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Recommend a printer/cartridge system?

We're trying to optimize our home printing. We don't print an enormous amount, but we want to print in color and to be able to print in moderately high quality. You've already solved this problem and put some thought into minimizing cartridge expense: what printer do you use? how often do you replace the ink? do you refill the cartridges at a store or buy new ones from the OEM? (Bonus points if you've solved this problem for the HP 8600.) [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Batteries for my phone

How risky (or not) is it to buy non OEM batteries off of ebay from china for my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

All your batteries are belong to us.

Are there ANY aftermarket (non-Nikon) batteries that work with the Nikon D3100? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

Licensing issues with cloned OEM Windows 7

Can I clone an OEM windows 7, preactivated install and not worry about cloning the license with it? [more inside]
posted by daveyt on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Legally reinstalling Windows 7 without the disc

How can I replace the hard drive on my laptop and then get the operating system which I legally have installed right now back onto it? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 2, 2011 - 14 answers

eBay battery experience

Which Macbook battery to buy on eBay? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Dec 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Where am I from?

Obscure USB Device Filter: help me identify a source for this USB type device. [more inside]
posted by strangelove on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Can Windows OEM run in a virtual machine?

I want to use Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion on my Mac. Can I use an OEM package or am I obligated to buy a full license? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Feb 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Need the part # for a 2009 Ford Focus Passenger-side Mirror

I'm trying to find part number(s) to repair a sideswiped passenger side mirror on a 2009 Ford Focus. Most of the mirror is intact, so I'd like to replace only the piece that clips the mirror into the holder cavity. If this isn't possible, I'll grudgingly pony up for the whole mirror assembly. Bonus question: is there a place to buy the part in Orlando, FL before Sunday? Thanks!
posted by jlabrash on Dec 10, 2009 - 9 answers

I have a key; which lock does it fit?

Is there a tool available that will tell me which version of Windows the product key on this sticker is for? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 8, 2009 - 10 answers

WinXP OEM on a Mac

I've a WinXP Professional OEM install disc that I'd like to (and tried to) install on VMWare Fusion on my 24-inch iMac (running OS X 10.5). But so far, it's a no-go. Is there some kind of restriction on installing OEM versions of Windows in a virtual environment and/or on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Nov 29, 2009 - 9 answers

What is causing the OS to stop sending signal to screen?

XP Home newly loaded from partition ie they didn't give me OS disks, old desktop Compaq Presario, it all loaded fine, goes through it's little startup procedure fine (ie what language, accepting EULAs, time zone, etc and etc) and then -- drum roll -- time to boot into XP. Reboots, XP sign with little graphic trucking left and right, and then -- [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Feb 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Is penny-wise pound-foolish with replacement filters?

With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Cloning Vista SP1 OEM? Questions inside...

Cloning Vista SP1 OEM? Questions inside... [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Aug 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me do a brain transplant on my Mom's PC.

How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another? Confused by posts I've found. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Nov 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Reinstalling Windows

My many Windows errors are starting to grate on my nerves. I'd like to do a reinstall - but the recovery cd that came with my Toshiba laptop refuses to play nice (probably due to SP2 or the new motherboard). How do I reinstall an OEM version of Windows XP, without losing my key? Is it even possible to reinstall an OEM XP setup? Where do I even get an OEM version to reinstall from? Aargh!!!! More inside. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jul 20, 2007 - 10 answers

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