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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

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

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

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

Looking for a new laptop.

I'm looking to replace my development laptop with a more powerful model. I'm having a hard time finding a model with everything I need. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Micro computers

I have a fascination for micro computers such as the Raspbery Pi, the wide array of micro Android PCs, and low-power wall plug computers. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 9, 2013 - 15 answers

NTFS FAT HFS+: Drowning in Acronyms

Where can I learn about file systems? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Dec 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Will my parents hate Windows 8?

Will Windows 8 put my parents off computers for good? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Dec 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Gaming on a microPC

Will this computer run Armed Assault 2 so I can play Day-Z? [more inside]
posted by OldReliable on Oct 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Desktop PC Recommendation

Seeking Desktop PC Recommendation [more inside]
posted by saladin on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

IPv6 help on Windows 7 with Airport router

After several years away from Windows, I built a PC with Windows 7 and I'm using it with an Airport Extreme router. On my wireless icon in the tray is a small yellow shield and when I right-click for status I see "IPv6 Connectivity: No network access." I'm getting slow speed tests on my new PC and I think this may be the cause of it. Otherwise, my status shows that my IPv4 has Internet, speed is 130Mbps, and my connection is at high strength. I'll have a long enough ethernet cable to test that out next week but I'd like to get my Wifi up to the speeds that my Macbook gets routinely. My wifi card is the Asus PCE-N15. My Airport has updated firmware, as does my PC wifi card. I'm on Comcast cable internet with a 30mbps tier. Thanks!
posted by rbf1138 on Oct 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Antivirus protection without the Internet

We have some never-on-a-network PCs set up in a lab at work; all are running Windows Vista. We need a good way to keep up-to-date antivirus software on them without relying on an internet connection. [more inside]
posted by mimo on Jun 21, 2012 - 12 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

Once you go Mac, you never go back? (Re: external HD use)

I have a Western Digital Elements 1 TB External Hard Drive. I uploaded files onto it from a Mac, and want to put those files onto my PC. Problem is, my PC doesn't recognize my hard drive now when I plug it in, and instead asks me to reformat the whole drive (which I previously had to do on the Mac). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on May 27, 2011 - 15 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me choose my next keyboard

Recommend me a new keyboard (/mouse combo) for my PC [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Feb 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Unresponsive CD/DVD Drive, how can I fix it?

My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
posted by hafehd on Oct 31, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there a mouse that can control more than one PC?

What I want is a wireless mouse which has two or more receivers that plug into my computers and a button or switch somewhere on the mouse that lets me switch between each receiver. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Ten98 on Oct 11, 2010 - 5 answers

starcraft 2 mp3s

i want to copy the starcraft 2 voice mp3s esp tychus in the odin but the sc2 file is one big file i cant open i would appreciate any help i could record it during gameplay i guess but it wouldnt b quite as good
posted by quseio on Sep 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Total e-clips.

Is there any good free-ware video editing software? [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Jun 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Trying to remember the name of this company

About 5 years back there was an online PC retailer who had this fantastic looking website with all these super-powered liquid-cooled PCs. But when people went to order them, they didn't have any to sell. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Apr 13, 2010 - 2 answers

How much PC security will I really need?

I'm about to receive a desktop computer (Windows 7 Pro) that I am going to use *solely* for playing an online game. Do I need any additional security or virus protection programs aside from what comes with Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by woot on Feb 13, 2010 - 12 answers

I used to be a PC, now becoming a Mac.

Switching from PC to a Mac. For those who have done it: What do you wish you had known then that you know now? I know this type question has been asked before, but it looks like it's been a while. So, give me your advice warnings, horror stories, revelations, etc.
posted by te1contar on Oct 22, 2009 - 41 answers

Building a PC the old-fashioned way in London

I'm looking for a good brick & mortar computer parts retailer in or around London. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Aug 31, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me buy a new notebook computer!

My desktop computer has just died so I'm thinking of finally buying a notebook to replace it. Problem is, I know very little about the notebook 'scene' and have no real idea what's good and what's not. Out of all the notebooks available from here, which one would you get? My budget is $2000 but I'd go as high as $2500 if there was a compelling reason to do so. And if there's any extra accessories I'm really going to need, let me know. Thanks!
posted by Effigy2000 on Apr 8, 2009 - 28 answers

Hardware question about installing *BSD on old Sun equipment as a SOHO firewall/router.

Can someone give me any pointers, tips, or caveats about installing BSD on sun hardware for use as a firewall/router? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Feb 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me play Left 4 Dead 4 Cheap

What is the cheapest pc gaming rig you can come up with that can run Left 4 Dead at a playable and decent framerate? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder on Nov 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Easiest way to move files and programs?

What is the easiest, most foolproof way to move files and programs from an old PC computer (XP) to a new one (presumably Vista, sigh). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 24, 2008 - 14 answers

New computer build--No signal input on monitor?

I just cobbled together a computer for the first time, and while it powers up OK (fans and drives awhirring) I get nothing on the screen. No signal input. What did I mess up? Did I kill my CPU? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Oct 17, 2008 - 12 answers

Win.32.Agent.pz virus got me down!

Nasty, sticky virus that won't go away! The virus scan says it is called 'win.32.Agent.pz' and we've thrown everything we've got at it to get rid of it - Spybot (also in safe mode) and ESET - and it won't go away. Help! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Oct 7, 2008 - 12 answers

Can a Mac use a PC's internet connection without wireless?

Mac/PC Internet Sharing: My work PC (running XP) has an internet connect, but no wireless. Is there a way to connect my MacBook Air to my PC via USB so that my Mac can use my PC's internet connection? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 on Aug 18, 2008 - 11 answers

I'm confused about computer specs

How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
posted by talitha_kumi on Jul 31, 2008 - 11 answers

Buy Asus 901 EEE PC in London?

EEE PC Filter: Where can I buy one of the new Asus 901 EEE PCs, in London? Preferably today. [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jul 7, 2008 - 6 answers

What can I do with a prehistoric laptop?

I've got an old 486 laptop, 75MHz, a whopping 8Mb of RAM, Windows 95 installed, floppy drive (no CD), no USB ports (but does have PC card slot). Charities won't take it. Is there anything useful I could conceivably do with it, other than using at as a doorstop?
posted by hatmandu on May 30, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me Geek Squad these laptops!

2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 8, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I get files off my PC when all I have is a MAc laptop?

I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Sep 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Building a Home Theatre PC

My PC is sick. Before I repair it, I want to build a new one to use while I work on it. I'm thinking of a HTPC sort of thing. Something I can use on the desktop in the office if need be, but also small and quiet enough to move to the living room and still powerful enough to run modern 3d games. I don't need the latest, fastest framerates, but it would be nice to have the option of playing some modern first person shooters. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott on Aug 9, 2007 - 3 answers

Windows clueless: Your PC tips and tricks please!?

Easy question: I've been forced to move to a PC with Windows XP from a Mac. Your PC tips and tricks please!? [more inside]
posted by dearest on Jun 5, 2007 - 34 answers

Networking computer help for a amateur turned vaguelly professional tinkerer

Help me to fix/setup/keep running a network of 4 computers the easy way. [more inside]
posted by djstig on Jun 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Could a non-gamer benefit from buying a "Gaming PC?"

I'm a power user, but I am NOT at all a gamer. Would I still benefit from buying a "gaming PC" (Dell XPS 710)? Or, would I just be an idiot who wasted money on something they didn't need/won't use? [more inside]
posted by creative on May 5, 2007 - 27 answers

Energy efficient microprocessors for PCs?

What are the most energy-efficient microprocessors currently available in mass-market PCs/laptops? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on Apr 12, 2007 - 5 answers

Outlook Taskbar Icon Go Bye Bye?

Where has my Outlook New Mail notification on the taskbar gone? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Feb 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Adding a new HDD to an old PC

I want to put a new HDD in an old PC and would like to know how. (But please teach me to fish...) [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jan 13, 2007 - 17 answers

Unshackle my home network

Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router + Comcast Broadband connection. My Comcast connection will not allow the internet to flow through the wireless router [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Oct 20, 2006 - 14 answers

Help me help them.

Help me find out the specs of our offsite computers. [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Sep 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Computer specs for beginners

What are some great sites for teaching people the basics of computer specs? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Could one run 4 monitors off one desktop?

I have a client who wants to be able to run his PC with the desktop extended over 4 monitors...all for the purpose of playing multiple hands of online poker. What is the easiest way to technically accomplish this?
posted by titans13 on Jul 7, 2006 - 20 answers

Help me help my parents unmuck their computers remotely

ParentTechFilter: Help me do remote tech support on my poor Luddite parents' computers. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Jun 29, 2006 - 17 answers

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