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What software do I need to troubleshoot Grandma's PC?

I'm going to visit my grandparents, who want me to look at their slow-running PC. What software should I bring with me? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 13, 2007 - 23 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

1991 Jeep Cherokee Trembling

My 1991 Jeep Cherokee automatic seems to be "trembling" while it idles. The shaking decreases once it's moving, but persists- albeit in a much reduced state. On top of that, the engine just sounds like it's working harder than it used to. Help! [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King on Feb 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Need OS X equivalent of WinXP "Restore Points"

Help me track down a bug that is causing one of my OS X applications to continually crash! [more inside]
posted by melorama on Feb 19, 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

PHP/MagpieRSS troubleshooting

How to customize MagpieRSS output when array_slice seems to be broken? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Feb 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer?

Why would formatting be suppressed on all html pages on a particular computer? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri on Jan 12, 2007 - 8 answers

siRNA woes

Attention Biochemists or Anyone Else working with RNAi-expressing cell lines: Help me troubleshoot! [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe on Jan 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Thumbthing's wrong with my iMac's USB ports

OSXFilter: Because AskMeFi is where all the coolest Mac nerds hang... On my iMac 24", USB thumb drives and memory cards are failing when copying files. The specific symptom is that the file transfer will hang, and the only way to recover is to manually remove the device from the port. [more inside]
posted by baltimore on Jan 3, 2007 - 15 answers

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

It's the oldest computer question in existence... My computer won't start. Help me. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Dec 31, 2006 - 13 answers

Mac Mini Keeps Looking for Bluetooth Mouse But I Don't Have One

My Mac Mini shut off when the powerstrip got unplugged. Now when I power it on it loads up the "Bluetooth Setup Assistant" and keeps searching for bluetooth mice - which I don't have any. The Dock is gone and the top white menu bar is only partially painted. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Dec 28, 2006 - 15 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

PEBKAC

Just a couple weeks ago, my computer was so cooperative. Now I'm getting freeze-ups at the strangest times. I'm the definition of an End User, but with AskMe's help, I might just get XP tamed! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Nov 19, 2006 - 24 answers

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop.

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Nov 14, 2006 - 4 answers

How to reset itunes to Canada store?

How do I get my itunes 7 to point back to the Canadian itunes store? I clicked on a link that asked me to change stores (to the USA one), and now I would like to get Itunes to default to the Canadian store instead of the American one.
posted by burhan on Oct 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Where are my e-mails?

Apple Mail has suddenly stopped retrieving my messages... [more inside]
posted by purplefiber on Oct 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour

I've messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour. Help! [more inside]
posted by bering on Oct 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Troubleshooting Adobe Breeze problem

Has any on had problems with Adobe Breeze 5.1 Presentations made with audio not playing in IE? [more inside]
posted by frogmoses on Oct 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Is my SanDisk card borked? Help me troubleshoot.

Troubleshooting a SanDisk 2GB card, is it broken or is there another problem? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Oct 1, 2006 - 10 answers

Nvidia laptop hardware problems

My laptop's NVidia video hardware doesn't work right anymore for certain display modes, and I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Sep 9, 2006 - 6 answers

ONCE upon a time and a very good time it was...

Help me diagnose my recent computer woes--a tale of rhythmic lag pulses, involuntary reboots, and sporadic "No Signal" messages from the monitor. [more inside]
posted by Satapher on Sep 4, 2006 - 8 answers

Wireless does not equal headacheless.

Troubleshooting: Help my sister's new laptop connect to the network. (Or rather, it's connected. Help her get to the WWW.) [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Aug 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Why are my domains having intermittent DNS issues?

I'm having crazy issues with my Debian DNS server, and I don't know how to troubleshoot them. Why would I not even see the DNS requests coming in? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Aug 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Images are distorted in Photoshop.

Photoshop is distorting the color and contrast in all of my images. Examples linked within. Help! [more inside]
posted by brain_drain on Aug 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Wireless 802.1x with Fedora Core 5?

Trying to get a wireless 802.1x connection working in a more-or-less vanilla Fedora Core 5 installation and not making much progress... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 25, 2006 - 2 answers

My TV is randomly muting tv stations... Why?!?

The sound is muted on 95% of the tv channels and perfectly fine on the remaining 5%. Video quality is great. What is wrong with this cheap TV?!? [more inside]
posted by johnstein on Jul 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Computer Boots, Then Monitors Shut Off

My computer boots, but the monitors go black before the OS loads. [more inside]
posted by ubersturm on Jul 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me fix my dead wireless before I kill again.

Does anyone have any idea why my laptop suddenly stopped connecting to any of the various wireless networks in my building, but connected immediately to CompUSA signal when I took it into the store this morning? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jun 27, 2006 - 19 answers

Intermittent PrePOST Hangs

How can I trouble a system that intermittently hangs before the POST? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Fix my OralB Sonic Complete Toothbrush!

Help me fix my OralB Sonic Complete toothbrush! [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jun 12, 2006 - 4 answers

I know, I know, get a Mac...

Computer Won't Boot -- needless to say [MI]: [more inside]
posted by Heminator on May 23, 2006 - 3 answers

Troubleshooting Mac Audio Recording Problems

Major audio recording problems on an iMac - help?! [more inside]
posted by Dreama on May 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Help Me Kill MeFites

Please help me to get a/any MetaFilter killfile greasemonkey script working. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on May 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Control-click stopped working in Firefox

Control-click for tabs stopped working on Firefox 1.5 Windows -- how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by gsh on Apr 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Where's the watermark?

Why won't text watermarks in MS Word XP show up as their default color on one single computer at work? [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker on Apr 26, 2006 - 4 answers

Strange PC noises

What are the strange noises coming from my computer? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Apr 8, 2006 - 16 answers

Frozen iRiver. (Brrr.)

My iRiver U10 is freeze-happy. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Apr 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Troublesome Treo

Treo 650 syncing woes on OS X and a .Mac account question. [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on Mar 20, 2006 - 4 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

TextEdit makes my computer squeak.

When I type in TextEdit, my PowerBook (15", 10.4.5) emits a high-pitched squeak with every entered character or press of the delete key. WTF? [more inside]
posted by danb on Feb 26, 2006 - 8 answers

So much for "plug and play"

Help! My new Mac Mini refuses to start! [more inside]
posted by S.C. on Feb 2, 2006 - 11 answers

The incredible shrinking Photoshop file

I'm trying to copy/paste a 5x5 PSD file into an 8x8 CD template PSD. Every time I do so, the original 5x5 shrinks to 3.8x3.8! [more inside]
posted by Satapher on Jan 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Choppy iTunes video

Why would an iTunes-ordered TV show have choppy playback? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jan 15, 2006 - 6 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

Is one below freezing night enough to kill an iPod? How to bring it back?

I think I froze my iPod to death. Is there anything I can do to revive it? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Dec 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Fix my Firefox...

Firefox 1.5-Filter... I just installed Firefox 1.5, and now when I open it up there's this huge grey toolbar-like space at the bottom of the window with a small red upwards pointing arrow on the left [screenshot]. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by ruwan on Dec 5, 2005 - 9 answers

How to force Windows Media Center addition to prompt for a username and password when connecting to network shares?

Windows XP Media Center Edition / Home Edition Networking Problem: I don't get prompted for login info when I try to access network shares. I just get "Access Denied"-type errors. [more inside]
posted by jeb on Dec 2, 2005 - 3 answers

Where'd everything go?

Why have all the contents of one of my Windows XP user accounts vanished? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Nov 29, 2005 - 5 answers

How do I get my laptop to work my monitor at > 60 hz?

How do I get my external monitor to refresh faster than 60 hertz? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Nov 28, 2005 - 5 answers

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