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Laptop not connecting to WiFi in only one location?

My laptop connects to every wireless WiFi signal I ask it to, except for one in a single particular office, where I do some volunteer work. The signal is strong, everyone else's laptops connect, but mine doesn't. Or sometimes it does, and then gets kicked off after just a few minutes. Is there a way to troubleshoot this? Why might this be happening in only this one location, with only this one signal? It's a mystery to me.
posted by franklen on Oct 3, 2013 - 8 answers

 

Help me not fry my laptop

I have two laptops, both Dells. I'm going on a trip and would like to take only one power brick. Can I do it? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Sep 28, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the best gaming PC in the $1,500 price range?

My Steam-addicted 13 year old son is about to turn 14 and I'd like to surprise him with a new gaming PC. He's currently using a generic Dell from a few years ago that he says works fine but he'll need new hardware to keep up with the technology (and the competition). My goal is to find the best gaming PC as close to $1,500 as possible, preferably a laptop but I'll go with a tower if it makes sense. Any recommendations?
posted by Jamesonian on Sep 22, 2013 - 23 answers

Shipping laptop from US to Canada

I'm buying a new laptop and the one I want isn't available in Canada, as far as I can tell and I won't be going back to the US until December. If I have it shipped to a friend in the US, what's the easiest and cheapest way to get it to me?
posted by raeka on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm looking for a great laptop bag.

I've been lugging my laptop around in a red backpack for the last twelve years. Its been on nearly every continent, survived several career 180s and a divorce. But all things must come to an end- My everyday carry is much different than it was twelve years ago- My PC laptop, an iPad, a yellow legal notepad and maybe a paperback. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Aug 27, 2013 - 15 answers

What is the best thing to do with loose electrical jacks?

I have two electronic devices with loose jacks or poor connections, one laptop where the power cord no longer has a solid connection, and a portable music player with a headphone jack that needs jiggling to get left-channel audio. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 23, 2013 - 7 answers

More than one tab would be just great

Laptop freezing semi-regularly with internet use, need suggestions. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me reduce the annoyance of an external USB harddrive.

I would like to somehow attach my external USB harddrive to my laptop in a way that is practical and feasible. Any Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Aug 11, 2013 - 16 answers

I don't know about processors, but I know what I want?

I will need a new laptop soon, and the one thing I can't stand is lagging programs. So I know what to look for, explain processors to me like I'm a small child. I know enough to know that I don't know what I'm doing. For example, I know that the ability to not jitter, lag, and occasionally freeze isn't down to one factor, but is (I think?) a combination of RAM, processor speed, and some other things. Cores, maybe? Info on my current problems and what I need inside... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Aug 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Computer-fixer-type-people in Philadelphia? Halp?

PhillyPhilter: I need the services of folks in Philadelphia who might be able to fix or at least diagnose a busted laptop on short notice. Seemingly randomly, my high-end Clevo-style PC laptop started to show random visual artifacts when in Windows... and then even when booting up the BIOS... and then freezing horribly. I have no idea what is going on, and I have two academic manuscripts that are coming up to being due. However onerous, I could go to the university library to work on this, as I have all of my work backed up. Unfortunately, I have the misfortune that I am going to be traveling out of my area starting this weekend, for almost a full week. So I need help fast if at all possible, and I would prefer not to mail this damn thing to Michigan where it came from if I can avoid it. Where can I turn to in Philadelphia for this kind of PC laptop fixing service?
posted by Keter on Aug 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Mac user seeks Windows laptop for grad school.

I've used Macs since 2004; now I need a PC. There are too many choices! [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Aug 6, 2013 - 14 answers

What is causing these horizontal yellow lines on my laptop screen?

When I open my laptop I almost always see these horizontal yellow lines on the screen. What are they? Is this a serious problem? Can I remove them or is the screen reaching its end? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Recommend a laptop for a grad student who knows nothing

I finished my first year of grad school, passed my comps (so they're not getting rid of me!), and spent the summer using a computer lab to work on campus. I'm sick of it and want to buy a laptop but haven't bought one in awhile and I'm not sure what to get or the best way to go about it, so I thought I'd beg y'all for advice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dismas on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Laptop touchpad is jumpy

I have a new laptop (Acer with Windows 8) and the touchpad will intermittently go all goofy. It'll make the cursor jump around the screen randomly and open windows as if I'm clicking, even if I hold my finger perfectly still on the pad. My question: Is there any chance that a third-party power cord is causing this? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jul 29, 2013 - 8 answers

LCD on 2009 Macbook has gone, worth repairing or give up on it?

Had my Macbook since mid 2009, it's one of the white ones. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How to best replace my laptop fan

My laptop (Fujitsu LifeBook PC Tablet, model T5010, refurbished) fan is suddenly dying, making sad whirring sounds, and not breathing hot air on my lap like it used to. What is the best way to replace the fan? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Laptop shopping on a cell phone budget

I need a new laptop. It doesn't need to be anything fancy, so I'm trying to keep it under $350 (the less the better, though). I have a couple that I'm trying to decide between... [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jul 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Recovering stolen property without the police?

Looking for advice on how to recover stolen property if I know the thief's identity but the police won't act. [more inside]
posted by aqhong on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Best backpack for a college student?

I need to get a good backpack for college. For the first time in my life, I will be walking (and perhaps biking) to get around. I need something that will keep my books and laptop dry. Bonus points for a backpack that I could comfortably wear on bicycle trips. [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Jul 11, 2013 - 15 answers

Internet slow, but fast in safe mode - reinstall Windows?

I'm having a problem with my fairly new laptop where it seems to be using more Internet bandwidth than it should. In Safe Mode with networking, it works fine. I'm considering reinstalling Windows but wondering if that's the best option and if so, how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Computer for my mother, a light user

My mother's macbook is old and she needs a newer one but I don't know much about macs. [more inside]
posted by birdseye on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Best backpack for a short, packrat bike commuter?

I'm looking for a new backpack suitable for a short bicycle commuter who tends to carry a lot of stuff, including a 15" laptop. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Cheapest Place to buy new MacBooks?

Looking to purchase a new, non-refurbished 13.3" MacBook Air with the following specifications: 128 gb flash storage 1.7 ghz Intel Core i7 processor 8 GB RAM Apple store for education has it for $1279. Any website that would have it any cheaper? I've checked amazon and new egg and neither have the exact model I want. Probably can't get it any cheaper, but just wanted to check. Thanks for your help!
posted by sunshine37 on Jun 29, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to start learning how to DJ digitally immediately

Pretty much what it says in the question title. I have no idea what the current state of software is- Serato? Traktor? Who uses what, and what's best for a beginner? Are skills learned in one program easily transferable to another, or do the workflows differ significantly between software packages? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Jun 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Weird screen glitches on Hp pavilion dv4 laptop

A friend's laptop is experiencing some strange graphical glitches within Windows, and she is desperate for help!! [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jun 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Dell Vostro 1400: Battery not being recognized. Possible culprits?

Is it even possible to replace the component that will allow my battery to be recognized again? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Jun 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Laptop that will run Adobe Creative Suite 5?

I'm looking for an out-of-the-box laptop that will run Adobe CS5 (especially Premiere) smoothly. Other considerations inside: [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jun 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Be My Techie: Windows Laptop for Amateur Photographer Advice

I'm in need of tech advice. I'm a windows user who currently has an HP Pavilion Entertainment PC. It's in BSOD land, and probably only has a few weeks left. I'm somewhat tech-savvy, but am feeling truly lost right now. I don't want to move to apple computers, and ideally want to spend around 1k for something that will last. Snowflakes abound inside: [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jun 12, 2013 - 7 answers

How nice of a laptop do I want?

I'm in the market for a new laptop but I don't know what direction I should be going. I'm hoping to go to grad school in two or three years so should I get a really nice laptop that will last me through school or should I get something cheaper for now and get something shiny and new when I start school? All I need a laptop to do right now is surf the web, Skype, and watch Netflix. I have a tablet that I do most of that on but every once in a while I need a real computer for something specific. [more inside]
posted by missriss89 on Jun 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Help with a borked install?

Attempted to install LIBUSB-win32-filter-bin-0.1.122 without using compatibility mode. Now none of the peripherals are working, except for the trackpad and keyboard. [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Jun 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Laptop Fan

Does purchasing an external fan for a laptop work or are they just marketing? Mine can run a little warm when I am pushing it with games so I am considering a cooling pad.
posted by zzazazz on Jun 7, 2013 - 24 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Making a WiFi network with my iMac?

I am trying to connect my iMac to my Blu-Ray player and laptop via Wifi, but I’m lost in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Laptop in a milk crate?

In terms of potential risk to your laptop, would you be comfortable commuting by bicycle about 5 miles a day with your laptop in a milk crate which is zip-tied to a rear-wheel bike rack? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on May 25, 2013 - 32 answers

Trading a desktop for a laptop

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Laptop overheated, now connectivity problems

My laptop overheated, I took it to get cleaned, now it's having Internet connectivity issues. I think the repair place may be at fault. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on May 20, 2013 - 5 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

Macbook with old tv?

I want to be able to watch Netflix from my laptop on my very old tv. Is this possible? What cables would I need? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on May 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Solution for slow file transfers?

I'm looking for a way to transfer files more quickly from my laptop to an external drive. Currently, I'm using USB 2.0 ports & a USB 2.0 hub. However, my HP HDX18 laptop does have an eSATA port & an ExpressCard 54 slot (Gen 1.0). Using Windows 7 64bit operating system. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Which laptop to buy for a college freshman?

My brother is starting college in a few weeks and needs a new laptop. His only requirement is that it run Windows 8. My requirements are that it is under $800 and can withstand manhandling by an 18-year-old. I'm leaning towards a Dell because of their perceived good reputation - is this accurate? Any recommendations for Dell models or other brands? Bonus: he will click every suspicious link, download any fool thing, and therefore infects computers with viruses instantly. What can I do to prevent this? His favorite line is "Norton anti-virus IS a virus!"
posted by tatiana wishbone on May 16, 2013 - 34 answers

Does your laptop resemble the laptop I'm trying to buy?

I'm looking to buy a laptop that meets a few simple requirements. Does this describe your machine?
  1. Customizable before purchase -- it's essential to me that the factory install e.g. the SSD and the CPU that I specify
  2. 17" screen
  3. Trackpad is responsive, ergonomic, satisfying to use
  4. "Home", "End", "PgDn", "PgUp" and "Delete" keys are all clustered together, not strung out in a row
  5. High-end
  6. Not made by HP
[more inside]
posted by foursentences on May 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Debit cards compromised twice - what's the deal here?

Today, my bank's fraud detection department gave me a call - apparently, somebody had attempted to use my debit card for a purchase in Colombia. I live in London, UK. This is an annoyance, but it's particularly worrying because something similar happened less than two months ago - they called me up and said that although my card hadn't been used, they had information that it may be compromised. The card that was used in Colombia today was the replacement, which I've had for only a few weeks. My money is safe and my card has been cancelled (again). But my main concern is HOW this has happened - keylogger? Dubious, but legit-seeming site? Compromised wifi? And how do I keep myself safe in future? [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on May 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Ship a laptop from US to Poland

I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Cooling fan for Dell Vostro 1500 ?

I was wondering if having a dead cooling fan in my Dell Vostro 1500 laptop would make the screen go wonky ? I purchased a new cooling fan, but I have no idea how to install it.
posted by therealshell on Apr 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Why is my laptop now choosy about sockets and what do I do about it?

My Acer 5742 has become choosy about which plug sockets it will charge from. Why? Do I need a new battery? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Is this game the right birthday gift?

Game: Benoît Sokal's Sinking Island. Unknowns: Mother, potentially her laptop. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Apr 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Wanted! Small, inexp. laptop that allows clean installs of Windows 7.

Hi everyone! I need to buy a small, inexpensive laptop that runs Windows 7. The thing is, I need one with a clean install (i.e., no crapware), and which comes with an install disk (or which lets me burn an install disk) that lets me re-install a clean copy of Win 7 when/if needed. Bonus points if it lets me install and dual-boot Ubuntu or other Linux distro! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Apr 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Remote Desktop Connection woes

My work computer is a laptop running Windows 7. I am working far from my office this week (as I often do) and I connect to my work server through Remote Desktop Connection. Typically this is pretty much problem-free, but for the last two or three days, when I log in to the server, I am seeing the server's desktop not as a full screen, but in a window about 10" wide on my 17.3" laptop screen. As well, while the laptop's screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the window looks to be 4:3. Attempting to resize the window through the Maximize/Restore Down icon avails me naught: I can mouse over the edges of the window and drag it to a new size, but it maxes out at the size that I mention, which covers maybe 60% of the screen's real estate. Numerous reboots and resets have not rectified it and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

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