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Windows to the soul, or time for something new and Airy?

Should I get a MacBook Air or stick with Windows? I may be getting a new laptop for school and I want to get the best, most portable one... but I have never had a Mac. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

An old laptop, not all keys work

I have an old Mac laptop from 2006, it works pretty good. The main problem is that 4 keys don't work on it, I spilled water on the keyboard and "r", "s", "f" and "4" don't work. Should I just donate the computer? Who would want it? Should I try and sell it on craigslist? Would anyone want it?
posted by raspsgirl on Jan 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me find the perfect bag for 2012

I desire a new bag. Something sturdy to carry my laptop* and books in. Something I can easily kart around on my bicycle (on my back, shoulder, or otherwise a flexible paneer). I'm based in London, UK. Budget floating around £100ish. Give me inspiration people! [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal?

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Recommend a gaming laptop

What gaming laptop won't rip me off? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I do it?

Is it possible to network all my storage? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Dec 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Why is the internet (via ethernet) working on one pc but not on another or a mac?

Internet works on one windows 7 laptop via ethernet but not on a macbook pro and not on another windows 7 laptop. Ethernet is my only option right now, router is not available. I want to fix this particular issue not internet connection sharing (thank you for thinking though). [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump on Dec 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Temporarily using a laptop as an external hard drive

Is it possible to hook up a laptop to a desktop so that the laptop's hard drive is effectively serving as an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by robverb on Dec 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Which is the exact keyboard sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G to boot from CD?

Which is the exact keyboard-time sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G to boot from CD instead of HDD? I need to be guided like a blind. [more inside]
posted by lion on Dec 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Cheap Laptop Repair in Austin?

What's the least expensive way to competently repair a laptop in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Yes, but can it hold my bag 'o dehydrated brains to snack on?

I have a Lenovo X220. I need a laptop sleeve. What are the hivemind's favorite ones? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Dec 2, 2011 - 7 answers

First, press the Power button.

Help me pick out a new computer for my mom! [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Best option for emergency mac replacement

Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Nov 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Video driver FAIL, literally!

TechSupportFilter: Laptop system freezing upon screen blanking -AND- driver fail issues (GeForce 360M edition). [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Nov 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Choose-my-laptop-filter

Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 answers

CAD laptop

Seeking advice on a laptop/notebook for CAD. That may also (possibly) be able to run a Playstation 2 emulator. [more inside]
posted by hayeled on Nov 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Laptop seeks TV for LTR

Recommendations please for using a big screen LCD TV (40+"?) as a computer display. "Don't" is fine as a response but please justify. Cost is a significant issue; we can spend up to or little over $700. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Nov 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Laptop's screen is shattered, need BIOS menu tree

I have an ASUS G60V laptop. My lcd screen is shattered, and now I need to use a repair CD. Laptop won't boot into external monitor in repair mode, so I can't see the screen. Any ASUS owners be willing to walk me through the BIOS menu steps to see if I can get my laptop to connect to the external? [more inside]
posted by siddhartha_in_costume on Nov 24, 2011 - 2 answers

How feasable is a RAIF (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Flash media) on a T40 Laptop?

How would placing two (or more!) Compact flash drives in my T40 laptop and using them as a striped RAID 0 compare to installing an equivalent (PATA) SSD? Is there some other thinking-further-out-of-the-box way of getting lightning-fast disk performance into a Pentium M-class laptop? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me to secure my local Imac network.

I can't seem to password protect my local network for my Imac & Mac laptops. Help me, please. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me find my next laptop

Please help me find the right laptop! My current laptop-- a standard-issue 2008 MacBook-- is on its last legs. I need to replace it with something that will meet both my personal and work requirements, and will hopefully last a long time. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best leather laptop bag that will fit a 15" Macbook Pro ?

What's the best leather laptop bag that will fit a 15" Macbook Pro ? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 on Nov 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Will Skyrim run on my machine?

Can I run Elder Scrolls: Skyrim on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Laptop got wet. Now the screen is really bright.

About a month ago, I spilled some water on my laptop. So I let everything dry out. It works again, but now the screen is very bright, as if the contrast is turned way up. After searching the internet, I learned that the problem could be a damaged inverter so I ordered and installed a new one. But no dice. The screen is still really bright. Any ideas of what might be the problem? [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me use an old laptop to play music on

Help me use my malware-d laptop as a music storage device with minimal investment. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Need new laptop

Laptop recs with a $1k budget. [more inside]
posted by jingle on Nov 4, 2011 - 11 answers

What sort of set up do I need?

Looking for good speakers for an apartment that can be used by both my TV and my laptop within one room. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Oct 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me stop my computer from dozing off.

How can I stop my computer from going into sleep mode? The control panel options and Lenovo power manager have both failed me. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Oct 28, 2011 - 15 answers

How to "dock" my Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1546 laptop. I would like to set up my desk so that I can plug one cord into my laptop and have it work with the following peripherals: 2 monitors, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, printer, scanner. Is this possible, and if so, what should I buy? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Oct 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Durable and cheap netbook?

Best netbook under $200? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Oct 21, 2011 - 22 answers

MBP 2011 Speaker Pop

My MacBook Pro 2011 13" is making an odd noise through the speakers/headphones. Has anybody come across this before? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Oct 15, 2011 - 8 answers

He can have five browser windows open at once, but he can't find a briefcase that's big enough

Mr. enlarged is about to start work as a professional, and he needs to look the part. His laptop is enormous. What briefcase should he buy? [more inside]
posted by enlarged to show texture on Oct 13, 2011 - 18 answers

Basic laptop recommendations

I need a latop - and more. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Upgrade Downgrade: Laptop Edition

Getting a brand new Core i7 laptop. How sensible is it to downgrade it to XP? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Planned laptop obsolescence?

I am really wary about buying a laptop with a non-user-replaceable battery. Opinions on this? How painful/possible is it to get such batteries replaced when they fail? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Oct 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Good Laptop for FS X?

I'd like to find a laptop for my son (age 9) so he can play Flight Simulator X to his heart's content this Xmas. Here's the hurdles: I know NOTHING about laptops and I have very little money to spend. Help! [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Oct 3, 2011 - 7 answers

You're a dirty, dirty boy!

My Aspire 5003WLMi laptop collects dust, and for the life of me I can't figure out how to remove the bottom cover to get at it. I can get parts out - DVD & hard drives - but that's about it. I've tried all visible screws, and shone lights into all holes. Help?!
posted by IAmBroom on Oct 3, 2011 - 3 answers

My Poor Laptop

Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Sep 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Diagnosing dead SSD laptop.

Help me think right about diagnosing my dead SSD laptop. [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Sep 26, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I reboot the router from the computer?

Like many people, I've got wireless router issues (Netgear MR814v2 -- yeah, it's getting old). I'm troubleshooting them as I can and haven't found anything that should be interfering, and all my firmware is up to date. Putting that to one side, I'm pretty tired of running down and up the stairs to unplug the router and plug it back in again (six to 10 times a day). My diagnostics show I've got connectivity between the computer and the router even when I can't connect to the Internet. Is there some way to reboot the router from my computer?
posted by bryon on Sep 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Brand-new laptop! What should I remove/install?

I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Recommend me a lapbox

Which laptop should I buy? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Sep 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Questions about Staples' 2 yr Protection Plan

How difficult is it to get a replacement from Staples using their protection plan? There's nothing wrong with the item in question, but I'd like to sell it and if I can replace it for a new one I imagine I could get more for it. Also, is there any way to transfer the plan to a buyer since there's still over a year on it? [more inside]
posted by blunt_eastwood on Sep 19, 2011 - 16 answers

What kind of laptop computer do I get?

What kind of laptop computer do I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Best lock for my laptop?

Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Health Check my laptop

The Pre-School my son attends has had a used laptop donated to it. The person who donated it has said that they've wiped the drive and done a clean install of Windows onto it. Any tips for doing a quick "Health Check" of the laptop before we let it into the wild.
posted by lloyder on Sep 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Why won't my laptop stop scrolling on its own?

I have a Lenovo G560 laptop that has developed a habit of scrolling down on its own. I've tried everything I could find through Google to fix, including disabling the touchpad and updating mouse drivers, but it is acting as if the scroll-down button is jammed. Please help! [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Sep 8, 2011 - 10 answers

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