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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Battery power cycling - it's offered as advice for poor battery life on pretty much anything, from cell phones to laptops. Heck, T-Mobile told me to do it today after I switched phones and the same battery dropped from 50 hours of standby time to 9 hours. However, I've only ever cycled one thing - a laptop battery - and that dropped its capacity from 4 hours to 30 minutes.
Because of that I'm a bit wary, so my question is, what's the logic behind power cycling a battery, and has anyone actually seen any benefits from it?
posted by philulrich
on Nov 11, 2005 -
I own a used IBM 600X Laptop with very little Ram. Would anyone know the maximum amount of Ram I can install. Also what is the model number or description of the Ram I should purchase from a computer store? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1
on Nov 11, 2005 -
The new 15 inch Powerbook suits my computing needs perfectly, but one of those plus new software would actually break the bank. What's the closest I can get with a Windows laptop? [more inside]
posted by godawful
on Nov 6, 2005 -
Windows XP help needed! I suddenly can't copy photos onto my laptop. I'm getting a weird error... [more inside]
posted by kdern
on Oct 31, 2005 -
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 -
How do I extend the life of my new laptop battery? I'm not talking about per-charge capacity, but long-term reusability - maximizing the amount of time before this battery becomes a useless brick like the last one. [more inside]
posted by Caviar
on Oct 27, 2005 -
What's a good solution to wirelessly play MP3s on my stereo though my mix-and-match collection of technology? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Portions of my Dell laptop keyboard keep going in and out. Sometimes, one group of keys won't work (5, 6, -, del, and ins, among a couple others). Now, it's tab, tilde, 1, q, a, and Z. The problem only appears when restarting the laptop, never during use. Any suggestions?
posted by UKnowForKids
on Oct 26, 2005 -
Is it possible to run a (Dell) Windows laptop with the lid closed? I just need it to serve network connections (IIS, RDC).
posted by mkultra
on Oct 24, 2005 -
Can I replace my lousy laptop battery with a better one?
I just bought an Acer Aspire 3000 series laptop and didn't realize how terrible the battery-life was until I got it home. The battery only lasts about an hour. Is there an aftermarket battery I can swap my battery for that lasts longer? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM
on Oct 14, 2005 -
I would like some general information, advice, and opinions about using a laptop almost exclusively as a desktop replacement. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T.
on Oct 12, 2005 -
Can you find instructive examples of shady high-tech auctions on eBay, especially in regard to notebook
computers? Can you relate things you have seen in a high-tech auction listing that set off warning bells for you? What should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Oct 12, 2005 -
Anyone know where I can get a nice laptop with linux preinstalled, especially Red Hat Enterprise 4?
posted by The Jesse Helms
on Sep 30, 2005 -
I have a laptop computer that is used almost exclusively on a glass table. It has had problems with overheating in the past; one the fans has gone out and had to be replaced. Does it make a difference what kind of surface I have the laptop on and is glass a poor choice for a its workspace?
posted by Ber
on Sep 29, 2005 -
Windows XP reinstall troubles. I'm fixing a laptop for a friend of mine, but in the middle of Windows XP Pro reinstall, the installer stops at 35 minutes remaining, while 'Installing Devices'. [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant
on Sep 29, 2005 -
My laptop makes an audible, high-pitched hum when the WiFi adapter is turned on. Is there anything I can do to make it shut up? [more inside]
posted by stopgap
on Sep 27, 2005 -
How can I increase the brightness in the image of a DVD played on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by bingo
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I need help locating a source for lightly textured (as opposed to glossy) PDA screen protectors or a similar material in bulk, but it seems like everything out there is glossy and clear! I don't use them on a PDA, but as replaceable surfaces on my laptop's touchpad so I'm open to trying something other than a screen protector. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by majick
on Sep 10, 2005 -
I have a laptop keyboard which has had coffee spilled on it; several keys no longer work, enough to make it fairly useless. What to do? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves
on Sep 9, 2005 -
I don't have wireless internet in my home, but here I sit in my kitchen reading mefi while my laptop is picking up a signal from... somewhere. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Sep 8, 2005 -
What's up with the 30 day return period on laptops? Are there any fees that I'm going to lose by going that route? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat
on Sep 7, 2005 -
Have any creative suggestions/strategies for theft proofing laptops... [more inside]
posted by fake
on Sep 6, 2005 -