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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

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

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

Gateway laptop won't boot

My Gateway MT3422 laptop suddenly won't boot. Please help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me fix my computer, please

What's wrong with my computer? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Jan 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Make CS3 and Windows 7 64bit play nice.

I am trying to get the Adobe CS3 design premium suite working on my Windows 7, 64-bit gaming computer, which meets and exceed CS3's minimum specs. The install went fine, and I know the disks are good as they worked on my old (dead) XP computer. Most of the programs (Bridge, Flash, etc.) will open a process, but not actually open anything on the screen. Photoshop will open, but all that appears is the gray background, and the menu bar. It hangs immediately. It won't even open the Photoshop "loading..." splash/credits screen. How can I get these programs running? (Yes, I tried googling it, and no, it isn't a TWAIN issue).
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me fix a slow Mac!

How do I fix a slow iMac? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jan 10, 2011 - 16 answers

"The wireless" is not the radio.

I'm a Mac. My husband is a PC. Please help us figure out a wireless connectivity issue. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 29, 2010 - 19 answers

Why are my file sizes so different?

I'm having a problem with screen recording software on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Sep 10, 2010 - 12 answers

I never know what it's doing at 100% CPU

Almost every program causes my computer to launch into some kind of super-intensive CPU cycles, clocking 100% for about 30 seconds or so before I can use said program. Happens with almost every program with any girth to it -- not Notepad, but definitely does it for Acrobat, Firefox, Word, etc. [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jul 2, 2010 - 16 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

Seeking a permanent solution for my Wacom tablet woes.

Sometime around the beginning of this year, my Intuos2 Model 0608-U 6"x8" Wacom tablet driver stopped loading upon login and restart. I reinstall it every time I login/restart. All of the tips, tricks, workarounds suggested by both Wacom and Apple do not work. I am running Mac OS 10.5.7. Is there anything left to try? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Powerbook: No Logo

Powerbook G4 won't boot up. I hear the chime, get a gray screen, but NO apple logo or spinning wheel. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Luser can't get five-year-old Russian video game to work on his four-year-old computer.

Okay, so after the mention and the link to the review of Pathologic, I decided that a depressing Russian game sounded awesome and downloaded it. (Yes, I paid for it. Not that you asked.) However, as is usual when I try to do something interesting on the computer, I find out there is [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Apr 9, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I stop the stalling?

Allright-- my windows (Vista) is funky: can I fix this without reinstalling? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Apr 6, 2009 - 5 answers

ohshitohshitohshitohshit

Why won't my computer post? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 13, 2009 - 12 answers

Help, KVM ate my keyboard!

When my Server 2003 desktop auto locks, the keyboard becomes unresponsive while the mouse continues to work. Anyone had a similar experience? No indicators in any of the logs. Running Dell 2950 and Avocent AMX KVM. [more inside]
posted by masher on Feb 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Please help me turn my webcam off! (So that I can use it)

ComputerTroubleshootingFilter: My google-fu has failed me. How do I turn my webcam "off" so that I can have programs turn it on and use it? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jan 18, 2009 - 4 answers

What have I missed troubleshooting my VGA problem?

I'm getting a video display error when i try and boot up my computer. Is there a solution I'm just not thinking of? If not, can I still buy a Socket 939 motherboard to replace a malfunctioning one? [more inside]
posted by Kraki on Dec 31, 2008 - 7 answers

I typed this in the wrong language. help!תעזור לי

How do i fix typing in the wrong language (forgetting to Alt+Shift before typing) without retyping the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Scrambled keyboard is not dfb. Sorry, I meant 'fun.'

Sometimes, my keyboard switches to Dvorak for no apparent reason. We can't find a trigger for it--it occurs when typing in word, when playing TF2, when entering an address in the address bar, etc. Only a restart can restore QWERTY. Even though the text input on TF2 will be scrambled, the TF2 controls work as though on QUERTY--'W' is still forward, even though it types out 'E'. Incidents can be anywhere from hours to weeks apart. I've personally only seen it happen inside TF2, but my sister swears it happens other times, too. Googling only returns 'how to switch to/learn Dvorak' pages. The computer runs Windows XP, and only happens to that computer. Can you help me stop Dvorak?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 24, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I get data off a bad hard drive?

I am having a very unusual problem with my hard drive and CANNOT recover any data from it after trying numerous methods. Please help me with your technical expertise. [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Jun 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Standby and hibernation issues

How can I fix my restless computer? (standby/hibernate problems) [more inside]
posted by Ricket on Mar 29, 2008 - 8 answers

my computer screen is too small!

Help! My computer screen has shrunk and I can't make it big again! [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Feb 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I get my browser to work?

How do I get an Internet browser to work in Vista? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

BSODude, This Fucking Sucks

BSOD Filter: Help me pinpoint the cause. Dump file contents included. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Dec 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Where do I find occasional computer help?

What is a good website for computer (and related hardware) help? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next on Aug 2, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I "start" an enabled driver in XP SP2?

My audio device is giving me the following message: "Driver is enabled but has not been started." Please help. [more inside]
posted by padjet1 on Apr 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Headphone jack issues: "Garble garble foofoofooo." "Exactly right, Rose."

The main headphone jack on my computer has a huge distortion (to the point of making words incomprehensible) for higher pitched voices and instruments. Why? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Mar 31, 2007 - 11 answers

What software do I need to troubleshoot Grandma's PC?

I'm going to visit my grandparents, who want me to look at their slow-running PC. What software should I bring with me? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 13, 2007 - 23 answers

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer?

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri on Jan 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Thumbthing's wrong with my iMac's USB ports

OSXFilter: Because AskMeFi is where all the coolest Mac nerds hang... On my iMac 24", USB thumb drives and memory cards are failing when copying files. The specific symptom is that the file transfer will hang, and the only way to recover is to manually remove the device from the port. [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jan 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

It's the oldest computer question in existence... My computer won't start. Help me. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Dec 31, 2006 - 13 answers

Computer Boots, Then Monitors Shut Off

My computer boots, but the monitors go black before the OS loads. [more inside]
posted by ubersturm on Jul 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Intermittent PrePOST Hangs

How can I trouble a system that intermittently hangs before the POST? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Strange PC noises

What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Apr 8, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I get my laptop to work my monitor at > 60 hz?

How do I get my external monitor to refresh faster than 60 hertz? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Nov 28, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I fix my network connection?

I can't connect my computer to my router or modem. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Jul 23, 2005 - 8 answers

What's wrong with my computer?

HELP! My computer is having some strange problems that look to be pretty serious! I've got a Presario running XP. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jul 14, 2005 - 5 answers

hotmail problems

Ok, so for the past ~4 days, I haven't been able to get any of my hotmail mail. I can see the mail in my inbox, but when I click on the sender's name (which is how you retrieve mail), nothing happens. I tried using different computers, including a nice new mac, and the problem remains. Have any other Mefites had any such problems, or know anything about this, etc.? [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Feb 24, 2005 - 15 answers

Freezing PC

My PC is having intermittent freezes. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Dec 10, 2004 - 11 answers

Win XP SP2

Win XP problem. I installed Service Pack 2, now my computer won't load. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by graventy on Sep 12, 2004 - 15 answers

How to get my external hard drive to work with my new computer?

Really this is my last resort. I recently built myself a new computer (Asus K8N-E Deluxe) and everything's fine except I'm trying to transfer my old harddrive to my new harddrive. I had a slave in the old computer (Asus CUSL2 for those keeping score). It's 40GB and has ALL my important data. I think you can see where this is going. If it's plugged in and running, even set as slave, the computer won't boot. Obviously, more inside.
posted by geoff. on Aug 27, 2004 - 13 answers

Why is my computer freezing?

ComputerRepairFilter: I need some help tracking down the source of a computer problem. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Aug 4, 2004 - 17 answers

My computer doesn't start

My computer doesn't start. That's bad. I recently picked up a barebones system, and got it all up and running, but now I just get a couple of beeps. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Apr 24, 2004 - 5 answers

CDRW worked in Win98SE, inoperable in XP

I have a MITSUMI CR-4804TE CDRW drive. While it's slow, it worked perfectly fine for me while I was running Win98SE. Now that I've got XP, it's all gone to pot [more]. [more inside]
posted by precocious on Jan 11, 2004 - 5 answers

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