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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

Chromebook vs. cheap Windows laptop for light school use

I have a desktop at home and I need to get a laptop that I can carry with me to campus. I only need it for email, reading articles, and writing. I'd go with a Chromebook in a heartbeat, but I'm very concerned about being unable to edit documents if I can't get online. Cost and weight are major factors as well. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 answers

not my type

I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 17, 2015 - 23 answers

Not OK computer

I have an Envy Dv7 laptop which I love. It is out of warranty, and a call to HP yielded no help as far as diagnosing the problem. I kept getting bounced from tech support to warranty to sales to someone else. The call lasted about an hour and eventually I had to give up as I had to leave for a flight. Crackling and smoking details within [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jan 10, 2015 - 15 answers

HP Split 13 x2 PC freezes/stutters...

...Intermittently, when I plug in the power cord or detach/reattach the tablet, the system freezes, unfreezes, freezes, etc. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Nov 29, 2014 - 1 answer

From crap laptop to serviceable terminal desktop

I recently upgraded my main use laptop, replacing an HP Pavillion G4 that had a dead battery. The HP had lost much functionality as a laptop because it couldn't run for more than 10 minutes without being plugged in. I want to use the HP as a secondary workstation for Google Docs, reading .PDFs, and browsing the web. I have two main questions about this: what's a good OS to reformat onto the system to make this happen, and is the dead battery going to get in the way of it being a serviceable low profile desktop? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Need help diagnosing and fixing laptop

I have an HP G42 14" laptop that has been intermittently failing to boot or wake up from sleep. Well, I think that's the problem. It's hard to tell because all I get is a black screen. No error messages or anything. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Jan 24, 2014 - 5 answers

What are these odd kinda-USB ports on my HP laptop?

I have an old HP Pavillion (I think) laptop. It has two standard USB ports, and then two others that are almost the same size as USB ports, but not quite, and any USB items I plug in do not get recognized by the computer. Anyone have any clue what they might be?
posted by canine epigram on Dec 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Are laptop screen parts autodetected by the system?

Can I simply physically replace the 1366*768 LCD in my HP EliteBook 8440p with the 1600*900 part and have the laptop autodetect the new screen and show the proper resolution? Or is there extra logic or connectors or dongles or whatever in the main body that must also be modified in order for the display to work, (or maybe it Just Won't Work)? Put simply, is HP 594090-001 plug-and-play? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Can't figure out wireless connection issue

I can't connect to the wireless network-- have connected with other laptops and my smart phone just fine to this connection. Is there something I can change on my computer? I need to figure this out ASAP or I may have problems with applying for jobs and doing my schoolwork! [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Nov 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Mr. Jack is not behaving and Jimmy doesn't have the time.

How can I fix the power jack on my HP dv6000? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jun 22, 2011 - 7 answers


Have I killed my HP dv6700 dead? Whenever I plug in the AC adapter, the LED panel lights up like this, with the speaker LED flickering purple. Hitting the power button makes the screen flash intermittently. No response beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! on Feb 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Where does this laptop connector go?

The screen of a friend's HP Pavilion DV1000 no longer turns on after he dropped it. My dad is currently having a look at the laptop to see if he can fix it but upon reassembling it he has found a loose 3 pin connector that he can find no obvious place for. I have taken a photo of it and indicated whereabouts on the laptop it is located. Anyone got any ideas?
posted by Ask Ives on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

HP Pavilion dv2000 wireless

Help me figure out how to get the wireless card working in this HP laptop. The only way to bring it online is to boot a linux live cd then boot back into Vista. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by The Wig on Nov 25, 2010 - 8 answers

HP TX2500 CPU woe

My HP tx2500 recently conked out with a blink code 1 (replace CPU). I've replaced the CPU and reapplied thermal paste + copper penny shim to the GPU, to no avail. Could I do anything else before buying a new laptop?
posted by ntartifex on Nov 3, 2010 - 5 answers

New power cord not exactly what I expected, should I return it?

My laptop power cord's ground prong (the third prong) broke off, and it stopped working in most wall plugs. I ordered a new one and when it came, it didn't have a third prong, but it works fine. Why is that? And more importantly, is there some future situation where I'm going to regret not replacing the old one with a new, three-prong plug? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Sep 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Get my computer to not stop responding?

My 3 year-old hp laptop that runs 32bit windows 7 has lately chosen to stop responding to anything at random moments (including ctrl-alt-del) forcing me to shut down and lose everything I'm working on. How can I isolate the problem and hopefully fix it? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Aug 25, 2010 - 8 answers

To buy or not to buy?

Is this laptop a good buy for the money? Does anyone have any personal experience with it? [more inside]
posted by timdicator on Nov 26, 2009 - 13 answers

New laptop - help me choose!

New laptop choices - Fujitsu? Sony? Dell? HP? I know what I want in a notebook, but trying to figure out which maker will best meet my needs. I'm an English and Theatre teacher soon to move to Norway and I don't think my old laptop will last much longer. Looking for a Core 2 Duo and up, a 4-500 gig hard drive, Nividia or ATI graphics, a decent amount of RAM about a 16" screen. [more inside]
posted by aimeel on Jul 4, 2009 - 27 answers

ATI Mobility Radeon 4530 driver for XP?

Down (up) grading a new HP DV7T-2000 to XP. The video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 4530. I have had no luck in finding an XP driver. Does anyone have any experience with this card and have any ideas about a possible driver or workaround?
posted by MattScully on Apr 14, 2009 - 6 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

One cheap laptop with everything, please.

Cheap, lightweight(ish) PC laptop with an optical drive? Or should I just spring for a MacBook? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Video causes my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) to restart after watching fro 30-45 minutes, motherboard or video card dying?

HP laptop video card issues filter: Video problem with my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) - artifacts appear then increase while watching Hulu, after 30-45 minutes the computer freezes then restarts. Pausing the video then letting the computer sleep for a couple minutes resolves the issue for another 20 minutes of video watching, then it repeats ... bad integrated video? Bad VRAM? Evil monkey? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Dec 29, 2008 - 12 answers

HP LCD gone pinko; love it or leave it?

I like pink, but not when it's all over my LCD. I like pink, but only when the other option is black. Help me confirm my novice diagnosis, please, concerning my screwed HP Pavilion dv5220us laptop. [more inside]
posted by xz on Dec 27, 2008 - 5 answers

There are so many laptops out there!

Laptop recommendations for a ~600 USD budget [more inside]
posted by majikstreet on Dec 26, 2008 - 18 answers

Great big doorstop. FAIL.

Backing up an HP laptop for the ignorant. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Dec 6, 2008 - 7 answers

How to fix a broken HP LCD backlight?

Woke up this morning, opened my HP laptop, and found out that the LCD screen was showing a very faint and dim image. I suspect the backlight is broken. It's out of warranty. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Oct 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me find and fix my wifi card problem.

I've replaced my wireless card, but my laptop still intermittently locks up. The problem occurs whether I'm running XP or Ubuntu, and disappears when I disable the wifi in bios. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Do I buy a new laptop before I know if I need it?

LaptopFilter: Do I get a new one tomorrow because I'll have the money and it's a good machine, or do I keep on with my trusty older machine that hasn't given me a touch of trouble yet? Much (maybe too much) [more inside]
posted by Galt on Aug 16, 2008 - 21 answers

What to do when laptop display dies?

The screen on my HP Pavillion dv9000 laptop suddenly went black. Is there anything I can do except sending it back to HP? [more inside]
posted by SurrenderMonkey on Jun 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Do I hate HP, Vista, or Walmart?

Tell me i didnt waste $1,060 on this laptop [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on May 20, 2008 - 28 answers

Help my laptop chill out!

My widescreen HP laptop has a cooling problem. But most commercial USB cooling pads don't seem to be the right size to fit my machine, and I'm wondering if they'll still work OK if my laptop hangs over the edge. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Apr 15, 2008 - 6 answers

HP Laptop died 2 months out of warranty

A few lights blink, but no-one's a home. No bios, no whirring, no help from the retailer (PC World UK, and no I didn't go there, this question is for a friend)... [more inside]
posted by criticalbill on Mar 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Christmas come late

What laptop should I buy for $2K? What should it come with? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Jan 23, 2008 - 35 answers

My laptop is killing my sanity!

Okay, hive mind wise ones, please help save my sanity. I have an HP Pavilion dv9000 laptop that I bought in September. In general, it works great... except at random times, when I'm online, and the whole damn thing freezes up. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Jan 16, 2008 - 7 answers

The AstroGuy broadcast network is NOT on the air...

My new HP laptop has a web cam but no useful software for it. So how can I actually use this thing? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Aug 6, 2007 - 7 answers

HP Sold Me A $1400 Craptop!

My HP laptop (DV8000) crapped out on me with just over one month left on the 1 year manufacturer warranty. They've had the computer for almost a month now and are giving me the run around, even trying to sell me a brand new computer. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by my homunculus is drowning on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Warranties for laptops

Buying a laptop in the USA but giving to someone in the UK - anybody know about international warranties? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Dec 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Help me decide on new laptop, i'm down to the final 2 contenders.

Hp Pavillion dv9000t vs Dell Inspiron 1705 Help me make a final choice for a new laptop. These last two contenders are almost too similar and I wonder if I am overlooking anything significant that might set one apart. [more inside]
posted by stavx on Nov 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop.

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Nov 14, 2006 - 4 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

laptop won't boot with battery installed

My laptop won't boot with the battery in, even when it's plugged in. Is it dead? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Dec 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Dropped my HP laptop, DVD player busted.

Laptop repair filter: I dropped my laptop (HP Compaq nc8000, warranty expired) and now my DVD player doesn't work. As this is my first laptop I know nothing about laptop repair. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy on Dec 17, 2005 - 8 answers

laptop screen scorch mark?

My wife has hp pavillion laptop for one year, under warranty. It suddenly has a black blotch about 2-3" , lightbulb shaped, on bottom of screen. looks like it was burned onto the display screen. any ideas?
posted by madstop1 on Aug 11, 2005 - 3 answers

Is there anything I can do to make my laptop battery last longer?

Is there anything I can do to make my laptop battery last longer? I've had two HP laptops, and within months the batteries in both of them stopped holding a full charge. Presently, the icon indicates a fully charged battery, but when I unplug the laptop the battery dies within 30 minutes. Is this an HP specific problem? Is there a "better" kind of battery I can buy?
posted by Harvey Birdman on Aug 12, 2004 - 10 answers

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