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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can't hear MIDI keyboard in Logic Pro 8

Logic Pro problem: I can't hear my MIDI keyboard. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Jul 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Macbook's ability to use TV disappeared overnight! Help!

Baffling and infuriating: Ability to use TV as external monitor for Macbook Pro has disappeared overnight! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jun 18, 2011 - 8 answers

iPhone won't play nicely with Sony alarm clock

iMy husband's iPhone 3GS does not work with our ICF-CD3iPSIL Sony clock alarm...but my iPhone 3G works just fine. Why? Details: His iPhone charges just fine when it's in the clock alarm dock, but we cannot control it via remote control or the buttons on the alarm clock. Also, his iPhone won't play music through the alarm speakers, though it will play it fine through the phone speakers. My older-generation 3G does all of those things. I compared iPhone settings, and everything seems the same. Can you help? Thanks so much!
posted by Atrahasis on Jun 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Mouse hell

My Microsoft Setpoint (wireless optical) mouse isn't selecting properly anymore, especially text, but seems to work properly in every other way. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on May 12, 2011 - 2 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

WHY YOU DIE ON ME NOW?

Have I killed my HP dv6700 dead? Whenever I plug in the AC adapter, the LED panel lights up like this, with the speaker LED flickering purple. Hitting the power button makes the screen flash intermittently. No response beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! on Feb 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Short range on a RC vehicle

RC toy car (a remote-controlled Tyco Stunt Psycho) has very short range. Is there any way to troubleshoot the problem? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Hey, ya....I can't shake it like a Polaroid picture.

Vintage-Polaroid-Troubleshooting-Filter: Yay! I finally bought a vintage Polaroid One Step 600 (looks very similar to this) in The Big City. I bought this film for it. But...no pictures. Help? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Jan 20, 2011 - 4 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

How to fix streaming video in Peppermint Linux, or next best thing?

Linux and streaming video- I'm on Peppermint One OS, and I can't get full screen streaming video without it getting all stutter-y and stupid. Help me out with a workaround or recommend another Linux OS. [more inside]
posted by yeloson on Nov 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me rid myself of this annoying hum

Why am I picking up a hum when recording? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Nov 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Bad Vista, No Wireless for You

How can I get a Lenovo laptop running Windows Vista to connect to a Netgear WGT624 v2? [more inside]
posted by nat on Nov 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Why won't this app sync to my iPod?

I downloaded "bit.trip beat" for my iPod Touch through the iTunes store on my MacBook, but it won't sync. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Sep 30, 2010 - 4 answers

AOL incompatible with Twitter?

Help, please. I cannot get any page at all at Twitter to load -- it just kicks me back to whatever page I was on previously. This started exactly when I installed the latests AOL Aim program on 9.15. I have updated my firefox browser, erased cache and cookies, and made sure JavaScript was enabled, and updated Java, but still no dice. Any ideas? I cannot even get to the Twitter help page or log in. Thank you so much.
posted by jfwlucy on Sep 23, 2010 - 8 answers

It's always the everlovin' windows machine.

Why does Windows say it's connected to my wireless network but refuse to connect to the internet? Cast of characters: Airport Extreme, XP, Vista. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Unable to connect to printer

My 2nd iMac suddenly is unable to connect to my printer, despite that nothing has changed: can the hive mind offer any solutions? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Can I fix my own washing machine?

Can I fix my LG front loading washing machine on my own today, or do I have to wait until a technician can come to my house? [more inside]
posted by junipero on May 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Secure my SSH

SSHFilter: I'm trying to disable authentication by password for SSH users accessing a server from a remote location. By everything I've read it seems like I've done exactly that, but I can still log in from a remote machine using a password only. Help me get that to stop. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny on Apr 22, 2010 - 2 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

HTML page getting download prompt instead of displaying webpage

I have a website which I maintain. I transferred the host recently to Dreamhost. Now, wheneven I open HTML pages I get a prompt asking me to download the HTML page. Before, of course, the page was displayed in the browser. Any suggestions? Example:
posted by alshain on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

This toothsome tart won't tighten up.

Help me troubleshoot this savory tart recipe. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Dec 22, 2009 - 14 answers

Need. Internet. Back.

Why can't I connect to the internet anymore? Is customer service giving me a plausible explanation? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 25, 2009 - 17 answers

Sleep that's too deep

Why can't my Macbook Pro wake from a coma? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Sep 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Does Not Compute

Please help me diagnose this PC issue. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on Aug 22, 2009 - 7 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

"In laymen's terms we'd recommend not turning it off."

An LG 22' widescreen monitor, a few months old and seemingly not overheating or failing thanks to the computer, shuts itself off and won't come back on without a power cycle. I'd like to avoid returning it to base if possible. [more inside]
posted by stelas on May 15, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I connect my wireless laptop to the internet by cable?

I'm having issues connecting my laptop to the internet. Wireless is fine, but I can't connect by cable at all. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Apr 27, 2009 - 17 answers

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