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Desktop PC powering down shortly after powering on -- what next?

My four year old home-assembled Windows desktop PC was working fine until a recent move. Now, when I turn it on, it seems to be booting as usual but then powers down about 15-45 seconds after powering on. What's the likely problem? What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

No power to car stereo or starter

While installing a new car stereo in my 1999 Saturn SW2, I screwed something up, as I no longer get voltage to the orange "constant power" wire (well, sometimes a mere hundredth of a volt!) to my car stereo, and my engine won't crank either! Yet all of my other electronics (headlights, air conditioner, etc.) work fine. Is there a blown fuse preventing power from getting to the starter and the car stereo? If so, where might the fuse be? The fuses in the fuse box are all fine.
posted by Eiwalker on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Can I use these things as external monitors?

I now have two PC laptops that are in the state of "it sounds like it's working but the screen is dead." I tried the take out the battery, hold down the power button trick, and the reboot and hit the F4/5/8 key on both to no avail. The next step in troubleshooting always seems to be connecting it to an external monitor. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on May 23, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me fix my Mac!

My Mac won't wake up after going to sleep -- what's going on? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Apr 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you make my CPU stop beeping in the night?

I bought a new Dell XPS 8700 last fall. Lately, the damn thing seems to work like an alarm clock ALMOST every night around three or four am. I wake up to hear three rapid beeps over and over. This lasts for about a minute. This happens even when I shut it down. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Mar 24, 2014 - 37 answers

Help figuring out Note 2 battery drain - details inside

I'm having trouble isolating the issue causing my Note 2 battery to drain, and I think it's related to the screen usage somehow. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hootenatty on Feb 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Why is my newly build computers internet not working?

So, I just finished building a new computer and have installed windows, all the driver CDs, etc. Then I went to connect it to the internet so I could install some anti-virus software, download the rest of the drivers, etc and no dice. I feel bad having to ask for help, since I'm a computer geek, but well, it is ethernet straight into a modem; normally I just plug it in and it works. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Jan 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Need help diagnosing and fixing laptop

I have an HP G42 14" laptop that has been intermittently failing to boot or wake up from sleep. Well, I think that's the problem. It's hard to tell because all I get is a black screen. No error messages or anything. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Jan 24, 2014 - 5 answers

why do these sites never load?

Some sites never load on my ubuntu laptop. e.g. meetup.com, arxiv.org. why?! [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jan 7, 2014 - 14 answers

I'm having trouble seeing photo previews in the backend of foto database

Hi, my company has an online photo database I normally login with Chrome to view. I can't see any of the image preview thumbnails today for some reason and it's making me crazy. I've tried some different things and I'm out of ideas. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by rabu on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Why won't this NASA site load properly?

Last week, I started getting errors whenever I tried to access the NASA Technical Reports Server from Chrome. And after a few days of it working just fine in Safari, it started doing the damn thing in that browser as well. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Wifi Woe

Having wifi troubles, don't know why. Help! [more inside]
posted by xenization on Nov 25, 2013 - 7 answers

What's happening to my USB ports and how do I make it stop?

My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
posted by teraflop on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

TF2 Troubleshooting

Why isn't Team Fortress 2 starting? For the past day or two, whenever I try to open up TF2 on my Windows 8 computer, I get a message that simply says "failed to start game (unknown error)". This seems to be a somewhat common problem but I can't find any answers for why this is happening or how to fix it. So far I have tried re-installing TF2, deleting the "appcache" folder, and verifying the game cache in Steam. Other than that, I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?
posted by rossination on Jul 18, 2013 - 8 answers

OSX Networking Problem -After an hour or so my net connection just stops

I have a bug with my networking on OSX Mountain Lion, Put simply after an indeterminate, randomish amount of time (from 30 minutes to 10 hours) my laptop will simply stop loading or fetching new websites. This happens both over wired and wireless networks - In both cases the connection will appear to still be connected,but loading a webpage will just hang on "sending request" and a traceroute to google.com which works fine beforehand, just fails (nothing in terminal after the command). I've struggled but can't find much indication at all about this bug on the internet - can anyone help me fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jun 20, 2013 - 23 answers

MS Word / Excel 2011 for Mac catalog merge mystery

I have a batch of mixed-format data including long-form text fields, hyperlinks, number and plain text in an Excel doc. I have assembled a Word catalog merge file intended to allow me to proof the data manually. There are 42 records. On merge, the output document results in what appears to be the correct number of pages and records. However, records 28-42 do not appear to place any data in the destination document. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 15, 2013 - 1 answer

How to troubleshoot intermittent drops in my internet connection?

How to troubleshoot intermittent drops in my internet connection? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Feb 22, 2013 - 16 answers

What's wrong with my Macbook Pro?

I have a 13" Macbook Pro that I bought in late 2010. Lately, it's been doing some odd things. Occasionally it makes a sound that I can only describe as an "electronic fart". Like a short buzz that lasts less than a second. The second thing is that sometimes parts of the screen go black. These things only happen once every few days. [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Feb 19, 2013 - 9 answers

PC Troubleshooting Help Please?

My son's PC, a dual boot Ubuntu / Win 7 box that I built myself about 3 years ago will not boot. It was working fine last night. When you power up the CPU fan runs for less than a second then shuts down and nothing else happens. The motherboard LED does stay lit, so there is some power getting to the board. Am I correct in guessing that replacing the power supply is my most likely route to a fix?
posted by COD on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 answers

iLapse won't let me export all my pictures. Now what?

So I did a time-lapse and set the frame rate way too high. Now it will only export around 700 pictures to the camera roll and I can't figure out how to get the rest. Every time I get the photos from camera roll to iPhoto, iLapse just starts from the beginning again. So I can get the first 700 just fine, but not the rest. This sucks. Please tell me there's a solution! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jan 14, 2013 - 5 answers

I need help with an office phone

Good Morning Hive! I'm having a little trouble setting up my office phone. Here's the info: [more inside]
posted by oviedo on Jan 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Network switch can't access internet behind router

Why can't devices on my new 8-port switch get internet access on my network? I’ve got a new wired network set up in my house and am fine tuning it, getting everything to connect to the internet… Main computer and xbox are working (connected directly to D-Link DGL4300 Wireless router), but the Tivo and anything plugged into the new switch-based jacks aren’t getting to the internet, though they see the network. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Jan 2, 2013 - 28 answers

Android site and app login problems

Android Login problems. I can't login to either Flickr or Tumblr using my android phone. I can login in just fine on my laptop but on my phone I am unable to login via the apps or direct to the websites via the browser. Does anybody have any idea why that would be the case? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Dec 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Why does iPad stop sending video to AppleTV when it auto-locks?

Apple TV + iPad troubleshooting: Suddenly, my iPad has stopped sending video to my Apple TV when it is in "lock" mode (or sleep or standby mode or whatever it's called). As recently as two days ago, this did not happen. Does anyone know how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Nov 20, 2012 - 1 answer

So how worried should I be by these fumes.

I just bought a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. I'm having some issues with fumes. [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Oct 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Why is my broadband acting weirdly?

Why does my wireless router stop some devices from accessing the web every now and then. [more inside]
posted by xchmp on May 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Ubuntu & Firefox troubleshooting

Yesterday, my firefox install on ubuntu started misbehaving. The bookmarks toolbar only shows up if I remove it and and add it again. There are no URLs in Address bar and no URL display down where the status bar used to be. Several plugins have stopped working without being disabled. Sometimes tabs can't be closed. No session management and on and on. The problem seems to be some interaction of a ubuntu update and firefox not cooperating. After googling I have nothing and am at a complete loss for how to fix it. Where do people turn for support for ubuntu firefox problems that don't require them to be on either development team? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How to fix grainy display in Windows 7?

Suddenly text and logos look very grainy on my Windows 7 computer. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Apr 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Reclaming (critical) hard drive space

Can anyone help me determine what's safe to delete in the WINDOWS/Installer folder? [more inside]
posted by yorkeandvedder on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

White noise on one speaker

One of the rear surround outputs on my receiver causes any speaker that's plugged into it to constantly produce a quiet but noticeable sound of static or white noise. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices and not others?

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices, while other combinations of devices/shows are not? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Feb 28, 2012 - 7 answers

iDont know why my Podcast feed doesn't work in iOS

HELP! My podcast feed works fine on PC but won't work on iOS. Why? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Word spacing screwed up by saving on faulty flash drive?

When I save MS Word docs, a lot of my spacings between words are being eliminated. In just about every sentence, it happens at least once! To be clear, instead of something like "and the", it will say "andthe". Could it be a faulty flash drive? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Can't Get iTunes Match to work

iTunes Match disaster--how do I get this service I paid $25 for to work on my iPad2? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Feb 21, 2012 - 27 answers

What? I can't hear you!

Keep and fix or junk? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Feb 15, 2012 - 5 answers

iMac trackpad and keyboard aren't working

I just got an iMac, but the wireless trackpad and keyboard aren't working. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Jan 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Need help troubleshooting slow internet

My internet connection suddenly slowed way down. I've tried all the usual things, but I need some expert advice. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Burping the routers at work.

I am at work, at a college, and there seem to be wifi hiccups throughout the day, moments where the connectivity is briefly lost. How can I log these interruptions so I can convince our technicians that there is a problem? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 25, 2011 - 13 answers

What's wrong with my domain?

My website's domain is not resolving after ≈60 hours. The test link from the hosting service is working fine. The nameservers are correctly assigned over at my registrar. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 17, 2011 - 12 answers

MBP 2011 Speaker Pop

My MacBook Pro 2011 13" is making an odd noise through the speakers/headphones. Has anybody come across this before? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Oct 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Troubleshooting another computer over the internet filter: Best way to do this...

What is the easiest, most affordable way to mac system troubleshooting and maintenance on another Mac over the internet? [more inside]
posted by konig on Oct 4, 2011 - 5 answers

My phone won't go to sleep.

I dropped my Samsung Focus into water two days ago. It works fine (yay), except the screen keeps lighting up unbidden. Can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Sep 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Having trouble getting my Macbook to communicate with other devices on my network.

I'm having trouble getting my Macbook to reliably communicate with, well, anything else on my network, and not having a spare router or laptop is not helping the troubleshooting process. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Broken Fridge maybe/maybe not?

Broken fridge; need refrigeration engineer help for insurance and maintenance purposes. Many technical geeky issues involved. Long post follows: [more inside]
posted by FauxScot on Sep 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Internet connectivity problems with 2Wire Modem and Mac?

I have ATT Wi-Fi Internet (not U-Verse). And I've been running into connectivity issues with the 2WIRE modem that have been plaguing me consistently for the last year. More inside, but just an FYI, I have a Mac. [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Sep 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Fujitsu ScanSnap 300m refuses to feed paper.

Why won't my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M pull in sheets of paper anymore? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Old iPhone with a weird mirror display issue

I have an old 1st generation iPhone that I left for dead two years ago, after it got wet and stopped working. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Eventually, I tried charging it, and it magically came back to life... But with a very peculiar problem: the on-screen image is a mirror image of what it should be. Everything is flipped horizontally, an exact mirror image... But the phone still expects the same touch input! For instance, to wake it from sleep, the slider appears flipped, as a right-to-left slider; but in order to actually wake it up, I have to slide my finger left-to-right. (my question after the jump) [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Why is my hard drive causing a reboot loop on my computer?

Weird computer technical problem pertaining to the POST and bootup stages of conputer use. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

No display due to motherboard?

Do I really have to replace the motherboard? My computer is showing no display and I think I've ruled out everything except the motherboard. Changing that is obviously expensive and time-consuming, so please tell me if I'm missing anything! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

My iPad won't play iTunes movies all the way through - help!

I get a movie through iTunes. I start the movie. The movie stops unexpectedly halfway through. How come? This is on an iPad. [more inside]
posted by arkhangel on Jul 18, 2011 - 7 answers

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