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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

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

Unresponsive CD/DVD Drive, how can I fix it?

My CD/DVD drive on my HP laptop isn't working. It won't open when I push the open button, doesn't respond when I try to open it through a program, but can be forced open. However, when I insert a disc of any kind, it doesn't read it. Is there a way to solve this problem, or will I have to go through the annoying process of taking it to Best Buy and having them send it out for two weeks? Oh, and also I am running Vista, if that means anything.
posted by hafehd on Oct 31, 2010 - 5 answers

File Association Mess Office 2007

After buying Office 2007 (Standard) on my Vista system, I can no longer change file associations. I migrated from a mixture of Office 2000 Professional and Windows office XP. When I go to the file association dialog box, it recommends odd programs, and no Office 2007 options, hence nothing opens in the new format. It won't change even if I point to the correct .exe file in Office 12 folder. The menu doesn't even offer any Word 2007 options. HELP! Nothing on the web or on the Microdouche website. [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Apr 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)?

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

I hope AskMe 120389 has replies within the specified period

My replacement hard drive went bad after just one day. I think the motherboard's the culprit. Need informed opinions. [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Apr 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Corrupted Ghost Image; NEED TO EXTRACT FILES!

Corrupted Ghost 8.0 image! Is there a way to at least extract files off one of the img files? [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Nov 20, 2008 - 3 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

My stuff works in my CMOS, but not in Windows. WTF?

I just installed a new motherboard (and various other things). Yay! The problem is, my keyboard worked fine when I was mucking around in my CMOS, but nothing plugged into any of my USB or ps/2 ports works in Windows. Argh! [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Oct 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Ghost In the Machine(s)

What could cause every desktop computer in the same house to begin randomly powering down on their own? [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella on Feb 22, 2007 - 18 answers

Why won't this project open?

When trying to open a large project in cakewalk sonar 5 producer edition, i encounter the error "Windows has encountered an error and must shut down." When i try to open a smaller project (under 800mb of ram) it opens without a hitch. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on Feb 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Why do MSN and skype drop out?

Network oddities with XP, MSN and skype. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Dec 26, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I fix my CD-R?

How can I fix my CD-R? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I compile GCC on OS X?

When compiling gcc-3.4.4 on OS X 10.4.5 I get an error about an undefined symbol, _fprintf$LDBLStub. How do I make this go away? [more inside]
posted by mto on Mar 4, 2006 - 7 answers

Firefox stalls on certain sites and Opera 8 font-rendering bug

I'm having major problems with both Firefox (my browser of choice) and Opera 8. Firefox stalls consistently for a considerable amount of time (1 min - 5 mins) on specific sites (for instance del.icio.us/popular/) and Opera has a font-rendering bug on most sites (for instance, again, del.icio.us/popular/). [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Dec 17, 2005 - 15 answers

DVD-R and CD drives no longer work.

My DVD-ReWritable drive and my regular ol' CD-Rom drive are all of a sudden not working anymore. They worked fine last night, but now the computer doesn't even see them to list them. [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Jul 24, 2005 - 18 answers

Why doesn't my mouse mouse?

OS X 10.4 Tiger. My mouse has stopped mousing. [more inside]
posted by renderthis on Jun 10, 2005 - 13 answers

xp annoyance

In WinXP SP2, I can no longer drag and drop files from one folder to another, or from Explorer onto applications. Nothing happens, either right- or left-clicking. To move files around I have to cut and paste. Any idea how to get my drag and drop back?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 26, 2005 - 3 answers

LAN/Network Adaptor Issue

Possible LAN/Network adaptor issue with my laptop..more inside [more inside]
posted by puffin on Jan 21, 2005 - 3 answers

PC won't boot

PC won't boot. All I get is a blinking cursor in the upper left corner after BIOS. Help!!! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by luser on Sep 17, 2004 - 5 answers

Useful Windows diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities for house calls

I'm compiling a disc of useful windows diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities for when I have to make house calls for friends and relatives. what are some maybe lesser known tools that you guys have found particularly useful? freeware would be nice, but not necessary.
posted by mcsweetie on Aug 6, 2004 - 28 answers

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it.

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on May 23, 2004 - 7 answers

Why is my mouse so sluggish?

Does anyone know why my mouse is so sluggish? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Problem with XP recognizing a USB connexion

My computer (Windows XP) will not recognize the USB connection I've added to it. [more...] [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Dec 27, 2003 - 3 answers

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