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?
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?
PC problems. Help me revive my machine. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Knowing Explorer is no longer being upgraded for macs, how can I best assure browser compatibility across platforms (from a previewing standpoint)? [more inside]
Help me find websites suitable for a family with girls aged 3 to 9 years. [more inside]
Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
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]
I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
WindowsFilter: how can I install complex language support on my PC without a CD? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
Any way to wirelessly enable the VGA port on my LCD television for photo slideshows? [more inside]
How can I link my PC and stereo system in a wireless fashion? [more inside]
New PC system build, nearly new builder seeks the Volvo 240 of machines. [more inside]
Inspired by this thread; what are some good networkable co-op PC games for 4-6 players? [more inside]
My external USB Hard Drive is freezing my PC! [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
I'm looking for the name of a specific PC fighting game from the 90s. [more inside]
My computer is making a funny noise and overheating. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
Another Mac/PC question. I want to switch back to Mac, but my office is all PC. Help me figure out if a Mac will be compatible, and if it's worth the trouble. (I know it's been asked before, but I have specific questions.) [more inside]
What is the best way to share an external hard drive between a PC and a Mac (both laptops) so that both computers can read and write to it? Can it even be done? [more inside]
Game controllers for the PC? Tell me about them? [more inside]
I have an old pc. Celeron 600mhz processor, 376mb ram. The ram is maxed out (I believe) and the overhead of microsoft's anti-spyware combined with AVG antivrus, along with XP sp2, have slowed the machine to a crawl. Is there a way to speed things up that is compatible with quicken 2004 and will leave me protected from net nasties? I thank you, hive-mind. [more inside]
Thinking about building my own PC. Looking for smallest possible form factor barebones system with Socket 479 (Pentium M). [more inside]
We use an internal survey tool which automatically generates and collates web-based surveys. It wasn't written by me. I'm having a problem with one particular page; have a look at the following: [more inside]
Druglord the pc game.... has anybody written it for any other platforms? can i get it for the palm os or mac os x? have tried googling to no avail, though have seen mention of a longwinded method of getting it running for os x. anyone interested in porting to other platforms?!!
Recommend me good PC gaming websites. [more inside]
My Mom has a new Mac (OS X) and I have a PC (WinXP). How can I remotely see her screen and manipulate it easily? [more inside]
What concerns are there when switching from an all Macintosh (Quark 4.1, Pshop 7, Illustrater 10) shop to an all Windows shop running new PCs and the Creative Suite 2? [more inside]
My computer is freezing intermittently. My gut says it's a software problem. Is there some sort of "black box" program to help figure out which program is the culprit? [more inside]
I have a Mac and my friend has a PC. How can we stream a live video capture of our desktops to each other ? [more inside]
I need a new video card for my old PC, with an Abit kt7-raid (which has AGP 2x/4x support). Will any AGP graphics card work? Any AGP 4x or 2x? [more inside]
So I just got a video ipod, and I have about 50 gigs of music on my computer. I need an automated way to get album covers for some or most of these mp3s onto my ipod. [more inside]
I would like to know of software which can record sounds on a PC XP - but, it needs to be able to record any and all sounds. E.g. the sound from a web site playing in flash, or last.fm or pandora. I am not a big fan of going the analog patch way. Any ideas?
i have a dell pc at home. How come i cant use the the little joypad ive bought on games ive bought like Splinter cell and rainbow six? I know it works cos i checked it out on hardware settings.
What is the most reliable way of automatically adding album art images to iTunes on a Windows PC? [more inside]
DVD-RWFilter: I burned a DVD ages ago, and on attempt to re-read, wimdows thinks it's blank. [more inside]