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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

Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?

I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 5, 2011 - 11 answers

What laptop bag should I buy?

Please recommend a laptop bag that is significantly padded and can hold a 17" widescreen laptop, cables and mouse. Bonus if it looks nice. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

SF ISO LPTP

Cheapskate who doesn't buy into the netbook craze wants to fall in love with a >$500 laptop. Introduce us! [more inside]
posted by quelindo on Aug 31, 2011 - 19 answers

Help Me Make My Dream Laptop Cover

How can I find a pattern to sew my dream laptop case? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

I'll probably just use Office and read MeFi.

Help a garden variety user choose her first laptop. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Aug 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find an awesome laptop within my budget, please.

LaptopFilter: What is the best value laptop I can get with a $500 budget? Bonus: Graphic Design capabilities. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Aug 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Should I get rid of my password?

I have Prey installed on my MacBook Pro to assist with tracking my laptop if it's ever stolen. My question is... should I still have a password? If I want the best chance of finding the laptop, wouldn't I want the thief to USE it and log onto a WiFi network to assist with locating it? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Aug 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Am I screwing with my health through constant laptop use?

Am I screwing with my health through constant laptop use? [more inside]
posted by delight on Aug 23, 2011 - 12 answers

help computer

How much should I worry about laptop heat with a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator on Aug 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Workbag suggestions

(Handbag-filter). I'm looking for a very specific handbag for work and travelling. My perfect bag would be a standard Mulberry Bayswater with a messenger strap so I can sling the bag over and have my hands free (very useful when in airports). [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Aug 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Laptop Audio to Amp

Hand-me-down electronics mix and match: laptop audio through amp? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

"NONE SHALL PASS...!"

NewLaptop@WorkFilter: Yes, it's that time again, for better or worse. Looking for latest thinking as far as best stuff to install (I generally go for freeware in this regard) to keep work stuff separate from um... non-work stuff. Been so long that I just haven't kept up. BONUS POINTS for best freeware to wipe old machine. [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Aug 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What laptop should I buy?

I need to buy a new PC laptop and have no clue where to start. My criteria: Good hardware, sleek design, good speakers, AWESOME customer service, NOT a macbook, under $900. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 14, 2011 - 20 answers

A good-graphics lappy that's cheap but not crappy?

Help set me up: I am looking to buy my son a laptop. An inexpensive laptop. It should have a strong enough graphics card to run, say, MineCraft and other games/video smoothly; should have a webcam. Otherwise, it will be used for general schoolwork and internetting, and maybe some light music recording. Screen size is not important, so small displays are OK. So: new or used? Or buy a cheap one and upgrade the graphics card? What specs should I aim for? Any sources/sites that are better for finding good deals? I am wishing to find something for $200--am I wishing too hard? Thanks!!
posted by not_on_display on Aug 12, 2011 - 21 answers

Power supply disconnection problems with Packard Bell laptop

I have a Packard Bell Easynote TJ68 laptop. The power supply keeps becoming disconnected -- not physically disconnected, but the computer stops recognising it -- at the slightest movement. (Plus bonus question re: keys falling out.) [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Aug 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Is this a fair price for a used Macbook Pro?

Is this a fair price for a late-2007 17" Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by arkhangel on Aug 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Ozamiz laptop

My friend wants to buy a laptop computer for her 13 year-old daughter in Ozamiz City, Philippines, for about $500 Canadian/US. Could you recommend a reliable brand and model for that price, and possibly a retailer in or near that location? Thanks.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

11 inches - big enough?

Is an 11.6" laptop big enough for me? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jul 29, 2011 - 12 answers

getting rid of smudge inside lcd laptop screen?

I accidentally got some soda fall on the LCD screen of my Compaq CQ56 laptop, and seconds later, a smudge appeared on the lower right side of the screen (everything on that area appears lighter when it is on). It looks like the liquid got inside the screen, and I don't know what to do about it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by chicofly on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Mac vs. PC for college?

Macbook pro or dell latitude e6320 for a new college student (me)? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 27, 2011 - 21 answers

the eternal backpack quest...

Absurdly picky backpack question! Difficulty points: small-framed female, only wants to look like she's going into the woods when she's actually going into the woods... [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Jul 24, 2011 - 29 answers

How to Remove Stubborn Laptop Screws

How do I remove tight screws from laptop hard drive caddies? I'm trying to swap the hard drives from one laptop to another. Yet I can't get them out of their respective caddies. Is there some trick that makes it possible to loosen the screws without risking the hard drives?
posted by Yakuman on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Get new laptop, then recycle the old one?

Can I purchase a laptop from the Apple store, then use the Apple Recycling Program to recycle my old Apple laptop, get the gift card, and apply it to my purchase? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 answers

One Netbook Per Child

Help me build a Linux-based system for a 3 year old. [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a tool to reccommend a laptop configuration

Is there a tool online that might be able to tell me what parameters I would want for a new computer (probably laptop) given my current patterns of use? Looking in stores leads me to think I don't need the high end models but I'd hate to buy something only to find out I should have sprung for the extra RAM. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

New laptop PC slow as heck!

What would cause the laptop to be so slow right out of the box? I was given a "new" computer at work. It is a HP Business Notebook PC with the product model = Compaq 8510p. It is so slow opening and closing windows, launching programs and starting up and shutting down--then sometimes freezes up. It is 3 years old and the warranty has expired as I was told by the HP helpdesk. I have searched the web and asked a few IT friends what the heck it could be since it has never been used. My boss doesn't want to hear any complaints about it since it's new out of the box--he figures it should be working perfectly. Should I take it to a PC shop to get it optimized or diagnosed in some way? It's driving me crazy! What could be causing this?
posted by sandra194 on Jul 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Worst luck or something more troubling?

Is there something causing my laptop's power supply to fail? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

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