I'm looking for materials that can be used to help train people how to best use social media to help nonprofits engage the community. [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jul 26, 2011 -
What would cause the laptop to be so slow right out of the box? I was given a "new" computer at work. It is a HP Business Notebook PC
with the product model = Compaq 8510p
. It is so slow opening and closing windows, launching programs and starting up and shutting down--then sometimes freezes up. It is 3 years old and the warranty has expired as I was told by the HP helpdesk. I have searched the web and asked a few IT friends what the heck it could be since it has never been used.
My boss doesn't want to hear any complaints about it since it's new out of the box--he figures it should be working perfectly. Should I take it to a PC shop to get it optimized or diagnosed in some way? It's driving me crazy! What could be causing this?
posted by sandra194
on Jul 19, 2011 -
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 -
Switching to a Mac - how to rebind hotkeys for basic functions like cut, copy, paste, beginning of line, end of line, etc? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan
on Jul 8, 2011 -
I have over 1,000 copies of several PC videogame CD-ROMs. The games are widely distributed/available, so the discs probably don't have any value to gamers. What can I do with them beside give them away? Creative or crafty ideas welcome. Also, not against making a little money if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees
on Jun 30, 2011 -
My PC is running slow. So I went to ProcessLibrary.com to check the programs running in task manager. I've also got Malwarebytes and AVG Anti-Virus running. But these programs aren't impenetrable. Consequently, I've learned there are many legitimate programs that have double identities. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Need some advice please.
I tried to install a new Power supply in my 2 year Old Dell PC in anticipation of installing a new Hi Spec Graphics card. Did all the necessary connections (I think) except connecting up the Sata cable to the Optical Disc drive (It wouldn't reach, I'll come to that in a minute).
Powered it up, nothing. I noticed a light came on, on the motherboard (so It's getting power right??)
Took out the power supply, refitted the old one and it all works.
1.Does not attaching the Sata cable to the optical drive matter??
2.Can I buy a Sata cable extension??
3.Is the light (showing on the motherboard) indicative of the Power supply working??
4,Is it possible that the new power supply is not functioning???
5.Is there something really obvious I'm missing??
Any help advice would be gratefully accepted, thanks
posted by maxmix
on Jun 27, 2011 -
I am trying to find portable bluetooth speakers to play nice with both my two HP laptops and an Ipad 2. [more inside]
posted by msali
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Can you recommend decent but affordable (maybe around $100+?) PC speakers that won't crackle on songs that have piano? [more inside]
posted by quadog
on Jun 16, 2011 -
Anyone have a recommendation for a driving videogame with a mode where you can just drive around aimlessly? No objectives, checkpoints, cops, chases, races, don't have to kill anyone or anything, etc. [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on Jun 11, 2011 -
I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 10, 2011 -
System/network/desktop admins, what tools and utilities do you keep in your virtual toolbox? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never
on Jun 1, 2011 -
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 -
PC Screen Cleaning: What's the best way to clean a PC monitor? Tried water, scared of windex, changed the cloth type -- still have wipe marks and dust. Home readies or commercials solutions with type of cloth to use appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Apr 30, 2011 -
Can a Panasonic PV-GS120 be used for streaming video without a firewire port? Plus more questions! [more inside]
posted by fozzie33
on Apr 18, 2011 -
After 10 years of being blasé about downloading dodgy stuff from wherever I pleased, I've just messed up my computer in a single mouse click. It won't start up now, even in safe mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Apr 16, 2011 -
iTunesFilter: I used to own an iPhone, and used Remote to control iTunes at home. I have both Macs and PCs at home, and would like to use both to be able to control iTunes playback on another machine (old system dedicated to stereo in kitchen/living room) remotely. I'd prefer not to use Remote Desktop. [more inside]
posted by smitt
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I am having problems with a new video card. I'm wondering if it's the card, the system board or some other part of the whole system. I would like to figure this out in time to send the card back to Newegg. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I have the source code for my app... how do I compile it without access to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Seeba
on Mar 15, 2011 -
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 -
I would like to display Karaoke lyrics over a live
webcam feed. This means I might need a skype (or equivalent) plugin that plays the music & lyrics, or
find some karaoke software with the ability to display lyrics over a transparent background. (That is, to have windowless karaoke display, and run the webcam feed behind it. )
All the software (I can find) to play .CDG
(karaoke lyric standard) files forces them to be played with an image background, or over a video file. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 10, 2011 -
Is there a no-frills sticky note app that will simply display a txt file? Preferably for both mac and PC? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Mar 7, 2011 -
I'm trying to pull old Ensoniq SQ-80 sequencer files from ancient floppies, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Mar 7, 2011 -
My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft
on Mar 4, 2011 -
Will the "iPad 2 3G" works with other carriers other than AT&T or Verizon?
posted by omaralarifi
on Mar 2, 2011 -
What could possibly be going on with my new (to me) Windows 7 desktop? Windows seemingly installs fine, then eventually (most recently after the first reboot), it hangs at a black screen. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen
on Mar 1, 2011 -
[AbletonLiveFilter]Is the fact that many of my samples/wavs/VST plugins are on an external hard drive the reason that Live is quitting on me? [more inside]
posted by kuanes
on Feb 21, 2011 -
Is it possible to make/receive calls and send/receive texts using my PC, rather than my phone? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy
on Feb 16, 2011 -
ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
posted by kagredon
on Feb 11, 2011 -
I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
posted by FauxScot
on Feb 2, 2011 -
Is there any sort of headset I can get that I can use both with my PC and my 360? Bonus for wireless setups. [more inside]
posted by deezil
on Feb 1, 2011 -
Catalog application: I'm looking for a lite or open source app, to Catalog all files,folders & media on my PC & Mac ,that can be saved in pdf. I can search , store on my PCs and Macs,so that when I create a backup volume, I can know what is on it.
I have tried a few lite and open source apps, but dislike ones I tried ( PixDiskat 1.08 ,Media Catalog Studio Lite 5.9, MediaMonkey because it conflicts with itunes)
posted by pcmactech
on Feb 1, 2011 -