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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

Where Can I Buy Jumper Pins?

I've been trying to find an online store that will sell me a single (or a small number) jumper pin for a hard drive. I'm having trouble finding a store that sells them
posted by Cookie Monster on Mar 31, 2006 - 12 answers

Multiple channels of TV on one screen?

How can I get four different television channels playing on a large plasma or LCD display at once? I'm guessing that cable inputs would need to go to a PC, and then piped to the TV through DVI, but beyond that (hardware, software) I am a little stumped. Anyone have any suggestions?
posted by GriffX on Mar 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Oh, Lord, Kill Me Now

I have to, starting very early in the morning, and well before Friday, install Windows XP, Office 2003, and a number of small insurance applications on 9 different minitowers that are coming in. Assuming they are all exactly the same build, and hopefully, without spending any more money, what would be the quickest and most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Mar 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Spore-ready PC?

Buying a computer, don't want to spend too much, but want to be able to play Spore when it comes out. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool on Mar 23, 2006 - 19 answers

Can I use iTunes on my Mac to control a music library on my PC?

Before I bother setting up a network between my PC and MAC: Can I use iTunes on my Mac to control a music library on my PC?
posted by apetpsychic on Mar 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Network speed varies from PC to PC--why?

I work in an office with several not-for-profits share a high speed internet connection. My internet connection on my Mac Book seemed slow, so I tried the online test at Speakeasy. (I disabled the Airport connection so that I could test Ethernet) I ran the test several times and always found I had around a 400 K connection. Wireless, same test, circa 150 K. So I asked my collegue to run the same test from his Dell desktop---he got almost 1200K across several tests. I thought maybe it was the jack in my office, so I tried yanking out the plug and trying it in my collegue's office with another Dell desktop--she got 1200k--I got 400. I thought it might have been the MBP, so I dug out a Dell laptop--guess what--the most it would get in any office location was 400K. Same for a Mac mini that's on the same network. Now here's the thing--if I take that same MBP laptop home I get 3000K over my cable modem. Why would some computers get higher throughputs than others? They have an outside vendor administer the network and they seem to have disabled ping and traceroute. I started to wonder if maybe they limit bandwidth to the IP address, but all I really do during the day is work in Basecamp and reply to emails with an occassional look at Bloglines. Any ideas for the MeFi community about why this might happen and how I can intelligently describe the problem to the network admin so it doesn't sound like I'm nuts?
posted by teddyb109 on Mar 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Broken AGP?

PC problems. Help me revive my machine. [more inside]
posted by StuMiller on Mar 13, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I fix a Windows Blue Screen problem!

One of our PCs is having major problems at boot up, and when it does boot, does not recognize the slave drive hard disc. After working normally for a couple of house, it often goes to a blue screen with a “kernel_data_inpage_error” messages [more inside]
posted by zaelic on Mar 13, 2006 - 11 answers

I'll be your mirror... or not.

I've got a Windows Media Center edition PC hooked up to my television using an S-video cable so that I can play DIVX files, and I'm getting my wallpaper showing up on the television... and nothing else. The main monitor still shows all my apps, however. What gives?! [more inside]
posted by insomnia_lj on Mar 10, 2006 - 13 answers

My computer-box done broke!

My desktop PC, which has been working happily for a year, has suddenly refused to boot - I get prompted to insert boot media. The two SATA hard drives aren't detected in the BIOS (as they used to be). What should I do to work out the problem and fix it? [more inside]
posted by wilberforce on Mar 5, 2006 - 14 answers

How to make my laptop the same as my PC.

Is there a simple solution for keeping everything the same on my home PC and my laptop? I don't have the time at this point to mess with learning how to network the two. [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Wireless internet problem

I just received my brand new laptop from Dell. I am connecting to the wireless network, but I am unable to connect to any websites. [more inside]
posted by honeyx on Feb 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Help me navigate the mess of computer processor names.

I'm somewhat of a professional computer guy but even I am totally mystified by the current state of Intel and AMD processors. Can someone hip to the latest explain why chips are suddenly only going 1.8Ghz again, which chips from Intel are powerful enough for HD playback, and what, if any, good a 64 bit processor does for today? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Feb 28, 2006 - 23 answers

Data recovery places? Shouldn't be hard, but I need somewhere trustworthy.

Recommended data recovery places in New York City, specifically Manhattan? It shouldn't be a huge problem, but I don't want to just pick a name from the Yellow Pages. There is, of course, [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Feb 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Previewing across platforms?

Knowing Explorer is no longer being upgraded for macs, how can I best assure browser compatibility across platforms (from a previewing standpoint)? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Feb 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Girls on the internet

Help me find websites suitable for a family with girls aged 3 to 9 years. [more inside]
posted by asok on Feb 22, 2006 - 17 answers

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use.

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Feb 21, 2006 - 12 answers

Mac to MSN Messenger?

Is there a way I can communicate via an iSight on my Mac (10.4) with someone who insists on using MSN Messenger 7.5? [more inside]
posted by Wolof on Feb 19, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me grow my small computer repair business?!?!

I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Feb 16, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I install Indic language support on my PC?

WindowsFilter: how can I install complex language support on my PC without a CD? [more inside]
posted by anjamu on Feb 15, 2006 - 2 answers

Destroying the Dell Partition

I recently purchased a new Dell Dimension 9150, I plan to wipe the Dell partition and install a fresh copy of XP Pro (I already have a full copy). Any problems/hiccups I should know about before I destroy the Dell partition?
posted by mhaw on Feb 15, 2006 - 14 answers

After AoE3, what next?

I like Age of Empires 3 for the PC. I never thought I'd like games of this genre; up until now Half-Life2 was the only big PC game I really enjoyed, being more of a console gamer. What's a game similar to AoE3 that I might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by jonson on Feb 14, 2006 - 22 answers

Upgrading My Athlon System

I received a decent tax refund and I'm thinking about doing a computer upgrade. The last time I rebuilt my system was in 2003. I don't need to be able to play the hottest new FPS (although I do game occasionally), but I want to be able to comfortably run Windows Vista when it's released. Here are my current specs: [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Feb 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Data Recovery in Londres

I need to find people who can recover data from a broken hard-drive (featured previously here) I am in London (London, England that is) but Googling brings up such an array of hits I don't know how to choose. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Feb 8, 2006 - 10 answers

It's alive! (not)

My computer occasionally locks up, and sometimes completely fails to boot when I press the power button. Linux's "sensors" reports out-of-range voltage values. [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Feb 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Wirless VGA Connection

Any way to wirelessly enable the VGA port on my LCD television for photo slideshows? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Jan 30, 2006 - 3 answers

PC connection to stereo

How can I link my PC and stereo system in a wireless fashion? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken on Jan 25, 2006 - 25 answers

If Volvo made a PC?

New PC system build, nearly new builder seeks the Volvo 240 of machines. [more inside]
posted by vers on Jan 18, 2006 - 13 answers

co-op lan games for the pc

Inspired by this thread; what are some good networkable co-op PC games for 4-6 players? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Jan 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Broken HD

My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Jan 12, 2006 - 4 answers

I am going to eat my own left leg if I can't sort this.

How can I access my hidden external Hard Drive data? PLEASE HELP or I might have to cry my ass off, and that's harder than it sounds [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Jan 12, 2006 - 14 answers

How to "captrure" photos with a Mac

I am thinking of getting a Mac. I blog a lot and post pictures. On my PC I get Properties and then size the photo via Irfan. How would I lift photos from sites to post on my blog using a Mac?
posted by Postroad on Jan 11, 2006 - 11 answers

Switch. And Switch back, you know, whenever you damn well please.

This may be slightly premature, but would it possible to install Windows onto one of the new Macintel platforms and so have an OS X/XP dualbooting machine? [more inside]
posted by Tikirific on Jan 11, 2006 - 20 answers

Quirky DVD playback

On my Dell PC, DVD playback is kinda quirky... sometimes I can kick back and watch a whole film skip free, and sometimes (like now) it does nothing but skip and is unwatchable. I've tried lotsa things... [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Jan 6, 2006 - 10 answers

PC fighting game from the 90s?

I'm looking for the name of a specific PC fighting game from the 90s. [more inside]
posted by bwilms on Dec 31, 2005 - 6 answers

Why is my PC overheating?

My computer is making a funny noise and overheating. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by MrZero on Dec 29, 2005 - 17 answers

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