptop has been infected something called Bloodhound.Exploit.106 which is darn hard to get rid of... Help! Please! [more inside]
posted by zaelic on May 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Baseline specs for downloading pr0n

Advice would be greatly appreciated on purchasing a laptop. The laptop im using is dying, i want to replace it but im not that up on technical specs and the like. [more inside]
posted by Reggie Knoble on Jan 11, 2007 - 29 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

Need help with my new lappie

New laptop three part question; Just got a new Lenovo Thinkpad, a. I want to make sure I have all the correct settings to make it run properly. b. Wanted to see what accessories I should look at to make it easier/efficient to use? I have an ipod, a pda, and use microsoft office for work. c. Any other comments or suggestions I should be aware of? Thanks for the help guys!
posted by boyinmiami on May 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Lap-top laptop cooling system?

What's a good laptop cooling system for, you know, your lap? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on May 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Morning routine for an internet-addicted college student?

What is the best morning routine, especially for someone who is (a) in college and (b) wants to fight something starting to look like internet addiction? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

What laptop computer has the longest battery life?

What specific laptop computer, Mac or PC, has the longest battery life? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords on Jan 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Tracking down a laptop crash...

My laptop is crashing frequently and I am trying to track down the problem. I suspect it's the hard drive, but I want to know more so I can work around the issue. Any logging/debugging utilities or tips? [more inside]
posted by costas on Jan 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Laptop/Desktop

What's the advantage of having a desktop? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Nov 9, 2005 - 28 answers

Which laptop for a skinflint graphic designer?

The new 15 inch Powerbook suits my computing needs perfectly, but one of those plus new software would actually break the bank. What's the closest I can get with a Windows laptop? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Nov 6, 2005 - 25 answers

Copying photos to laptop no longer works!

Windows XP help needed! I suddenly can't copy photos onto my laptop. I'm getting a weird error... [more inside]
posted by kdern on Oct 31, 2005 - 11 answers

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