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Dell customer service sucks (duh)

Dell laptop died under warranty. Dell says, "it looks like something spilled on it," thus voiding the warranty. Nothing spilled on it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Feb 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Help me charge my G4 Powerbook

The power connector to my G4 Powerbook is almost dead. It only charges in one very specific position, and I have to twist it around for a few seconds to find the sweetspot (rotating it in situ). Nothing is loose and nothing is visibly wrong. I tried squeezing the metal sleeve slightly to make it more elliptical in the hope this would create a tighter connection, but it made no difference. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Feb 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Computer Trouble; Like a Valentine's Gift from a Bitter Ex Named Nemesis

Dear crafty gnomes of Mefi, riddle me this: my laptop (Vaio PCG-FRV27) just had a fit and died. What may the problem be? [more inside]
posted by Firas on Feb 14, 2006 - 11 answers

Electric Shock Made My Computer Restart

I was typing on my laptop and my husband touched my face. His hand gave me a shock, and then my computer restarted itself. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on Feb 7, 2006 - 9 answers

FreeviewOnLaptopFilter

I want to watch Freeview TV on my laptop. What do I need? What should I buy? Specs and further info inside. Apologies to non-UK MeFites, this probably doesn't apply to you. [more inside]
posted by alby on Feb 6, 2006 - 12 answers

What is causing these laptop problems

Winxp laptop: Blue screen, unrequested reboots and mysterious problems. Please help me connect the dots and figure out what's wrong with my computer. [more inside]
posted by miniape on Feb 5, 2006 - 6 answers

What to do with a soaked laptop

This morning I awoke to find that my laptop had drowned in a pool of water. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2006 - 21 answers

How can I display hours and minutes remaining on the Windows XP battery icon?

WindowsXPFilter: How can I make the power meter icon on my new laptop display the time remaining in addition to the percent of battery power left? [more inside]
posted by richardhay on Jan 28, 2006 - 8 answers

New PC laptop

New laptop filter. If you were going to purchase a new PC laptop - at the high end of the spectrum - which one would you pull the trigger on? primarily a desktop replacement - wide screen and bright screen, good graphics card are the most important features [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jan 27, 2006 - 27 answers

Boot up or die tryin' starring Systemax N34AS1

How can I find out what's causing this laptop to power down during startup? [more inside]
posted by moift on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me fix my cd/dvd drive!

LAPTOP HELP!? I have an alienware laptop, whose warrenty just expired and am now having problems with the removable cd/dvd reader burner. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros on Jan 25, 2006 - 2 answers

Where oh where did my story go?

I have an old laptop that I took on vacation to do some writing.......... [more inside]
posted by lee on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 answers

My laptop won't charge...

My laptop (due to me always having it in my lap) has quit taking power from my power cord. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 24, 2006 - 20 answers

What laptop computer has the longest battery life?

What specific laptop computer, Mac or PC, has the longest battery life? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords on Jan 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Printing Away From Home?

Now that I have a laptop, I'd like to be able to study away from home. The only problem is I print a lot of my documents to read hard copies. Is there a program out there (free, cheap or otherwise) that would allow me to press "print" on the road, save my print list and then when I plug into my printer, print it all out at once? If I try with the normal printing spooler, I keep getting error messages. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jan 22, 2006 - 15 answers

Oh when the saints go surfing in...

Dear NOLAfites: I have the opportunity to go to New Orleans for 2 weeks in February. The kicker is that I'll have to make it a sort of working vacation... [more inside]
posted by missmobtown on Jan 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Static Electricity vs. Computer

I like wearing shoes during the winter with furry fabric on the inside and no socks. Add this to cold weather and I find myself extremely static-y. I shock everything; light switch plates, my car, my laptop. My question is...am I doing any damage to my iBook when I get shocked by it?
posted by youcancallmeal on Jan 16, 2006 - 11 answers

How to manage the limited disk space of laptops?

How to manage the limited disk space of laptops? [more inside]
posted by howling fantods on Jan 13, 2006 - 14 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

what laptop should I buy for digital DJing?

I need a laptop that will handle Ableton 5, and possibly (in the future) some VJ software. I'm considering a Powerbook - or should I go Windows? [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa on Jan 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Tracking down a laptop crash...

My laptop is crashing frequently and I am trying to track down the problem. I suspect it's the hard drive, but I want to know more so I can work around the issue. Any logging/debugging utilities or tips? [more inside]
posted by costas on Jan 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Laptop repair in NYC?

Laptop repair in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Jan 7, 2006 - 2 answers

dvorak? qwerty? Let's call the whole thing off.

So, I've got quite a bit of gooey stuff on my the keyboard of my laptop. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by oddman on Jan 5, 2006 - 7 answers

How to find a power supply for a US laptop for use in UK, France?

US/UK/Europe Laptop Power: Help me use my Compaq laptop in the UK and France. [more inside]
posted by enrevanche on Jan 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for a laptop for DVD viewing.

Looking for a laptop for DVD viewing. [more inside]
posted by Gortuk on Jan 2, 2006 - 13 answers

Time for a laptop

I need to buy a laptop to study overseas for sixth months. All of my previous computers have been desktops which I've assembled, so I have little experience buying pre-built machines. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jan 1, 2006 - 15 answers

How to give Internet access to my grandparents but not the world

How can I safeguard a Linux laptop with dial-up Internet access? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Dec 28, 2005 - 14 answers

disk tired of being read all the time?

My laptop has been everywhere and has proved to be very tough. Nonetheless, I think my hard drive may have died. Help me decipher this error message... [+] [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Dec 28, 2005 - 12 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I want to buy a new laptop, one that might be good enough to do stuff w/ digital video. Also, should I stick with Dell or is there another company w/ a good service plan? [more inside]
posted by kensanway on Dec 28, 2005 - 15 answers

Should I invest in a Mac?

I'm a longtime PC user who is considering purchasing a Mac laptop for personal use. I'm relatively unfamiliar with Macs, and need advice! [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

Using laptop IR to control TV

How can I use the IR port on my Windows XP laptop to control my television?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 26, 2005 - 6 answers

Am I stuck with my laptop battery life?

Laptop battery solutions: Should out-of-the-box battery life be the deciding factor in which laptop to purchase? Or are there reasonable workarounds? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Dec 26, 2005 - 17 answers

Laptop audio woes!

Help me figure out what is wrong with my laptop speakers. [more inside]
posted by msali on Dec 25, 2005 - 5 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

touchpad problems on laptop

I have a Sony PCG-GRX700 laptop. When I type an email, suddenly the cursor jumps to the top of the page and deletes all that I have written. Can I turn off the touch pad to just use a mouse?
posted by DOM1 on Dec 20, 2005 - 11 answers

Resource-friendly popular software alternatives?

Any recommendations on software alternatives that are more resources friendly than their mainstream competitors? Examples: Firefox vs. IE, Winamp vs. ITunes, alternate anti-virus programs, etc.
posted by sian on Dec 18, 2005 - 18 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

Cat + Water + Laptop= Disaster

H2OFilter: Laptop disaster! The cat spilled a vase-full of water on the keyboard of my Dell Latitude C800 laptop. I managed to avoid getting the thing completely drenched, but the machined did shut down immediately, unprompted. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Dec 16, 2005 - 14 answers

How far can I go to return a laptop to its owner?

Last week I was walking home from work and found a laptop in the street. How far can I go, ethically, to get this system back to its owner? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo on Dec 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Where to find a sleek laptop backpack?

Looking for a sleek and compact woman's laptop backpack for the 14" ibook. [more inside]
posted by crack on Dec 2, 2005 - 14 answers

ebay laptop experiences.

Thinking of selling/taking back my current laptop and buying a laptop off ebay. Opinions/experiences requested. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba on Nov 30, 2005 - 16 answers

Ultralight laptop with a docking station option?

Ultralight laptop with a docking station option? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on Nov 30, 2005 - 18 answers

How do I get my laptop to work my monitor at > 60 hz?

How do I get my external monitor to refresh faster than 60 hertz? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Nov 28, 2005 - 5 answers

Hot & Noisy Laptop

My laptop is running hot lately with the fan going all the time regardless of processor load. Is there a windows XP setting that controls processor stepping? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Nov 28, 2005 - 14 answers

Buggy Laptop Question

My old Dell laptop (Inspiron 2650) with WinXP freezes whenever I terminate my dialup connection. Any ideas on how to fix this?
posted by grateful on Nov 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Laptop Hardrives

Okay, so the friendly tech got my friend halfway through re-loading Windows on her laptop without mentioning that she would lose anything she hadn't already backed up. She had to stop halfway through (thankfully), and I pointed out the problem to her before she was able to pop in the disk they sent to finish the job. I'm hoping her files are still on the hard drive, but have never opened up a laptop. Is a laptop hard drive the same as a desktop? I know how to set it up as a slave drive if it is, but am worried that I'll open the thing up and not know what to do next. Anybody able to verify that they're the same?
posted by richmondparker on Nov 20, 2005 - 13 answers

Great moments in failed endeavors

I recently acquired a vintage laptop with Windows 95 installed on it. I would like to install Linux on it. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 17, 2005 - 30 answers

How can I automatically backup my laptop?

I've a dual boot windows/linux laptop which is periodically attached to a novell network. Does anyone know of a utility to copy files from a drive on a laptop to the network, where they'll get backed up, without me having to remember to do it?
posted by handee on Nov 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Humless DC->AC Power Inverter?

What DC to AC power inverter can I buy for use in a car that won't contribute hum to an audio signal from devices it powers? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Good gaming laptop?

Recommend me a laptop for gaming. [more inside]
posted by knave on Nov 15, 2005 - 10 answers

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