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Advice: Windows 7-based Small or Compact PC for Gaming/Media

I'm looking for a small-ish console- or AppleTV-sized Windows 7 PC for gaming and possibly media playing, and I could use opinions. Researching the topic is fraught and messy and horrible (reviews of varying usefulness/reliability, lots of different people doing different things with the same products) so I could use personal stories if you have them. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 22, 2015 - 16 answers

My Internet Connection Hates Me

So this is a weird one - on occasion, my own computer loses connection to my WiFi signal - whereas my roommate, who sometimes is logged on to the same network via the same signal and sometimes IN THE SAME ROOM - does NOT. Please suggest where I should look to start diagnosing the problem. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 19, 2015 - 12 answers

PC Selection. Difficulty level: Paralysis by Analysis

It's time to replace the household PC. I'm a programmer, I use PCs all the time, but I have not paid attention to PC hardware specs in maybe a decade, so I'm lost in a sea of mostly equivalent choices. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Feb 14, 2015 - 26 answers

PC to Mac Switching Questions, Specifically device Syncing

I'm finally making the switch from PC to Mac, and I have some questions to make sure it all goes smoothly with my peripherals, which are currently synced to my PC. I have an iPhone 6 and an iPad 4th gen updated to the latest iOS. I'm specifically concerned with keeping my text messages and app data. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Build me a computer

I have a budget of £600 and want to build a robust PC for gaming that is relatively future proof [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Feb 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Removing Viruses, Malware, and other software in a simulation

I'm teaching people how to perform computer maintenance which includes cleaning up malicious software. I need to figure out how to do this without damaging equipment. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

All in one gaming computers?

My 14-yo has been talking about a gaming computer for many moons. He wants to play Steam games: Minecraft, Don't Starve, Day Z, etc. Mainly networked playing. All of the computers we look at are just a really high end, colorful box with no OS, no monitor, no keyboard or mouse for around $800-$900. I am looking for an all-in-one that is graphics, ram and HD expandable and will run Steam (mostly) effortlessly. All suggestions welcome!
posted by parmanparman on Jan 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Finally getting an iMac, after a bajillion years. Lead me?

So four years ago, I wrote this love letter to Steve Jobs when he died. I admired that man, but the major thing missing was that I didn't own anything made by Apple, apart from an old generation iPod. I said, someday. Well that day has finally arrived. Any tips to make my transition easier? What other accessories/necessities should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jan 26, 2015 - 27 answers

Consumer and Industry PC Diagnostic Software

I'm looking to gather a current list (2012-2015) of consumer and Industry PC Diagnostic software. Example: PC Doctor This would be mainly for Windows systems but I wouldn't mind having resources available for MAC and Linux. Thanks!
posted by bleucube on Jan 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Recommend a microphone/usb setup for recording voice to accompany piano

My son is trying to record his voice along with his piano and he needs a microphone/usb setup to record his voice. He wants to sing covers of songs by Coldplay or Adele, if that helps. (this question is eight years old so it seemed like it was time to re-ask.)
posted by carlodio on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Need to delete the Desktop Folder Dropbox duped

Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) 64-bit PC, with 8gigs of Ram, 250 gig hard drive. Had Dropbox installed, with the Dropbox folder stored in the My Documents folder. At some unknown point, TWO Desktop folders appear in on my computer, the first in the normal location (User>Desktop) and the other in Dropbox (User>My Documents>Dropbox>Desktop). [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet on Dec 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Living room gaming/htpc box

In which I make some queries regarding a gaming/htpc box for the living room. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me fix audio problems with my desktop PC.

Until recently, I was able to plug headphones or audio cables running between the Line In jack on my monitor into the green Line Out jack in this picture, and successfully hear sound. I don't know what happened, but now I get nothing. There has been a weird unprompted change in my volume control settings: it looks like this when before I'm pretty sure it was a speaker icon. I can click on the slider and do a test like so, but no actual sound comes out. Can you help me troubleshoot?
posted by Quilford on Dec 20, 2014 - 3 answers

MigrationFilter: PC and Mac can't see each other over Ethernet cable

I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other fine on my wifi (estimated wifi transfer time: 89 hrs), and both the Ethernet cable and the Mac Ethernet converter are working. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by Atrahasis on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Need to copy files from netbook to PC.

Just got a new internal hard drive for my PC and would like to copy files from my netbook to my PC's new hard drive. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 28, 2014 - 9 answers

How to VPN while traveling

I'm going to be traveling a fair amount over the holidays which means I'll likely be on public WiFi a lot more than usual, and with all of the various security and privacy issues that have popped up in the news recently, I figure the time is ripe to figure out a VPN strategy (since not everything I do is over SSL/HTTPS). [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

What was this MMO Space battleship PC game called?

A few months ago I read/watched youtube previews for a spaceship simulator type PC game, where you flew around in battleship/capital ship style warships, kind of like Battlestar Galactica scale, against other players in their own capital ships. What was this game? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Safe Travel Practices - Digital Edition

I'm taking my laptop on vacation, for the first time. What do I need to do to be sure my info stays safe? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Issues with uploading photos from Ipad to PC

My PC is not recognizing my iPad as a camera and for this reason, I cannot upload photos from this device to my PC, which is more than a bit frustrating. Details in the [more inside] [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Nov 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I use the XBOX ONE stereo headset for Skype on PC?

There's only one 3.8mm jack that connects the headset to the controller (which received the audio from the XBOX via bluetooth or something similar). Normally, a PC headset with chat would have connectors for both audio out and mic in on the PC. I can't find a definitive answer online anywhere.
posted by Glum on Nov 2, 2014 - 3 answers

FPS games for weak constitutions

I'm looking for recommendations for fun, entertaining, beautiful and immersive FPS games for the PC. Age is mostly immaterial, as long as they're graphically rich, but the one big caveat is that I really don't like horror or bloody violence. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Oct 31, 2014 - 17 answers

Best way to transfer photos from iOS to a PC?

I'm trying to help my parents transfer their photos from their iPhones & iPads to their PC, which runs Windows 8. I want the photos to be transferred and then deleted from their devices (each device has a few thousand photos, so manual deletion is not a realistic option). If this is your setup, what's the best solution you have found? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Oct 31, 2014 - 9 answers

Migrating my iphone syncing from PC to Mac. Outlook/itunes questions!

I've been syncing my iphone via itunes on my windows laptop for years. I've also used the same itunes install to hold my media library (mounted via a NAS on the wifi router.) I use Outlook to manage contacts. Just got a mac mini to use as a media server. I want to sync through that now. I'm not sure if going through icloud is the right choice. Is it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Oct 27, 2014 - 0 answers

Alternative to Simplyfile for Outlook on Mac

I'm helping my dad with his transition to Mac from PC, and there's one big piece of the puzzle missing. He's planning on using Outlook on the Mac (since he's used it for years on a PC), but would love a filing system like Simplyfile. While there seem to be a lot of filing systems for Apple Mail, I can't seem to find a good one for the latest version of Outlook for Mac. Any advice, hive mind? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Oct 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Built new desktop last night. PC won't post at all

Built my first desktop last night completely on my own. A friend has helped in the past but this was my first solo experience. It was much easier than I anticipated. However that's where the easy part ended :L [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Oct 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Advice for switching to Windows 7

I recently purchased a new desktop PC running a clean install of Windows 7, without any other software installed. What should I know or prepare for before I get started with daily consumer use? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Oct 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me find PacMan level 2 (island!), please.

I my memory, there was the basic PacMan computer game (not in arcades but on the PC at home) which at some point had a second level - same game idea but the design on the screen was a sunny, sandy island in the middle of the ocean, with treasure chests, palm trees, and maybe even pirates. I remember this fondly and (too) often and wish I could find it again. Does anybody know where to purchase this game or perhaps find it online? Details within. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Oct 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Two finger 360 degree scrolling in Adobe products on Windows?

Is there a way to enable 360 degree two finger scrolling in Adobe products for a Windows 8.1 machine? Essentially, I want it to work like it does on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Oct 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Why does copy/paste work intermittently?

I use a Dell Latitude E5440 that I have received from my employer. I am having intermittent issues with cut/copy/paste on this computer. [more inside]
posted by allison00 on Oct 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Standing Desk filter - Desk + Adjustable height keyboard stand

I have a somewhat unusual setup - I use a 26" TV set at 1360X768 as my main monitor, and a 17" monitor as my secondary. I will be adding a third. More... [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Desktop PC powering down shortly after powering on -- what next?

My four year old home-assembled Windows desktop PC was working fine until a recent move. Now, when I turn it on, it seems to be booting as usual but then powers down about 15-45 seconds after powering on. What's the likely problem? What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Easy and affordable way to install and play Medieval Total War on a Mac?

I wanted to install the game as a surprise for my husband. Neither of us are gamers or especially computer-literate. He just has an obsession with this game and we hate to buy a PC just for this! [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Sep 1, 2014 - 7 answers

How hard would it be to build a $500 PC with my son?

I have $500 and need a PC for my son. He plays TF2 and similar games but not the newest cutting edge graphics-power-needing marvels. I could buy one, but would it be a worthwhile dad-son project to build one? How many hours would it take, ballpark? [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu on Aug 22, 2014 - 26 answers

New Laptop Needed – Alternatives to Windows 8

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]
posted by xenization on Aug 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Multiplayer PC games for 4

Myself and three friends have been online gaming on PC for years now, I am looking for games we haven't tried yet. Ideally things that play in around an hour or less. [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Aug 16, 2014 - 13 answers

PC not booting, not sure wher to start with diagnosis/fixing...

My not particularly old PC is having trouble starting reliably. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Aug 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Transferring files from PC to new iMac

I bought my very first mac yesterday - an iMac. Very excited!!!! I went through the start up screens where it offered to automagically transfer my files from my 5 year old sony vaio laptop, sitting in the same room. I am normally skeptical but decided to exercise blind faith and let it do it's thing. When it starting the transferring/migrating sequence, it said 40 hours left. Should I have done something different/better and why didn't it warn me? [more inside]
posted by happytaco on Aug 13, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I replicate the iPhone Twitter app experience on my PC?

I run a couple of work Twitter accounts and am looking for a simple client to use on my desktop computer. I actually love the iPhone app, and don’t need or want anything much more complicated than that – but switching to check my phone regularly is a pain, so I’d like to run something very similar on my desktop. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Aug 4, 2014 - 5 answers

ISO presentation / media remote for Mac and PC.

I am looking for a usb or bluetooth device that I can use to control Powerpoint/Google slides AND iTunes. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Tech-savvy people: Please help me purchase a new laptop!

My Macbook died on me a little while back, and I need a new laptop ASAP. I was thinking about a new Macbook Air, but I want to wait until the Intel Broadwell chips come out since the last Macbook Air update was pretty minimal. So, I've been looking at Windows machines, but am bad at scouting out deals. Please help me find a quality deal for a PC laptop that isn't under-powered but also won't break the bank. Specifics of desired laptop inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jul 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Weird PC problem with 3 programs

My husband has a problem with his computer and we can’t figure it out. He has a PC with Windows 8.0. He’s having trouble with three specific programs (Chrome, Google Earth and iTunes). The three problems started at about the same time. Is this a problem with his PC or with the programs or something else? (details and pictures inside). [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Really? The computer that used to come in "Blueberry"?

I'm fed up with Windows and want my next computer to be a Mac—but the product landscape has changed a lot since the last time I seriously considered it. Is an iMac really a competitive machine for someone doing heavy graphics and video work? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 26, 2014 - 25 answers

Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

My computer got hit by a truck. Sorta.

Yesterday my PC repeatedly failed to update Windows. My attempts to get things back on track went catastrophically wrong. I have a backup system and am now putting my system back together. What *should* I have done? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jun 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Does Windows 8 suck?

I need a new laptop for school/writing/scientific programming/mefiting. I will be spending a lot of time on buses so I need it to be light. I've always had a PC but may switch to a Mac since I heard that Windows 8 sucks. Does it? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jun 3, 2014 - 43 answers

ArcGIS on a Mac

I am starting a geography class tomorrow and I am trying to install ArcGIS on my computer. I have a Mac... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jun 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Why does my new router hate my PC?

We recently brought in a new broadband provider to the house. Everything is working swell, except the desktop PC refuses to establish a steady connection to the new router. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on May 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Recent photos hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4 during file search

I have a Galaxy S4 and I generally transfer pics from it to a Windows 8.1 PC via USB, connecting up the Samsung as an external hard drive, navigating down to the DCIM folder on the camera's external SD card, then dragging & dropping. Recently, all my photos more recent than Feb 2014 are not visible via Windows Explorer even though the camera itself shows that those photos are indeed stored in the same folder on the external SD card that has all the pre-Feb photos. What gives? Are they hidden form view somehow?
posted by mono blanco on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Identify this game for me

I played a demo of this a long time ago, and its bugging me. It was a PC game, possibly late 90s/early 2000s, I think it was a Microsoft game. [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Apr 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Basic Video Editing Software for PC

I am currently taking a basic digital editing class that uses Final Cut for Mac. I am enjoying it, but use PC at home. What is the best free or inexpensive video editing software for PC? [more inside]
posted by hworth on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

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