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Why do I have a second mouse stuck in one location on my Windows PC?

I'm dealing, suddenly, with a very annoying problem on my Lenovo laptop. It's running Windows 10 and is about 1.5 years old. When I opened it this evening, there was a second visible mouse cursor in a little bubble on my screen, and it won't go away no matter what I do. Uh oh... [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Jun 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me fix audio problems with my desktop PC.

Until recently, I was able to plug headphones or audio cables running between the Line In jack on my monitor into the green Line Out jack in this picture, and successfully hear sound. I don't know what happened, but now I get nothing. There has been a weird unprompted change in my volume control settings: it looks like this when before I'm pretty sure it was a speaker icon. I can click on the slider and do a test like so, but no actual sound comes out. Can you help me troubleshoot?
posted by Quilford on Dec 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Need help troubleshooting PS3 power issue - not powering up from standby

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 - 2 answers

Windows 7 password fail

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 - 19 answers

Kenwood, if it could, but can't. Need schematic.

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 - 5 answers

What is causing this inexplicable video problem with my monitor?

What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Nov 10, 2012 - 17 answers


Why does this strange thing happen ONLY when a certain person sends me an MMS? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Sep 6, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm going to take this printer out into a field pretty soon.

Office network print problems. Help me get these laptops to print again! [more inside]
posted by degoao on Feb 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Why does my internet kind of disconnect?

Why does my internet kind of disconnect? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 19, 2011 - 4 answers

The extract range has a missing or illegal field name.

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 - 0 answers

Why is Google Earth so messed up on my laptop?

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. http://imgur.com/M9967.jpg
posted by wsg on May 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Connect Four? No, just one.

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 - 8 answers

slipping a disc

CD drive won't rip CDs, will barely play songs. Help! [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me share my pictures of stupid stuff.

Why won't my facebook mobile uploads work anymore? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Dec 18, 2010 - 2 answers

0 ST:0 IF:0 in virtualdub?

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 - 12 answers

Computer turns on & off

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 - 20 answers

Save my trackpad

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 - 5 answers

Fucking internet, how does it work?

Weird internet blockage—problem resolved, but mystery remains. Macintosh and Time Warner cable internet inside… [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Recipients of my blackberry MMS photos get blank screens?

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. any suggestions? thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Feb 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Why won't my in-line Word images stay put?

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 - 10 answers

Is there a fix for this dual monitor issue?

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 - 0 answers

Noooo! Your trypical Macbook Pro crash story.

OS X crisis.. Please help with a system that won't boot Mac gurus. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Dec 18, 2008 - 20 answers

Microsoft Exchange Hates Me

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 - 8 answers

New computer build--No signal input on monitor?

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 - 12 answers

I don't want to call India again...

Why does my DSL connection keep dropping connections? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Sep 24, 2008 - 7 answers

How to fix a computer with a blank screen?

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 - 8 answers

Suicidal because of memory problems with MS Vista OS

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 - 34 answers

Trouble shoot a Sansa Clip for me

My girlfriend's Sansa Clip has suddenly developed a problem I can't fix. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Feb 22, 2008 - 1 answer

Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP

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 - 10 answers

AppleScript n00b needs troubleshooting help

15-line AppleScript is giving this n00b nightmares. I think something's wrong with my "if ... then" syntax. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Nov 2, 2007 - 6 answers

What's wrong with Ludwig's Van?

Help me figure out what's wrong with my old crappy van. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Why can't I load certain web sites?

Why won't CNN's web site load? [more inside]
posted by RDNZL on Oct 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Why won't anything but Google load?

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 - 17 answers

Why is my Mac stalling?

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 - 11 answers

Help me revive a Western Digital hard drive

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 - 7 answers

My new macbook pro won't make any sound

My new macbook pro won't make any sound. [more inside]
posted by MNDZ on Dec 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Fix my WinXP USB without the nuke from orbit option!

[WinXPfilter] What's wrong with my USB devices on my computer? [more inside]
posted by kdar on Nov 27, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I increase my powers of reasoning?

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 - 22 answers

My Mac will not open .zip files with Stuffit expander. What does Error message 1 mean?

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 - 5 answers

Blinky the Laptop

Laptop screen blackout issues: [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne on Aug 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot a scooter that, suddenly, no longer starts up?

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 - 20 answers

Can Windows be configured to combat processor-hogging applications?

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 - 13 answers

Preventing spontaneous rebooting in WinXP

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 - 4 answers

Thinkpad T41 is possessed!

Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy on Feb 13, 2006 - 2 answers

Why won't they get along?

Firefox 1.5 and Quicktime 7... Why don't they agree? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jan 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam?

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. [more inside]
posted by younggreenanne on Nov 26, 2005 - 6 answers

Why can't I play dvd's?

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. [more inside]
posted by sauril on Nov 13, 2005 - 9 answers

IE Not Rendering CSS Properly

Troubleshooting CSS: I'm working on a site that renders properly in all tested browsers, except (and who'd have guessed it) IE. Here's the link to the site Here's a link to the style sheet [more inside]
posted by silusGROK on Aug 22, 2005 - 5 answers

CRC/Repair errors

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 - 7 answers

Trapped in a maze of twisty cables, all alike.

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 - 9 answers

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