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Blinky the Laptop

Laptop screen blackout issues: [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne on Aug 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me keep my 17 inch laptop cool

So I have just taken delivery of my nice shiny and enormous new 17" laptop and I want to find someway of keeping it cool on my lap etc. so I'm looking for ideas. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by empedia on Aug 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Dell power issues (no exploding battery, thankfully).

Dell power issues (no exploding battery, thankfully): My plugged-in and charged Dell 8600 laptop recently stopped charging and the machine switched to battery power... [more inside]
posted by timnyc on Aug 17, 2006 - 6 answers

Please help a friend choose the right laptop

Please help recommend a solid, mid-range laptop for a friend with excellent tech support options and good longevity. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Aug 15, 2006 - 26 answers

CD Burning Help

MacBook doesn't seem to want to burn any CD-Rs. I'm trying to back up my data for the first time, but as soon as burning starts I get an error message: "Burning the disc failed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error code 0x80020000)" It doesn't seem to be one particular disc, and I've never had a problem like this before on any other mac. Any advice?
posted by roofus on Aug 15, 2006 - 14 answers

Flashing Battery Light

Battery confusingness! Yesterday my Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop got caught in a loop of my bad programming. I finally got it stopped, but it had drained the battery. Plugging the charger in made the battery light start flashing... [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack on Aug 15, 2006 - 9 answers

CD-RW drive won't connect to laptop.

My CD-RW drive will not firmly attach to my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop. If I push it with my thumbs, it will make a connection, but as soon as I remove firm pressure, it loses its connection. [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids on Aug 10, 2006 - 3 answers

To buy or not to buy - even what to buy!

Should I stick with my last July G4 iBook, buy a MacBook or an iMac or wait for untold delights? [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Not technology savvy... Help!

Anyone have experience with Toshiba vs. Dell laptops? [more inside]
posted by slim on Aug 8, 2006 - 21 answers

What can I do about notebook fan grate that is touching the fan?

The metal grate that keeps fingers, etc. out of the fans on the bottom of my Toshiba notebook had bent inward towards the computer. Help! [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Ubuntu Headache

So I installed Ubuntu on my HP Pavilion zv5000 AMD64 laptop and don't have a clue what I am doing. This may have been a horrible mistake, but I am semi-determined to make it work. My efforts to be functional are being completely hampered by a problem with my touchpad. [more inside]
posted by aburd on Aug 3, 2006 - 19 answers

MacBook Pro PRIMARILY for use with Windows?

Please comment on the wisdom of buying a MacBook Pro PRIMARILY for use as a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Jul 29, 2006 - 26 answers

Help Me See What's In The "Hidden" Partition

My laptop comes with a "hidden" partition that is approximately 1.5GB in size that contains drivers, configuration settings, recovery utilities, etc. How can I see what's inside and browse that partition? I have tried assigning a drive letter using Partition Magic - but that returns error messages. I would like to take a peek for a couple of reasons, but the major purpose would be to grab the drivers and perform a clean install of XP, free of all the "crapware" that is all over the C: drive. Any ideas?
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jul 27, 2006 - 17 answers

My Hard Drive Crashed. What now?

My 12" Powerbook G4's hard drive has gone belly up. Help me figure out my options. [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Jul 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Two identical laptops: one connects, one doesn't.

Yes, it's time for yet another tiresome wireless connection conundrum. If you're brave and true, come take my hand and follow me into the [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jul 21, 2006 - 21 answers

My laptop screen wants to escape -- What do I do?

My laptop screen is separating from the rest of the computer! It looks like one of the two hinges is hanging on for dear life, and I'm concerned -- if it gets much worse, it will be detached on that side. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Jul 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Cat Hair Killed My Shift Key!

My cats are shedding a lot. As a result, my laptop (Dell Inspiron 700m) keyboard is filled with hair. I have had to remove a few keys to fix the problem. Until today, no problemo. But I didn't know how weird that shift key was. I can't get it to click back into place correctly. I really can't go without my laptop, given my current job, so sending the thing off to Dell is pretty much out of the question. Can I get some tips on fixing this myself? Or does anyone know what kinds of stores fix laptop keyboards? While I'm at it, anyone know a good way to protect laptop keyboards from cat hair so this won't happen again?
posted by abbyladybug on Jul 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Alas, poor Laptop!

My laptop has suddenly run into problems... That is, it seems to like turning itself off with no warning whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Power Adapters on a Plane!

Help! It's my father-in-law's birthday and he wants a "power adapter so he can use his laptop on an airplane"... (details inside) [more inside]
posted by gregvr on Jul 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Laptop has gone dim ...

I left my HP/Compaq laptop in my work bag an un-air conditioned part of the house during the 90-degree weekend. I can't imagine that it was under sustained temperatures any higher than 85 deg., give or take the high humidity. This morning, the screen is ultra-dim. Is this likely to be an effect of the heat?
posted by blueshammer on Jul 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Remapped or Broken Keyboard - And I didn't even kill my daughter!

My daughter stepped on my laptop. Now some of the keys are remapped to the wrong keys, some of them don't work at all. I can't even log into windows now. Am S.O.L.? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Jul 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Reccomend a good Macbook Pro sleeve?

I'm looking for an inexpensive protective sleeve for a 15" Macbook Pro, with a handle. It will be slipped inside a backpack. Any recommendations? Challenge: Can't be ugly.
posted by floam on Jul 16, 2006 - 16 answers

Need a laptop for my new job

I've been given up to $2000 (and change) to buy a PC laptop for my new job. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz on Jul 12, 2006 - 35 answers

Laptop slow to shut down

My six month old Dell laptop (WIN XP) has started taking forever shutting down. It seems sometimes like five minutes or more. I recently switched from wireless broadband to Telco ISPs which I suspect may have something to do with the problem. I've done Ad-aware, found some stuff I removed but it doesn't solve the problem. Can anyone suggest what the pblm might be and how I can fix it without spending a lot of precious cash?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jul 12, 2006 - 9 answers

What kind of notebook shall I buy?

laptopfilter: I'm looking to buy a new laptop (or notebook, whatever they call it these days)! Any help is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by veol on Jul 8, 2006 - 33 answers

Help me help myself

I'm dropping my laptop off for service--what do I need to do to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by divka on Jul 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Looking to buy a MacBook, but...

Looking to buy a MacBook. Wanting to make sure it's ready for primetime. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jul 7, 2006 - 42 answers

I'm alone in the dark.

The backlight on my Windows laptop randomly turns itself off. It used to randomly go into hibernate, until I turned off the hibernate-on-lid-closed feature. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jul 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Help a teenage fashionista chic up her ugly laptop!

Looking for simple, cute, 2-d and mostly long-lasting and chick looking ways to decorate my laptop. There's [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jul 2, 2006 - 11 answers

Laptop Battery Issues

I have a Dell 6000 notebook with a 9 cell battery. It is less than one year old. Upon purchase my laptop battery could hold 5 hours + of battery. Now it barely holds and hour. What's wrong and how can I fix this?
posted by jne1813 on Jun 27, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me fix my dead wireless before I kill again.

Does anyone have any idea why my laptop suddenly stopped connecting to any of the various wireless networks in my building, but connected immediately to CompUSA signal when I took it into the store this morning? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jun 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Linux + college = ?

I just made the jump to Linux (Ubuntu). Any good note taking software for this strange new beast? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jun 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me get a new battery for my laptop.

I'm looking to purchase a "new" battery for my laptop... a simple google search brings up a ton of possibilities, while a froogle search brings up some more realistic prices. I'm looking for anyone that has experience with buying laptop batteries online. [more inside]
posted by hatsix on Jun 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Tea removal from laptop?

Is there hope for my tea-stained laptop screen [detailed pics inside]? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Can I make my Mac laptop's screen brighter?

Is there any software for OSX that will let me make my G4 PowerBook's screen brighter? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Bringing laptop battery back from the dead

Can I recondition a dead laptop battery? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Jun 16, 2006 - 7 answers

What should a student install on his laptop?

What should I install/do to my new laptop (I am a student)? [more inside]
posted by bd on Jun 16, 2006 - 23 answers

Reputable trade-ins for laptops?

Where can I trade-in my used laptop for money, not for a discount on a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 12, 2006 - 5 answers

Laptop for a child

Portable computer for a child: I'm trying to find out if anyone is currently manufacturing a robust and light portable computer for a seven year old to use at school. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jun 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Laptop locks lacking

Two coworkers of mine just had their personal laptops stolen. They were both locked using Kensington-type cable locks. Whose gonna pay for this? [more inside]
posted by istewart on Jun 9, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for a small, light gaming laptop

Are you an expert on gaming laptops? Help me pick a Windows laptop that's small, light, with decent graphics. [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jun 6, 2006 - 11 answers

Is the headphone jack in my laptop broken for good?

I broke the audio line-out jack on my laptop! Help! [more inside]
posted by mayfly wake on Jun 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Laptop/VGA/DVI-D connection

So I got a new LCD monitor as a second display for my VGA-outputting laptop, but I want to use the DVI-D in on the monitor, because the analog VGA-in flickers. Technical details inside. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Jun 3, 2006 - 14 answers

Squeezing more juice out of my laptop

How can I optimise my laptop's battery life? Are the things I'm doing helpful? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on Jun 2, 2006 - 8 answers

They can't hear themselves talk!

Some radio streams I listen to seem to play very softly, even when my system is at full-volume. Is there free software I can download to boost the volume coming out of my laptop speakers? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on May 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Should I blow air onto a drowning laptop?

SpillOnLaptopFilter: To blow or not to blow? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on May 31, 2006 - 3 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

Help me upgrade my Macbook's hard drive

I'm looking to buy a new Macbook as a secondary computer, however, I want it to be the sole host to my 60gb iPod. I currently have a Toshiba laptop, which has an 80BG hard drive. After two years of use, I've realized I need at least a 120 GB hard drive in any new laptop I get. I don't want to shell out the cash for Apple to throw an upgraded drive in ($250!!!!), but instead I want to buy a new hard drive off ebay or something and replace the 80GB one inside the fresh Macbook. Since I'm only accustomed to the Windows OS -- How do I go about doing this for an Apple computer? Also, does anyone know where I can get a good deal on a laptop drive? :) [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo on May 30, 2006 - 29 answers

Literal "debugging" issues.

How can cockroaches be evicted from the innards of a laptop? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on May 22, 2006 - 36 answers

HDD 0 Password comes outta nowhere!

Hard drive password: the Samsung laptop my wife uses suddenly started asking for HDD 0 password on bootup. Checking in the bios confirms that a password has been set on the HDD. She swears she didn't do it, and has no idea what happened. What to do? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on May 20, 2006 - 15 answers

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