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How to determine which RAM to buy for laptop?

It's been a while since I have fiddled with computers. How do I figure out which RAM to buy online? My son needs to buy some more RAM for his circa 2011 Acer Aspire laptop (I replaced the hard disk a while ago so it's still got life in it). It's got 4GB of RAM, but I'd like to boost it to 8GB. Do I need to worry about a specific variety of RAM, or is it all the same. [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Jul 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? I asked the same question 3 years ago, and got good suggestions. I'll buy something this week, or today, if there's a good buy. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Jul 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Security for a laptop repair?

I have a laptop purchased from Costco at the end of 2013. It is dead and needs to be repaired, but I'm concerned about the theft of my data. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Macbook Pro or Lenovo or something else entirely?

I need a new, powerfulish laptop, and I'm finding myself confused by the options. The consensus in previous AskMe's seems to be either Macbook or Lenovo, but I am wondering if there are newer options that I am not considering. I probably need this spelled out to me as if I am a not particularly bright child. [more inside]
posted by arha on Jul 25, 2015 - 13 answers

The perfect grad school bag?

I'll be starting a 2-year master's program in August, and I want the perfect school bag! Requirements: 1) stylish, 2) fits a 14" laptop and a couple of textbooks, 3) made of soft leather or sturdy canvas, 4) not a backpack, and 5) reasonably comfortable to carry. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Jul 23, 2015 - 22 answers

Good, cheap laptop under $200?

What good, cheap (old?) laptop could I get for under $200? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Jul 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Cheap laptops - what to buy?

Macbook pro died, need a super cheap laptop stat. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jul 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Asked to bring laptop to interview...

Hi all, I am a graphic designer and have an interview with a large company next week. The HR person asked that I fill out a couple forms, bring my resume, printed portfolio... the usual. However, she also stated I should bring my laptop. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Jun 30, 2015 - 20 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

Attractive laptop/phone/table charging station solution desired

I'm sick of the mess of usb and power cables all over my living room and specifically on the side table next to my spot on the couch. What solutions have you come up with to deal with the ugliness of an abundance of frequently used electronics that you want to have handy that passes a reasonable adult living room decor bar? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 20, 2015 - 4 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

Give me some space!

I am at my wit's end trying to clear out more hard drive space on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Jun 2, 2015 - 11 answers

notebook/laptop recommendation

I need a new notebook, ideally $500 or less. [more inside]
posted by alona on May 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Technology in the Classroom

I'm curious about bans on technology at the college level. I've read previous threads on this topic but they predate the widespread introduction of iPads and tablets. If you're a student or instructor are there particular types of classes that ban electronics or is it more or less random based on the instructor? For "no laptop" classes are tablets allowed? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on May 26, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me choose a work laptop - MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon

At work they are giving us new laptops to replace battered ancient ones. There are two choices: MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon. Which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 21, 2015 - 22 answers

Best Macbook for a new computer science student on a moderate budget

What it says on the tin: I'm starting a professional Master's program in computer science this summer. I've decided to get a new laptop, since right now I have a 5-year-old Macbook that I do no serious work on, due to the oldness and slowness (and small screen). [more inside]
posted by easter queen on May 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Do these things run down my laptop battery faster?

I wonder if having 4-5 Word files open (including 2 always, just for for convenience) will drain my Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series battery quicker than just using one file at a time. I wonder: Does more tabs being open in a broswer mean more battery drain? Is a nonactive YouTube tab best being closed till used? I wonder if even having calendar, weather -- stuff I seldom open -- pinned to my taskbar run the battery down more quickly. Same question regarding having several Adobe Acrobat Reader PDFs ready at hand...just comic book pdfs. These things take so little space on the hard drive, so I figure they'd also use less RAM than other actual heavy programs, thus would be easiest on the battery-time availability. Correct me if I'm wrong, but having Foobar, Windows Media Player, and Spotify open at the same time will drain battery faster than having one going, as well as slow things down generally? Add to that the Word, Acrobat, a broswer... Thanks.
posted by noelpratt2nd on May 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Laptop speaker / soundbar

After years of use, my wonderful Logitech laptop speaker has finally broken; one of the two speakers is making a loud fuzzing noise. I'd like to find a replacement, and welcome your suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Can't connect laptop to TV with HDMI anymore...

My girlfriend and I are trying to connect her laptop to her TV to watch Netflix, play DVDs, etc. It used to work without a hitch, but for some reason, we've been unable to get it to work or even recognize the TV at all. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Apr 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Cheap Notebook Recommendations

I'm looking to buy a very cheap notebook for simple use around the home. Ideal Price Range is between $150-200. Requirements/Nice-to-have's below. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device on Apr 16, 2015 - 7 answers

The eternal search for the perfect bag

Nd a new laptop/everything bag that I can feel better about than the one I'm currently carrying. Myriad specs inside! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Apr 14, 2015 - 14 answers

New Lappy Needed -- which & how much?

I want to buy a new laptop/notebook/tablet and here are the requisites: - Windows OS - Light and compact (fits in a backpack) - No frills: only need Word, Internet/email, Spotify. Windows 7 preferable; do they come like this anymore? Thinking I could do Windows Easy Transfer, which hopefully will transfer my Word 2007 too. Currently have Dell Inspiron 1525 and similar -- needs to be much lighter than these. Can anyone help by giving some initial direction, including price range...links?
posted by noelpratt2nd on Apr 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommend a laptop for running Pro Tools Elite?

I am looking to purchase a dedicated Windows laptop for running Pro Tools Elite for use in a public program. I don't know much about computer hardware, and I know nothing about audio software. Can anyone help me out with some laptop recommendations? [more inside]
posted by banal retentive on Apr 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Please advise me on a forthcoming computer upgrade

My vintage 2008 Macbook is eagerly gazing at the pasture that has been beckoning it for a few years now. I have replaced the hard-drive and maxed out the RAM, but the poor little guy is simply ready for a well-deserved rest. So - what's next for me and when? Macbook Pro? Air? iMac? iPad? Difficulty level: incorporating moderate music production, Netflix, general web use, somewhat limited funds, and massive over-thinking. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Mar 26, 2015 - 15 answers

New Laptop Best Practices

I have a new laptop (PC, Windows 7 Pro, Toshiba). What should I do/download/install/uninstall/set up to keep it running in tiptop brand new shape? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt?

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

laptop for modded minecraft?

It's time to replace my laptop that I use for basic internet/email/office stuff. I'd like to be able to run modded Minecraft on it as well. Help. [more inside]
posted by bowmaniac on Mar 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Please explain MacBook Pro pricing anomaly to me

In the current MacBook Pro lineup, there's a $100 dollar price jump between the 2.9Ghz i5 processors and 3.1 Ghz i7 processors on the 128GB and 256GB models, but a $200 difference for the same upgrade on the 512GB model, all other specs remaining the same. Is there any reason for this, aside from Apple deciding that people willing to spend that much simply won't mind paying another $100?
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Mar 11, 2015 - 18 answers

How to protect my information prior returning laptop that won't boot up

So After very minimal use, my recently bought laptop now won't even power up. When I press power button, nothing happens. It's a Asus x205-ta if that matters. I made arrangement to return it to Amazon. Before I ship the laptop back, what could I do to protect things like my passwords, etc that are presumably still in there? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Feb 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me choose a laptop.

So I'm getting a new (to me) laptop and I've decided that I want a refurbished Lenovo, I'm looking on their website and can't make up my mind. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best machine for digitizer pen AND keyboard input?

I like to draw, I like to code, and I need a new laptop. Because of points 1 and 2, I'm looking for something that both has a good, lap-friendly keyboard AND has a digitizer pen. What's the best machine that fits both of those criteria? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

New laptop: Macbook or ... something else?

The time has come for a new computer. I've owned 3 laptops, all Macs. This one has lasted me 7 years, but it's getting to the point that I can't run, for instance, the latest version of Safari because it's not available for my device. Plus it's getting old and overheats quickly - I can't watch videos, and pages with a ton of photos are a PITA to open, and I can only open about 2 tabs before it starts to wheeze. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Jan 31, 2015 - 39 answers

Seeking 11" laptop: PC, reliable, decent battery, heavy excel usage

Suggestions for lightweight 11" laptop? Need to have: full keyboard, Windows, able to handle large and complex Excel files and long Word docs, good internet connection, reliable performance, decent battery life, good for both work and for netflix-type activities, reliable use with external monitor. After a lemon of an HP, reliability is important. What should I expect to pay for this? Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on Jan 29, 2015 - 21 answers

MacBook Pro is *slow* when I back up with Time Machine

I have a 2-year-old MacBook Pro with a 500 GB SSD running Yosemite. It was fine until 3 days ago, when the computer slowed to a crawl. I rebooted several times; each time, it got slow again. I eventually realized that it slowed down when trying to back up to the external hard drive. I ran Disk Utility, which found no errors on the SSD or the external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Jan 27, 2015 - 6 answers

SSD Recovery for Dummies

Can an idiot [me] open my dead laptop, remove the SSD and get the data off of it? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Jan 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Laptop battery won't hold charge, but the battery may not be the issue?

Help me diagnose, because I'm not convinced that it's because the battery is completely/irreparably fried. I am computer hardware naive but would prefer to explore all diagnostic possibilities before purchasing a replacement battery, especially if that won't fix the issue. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Reliable replacement battery for Dell Latitude E6420 in Germany

My 3 year old Dell Latitude E6420 laptop needs a new battery. It had a replacement already about 2 years ago after the one it shipped with just fell out one day (!) but other than that has had no battery problems. Anyone know how I can get a reliable replacement **here in Germany**? I would ideally like a Dell or Dell-recognised component as this is my primary device and it needs to be reliable.
posted by KMH on Jan 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Silly computer problem, but problematic

How do I figure out what video card is in my laptop when the computer doesn't know either? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate on Jan 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendations for portable, low cost but full-size laptops in UK

Recommendations for portable, low cost but full-size laptops in UK [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Why can't my Ethernet/USB adapter decide if it's plugged in or not?

I bought an Ethernet/USB adapter for my Dell laptop which doesn't have a USB port. Every few minutes the computer will make the "usb was disconnected sound", and then after about 3 seconds, it will think it's plugged back in. This causes a disconnect in my internet. Why does it do this? How can I fix it?
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 15, 2015 - 18 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

Flickering, stuttering, shuddering windows.... where to start?

I recently bought a Lenovo Flex 2-14 laptop from a big chain. I'm having problems with programmes hanging, running slowly, the screen apparently updating in a flickery manner as if it were a machine from many generations ago. All drivers are up to date but am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Jan 4, 2015 - 23 answers

I need a new computer

After I don't even know how many years my trusty Asus Eee 701 has finally bit the bucket and I need a replacement. Preferably by Monday... [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Jan 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Quickly need laptop for student

Quickly need a new laptop with Word loaded for a student. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Dec 31, 2014 - 22 answers

Infuriating seasonal wi-fi problems... a Christmas mystery to be solved

I have an elderly Lenovo IdeaPad G770. It's due for retirement very soon but needs to last just a bit longer. It just came back from the menders for a broken hinge and is now claiming that 'No connections are available'. But... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Dec 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Retina MacBook Pro screen lag

I'm suddenly in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I'm trying to decide between the Retina and non-Retina options. I remember hearing a while back is that the Retina display would lag or stutter sometimes, especially when switching between Spaces. Is that still true? I use the heck out of spaces and usually have an external monitor as well. If you have a recent rMBP, any testimonials would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by dondiego87 on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I keep my son's laptop from gettin' the cooties?

My son is about to get his first laptop, a Windows machine. I'd like to install the necessary software to keep it free from all the nasty stuff Windows machines can catch. We're a Mac family so my knowledge of personal A/V software is minimal. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Laptop battery replacement

Hey, all. I have a three-year-old Gateway laptop (NV55C) that was having battery problems, so I bought a replacement battery from Amazon. When I got the replacement battery, it included a list of battery models it replaces, and the model of my old battery was not among them. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Dec 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find an SSD for old laptop?

Hi I want to find a SSD which is: -stable, long life, to be used as primary hard disk for my 5 years old Thinkpad X201 with i5 win7 -240G or above -no speed requirement as if it's better than my 3 years old Intel X25-M 120 GB -preferably no TLC -good price Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me buy my next laptop

My current laptop, a Thinkpad SL510 bought in March 2010, is starting to blue-screen a lot, and the diagnostics are saying I have disk problems, so I am looking for a replacement. Please help me choose a new one, and possibly get over some unreasonable fears. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

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