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Start playing nicely together guys, before I smash one of you.

Please help me connect my macbook to a Dell 3200 MP projector. Should be easy, right? It's not working. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Can't Check Text Messages on Samsung SCH-U340

I just got a Samsung SCH-U340 (catchy, eh?) and I seem to have two text messages in the inbox. When I try to check them, the phone instantly shuts down and restarts (with the Verizon Logo sequence). I have tried deleting all the messages, which effects everything but the inbox (those messages remain) and doing an all settings reset (which is under the security menu), also to no avail. How do I fix this?
posted by phrontist on Sep 16, 2008 - 1 answer

Intermittent wireless connectivity problem with Vista

Wondering if anyone has ideas about an intermittent connectivity problem. I've searched around but haven't found anything that quite fits my issue. I have a Dell XPS Vista desktop. Most of the time, I get a perfectly fine connection, but maybe 15% of the time I can't connect. [more inside]
posted by slipperynirvana on Sep 12, 2008 - 5 answers

DSL works, but I can't get a dial tone. Why?

No dial tone inside my house, but the DSL is working. When I plug a phone directly into the grey box (a.k.a. Network Interface Device) on the outside wall of the house, at the same time disconnecting the link from the phone company's incoming line to the wiring inside the house, I get a dial tone! It seems that the phone company is still providing service. The evidence is exactly what I'd expect if there were a phone off the hook inside the house... but there isn't. What else could be going on? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Aug 31, 2008 - 22 answers

Internet Speed tests lie, my connection sucks!

Why is it when I take internet speed tests my rating is great, but overall my browsing is miserably sluggish? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Aug 28, 2008 - 12 answers

My MacBook won't stop ejecting discs that aren't there

My MacBook's optical drive makes constant eject noises. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

iTunes is not listening to me

My iTunes has a mind of its own. It keeps restarting even though I quit the program every time. What is wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by monocot on Aug 24, 2008 - 8 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 uninstall AVG 8 antivirus software, when normal uninstall doesn't work?

Botched AVG 8 install on Windows XP machine, now setup program (uninstall/repair/install) hangs. The partial install is causing problems. How can we get AVG off the machine when normal uninstall won't work? Details inside on the many things we've tried. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Aug 22, 2008 - 16 answers

Macbook Gives Airport Express Silent Treatment, Enrages Owner

My Black Macbook (five months old, running the latest OS) suddenly, inexplicably, cannot recognize my Airport Express (the new one) or find my Wireless Network. [more inside]
posted by kosem on Aug 15, 2008 - 25 answers

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

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