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Laptop battery troubles

Follow up to previous question....4yo Dell Inspiron laptop suddenly giving me the old "Plugged in but not charging" routine. Froze the battery for a day but no luck. So I bought a nice new one from Amazon that charged right up and worked for a week. No this one is giving me the same message. Any ideas? Or a place to turn to troubleshoot things? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mikedelic on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

BIG tablets, or a virtual & portable screen?

Can I use a tablet as a roaming interface for my home desktop, and as a standalone tablet when I travel? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jul 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Netbook indecision crisis!

Buying a netbook, but can't decide which one. Do you have one you love? One you hate? What's the best way to decide when all of the specs are same-same-but-different? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Jul 10, 2011 - 26 answers

Looking gift tech gear in the mouth.

Potential Computer Upgrades for Misers, or should I accept this free laptop? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jul 8, 2011 - 11 answers

The Quicken and the dead...

QuickenFilter: Laptop died. Now what? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me buy a laptop

Help me choose a new laptop [more inside]
posted by vincele on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

'Authorized' repair guy borked my laptop

Previous laptop issue fixed (by a certified tech!) resulted in NEW laptop issue. What now?! [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Jul 3, 2011 - 4 answers

my Dell is 1,000 in computer years ...

MacBook vs MacBook Air--which do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 28, 2011 - 28 answers

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one?

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting rid of new laptop smell?

How do I get rid of toxic new laptop smell? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks on Jun 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Dell laptop battery issue

Hello. I have a 4yo Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop and about a 10 days ago it stopped charging. It said, "0% available, plugged in but not charging". Took the battery out and put it back in a couple of times and it went back to normal, charged up fine. It happened 2 other times but it went back to charging. However, now it seems to be stuck in the - "plugged in but not charging mode". Any ideas? Thanks
posted by mikedelic on Jun 26, 2011 - 7 answers

It's not a bug. It' a feature!

Weird laptop computer behavior. Was it really User Account Controls? [more inside]
posted by rich on Jun 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Mr. Jack is not behaving and Jimmy doesn't have the time.

How can I fix the power jack on my HP dv6000? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jun 22, 2011 - 7 answers

The most basic DJ software known to humanity?

What's the most basic MP3 DJ software for an hour-long laptop set? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 21, 2011 - 9 answers

What laptop should I buy? And/or what resources to inform myself when I buy a new laptop?

Hi there, After having used the same laptop for about 5 years, it's time to get a new one. So I'm here to ask 1. which laptop I shoudl get and/or 2. any online guides that are helpful. [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Jun 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Which Chromebook?

Which Chromebook should I get? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

What to take into account when purchasing a cheap laptop.

I am tasked with choosing a low-price laptop for my sister and her son, but everything I know about Windows computers is ten years or more out of date. Do we still need to avoid Celeron chips? What brands are more reliable? Bonus questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Jun 14, 2011 - 24 answers

Laptop display gone wild. Help!

Is my (partner's) laptop display kaput? It alternates between a blank screen (although the backlight is on) and strange wavy pink-green effects. The system outputs to an external monitor, and I've updated the bios and display drivers. I have also taken off and apart the screen to check the cable connections, with no change. What's happened? Motherboard? Display? Cable? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Wulfhere on Jun 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Do I have laptop repair trust issues?

I am not a computer repair person, and apparently, don't know if I trust those who are. I recently had a problem with the frame around the screen of my laptop (Dell Inspiron, about 5 years old). I took it to a shop to be repaired, and while there I mentioned that the computer was running a bit slowly, and asked if they could also install more RAM (if that might make it run faster). The technician said yes, and for the same price of installing the RAM, he would give it their tune up service. [more inside]
posted by trixie_bee on Jun 9, 2011 - 21 answers

House broken into, in shock, tell us what to do.

My house just got broken into. They took our laptops. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Jun 8, 2011 - 14 answers

I need a new laptop yesterday

My laptop died a few days ago. I'm probably starting a new job next week for which I will need a laptop. The deceased was a one-year-old (JUSt out of warranty) Dell Inspiron 1464 whose motherboard got fried from unknown causes (possibly because it was sitting and idling in a hot part of the house with no way to dissipate the heat). It cost me about $500-something and we were a good team. Question: Should I just get another one of those or try for an upgrade within that same price range? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Talk to me about the trackpoint

Thinkpad users -- talk to me about the trackpoint (also known as the little red eraser thingy on the keyboard). [more inside]
posted by missjenny on May 31, 2011 - 31 answers

New, slow laptop is very disappointing...

It's taking my brand new Thinkpad a full two minutes to boot (and an additional 30 sec to get my browser open). What's up? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 26, 2011 - 30 answers

Laptop replacement needed

My 5.5 year old laptop is about to give up the ghost - can you point me in the right direction for a new one? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on May 20, 2011 - 23 answers

What computer games work without any internet connection?

My friend is currently out serving somewhere in the middle east for the next six months and would like some new computer games to play. The problem is that he has absolutely no internet connection so anything that needs to go online (eg. multiplayer or - more annoyingly - DRM) won't work. What good games can you recommend I buy and post to him? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on May 19, 2011 - 24 answers

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410?

Can you recommend an airplane power adapter for my Lenovo Thinkpad T410? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Who can I trust with my laptop around here?

Who in the Dallas, TX area (deliberately vague; I'm willing to drive) can repair my broken laptop AND answer my questions about it, especially how it got that way? Even just "this guy I know" would be perfectly fine; I've learned my lesson about the big-name places. [more inside]
posted by jinjo on May 18, 2011 - 1 answer

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Can I use an old laptop without a harddisk as a seedbox?

I was using an old laptop as a low wattage seedbox at home and the internal HD just died. I was wondering if I could get it running without having to replace the drive, using a linux live disk, or something of the kind. [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist on May 12, 2011 - 5 answers

New laptop seeks security software

Best security software for my new Win7 laptop? Any other advice to ensure my computer's life gets off to a good start? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on May 11, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I stop ruining things that are wired?

Every power cord I own breaks/frays/dies within one year of use. What am I doing wrong?!? [more inside]
posted by vivid postcard on May 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Make this giant sticker more interesting.

My employer gave every Mac user a giant sticker with the company logo for the entire back of our laptops. There is even an Apple-shaped hole cut out in the sticker. What can I do to customize this? In addition to scissors my wife has a die-cut machine that one might use for paper crafts.
posted by mkb on May 10, 2011 - 14 answers

is my inspiron finally dead?

Laptop diagnosis? XP sp3, Dell inspiron 6000. The other day it just died while I was using it. Just powered down (instant black screen). When I tried to power it up, I could hear it coming alive for about 8 seconds, some lights flashed as you would expect, then it died. If you wait 24 hours or so, it will boot up normally, but after about 10 minutes it will die, as above, and then the next day will start up again for a bit, then die, etc etc. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 4, 2011 - 18 answers

How can I maximize budget + power for graphic design?

For graphic design on a budget, can I get by with an older version of the Adobe software? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on May 2, 2011 - 10 answers

New laptop didn't match the specs advertised What are my options?

About a week ago, I purchased a laptop. When I finally got it, the laptop didn't have the specs advertised. When I wrote the company, they said it was a mistake and I could send the laptop back for a refund. The problem? I could've bought it cheaper (and gotten it sooner) from another company, but now that deal is gone. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Apr 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Is my MacBook battery a ripoff?

Is this laptop battery a ripoff, and how can I be sure? I bought a third party battery for my Macbook. It looks like the original 45Wh battery, but Coconut Battery (and the appropriate ioreg command) report the 'design capacity' as lower than it should be. [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Apr 27, 2011 - 10 answers

What do I do with an incredibly old laptop?

I have a Thinkpad 755c, dating from 1995 or so. Is there anything remotely useful/interesting I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Apr 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Internet-Notebook Computar

What is the lightest-weight netbook released in the past twelve months? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Apr 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Do I really need a T series thinkpad?

Will I be missing out much if I buy an SL series or Thinkpad Edge laptop instead of a T series thinkpad? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Laptop losing signal

My HP laptop keeps dropping wireless signal after only a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by timdicator on Apr 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Put all my eggs into one cyber-basket?

ParadoxOfChoiceFilter: For the first time in a long time, I have the financial assets to get a good computer. I definitely need a new laptop soon, but have fond memories of the awesome graphical power of the desktop. In terms of graphical processing power, given that I need a laptop either way, does it make more sense for me to split between a laptop and a desktop than to spend it on one very expensive laptop? Either way, what are my mid-to-high end laptop/desktop options? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 13, 2011 - 20 answers

new laptop + Minecraft. trying to avoid heartbreak. your experience could be helpful.

new laptop + Minecraft. trying to avoid heartbreak. your experience could be helpful. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Apr 13, 2011 - 8 answers

NVIDIA black screen in Ubuntu Linux -- software or hardware?

I have a Linux laptop with an nvidia graphics card that is giving me headaches. Help me figure out what the deal is! [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

$20 projector! Now what?

Can I project from my laptop with this $20 projector? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Apr 7, 2011 - 12 answers

At what point do I just give up and get a new laptop?

When I type on my wife's Toshiba Satellite L25-S121, it drops characters. It doesn't drop the same characters, and sometimes there is just a delay before they show up on the screen. I've restored from the factory CDs and updated the Bios, but the problem persists. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Windows Laptop Similar to a Macbook pro

Im looking for windows laptop suggestions for something similar to a macbook pro that has a 16" or 17" matte screen and a decent trackpad
posted by toocan on Apr 3, 2011 - 6 answers


How can I connect my laptop to my tv, such that the sound comes through the tv and the screen is framed properly? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Mar 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Laptop Questions

I want to upgrade to windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead on Mar 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me buy my mom a computer.

First-time computer user seeks laptop! Help me buy my mother a PC with webcam in the sub-$800 range. [more inside]
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad on Mar 14, 2011 - 22 answers

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