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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

$700 laptop for grandpa that does *not* have a glossy screen?

$700 laptop for grandpa that does *not* have a glossy screen? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jul 15, 2011 - 7 answers

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

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