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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

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

Control a Windows Machine with an OS X Machine

Fast and easy way to VNC/remote desktop/screenshare with my mother-in-law's computer? I just need to tick off a few settings. I have OS X, she has Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 15, 2011 - 5 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

How to diagnose gaming freeze-ups?

My home-built computer seems to not want to undergo any extended load (gaming) without freezing up to extents varying by game. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by pahalial on May 11, 2011 - 13 answers

NVIDIA black screen in Ubuntu Linux -- software or hardware?

I have a Linux laptop with an nvidia graphics card that is giving me headaches. Help me figure out what the deal is! [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

I get the internet, my housemate doesn't - but we're both connecting to the network. What gives?

Internet connection issues in bachelor pad of two pseudo-luddites. Both macs. Both show connection to our dedicated, password protected network. I get internet connection, my housemate doesn't. What's up? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 2, 2011 - 15 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

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

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 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

Is there a clear leader when it comes to picking a rescue CD?

What are some useful collections of utilities for troubleshooting a busted PC (memory checks, hard drive scans, windows key extraction, CPU stress tests)? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Please do not feed the DVD player

How do I replace a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country's DVD player without spending obscene amounts of money? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me understand my basic home internet setup.

I wish I could troubleshoot my home internet service and wireless network when they're acting funny. I'm computer-literate but I only have the vaguest sense of how networks do what they do, I don't mind reading technical stuff, and I'd like to end up with a useful set of intuitions about how the damn thing works. What should I read?
posted by nebulawindphone on Dec 12, 2010 - 11 answers

I just want internet for my business

Why won't my router and laptop play nice anymore? Mac and Cisco/Linksys question inside. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Dec 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Linux troubleshooting

Linux i/o bottleneck troubleshooting issue: [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Dec 2, 2010 - 4 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

dualing light switches

Two sets of dual light switches control two lights at the top and bottom of my staircase. One switch on each set stopped working, why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by wigner3j on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 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

Why is my TV jumping to channel 5 when I'm watching channel 25?

My TV keeps randomly switching to Channel 5 when I'm watching Channel 25. WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Oct 3, 2010 - 7 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

"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

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

Windows XP Profile Won't Load

Windows XP "cannot load user's profile"....."insufficient system resources". - HELP! [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom on Sep 23, 2010 - 9 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

Canon Pixma MX340 won't print wirelessly from iMac

Can anyone help me with setting up my Canon Pixma MX340 to print wirelessly from my iMac? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Why does my Tumblr-based website not load properly with Internet Explorer?

Why does my Tumblr-based website not load properly with Internet Explorer? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Aug 27, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Why is YouTube mysteriously breaking?

I've been working on promoting a video on YouTube, and we've been getting reports from a handful of people (probably 15-20 complaints total out of 28K+ views) that they're unable to watch the video on YouTube or embedded anywhere else. The player loads and it seems to buffer, but the video/audio simply won't play. Even more bizarre, everybody reporting this problem has been able to watch other videos on YouTube (only ours refuses to play). Has anybody else encountered a problem like this, and were you able to resolve it? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jul 14, 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

Windows 7 crashing help

PC randomly freezing after upgrading to Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by crashlanding on Jun 22, 2010 - 7 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

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

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