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What do I do with a moderately fast spare computer?

Ideas for what to do with a (moderately fast) spare PC in 2012? (Intel C2D 3ghz E8400, 8GB RAM, etc) HTPC comes to mind, but open to more creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by petah on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I stop a hardware beep in my desktop PC?

My IT Help Desk is stumped - can you help me? My computer is making what I can only describe as a hardware beep that I can't turn off. Muting Windows and disabling all system sounds doesn't work. Yet the beep only happens when I do certain things with the software - at first, it was only when trying to save a document into my virtual system in Word, but recently it's every time an email arrives in Outlook, which is just awful. This didn't used to happen, but once, many months ago, I accidentally pressed a random combination of keys and it started. I have no idea how to turn it off - and neither do the IT people. System details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me find the question mark on my keyboard!

I~m having an issue with my Mac keyboard not working properly with a PC running Windows XP. My punctuation is all screwy and I can~t figure out how to fix it. Hope me please! [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Feb 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Anti-Virus softare and Firewall

Firewall and Anti-Virus Software [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Robust twitter solution needed.

Best twitter setup for a very active user? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Feb 4, 2012 - 7 answers

A cure for passing on a virus

How to detect virus on my blog, put up by my Mac, and appearing on PC of my readers. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Feb 2, 2012 - 8 answers

I need to write to make money, and I need money to fix my computer so I can write...

Broken laptop hinge in NYC. Where can I get this repaired without paying one hundred million dollars? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jan 31, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I check over the network whether a Word file is open?

I need a cheap or free, simple solution for two people using Microsoft Word on a local network to see if the other person has a file open. [more inside]
posted by unreason on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Which Linksys N router?

I am looking for the right router. Difficulty: two-story house, MacBook plus PC, with WP2 desired. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Riverine on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Asus software is driving me crazy! Help me remove it/reinstall my OS.

How to reinstall Windows 7 and retain only the wanted software? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Mother, do you think it's good enough for you?

Balancing function and price: What's the best (and least expensive) Mom Computer, especially if we're trying to go Mac? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Dual Screen pc Display Glitch

I have a dual screen pc display problem that I'm having trouble diagnosing. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Mac laptop, PC desktop - how do I make this work?

Do you use a Mac laptop in combination with a PC desktop computer? Please tell me how you manage your workflow between the two. Can you recommend useful software and/or hardware to make coexistence as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 3, 2012 - 21 answers

Name-that-old-video-game, part the Nth

Help me remember a video game from my youth, part the Nth. [more inside]
posted by LN on Jan 1, 2012 - 6 answers

I am not the computer wizard you think I am.

Buying a computer. Except I know far less about computers than my folks think I do... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Dec 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Recommend a gaming laptop

What gaming laptop won't rip me off? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Tests good. Works bad.

I have some RAM that is (apparently) bad. However, it passes a memory test just fine. Why? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Dec 27, 2011 - 14 answers

What can I do to speed up my moms old Desktop PC?

What can I do to speed up my moms old Desktop PC? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Dec 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Why not % ?

Why spell out 'percent' or use 'pc' instead of the % symbol? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Dec 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Skyrim: Too Soon?

Skyrim for the PC: Should I wait? Should I skip it? [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Dec 12, 2011 - 32 answers

Getting it on with a netbook.

What programs/practices do you advise in setting up my wife's new netbook? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

i want to wander around and loot properly please.

Please help with my woefully performing installation of Skyrim. Several problems and my Noob-ular cluelessness inside. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Dec 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Well that shouldn't happen...

Help me fix an infected PC and prevent it from getting reinfected? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Nov 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find my next laptop

Please help me find the right laptop! My current laptop-- a standard-issue 2008 MacBook-- is on its last legs. I need to replace it with something that will meet both my personal and work requirements, and will hopefully last a long time. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

DBAN and KillDisk are foiled, now what?

I'm trying to prep a PC for donation/craigslist by wiping the drive. DBAN won't boot from the CD drive, and neither will KillDisk. [more inside]
posted by lvanshima on Nov 13, 2011 - 12 answers

new life for a Nikon 990 Coolpix

I'm trying to set up my Nikon 990 Coolpix camera as a dedicated image camera on a PC. I'm not able to download images via USB and wondering how I could get this to work. I need to take a boatload of images and get them into a PC quickly and easily. I have this camera available as a utility camera that can be permanently utilized in this role if I can get it to work on a PC. [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 9, 2011 - 11 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Must be cheaper than BT eh?

I need a pay as you go USB dongle for 3G wireless that will work with eee pc running Easy Peasy Ubuntu. This is in the UK. Contract will also be considered.
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 28, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to kill zombies in higher resolution

Getting a gaming rig -- advice? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Oct 14, 2011 - 19 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

My Poor Laptop

Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Sep 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Best way to record a live video stream?

What is the best way to record a live streaming video broadcast from the Web? Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Sep 23, 2011 - 5 answers

What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside

What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Sep 15, 2011 - 19 answers

How to write an SQL query in unix?

I'd like to perform an SQL query with outer joins, from text files on my PC, using only a unix emulator. Is this possible on my PC? How would I write and execute it? [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords on Sep 13, 2011 - 16 answers

How to make my house sing with media server?

Multimedia home server solution controlled by iPhone/iPad and plugged into existing speakers/sound system - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by tseo on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the PC equivalent of the Macbook Air?

What's the PC equivalent of a Macbook Air? I'm looking for a light and powerful computer. [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Sep 10, 2011 - 24 answers

Where should I buy my PC?

Who will build me a desktop PC? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Sep 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Identifying a 90s PC game

Trying to identify a PC game I played while I was young. I want to say it was a point and click adventure game with darkish themes. It was 2D, not isometric, and I seem to remember there being a level/levels in a silhouetted art style, and *maybe* claymation. (It's not neverhood.) [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Sep 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me build state of the art PC

Help me build a computer that is able to effortlessly run the most advanced games of today and tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Sep 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Document and data recovery after theft

Stolen PC and back up to an external hard drive. How do I restore documents and media to a new PC from a back up? [more inside]
posted by Verdant on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Macbook Pro vs. PC?

ANOTHER mac vs pc buying mefi post...But not the usual reasons. Help? Thanks! :D [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Aug 27, 2011 - 30 answers

$1K Windows Gaming Computer

What is a good choice for a reliable light gaming computer for $1000? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Aug 26, 2011 - 13 answers

What are the best/best value computer speakers going right now?

What are the best/best value computer speakers going right now? Maybe "semi-portable" ones? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for good PC gaming headphones

What are some good PC gaming headphones in the $50-75 range (and available in Canada)? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Aug 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Aug 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Pow! Freowwww! Games to test out my new rig with?

I got a new PC a few months ago. I like to think that it's a good build, but I never play any games on it anyway besides minecraft because I already had an Xbox and there's nothing coming out until christmas. What are some games/demos I can get (for free) that I can try on it to really get a sense of how good of a gaming rig it is - and if I should start buying PC games, or stick to xbox games? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 18, 2011 - 17 answers

What is the difference between these two PC graphics cards?

What is the difference between these two PC graphics cards? Crossfire setup question inside. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Aug 14, 2011 - 1 answer

SMS to PC export on iPhone

Why doesn't Apple allow me to export my SMS messages to a file on my PC [3GS UK O2 iphone]? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Aug 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me get my PC backup to work on a Mac!

Can a MacBook, a Dell, and a Windows-format external hard drive play nice? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

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