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Needing a new useful remote.

Help us find a replacement remote for a TV/DVD combo, or else a good universal remote with an eject button! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Why can't I make this work? LED angst inside

Using a AA battery, two pieces of speaker wire and an LED, I am trying to make a simple circuit. I am meeting with complete failure. Help! [more inside]
posted by puckish on Aug 11, 2008 - 15 answers

WEP troubleshooting

Do you have any ideas why I cannot add machines to my el cheapo Linksys WRT150N wireless router once I have enabled WEP? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Aug 3, 2008 - 9 answers

How to make my content stay where I want it?

Adobe InDesign: Why, when moving pages around within a document, will it cause the design elements (all frames, text boxes, graphics, etc.) on the following pages to shift 1/8" to the left or right? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Jul 27, 2008 - 11 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

I wish that Bobby Fischer taught more

Give me Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess for reading code. [more inside]
posted by tylermoody on Jun 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Couple of car troubleshooting questions anyone?

Snazzy Blaupunkt stereo installed in car, but I find myself plagued by a whine which I am assuming is originating at the alternator. If anyone could explain in simple terms how I might be able to eliminate this noise without too much fuss I would be really grateful! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jun 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Why won't my Linux machine play nice?

Red Hat Linux won't correctly mount USB flash drive. Also cannot send email. (Although I can log into Gmail, just not send email, chat is also blocked.) FTP from Linux machine to other computers is ok, but we cannot FTP into the Linux machine from Mac or Windows. Are these problems related? Help? [more inside]
posted by sararah on Jun 4, 2008 - 8 answers

Inspiron 600m slowdowns and problems

Inspiron 600m slowdowns and problems [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on May 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I get messages off Outlook on my old PC to my shiny new Macbook? There's a catch.

Can I get messages off Outlook on my old PC to my shiny new Macbook? There's a catch. [more inside]
posted by lxs on May 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Misbehaving Ubuntu box, normally well behaved and reliable, needs help.

UbuntuFilter:Linux people - how would you troubleshoot this one? All of a sudden my sound card doesn't exist, my CD burner doesn't burn, and fusermount doesn't want to work anymore. Everything was fine on Monday. Any suggestions on how to figure out WTF is going on? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 4, 2008 - 18 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

Help determine cause of my Internet shut-outs.

Help determine cause of my Internet shut-outs. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Mar 1, 2008 - 12 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

Is my PC's power supply possessed?

When my parents' PC is turned off, the fans on the motherboard (case and cpu) spin. What's the deal? Setup and more info inside... [more inside]
posted by zackola on Feb 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Old laptop, new trick: Laptop screen darkens--except for the cursor.

Posted for a friend: Her laptop (Dell Inspiron 1500, I think) is having a lighting issue. After a couple minutes of being on, the entire screen will darken perceptibly, except for the mouse cursor. Everything is still easily legible, however. This is a new quirk for her laptop, and it's driving her bonkers. What is it? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 20, 2008 - 7 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

Photoshop cannot open cr2 and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive

I can no longer open a number of raw and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive. What's going on? Is my harddrive about to die? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Feb 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Lasers printer is haunted?

Cleaning the lasers printer? I've got an old laser printer which works ok. But I have dim spots and recurring dots. Is there a way to make it happy again? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Feb 10, 2008 - 2 answers

What's wrong with my car and can I fix it myself?

Please help me figure out why my car won't start, and whether I can fix it myself. [more inside]
posted by joshjs on Jan 26, 2008 - 7 answers

My MacBook desktop is suddenly too big for the screen!

My MacBook desktop is suddenly too big for the screen! [more inside]
posted by donovan on Jan 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Acer Crystal Eye goes blind

What is going on with my Acer Crystal Eye webcam? It suddenly died and won't revive again. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 28, 2007 - 4 answers

I can't format anything!

Why can't I format anything with my laptop? I can't format an external hard drive or an mp3 player with it. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP professional. I want to fix the problem!
posted by Eiwalker on Dec 27, 2007 - 12 answers

I just want to watch Ratatouille!

Very poor, sometimes non-functional, video DVD playback on my Dell laptop. The related features have no problems in any other context. I don't even have any idea what could be wrong, so no idea what to Google for help... [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Dec 12, 2007 - 5 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

How can I troubleshoot an external drive that won't mount?

External firewire drive was working fine with Mac laptop, now won't mount. I hear it make its usual startup noises and then I feel it spinning happily, but the OS can't see it. I've tried lots of troubleshooting steps (list inside); can you think of others I should try? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Speed drop to zero but the connection is fine.

Why does my download speed drop to zero when the internet connection is still up and working? [more inside]
posted by banshee on Nov 9, 2007 - 7 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

Stubborn, blank external monitor acting like a teenager.

My external monitor was working yesterday, now it is not. All of a sudden! It's turned on, plugged in to my Macbook, but I get a blank screen and clearly there's no syncing. But I KNOW that deep down IT knows the macbook is there, plugged in... [more inside]
posted by snortlebort on Oct 5, 2007 - 12 answers

Fixing Google Desktop links

I like Google Desktop but there is one minor annoyance that has been bugging me. Whenever I click on a link in a sidebar gadget, that link loads in IE7, even though my default browser is Firefox. Is there a solution to this? I'm on Windows Vista, if that helps (or hurts).
posted by Aanidaani on Sep 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Lining up columns in CSS

CSS: What's the deal with positioning? [more inside]
posted by daksya on Sep 18, 2007 - 11 answers

Software to help troubleshoot Windows crashes?

I have a hand-me-down Intel server running Windows XP Pro... most of the time. Once or twice a day it locks up completely and without warning. Connected peripherals go dark but the screen stays frozen. I'm not a hardware guy; is there some free/cheap software to monitor the hardware & OS and tell me what's causing this?
posted by Tubes on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Invisible iPod!

My friend's 1GB iPod Nano is recognized in iTunes, but only kind-of... [more inside]
posted by potch on Aug 16, 2007 - 1 answer

Windows XP no longer resumes from standby

Suddenly my Gateway notebook computer won't come out of standby (that is, sleep mode or hibernate mode). [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 on Aug 16, 2007 - 4 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

Remote wifi troubleshooting

Help me figure out whether or not my parents' home wifi is password-protected. [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Why does Metafilter hate my Macs?

Why can I reach Metafilter from my PCs, but not my Macs? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jul 14, 2007 - 14 answers

My main PC stopped browsing the internet, but can ping IP and Adress.

[Networking filter] 2 PC's, Router on ADSL: PC 1: Cannot browse the web, can ping IP, can ping address, can use MSN. PC 2: Works normally. Sniffer shows odd results... [more inside]
posted by sierra13 on Jun 29, 2007 - 17 answers

Fix my WiFi

Suddenly, my laptop and wireless network aren't playing well together. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Performance issues when sharing digital media between computers at home

Help me troubleshoot performance issues with digital media sharing between two computers. [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Jun 6, 2007 - 5 answers

Why is my Windows XP acting wonky?

My Windows XP acts really weird when I have a lot of programs open... [more inside]
posted by qvtqht on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 answers

my design overfloweth

I set up a div with the overflow:hidden attribute and several anchors to jump down to different elements. In safari, this approach isn't working. It hides the overflow, allright, but I can't use my anchors to jump around. What gives? I googled around a bit and saw that float attributes might cause problems, but I'm not using any. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Jun 1, 2007 - 3 answers

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do?

My iMac only displays a blank white screen when I turn it on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Black lines across my Firefox browser

I'm seeing black lines on my screen when I use Firefox. Make it stop! [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 9, 2007 - 6 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

All I ask is for my Microsoft product to work......oh crap

Suddenly my iPaq PDA won't sync with my PC - it apparently can't connect at all. Worse yet, when I try to connect it, my PC spontaneously restarts within the next 30 seconds, without fail. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Apr 22, 2007 - 2 answers

Sttop the skkipp.

What exactly is wrong with my DAT Walkman? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Apr 21, 2007 - 3 answers

Where do the experienced Javascript / AJAX developers hang out and discuss things on the net?

Where do the experienced Javascript / AJAX developers hang out and discuss things on the net? [more inside]
posted by weston on Apr 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Unstable Mac! Advice for testing RAM?

My Mac is totally messed up! Help! (Hardware issue, probably ram chips, maybe HD) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Apr 4, 2007 - 13 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

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