I have a 1st gen PS3 (the fat one with the power switch on the back) which appears to be dying on me. Googling only turns up info for the 'yellow LED of death' or the 'unresponsive power button' issues which don't seem to apply here. More details inside [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview
on Sep 30, 2013 -
My Windows 7 password is not working, so naturally, I'm locked out of my computer/life. If my computer worked, I would continue googling for an answer. Unfortunately, this vintage Dell desktop I'm using is trying my patience. [more inside]
posted by she's not there
on Jun 12, 2013 -
USB malfunction on Kenwood KDC-x595 faceplate... google fu failure attempting to locate schematics... any mefites wanna try? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot
on Dec 30, 2012 -
Office network print problems. Help me get these laptops to print again! [more inside]
posted by degoao
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Does anyone have a handly list of reasons why one would get the error "The extract range has a missing or illegal field name." when using advanced auto-filter? [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator
on May 17, 2011 -
Google Earth looks totally screwed up on my Toshiba laptop with Windows 7. A grid of squares overlays all the maps. I've tried unclicking everything to no avail. Googling has not helped. Here's what it looks like.
posted by wsg
on May 3, 2011 -
Please -- please! -- help me troubleshoot a vexing wireless connectivity problem. Just to put this front and center: I am not knowledgeable about computers. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Feb 24, 2011 -
After compressing a video with virtual dub, in the top left hand corner it displays information about the video like what frame its on. How do I get rid of it?? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter
on Sep 8, 2010 -
There's a sick computer I'm trying to diagnose & I have no idea why it's doing what it's doing. It's a custom Intel-based desktop from maybe 3-5 years ago, can't easily read the mobo maker but if it's needed I can probably get it. When I hit the soft power switch it turns on briefly, the front power light comes on & the fan spins up then it all shuts down inside of half a second. Any ideas?
posted by scalefree
on Jul 9, 2010 -
My trackpad has suddenly, mysteriously and unpredictably started acting weird. So have the mouse and the little rubber point on my laptop. Help? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl
on Jun 14, 2010 -
Weird internet blockage—problem resolved, but mystery remains. Macintosh and Time Warner cable internet inside… [more inside]
posted by klangklangston
on May 13, 2010 -
Suddenly no one gets MMS photos i send (their screen's blank). i sent one to myself and it worked. it doesn't matter what carrier they have. my tech support (verizon) said it was an issue with the other carriers. i read through other posts here, took the battery out for 30 seconds, to no avail.
posted by holdenjordahl
on Feb 19, 2010 -
I am a very frequent user of MS-Word, right now Word 2003. I routinely drop pictures into text documents, selecting the layout option "in line with text". I have inherited a document with wonky picture behavior, where putting a picture in-line makes most or all of it disappear. The document originator seems to have temporarily solved by floating all of the pictures over loads of paragraph marks, which is un-elegant and will not please my learned client. My mad Google skills have failed me for an explanation. I have tried everything from monkeying with the advanced layout (Picture Position) settings to lowering the acceleration on my graphics card, all to no avail. (Virtually) all suggestions will be cheerfully tried.
posted by Breav
on May 26, 2009 -
If I turn on my secondary which is connected to a DVI to HDMI adapter and then turn it off it disconnects my primary which is connected via VGA. [more inside]
posted by mephesta
on Mar 10, 2009 -
We have Microsoft Outlook set to send emails via a POP3 service, but our old Exchange 5.5 server keeps trying to take over when we don't want it to. [more inside]
posted by Zeker
on Dec 10, 2008 -
I just cobbled together a computer for the first time, and while it powers up OK (fans and drives awhirring) I get nothing on the screen. No signal input. What did I mess up? Did I kill my CPU? [more inside]
posted by saguaro
on Oct 17, 2008 -
I have an HP Pavilion a1200y desktop. When you turn it on the monitor is blank, how can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by banished
on May 26, 2008 -
Help me flip the switch that keeps my RAM freed up on my pain-in-the-backside MS Vista O/S machine! [more inside]
posted by tosteka
on Mar 26, 2008 -
Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP. Whether it's youtube or other video, my machine no longer let's me watch video to completion. I have sbc yahoo dsl.
posted by rockhopper
on Feb 21, 2008 -
Laptop connected to DSL via Linksys WRT54G - Connected by ethernet = no problem. Connected wirelessly = only www.google.com will load. [more inside]
posted by imposster
on Sep 4, 2007 -
My Intel Macbook is failing to boot past the gray Apple screen, just displaying the spinning progress icon forever. I'm still a Mac Newbie, so I could use some help. Any ideas on how to fix my Mac? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79
on Jul 20, 2007 -
Is there any way to get my western digital external hard drive to properly display the disappeared files & folders on it so that I can back them up? [more inside]
posted by pantufla
on Mar 30, 2007 -
I've read a study that suggests individuals who live in perpetual poverty have impaired reasoning capabilities. Assuming this is true, how can I learn to reason better? What ways can I improve my ability to accurately assess situations and troubleshoot problems?
posted by dropkick
on Oct 20, 2006 -
I have some video .zip files that I have downloaded into Tiger desktop latest OS X. I then downloaded the latest version of Stuff it expander. I continue to get the error message:
"Unable to unarchive "name of file" into "desktop". (Error 1 - Operation not permitted."
What does this mean? I've looked in all the Mac help forums and can find nothing. Also, what do you think is the best place to get simple Mac help with quick responses?
posted by Jenna Roadman
on Sep 10, 2006 -
My girlfriend has a 2006 Vespa scooter (still under warranty, less than a year old). Last night, it simply wouldn't turn over. No warning signs before this, no problems. Full tank of gas. I can hear it click, but the motor simply doesn't catch.
I'm not much of a gearhead. Any suggestions on how we might troubleshoot this more ourselves, before we have it towed to a dealer? Any basic checks that we can do, before taking it in to the shop?
posted by avoision
on Jun 29, 2006 -
Is there a way to "reserve" a certain % of the processor for Windows, no matter how much any individual application requests? [more inside]
posted by stuckie
on May 3, 2006 -
How can I prevent my system from crashing when I have hardware acceleration set to 'full'? [more inside]
posted by 327.ca
on Mar 2, 2006 -
Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there?
posted by jadanzzy
on Feb 13, 2006 -
Finally broke down and bought a DVD player. I connected the red yellow and white composite cables to their corresponding ports and all I get is sound - but no picture.
posted by younggreenanne
on Nov 26, 2005 -
I recently decided to jump on the dvd train, and finally bought myself a player. However, the video gives about 10 seconds of video followed by 10 seconds of blue screen. This from multiple players.
posted by sauril
on Nov 13, 2005 -
I download a number of 'things' via newsgroups. Lately, I've been having trouble reparing and extracting them. [more inside]
posted by graventy
on Jun 2, 2005 -
Trapped in a maze of twisty cables, all alike: yesterday one of my harddrives (about two years old) started fucking up (I/O errors) whenever I tried to read some directories (like /usr/bin and /sbin, helpful). Boot with knoppix, by some miracle am able to read the drive, fsck it. I switched the cable going from the mobo to the CD drive with that going to the hard drives, and then it worked. At some point my other
hard drive (less than a year old) starts to have similar errors, but worked on reboot after a fscking. Today: same problem as before! But, on merely switching which drive was above which, so the cable fit in more naturally, it works! So my question: could simply twisting the cable have caused those errors? If not, where's the error more likely lie—with the drives or the motherboard?
posted by kenko
on Oct 12, 2004 -
We use Outlook Express as our main email "manager." Any message I send from my work email to home is received as an attachment. Any attachment that I may have included in my email is now gone. WTF? [more inside]
posted by evening
on Sep 19, 2004 -
I am going crazy about this, and google won't turn up anything useful. Laptop with no CDrom or floppy: Took HD out and installed XP using my desktop. Freezes loading mup.sys. I already installed the MB swap patch.
Basically what I am asking is: Can you copy the entire XP Pro CD onto your Hard drive, and set it as a boot option? Can it work? Does anyone have any ideas?
posted by Keyser Soze
on Jul 22, 2004 -