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Is the 13" MacBook Air the right laptop for me?

Needing to get a new portable, because the battery in my workhorse laptop is borked, I ordered a refurbished 13" MacBook Pro - which I am typing on at the moment. So far, it seems fine for what I need, but I was wondering whether the hive mind could think of a better solution. Generic snowflake detail inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

ThinkPad Edge or faster cheap laptop?

Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

A Laptop To Study Monkeys By

I am looking for a relatively rugged laptop (or tablet?) that I can use for data entry, word processing, internet browsing, and music playing while in the US, and then use for data entry, arcGIS, and music playing while in the rain forest in West Africa. It would be wonderful if it was less than $700. I do not want a Mac. What should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 8, 2012 - 19 answers

Best ThinkPad laptop for a student?

Best ThinkPad laptop for a student? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jun 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me; help my battery

Laptop battery filter: My Lenovo SL510 wasn't charging my battery, and I foolishly assumed it was the battery's problem and bought a new one. But the new one wouldn't charge either. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jun 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How feasable is a RAIF (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Flash media) on a T40 Laptop?

How would placing two (or more!) Compact flash drives in my T40 laptop and using them as a striped RAID 0 compare to installing an equivalent (PATA) SSD? Is there some other thinking-further-out-of-the-box way of getting lightning-fast disk performance into a Pentium M-class laptop? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Laptop got wet. Now the screen is really bright.

About a month ago, I spilled some water on my laptop. So I let everything dry out. It works again, but now the screen is very bright, as if the contrast is turned way up. After searching the internet, I learned that the problem could be a damaged inverter so I ordered and installed a new one. But no dice. The screen is still really bright. Any ideas of what might be the problem? [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?

I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Talk to me about the trackpoint

Thinkpad users -- talk to me about the trackpoint (also known as the little red eraser thingy on the keyboard). [more inside]
posted by missjenny on May 31, 2011 - 31 answers

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410?

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

What do I do with an incredibly old laptop?

I have a Thinkpad 755c, dating from 1995 or so. Is there anything remotely useful/interesting I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Apr 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Do I really need a T series thinkpad?

Will I be missing out much if I buy an SL series or Thinkpad Edge laptop instead of a T series thinkpad? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 18, 2011 - 10 answers

My hinkPadhas aproblem with i's keyboard.

I just bought a used Thinkpad T61 and the e,t, and space bar keys work intermittently. The keyboard is reasonably clean and nothing is obstructing the keycaps underneath. I have taken out the keyboard and reseated the keyboard connector. Is this just a bad keyboard or should i be worried about something else? (os is linux/ubuntu)
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

How to get my Thinkpad to respect my monitor, or vice-versa

Thinkpad, external monitor, internal brain: which of these three is broken? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jun 10, 2010 - 7 answers

help my student get a working laptop

Why can't I get into the BIOS on this Thinkpad? Alternately, how can I get this machine working? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on May 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Single user, looking for long term relationship with the laptop of my dreams. Love of linux a must

Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

troubleshooting a (mostly) broken laptop key

My Thinkpad's n key doesn't work most of the time (but does work sometimes if I hit it in the right spot/from the right angle and hold for a bit)...what troubleshooting/fixes can I try before I give in and replace the whole keyboard? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Nov 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Laptop audio feedback.

Gremlins have taken over my laptop and now I get extremely loud audio feedback. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Oct 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Why is my Thinkpad beeping when docked and on standby?

Why does my Thinkpad X40 beep when docked and standing by? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Jul 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I get a new battery or a new laptop?

Should I buy a new laptop battery or a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Nov 15, 2008 - 15 answers

Make my Vista Arrow Keys Work.

How do I set up my arrow keys to cycle forward/backward in firefox? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious on Oct 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Convince me not to get a Thinkpad!

What are some reasons NOT to get a Lenovo Thinkpad R61? I'm pretty enarmoured with this laptop and I want to be sure it's a good decision. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Jul 11, 2008 - 32 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Lenovo T61p alternative?

Alternative to T61p? I'm looking for a laptop that is highly reliable, has a good graphics card and lots of storage. [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Apr 26, 2008 - 19 answers

Should I fix my thinkpad?

Should I/Can I get my Thinkpad repaired [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Oct 4, 2007 - 10 answers

How to get my Thinkpad into workable condition?

I've got an old IBM Thinkpad G40 circa something like 1998 that runs Pentium II and I want to get it running as fast as possible while spending as little money as possible. [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Routed by my slow router

Why is my brand-new router massively slowing my Internet connection, even when everything's connected with cables? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 12, 2007 - 7 answers

advice on making old laptop into home server

Converting an old laptop into my first home server - what should I know? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jun 19, 2007 - 15 answers

How to fix a burred laptop screw

I am trying to replace a laptop keyboard but the final screw has burred and neither the regular or precision screwdriver works. If someone suggests that I go to repairman and 50 bucks to fix this, I am likely to do serious damage to this laptop (namely by throwing it against a wall). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 15, 2007 - 11 answers

Where are the Thinkpad stores?

Is there anywhere in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC, area where I can just show up and buy (or at least get a good look at) a Thinkpad X60 (or preferably, X40/X41)? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Why is my Thinkpad screen flickering so much?

Help me figure out why my laptop screen is flickering (madly). [more inside]
posted by n_s_1 on Jun 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me make a good purchase this time.

Should I buy a Dell XPS M1210, or look elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Mar 6, 2007 - 32 answers

UK Thinkpad advice

I need to buy a laptop soon and I'm looking hard at getting Thinkpad for a variety of reasons. However I'd like some advice on what to prioritise when buying one, especially considering the limited options for customisation available in the UK. (Other laptop recommendations welcome) [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics on Feb 23, 2007 - 15 answers

How to maintain multiple identical laptops?

We need multiple laptops to have identical computing environments, with the ability to have them updated en masse. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Nov 28, 2006 - 5 answers

"Error loading operating system" after laptop fall

Dropped my laptop (IBM Thinkpad T42) from about 3 feet. It seemed ok for a week except that it randomly rebooted from time to time. However now it says it can't even load the operating system. I don't have a recovery disk. I don't have the original XP CD. I can't send this to a repairman because I have very sensitive information stored in files on the desktop. How sunk am I? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Nov 24, 2006 - 19 answers

Go *beeep* *beep* *beep* yourself...

I have a Thinkpad G41. About an hour ago, I (shut it off) packed it in a backpack-style case, and rode my bicycle to the radio station where I work. Upon arriving, I turn it on and the screen does not do anything at all. Everything else about bootup appears normal, except the total deadness of the screen (the light behind the TFT does not appear to come on). Also, there are (what I presume to be) BIOS beeps, one long two short. Googling produces this which informs me I have a "video adapter error". What do I do now? (This laptop is about a year old, I think it's out of warranty now... is it just doomed to become a server?)
posted by phrontist on Oct 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Thinkpad battery won't charge fully

Why won't my Thinkpad battery charge fully when it's plugged into the wall? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Oct 24, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I clean my ThinkPad's harddrive so I can sell it WITHOUT having to reinstall XP?

How do I clean my ThinkPad's harddrive so I can sell it WITHOUT having to reinstall XP? [more inside]
posted by phixed on Oct 21, 2006 - 11 answers

SHould i buy this laptop??

LaptopFilter: A buddy of mine is selling his IBM ThinkPad T23 for $400 dollars. Here are the specs: P3 1.13ghz 60gb(5400) 1024MB ram CDRW-DVD 14.1 Display Docking Station Also has a PCMCIA WIFI card I want a laptop really bad and this seems to be a good deal, what do you think? Should i buy this? BTW..This will be used for web browsing and business applications. No graphic applications or gaming. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 on Jan 10, 2006 - 15 answers

Will I regret a Celeron?

I've been happy with my IBM Thinkpad T21, but I want CD-RW, DVD and something shiny & new. I'm looking at an IBM TPad R40 model 2681 - Celeron 2.0GHz RAM256 HD40G CD-RW/DVD + 802.11B Wifi from a reliable online vendor. US 575. Will I regret the Celeron as opposed to PIII? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Oct 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Cheap Dell or ThinkPad?

Help me with a laptop purchase decision? [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 on Sep 28, 2005 - 28 answers

Thinking of a new laptop. Should I switch to Mac/Apple?

I'm thinking of getting myself a new laptop to play with. Do I want to switch? [Intel More Inside] [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Nov 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Mac user needs help picking a windows laptop

Dedicated Mac user needs to perform Wintel-only dev work, needs new laptop. Thinkpad, or iBook/Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 13, 2004 - 15 answers

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