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Best way to install a blacklist on a Mac computer?

My dad's computer was (mildly) compromised a few months ago - he visited "one of those sites" and ended up clicking "ok" to the dialog boxes and installing an unwanted (and very hard to get rid of) toolbar, which also changed his search engine and home page. This happened TWICE, just a few weeks apart. I've since installed a browser add-on that will prevent that particular type of mischief from happening again. But... [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jun 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me watch my stories!

My laptop is dying. I don't use it for much, and am wondering if a tablet would be an okay replacement. If so, which one? [more inside]
posted by something something on Jun 1, 2012 - 7 answers

How to get my laptop's keyboard to work after a beer spillage?

I spilled beer on my laptop. I got a missing or corrupt BIOS error on startup and a number of keys didn't do anything when pressed. I disassembled the laptop and cleaned the inside with alcohol wipes and replaced the keyboard. The BIOS error is gone and the keys register as input but in pairs. Is there a software solution to this problem? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Lock for an HP laptop

I'm looking for a hardware lock for an HP laptop. [more inside]
posted by gudrun on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me get a new Macbook as soon as possible?

I want to buy a new Macbook Pro as soon as they come out. Today I saw some reference online to "advance booking." What is this and how do I do it? I feel like I'm missing some secret that everyone else is in on... [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Controlling the MacBook heat in LA

MacBook heatsink repair tech needed in Los Angeles - Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by chambers on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Tips to buy a laptop?

Need a new laptop, help me pick one. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Please recommend me a good gaming laptop (with a max budget of £800)

Can I be recommended a decent laptop that is fast, has good graphics and is overall good quality please. My maximum budget for this is £800. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 18, 2012 - 7 answers

I need to replace my netbook

Help me replace my eee901 netbook. My needs are annoyingly specific. [more inside]
posted by rhymer on May 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How much could I sell this Acer Aspire for?

For how much do you think I can sell this Acer Aspire? [more inside]
posted by major_tom on May 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Do laptop network connections fail over time?

Do laptop network connections fail over time? WIFI and Ethernet cards? If so, is it time to replace my current computer? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on May 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Help with Laptop keyboard

My wife's laptop keyboard is messed up. Whenever she hits "b" it spits out 4b, whenever she hits "n" it spits out 7n. The space bar doesn't work. This is a Lenovo laptop. She did just clean the keypad and she used a damp paper towel, but she didn't seem to spill any liquids into the keyboard. Is this salvageable? Solutions, ideas, help?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on May 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Desperately seeking adapter

I'm visiting MacMinnville, Oregon from the East Coast. When I arrived at my motel I found that my adapter for my Dell Vostro 1520 laptop no longer works. Is there anyone out there who could direct me to a retail outlet near here, perhaps in Portland or Salem, where I could buy a replacement? Since I only have about an hour of battery time left, I'm somewhat desperate. Thanks.
posted by NinaLee on May 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Computer, Y U NO connect to the Internet??

Is there a somewhat simple solution to this problem? We recently installed new wireless Internet at home but my laptop (older Toshiba Satellite) refuses to connect to the net. It will automatically find our network and connect to it, but doesn't go that step further to actually connect to the Internet. This only happens with the wireless at home - it works fine with other networks I've tried out. Is my computer just not recognizing the new modem?
posted by sunshine arakhan on May 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Can This Computer Be Saved, Part Deux

So I asked a laptop-seems-to-be-dying question last week, and through trial and error I've discovered a trick to make it work...but it's not ideal or optimal, and I was wondering if my new information might bring about any new advice as to what might be wrong with it/how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on May 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Chromebook or laptop

What laptop should I get? [more inside]
posted by becomingly on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Oh such tiny letters.

Just got my laptop back from being repaired and now the recommended screen resolution is making it difficult to see anything written in it. How do I change this? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Apr 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Advice on laptop repair on short timeline - laptop repair decision-making advice needed.

Advice about repairing/replacing this laptop, including possible online repair options? Total screen/top half damage on HPdm4 laptop. (Speed and cost considerations inside). [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Apr 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Laptop can no longer hold a battery charge

What does it mean if overnight my 5 year old MacBook Pro stopped working without being connected to power? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Stickers for laptops

My company would like to get our logo printed onto custom decals, for distribution at an industry event. Caveat: these are for sticking onto laptops, so they're not allowed to be adversely affected by heat. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Apr 20, 2012 - 7 answers

WLTM laptop for days of CS5 and evenings of Skyrim <$1000

My 8 year old Dell 8600c laptop while still working, no longer has a screen and so is retired to desk work only tethered to an external monitor. Now I need a laptop that I can move around again that'll play nice with Adobe CS5, run some decent games, and will cost no more than $1000. [more inside]
posted by merocet on Apr 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Can this computer be saved?

Can this laptop be saved? What are my options for getting it looked at cheaply/getting a replacement cheaply? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Apr 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Best cheap computers in London?

Where can I buy a cheapish, probably refurbished laptop in London, UK? My crummy old HP finally gave up the ghost and I need a replacement like, yesterday. Ordering online is out of the question - I'd like to walk into a store tomorrow and come home with something. Any recommended places in Central / East where I can get a bargain, or at least not get ripped off? Thanks.
posted by Ted Maul on Apr 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Bluetooth no worky

My new Motorola S9 HD bluetooth headphones are paired with my HP Elitebook 8440p laptop (Windows 7 32-bit) - yay! But no sound comes through. The laptop has A2DP technology, according to the downloadable manual. Both are "on" - headset & computer BT transmitter. Clues?
posted by IAmBroom on Apr 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Will my laptop be safe if I commute to work on a mountain bike?

Will my laptop be safe if I commute to work on a mountain bike? The trail in question is 6 miles long, quite bumpy with sections passing through rocky (Dry) creek beds. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Apr 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me reconfigure my digital life.

My cellphone and laptop are reaching the end of their runs (a respectable 5 years for the laptop, and a measly two for the phone). In the next several months, I will need to get new devices. But what should I do? New awesome phone (Samsung Galaxy IIS or similar) and keep the current laptop pretty much only for typing and image editing? New basic phone + iPad + plug-in keyboard for the iPad? New basic phone + MacBook Air? More on what I do with my devices (and what I'd like to do with them) after the jump. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop?

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop? Audio quality not necessarily the #1 priority. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

What PCs to buy?

What PCs should we buy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Please suggest a non-mac laptop with great build quality and big HD for casual use for about $1000.

Please suggest a thin/light laptop with great build quality and battery life for approximately $1000. An Ultrabook would have been ideal but I need at least 500gb hard drive and all the standard ports (more USBs, HDMI, Ethernet etc.) I don't need an optical drive. Also, I don't want a Mac. I would be using it mostly for watching movies, college work, surfing the web etc. but no gaming. Given these conditions which would be the best laptop I can buy immediately?
posted by libbrichus on Mar 28, 2012 - 17 answers

How to buy a Mac laptop on the cheap?

How to buy a Mac laptop on the cheap? And when? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Mar 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Netbook / Ultrabook Recommendations?

I'd like to replace my 2 or 3 year-old Acer 12-inch netbook with something that has more horsepower. But I still want something that's small and light with at least 6 hours of battery life. I also want a netbook or laptop that's sturdy and doesn't get hot or have a loud fan. It looks like the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook meets my needs and it gets very good reviews. Although I'm nervous about it having only a 3-cell battery. I also like the specs for Lenovo's $750 Thinkpad Edge e220s but there are no customer reviews for it on Newegg or Amazon. I'd like your input and to know if I've overlooked any other good choices. I'd rather spend $500 than $800, but I might be willing to pay even more for a truly great machine. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Mar 27, 2012 - 28 answers

Stand alone tablet/laptop mounts that are balanced/floating arm?

Stand alone tablet/laptop mounts that are balanced/floating arm? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for reasonably priced new laptop

Looking for a new laptop. Mostly web surfing, watch a lot of online videos, could do with at least 400GB hard drive (more would be useful) for storing podcasts/music. On that note, decent speakers would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Reggie Knoble on Mar 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Need keyboard help

I love my Macbook Pro keyboard, but I type too much. In just 3 months I've started to wear down the space bar. Help me find a full-size bluetooth keyboard that isn't too large and has as good a mouse as the touchpad on my Macbook. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal?

My laptop needs a new hard drive. Am I getting the best deal? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 11, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I install a wireless antenna on a HP ZV5000 laptop?

How do I install a wireless antenna on a HP ZV5000 laptop? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Mar 6, 2012 - 7 answers

computers don't like to be dropped

Help me find a cheap and bombproof laptop/netbook/tablet [more inside]
posted by soft and hardcore taters on Mar 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I get by with an iPad?

I need a secondary computer. Can that computer be an ipad? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 19, 2012 - 32 answers

Death metal

What is this piece of metal that dropped out of my laptop? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on Feb 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find a laptop for programming

I generally work from home and have an excellent desktop machine that never lets me down. Occasionally I have to travel, and when I do I take an ancient Dell Inspiron 8500 to work on and use for remote support. Long story short, the Dell has died and I'm out of touch with laptop options. Anyone know the best portable machines for programmers? [more inside]
posted by samworm on Feb 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Computer sleep issues?

Why is my Windows 7 laptop crashing when I close the lid? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

help me pick out a laptop, 2012 February edition

help me pick out a laptop with as many of the following qualities as possible: [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Feb 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Switching laptop's hard drive

Idiot's guide to replacing my Windows Vista (don't judge me!) laptop hardrive?. Preferably by "cloning" the old drive onto the new one (I suspect via another external hard drive / backup).
posted by ewan on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 answers

I need to write to make money, and I need money to fix my computer so I can write...

Broken laptop hinge in NYC. Where can I get this repaired without paying one hundred million dollars? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop.

Help me pick an ethically-manufactured laptop. [more inside]
posted by delight on Jan 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Where does your work stuff land when you come in the door?

I need another place to store work stuff at home. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Jan 27, 2012 - 7 answers

What other nerdy games would I like?

I really, really liked the flash game 3 Slices, recently posted on the blue. I also loved Lemmings. What other flash or internet-based games would I like that I can play on my (old) laptop? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645

How do I disable the media buttons on my Dell Studio XPS 1645 notebook? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

I don't want to mute this conversation.

My cursor (or some sneaky internal laptop thing) clicks on things I don't want. It has a mind of its own. Help me control it! [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

I restored an old laptop; please help me keep it alive.

How can I prolong the life of this older Gateway computer with Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

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