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Help me recover data from a crashed HDD.

HDD disaster! Almost all the data I own in the world was on a HDD that got dropped on the floor while spinning (the drive was spinning, not me). [more inside]
posted by dg on Aug 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Listening to iPod via PC

How can I listen to my mac-formatted iPod through my PC at work? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 24, 2006 - 17 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

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

More video outputs? Please?

I'm looking for an add-on for a pc running Windows XP that will give me additional video outputs (An extra vga port, an rca or s-video port, etc). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas on Aug 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Oy Vey! Not an IE problem again!

My dad's Internet Explorer has gone crazy! Fortunately, Mozilla runs fine.... [more inside]
posted by rare_g on Jul 31, 2006 - 6 answers

Online Backup Services

Should I use an online backup service to back up my computer? [more inside]
posted by Xazeru on Jul 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Why won't my machine post?

I just put together a pc from new parts. It won't post-- fans turn on, but that's it. No video signal, no power light, no beeps, cd trays won't open. Power supply is 400w and tested in another machine. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 19, 2006 - 14 answers

PC Mac Mini equivalent

What's the Mac Mini equivalent in the Windows world? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jul 16, 2006 - 19 answers

tv tuner?

Watching Tv on the PC, tv tuner choices? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jul 16, 2006 - 8 answers

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank.

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jul 16, 2006 - 9 answers

chat between a Mac and a PC

I have a Logitech Messenger webcam and a Mac (10.3.9) and I downloaded the macam software. How do I chat with a friend who has a PC and another Logitech webcam? Should we use AIM? Yahoo? Excuse me if the question's too easy but I'm a total webcam n00b and what I found on Google is quite contradictory. Thanks!
posted by PenguinBukkake on Jul 14, 2006 - 9 answers

viagra for plugs

How do you secure a plug so that even if someone yanks on the chord, it doesn't come out of an outlet? It does need to be POSSIBLE to get the plug out sometimes, and it won't work to glue/staple the chord to the wall, because sometimes equipment needs to be moved to another room. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 14, 2006 - 23 answers

Recommend a good microphone for recording voice on a PC

I need to record a significant amount of voice using my PC at home. I've picked up a couple of consumer-level, $20-$40 computer microphones (tried two different cheapie Logitech models) but haven't been overly impressed. Recommend something better? Assume I know virtually nothing about microphones or associated mic lingo, and that this mic would be used exclusively for single-person voice recording (no interview situations, and no musical instruments, etc.) [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Jul 11, 2006 - 20 answers

PC games to appeal to a 12 year old?

My little brother wants some new pc games to play, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Jul 11, 2006 - 23 answers

Decent submarine games?

Are there any decent submarine games for PC or Xbox? Looking for something relatively modern.
posted by gfroese on Jul 11, 2006 - 5 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

Aircraft for FS2004?

Does anyone know of a website that offers decent to high quality downloads for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004? [more inside]
posted by drleary on Jul 3, 2006 - 6 answers


I lost my settings on my Start Bar of my pocket pc (a Tmobile MDA). No, not my "settings" to a particular app, but my settings option...it's gone. how do I get it back?
posted by Hands of Manos on Jul 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Cold Boot Problem

Problem with starting PC: Start it up cold having been off for an hour: fresh install of windows XP SP2 doesn't load - it beeps once, goes through the BIOS, beeps again, stops, the display turns off, restarts and then windows loads perfectly. If I turn it off and it's only been off for a few minutes though, everything is fine. Help! [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Jul 2, 2006 - 14 answers

Help a teenage fashionista chic up her ugly laptop!

Looking for simple, cute, 2-d and mostly long-lasting and chick looking ways to decorate my laptop. There's [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Jul 2, 2006 - 11 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

Can I have simultaneous access from 2 computers to 1 external HD?

USB/Firewire External Harddrives - how can I get simultaneous access from 2 computers? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Jun 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Sata drive question

sata controller question for Dell 8300. [more inside]
posted by arh07 on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Help me find the Obi-Wan of keyboards

No, really, what's the best PC keyboard out there? [more inside]
posted by frogan on Jun 22, 2006 - 15 answers

In kindergarten terms, please explain wireless networking.

In kindergarten terms, please explain wireless networking. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Jun 21, 2006 - 17 answers

I don't want to pay for bloody TiVo!

I know about MythTV and Freevo. My question to the hive mind is [more inside]
posted by evariste on Jun 19, 2006 - 30 answers

Self-powered USB Hubs?

Hello MetaFilter. This is my first question, so I thought I'd start with something easy. I'm looking for a a USB hub that runs off it's own adapter. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by AndrewH on Jun 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Intermittent PrePOST Hangs

How can I trouble a system that intermittently hangs before the POST? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Can't print and use internet simultaneously

Network follies. Airport + wireless ethernet bridge + gigabit switch + printer + Mac + PC = any single network service works until I try to use another one. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Jun 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Watch my harddrive

How can I watch what is being written to my hard-drive? [more inside]
posted by MintSauce on May 31, 2006 - 4 answers

Pocket PC to sync outlook 'tween two PCs

Using Pocket PC to sync Outlook between two PCs. Wont allow In-box to sync [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on May 29, 2006 - 4 answers

How much copper in an average PC?

How much copper is there inside an average PC? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant on May 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Is IMac new as fast and good as 6 year old PC (Dell)?

Is the IMac as strong (poerful) as my Dell, some 6 years old? [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Buying a Laptop for College

My brother is going away to college this upcoming fall, and for a high school graduation present, my mom is getting him a laptop to take with him. He is interested in trying a Mac. We are both life-long PC users. I am the most technologically-inclined in my family. My brother knows the basics and has no trouble with them, but anything more is my job. [more inside]
posted by willmillar on May 10, 2006 - 37 answers

Ever heard of the Acer TM4674WLMi laptop?

Ever heard of the Acer TM4674WLMi laptop? [more inside]
posted by badlydubbedboy on May 9, 2006 - 6 answers

MicrosoftWorks == Oxymoron;

How do I convert documents from .wps format to .doc format? [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on May 5, 2006 - 7 answers


How do I scope out the possibility of adding dual monitors to all my office's PC's? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on May 3, 2006 - 7 answers

Death & Rebirth: New Computer Needs Wisdom From Old Computer

I have a new PC (huzzah!). Thanks, Pop. Now what? [more inside]
posted by wordswinker on May 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Is my computer possessed? My BIOS has a mind of it's own!

I've got a tower (AMD 3000+ with a gigabyte motherboard, 3/4ths of a gig of ram, etc.) that I'm trying to set up for a media center. The thing is, the first screen (where it's checking the ram) the keyboard works fine. I can go and edit my bios settings, save and exit, etc. However, on the next screen (where I have the option of booting from CD and such) keyboard input ceases to be. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Apr 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Why won't my USB hard drive stay mounted without constant disk access?

My USB2 hard drive will only stay mounted if I keep accessing it. If I don't, within 5 hours or fewer, I can't access files on the drive or even do a directory listing. I can then unmount the HD, power cycle it, and it will mount again as if nothing had happened. If I keep accessing the disk, say by continuously playing an MP3 mix on it, the disk acts completely normal: uptime now (with MP3s playing) is something like 20 hours without the shadow of a problem. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

cheap alternative to monitor and tower and keyboard and wires and then and then and then...

[Relatively] cheap alternative to PC? My parents are moving... [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Apr 15, 2006 - 14 answers

sound advice

My PC is in the living room. I want to be able to listen to iTunes in the kitchen and the bedroom. I have a linksys router, if that helps. What sort of setup works best for this? Wireless speakers? Which ones. I mostly listen to talk radio and audio books, so I don't need amazing sound. I would love a relatively cheap (under $200) solution.
posted by grumblebee on Apr 15, 2006 - 25 answers

Parts to build a cheap(ish) Linux Desktop PC?

Looking for the component suggestions on what is the "sweet spot" as far as price/performance to build a cheap-ish desktop Linux PC. I've already got a great monitor and a KVM switch, just need to build the box. I'd like to keep the cost in the $500 range. [more inside]
posted by de void on Apr 14, 2006 - 12 answers

Sharing one set of 5.1 speakers between two computers?

Sharing one set of 5.1 speakers between two computers? [more inside]
posted by kenchie on Apr 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Strange PC noises

What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Apr 8, 2006 - 16 answers

games made to last

I'm looking for PC games (preferably open-source and/or freeware) that provide limitless amounts of depth and challenge for those willing to stick with them. [more inside]
posted by jimmy on Apr 8, 2006 - 26 answers

I hate my Tablet PC, save this budding man-machine relationship

What programs have you found that helped you improve productivity working with a Tablet PC? Primarily, what programs are best for entering text when in tablet mode? [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi on Apr 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Save me from Arial.

How can I use my own fonts in a PowerPoint presentation? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Apr 6, 2006 - 14 answers

Cross platform games for girls

FamilyEntertainmentFilter: I have three pc's, two run windows (one dual-boots XP and Blag linux) and the third is an old PII that runs Fedora. I also have three daughters who all like being on the computer at the same time. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice on Apr 1, 2006 - 3 answers

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