My machine has gotten sluggish, and I think I'm going to try a clean install, which it's never had. I understand how to wipe a partition and do a complete install from a bootable USB drive. What I'm not sure about is getting my documents off my backups. Is it as simple as using Migration Assistant? [more inside]
I'm an idiot. I had Applecare come out and fix a display issue, and then I asked the guy to diagnose my HD. He spoke little English, and my Korean is very, very poor (I'm in Seoul). He said it's old, so just replace it. I said okay, with little thought. [more inside]
I’m in need of a new laptop, and I get the impression I ought to avoid Windows 8. What are my options? [more inside]
I went to install Mint 16 last night (the latest version) as a dual-boot system. I have a 1.5TB disk where Windows 7 lives with Mint 12, and 2 encrypted 3TB disks. (Mint 12 is no longer bootable, BTW.) Obviously, things did not go as planned... [more inside]
The hard drive on my computer is about to go. I've backed up all of my files, etc. but is there a way for me to back up the Windows 7 OS and install it on new hard drive? [more inside]
I moved an SSD to a new system. Now I can't access files on the old hdd that were created during the time the SSD was a part of that old system. Can they be brought back to life? [more inside]
I'm stuck using an old no longer supported version of ubuntu (11.04) on my primary laptop because the video card is not supported by the newer distros. Is there anyway I can get updates for it or is there an alternate OS that will still support old Intel video? I've already run into snafus with ruby and firefox is no longer updating ( I can probably just switch to chrome). I don't want to spend to much time yak shaving because I would rather be getting stuff done.
In Windows 7, I have several examples of identically-named files in the same folder. As far as I know, this shouldn't be possible. Any ideas about why this would have happened and how to fix it? [more inside]
I have a 3 1/2 year old Snow Leopard iMac on my hands that crashed, lost its disk partition (or was unable to recognize it...) when booted from install disk, froze twice while booting off the install disk, then rebooted as if nothing bad had ever happened. Twice. What is this computer's damage?
I have a 3 1/2 year old Snow Leopard iMac on my hands that crashed, lost its disk partition (or was unable to recognize it...) when booted from install disk, froze twice while booting off the install disk, then rebooted as if nothing bad had ever happened. Twice. What is this computer's damage? [more inside]
What smartphone should I buy if I want root on my device (without having to jailbreak it), hardware & OS quality (crashing once a month or less), and upgradability? [more inside]
Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it?
Why is Finder on Macbook Pro so very very different in Operating System 10.7.1 vs. Operating System 10.6.7 and what can I do about it? [more inside]
What was the first computer operating system to use device drivers as we would recognize them today? Bonus question: when was that specific term first used?
Can I rehabilitate an elderly Power Mac G4 for study? [more inside]
I'm purchasing a computer. It requires Win7 Ultimate and I have a choice as to how that happens. [more inside]
Have received a new laptop as a gift. Should I add more RAM to get ahead of Moore's Law? Should a possible RAM upgrade influence my choice of OS? [more inside]
I need help migrating an existing Windows XP file system from a Thinkpad to a new Macbook running bootcamp. [more inside]
PartitionFilter: I just got a new machine with Windows Vista with a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out. I'm planning on doing a fresh installation of Windows 7 when I get it, but in the meantime I'd like to get settled in Windows Vista. Is there a good strategy to partitioning the 640GB HD so I can migrate with ease? Was thinking of having two partitions, one for OS, one for Program Data / Storage, and then wiping the OS partition when Windows 7 comes through. Advice?
What's the best way to configure my PC as an internet television hub? [more inside]
Recommendations for an Operating system for Kids ages 3-6 [more inside]
What filesystem should I use on my new USB 2.0 external hard drive? It'll mostly stay attached to an Ubuntu box and be used to store large video files for streaming to playback devices on my network, but I'd also like to be able to take it to a friend's house and plug it into whatever computer they happen to have. [more inside]
What OS should I put on my aging laptop? How do I do it? [more inside]
What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
I just got a new laptop with decent specs and I want to take this chance at starting fresh. I want a machine that runs smoothly and doesn't have a lot of extraneous crap installed on it. I need advice about getting this set up the way I want it. [more inside]
Help me learn to live with Vista. Tips, modifications, downloads sought. [more inside]
Windows Vista: Should I get it right when it comes out or will an upgraded & updated version be released later on? [more inside]
What are some books and resources that can help a Windows expert make the transition to Linux for good? [more inside]
Need a tinker-free Linux/MySql install for Ruby On Rails. Also, seeking advice for getting started in RoR. [more inside]
Knoppix won't let me delete or move files [MI] [more inside]
WinDoze: You're setting up your new machine. Which freely available utilities, gizmos and doodads ALWAYS have a place on your computer? WinAmp? WinZip? WinRAR? Acrobat Reader? ICQ (or variants)? For me, on a WinDoze system I can't live without IrfanView or DCEnhance.
Here's a hard one: why can’t I copy my files? [More griping inside] [more inside]
Duh question: On OSX is there any neat way of interrupting that annoying, multicoloured spinning fan that tells you it's still trying to load a page, short of just rebooting? You know, to tell your computer you're no longer interested and would prefer to move on. Many thanks for any tips!
I'm considering upgrading the processor (and possibly the motherboard) on an older PC. Am I going to have to reformat the HD? Obviously, I'll back up all the data just in case, but I was under the impression that the OS would just find the new hardware upon booting up for the first time. The 14 year-old at the local CompUSA claims otherwise--that I'll have to rebuild the OS once I put the new processor in place. So which is it?