Volume control on my computer is laggy and slow and crashy. To the point where it's unusable. This has happened on every Windows computer I have ever owned. Is my volume control program allergic to me or is this a common problem? [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Sep 19, 2010 -
XP Hard-Drive Filter: When I turn my computer on, after it being off overnight, it starts up fine but the hard disk light is on for several minutes. Start-up time is normal, and desktop loads and computer is usable, can click on icons and open folders/start programs but they take ages to load/open - hard drive stays on at this point. When I use FF it slows it waaaay down. What could be causing this and how can I stop it please? [more inside]
posted by marienbad
on Aug 8, 2010 -
Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way? [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Jun 18, 2010 -
How do I go from 65 miles an hour to 10? Until I was recently hospitalized with multiple pulmonary embolisms I was a very active person at 46: ran and cycled a lot, raising two very young kids, cooking, gardening, splitting wood, I love domesticity and productivity. But the clots have left me a shell of what I was. How do I do less? It’s making me crazy and more than a little depressed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Internet browsing(wifi) painfully slow on a refurbished Macbook Pro. Similar refurbished Macbook Pro(same specs) seems to work just fine. [more inside]
posted by prufrock
on Jan 12, 2010 -
My Mac just got very sluggish. Common actions like typing, scrolling, clicking app controls, etc. cause the beachball to appear for 5-10 seconds. This happens across applications. Please help me figure out what's wrong. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist
on Dec 18, 2009 -
I just put in a new router (cisco wireless n broadband router wrt160N) and it is totally fast when the ethernet cable is plugged into my computer. When I try to use it wirelessly, it works but is VERY slow. any ideas? thanks!!!!!
posted by cg2
on Dec 9, 2009 -
Slow cooker/rice cooker question. I have a standard Cuisinart rice cooker and I've heard it said that you can cook other things in it as well, so my question is, can I use it as a slow cooker, in other words, will any slow cooker recipes turn out just as well in a rice cooker? If so, please share them with me! [more inside]
posted by Jubey
on Oct 28, 2009 -
Help! I upgraded to snow leopard and now my internet is painfully slow. A quick google search shows i'm not the only one, but the only fix I can find (to do with the firewall) doesn't help me as I don't have firewall on. There seems to be no difference between Safari and Firefox. I'm seriously considering using time machine to get back to Leopard days.
As an example, pre snow leopard, a speed test measured at 1.83mb/s download, 0.16mb/s upload and 41ms latency, speed test just now says 0.46mb/s, 0.24mb/s upload and 51ms latency.
Therefore it looks like my upload speed has improved by my download has taken a dial up style kicking. As I don't upload anything very often, I don't care about any improvement in this area.
Can anyone assist? I'm running a January 2009 macbook if that helps.
posted by nunoidia
on Sep 17, 2009 -
Why did my laptop (Vista) started slowing down dramatically for no reason? This is after I rebooted (many times), and turned off half the startup programs, ran anti-virus programs and AdAware. [more inside]
posted by moiraine
on Aug 21, 2009 -
I have read conflicting reviews about cooking boneless skinless chicken breast in a slow cooker. I will be making apricot chicken in the crock pot tomorrow. The recipe calls for a chicken cut into serving size pieces. I am using boneless skinless chicken breast instead. How long do you usually cook it on low? The recipe says 3-8 hours. Pretty wide berth there. Any tips?
posted by MayNicholas
on Jul 27, 2009 -
What is causing my Qwest DSL internet connection to get slow several times a day. Unplugging the router fixes the problem temporarily. [more inside]
posted by dan g.
on Jul 16, 2009 -
My 5 year old dell laptop (8600) has suddenly lost processor speed. Techy details after the break... [more inside]
posted by merocet
on May 22, 2009 -
Is there software or some automated method to audit the entire startup process of a Windows XP computer to find why startup is slow? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on May 15, 2009 -
Looking for an old commercial - old lady and man, driving really slow in the country - the man is driving and she yells at him "you're driving like a bat out of hell!" Does anyone remember the company the commercial was for?
posted by Shakes the Clown
on Dec 29, 2008 -
New relationship filter - ex-semi-drama queen here, how do i keep this going, slow and steady and not rush in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 28, 2008 -
My toilet is flushing slowly. Sometimes it takes 3+ flushes to completely remove waste.
I have completely replaced all of the internals, and tried the CLR method. I have even manually cleared out the return / fill holes. It has helped some, but not enough.
I think I need to use something stronger than CLR, like muriatic acid.
The problem is I am on a septic tank and everything I read says do not use the muriatic acid method if you are on septic as it will kill all of the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank.
So, my thoughts are to use the muriatic acid to clean out the bowl, but before the first flush, use baking soda to neutralize the acid as much as possible. Then flush. After about a week, add some RidX to help restore some of the lost bacteria and after another week or so, add another box of RidX.
Is this a sound plan or should I abandon the muriatic acid idea completely?
posted by twistedmetal
on Sep 15, 2008 -
Some YouTube videos download *painfully* slow (5-12kb/s) while others will stream just fine near 200kb/s. I've had friends try and watch the videos that are trouble for me, and they work for them. Can anybody else confirm these problems? Is there a certain YouTube server that Verizon is throttling in Philadelphia, or is it just a routing problem? [more inside]
posted by excitementMD
on Sep 5, 2008 -
One particular Mac on my home network is experiencing really slow internet connectivity. I have tried a lot of different stuff so far... [more inside]
posted by scarabic
on Aug 15, 2008 -
I have some sort of malware on my Dell that constantly redirects me away from where I desire to go. Specifically, it seems to prevent Gmail from working. Also prevents any major search site from loading. Always redirects to some idiotic ad site. [more inside]
posted by Arquimedez Pozo
on Jul 20, 2008 -
What are some good - or bad - similes for slowness? (Like "As slow as molasses in January" but not so archaic.)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner
on Jul 16, 2008 -
I use a Gateway laptop with Firefox but Firefox is running incredibly slowly. I've done virus scans and so on but Firefox is still having problems. Anyone got a remedy?
posted by josher71
on Mar 7, 2008 -
Vista hangs while switching to/from Secure Desktop after Windows Update installed a new sound driver. Please help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy
on Mar 6, 2008 -
Help me, my mac is running slow! I have a theory that this relates to not utilizing the full amount of memory that is available. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring
on Jan 12, 2008 -
My Mac PB takes about 10 minutes to start up and then another 5 to load mac mail or safari. Am I about to crash? [more inside]
posted by pman78
on Oct 22, 2007 -
Jumpy mouse in one screen. My mouse pointer does not refresh fast enough in one screen but is fine in second screen. [more inside]
posted by rainy
on Aug 25, 2007 -