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Help me trick out my PC far beyond any reasonable need.

What's the next upgrade I should perform on my PC? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Is Vista right for me?

Is Vista for me? There's a lot [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 on Nov 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Do I have a Ghost of a chance?

4 Bigshot users. Highly customized profiles. All getting new (different) hardware. How do I get the new machines "the way I had it before" for them without spending a week re-doing all the software customizing that they can't tell me how they did in the first place? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Nov 6, 2006 - 11 answers

USB upgrade?

Need advice about upgrading the USB ports on my computer. [more inside]
posted by I Am Not a Lobster on Oct 23, 2006 - 8 answers

Looking for advice on upgrade from AGP 6600GT

I am trying to figure out what are my options for a AGP video card to upgrade from XFX 6600GT AGP for gaming purposes. I am a newbie at gaming and have been recently dabbling with Quake 4. I installed this card when it was considered to be one of the better cards out there. But at that time I never played anything! So now it got me thinking what AGP card could I upgrade to for higher quality rendering, without breaking the bank. Its a AMD +3200 System with 1GB ram. Quake seems to run ok at full native resolution of the Dell 2001fpw monitor at High quality. With Ultra quality setting it starts to choke. I know if I had a PCI-e system i would have many options. But right now I am not planning on a new box. Looking for some advice from more experienced folks than myself. many thanks
posted by flyby22 on Oct 3, 2006 - 9 answers

iTunes problem

I recently upgraded an old Mac G4 733mhz to iTunes 7. Yeah, big mistake. Beachballs galore. Is there a way to switch back to the previous version? Or could I install a faster processor (If I had read the system requirements it called for 1 ghz chip or faster)? This is a secondary computer that was basically used as a music player, so some light tinkering would be acceptable.
posted by vronsky on Sep 28, 2006 - 13 answers

$1099 Macbook: am I selling myself short?

Will I be at any disadvantage if I buy the most basic of the Macbooks? What would I NOT be able to do that I might have to do? This would be my first laptop, I'm on a limited budget (less than $1300), and I live both inside and outside the United States, so I have a few (sub-)questions. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Vista: worth it yet?

Windows Vista RC1: worth the upgrade? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Sep 21, 2006 - 29 answers

Upgrade from W2K to XP

I want to upgrade my laptop from Windows 2000 to XP. How can I preserve my Outlook settings between the upgrade? I ask because I connect to an Exchange Server with settings on Outlook which have been tweaked heavily over time. Also, will the XP install give me an option to preserve my previous system? In case everything goes pear-shaped, I'd like to be able to roll back to my previous state. If it goes right, can I delete all the data needed to roll-back after to optimise disk space? Thanks in advance.
posted by samstarling on Aug 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Please help a friend choose the right laptop

Please help recommend a solid, mid-range laptop for a friend with excellent tech support options and good longevity. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Aug 15, 2006 - 26 answers

Old computer - need more performance - low $$

Socket 478 CPU upgrade question: I have a P4 1.8 GHZ in an Abit TH711-RAID mobo. Will this board take a Celeron chip? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Aug 1, 2006 - 4 answers

iBook G4: from computer to doorstop

From iBook to MacBook. [more inside]
posted by matteo on Jul 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank.

Help us upgrade our gaming PC without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jul 16, 2006 - 9 answers

Debian help: solving an apt-get problem

Debian's giving me grief when I go to install php5. Is apt-get dist-upgrade still scary and broken? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Jun 4, 2006 - 17 answers

Upgrade, re-load, or toss?

What is the best OS for my old (650MHz Dell with 128MB RAM, 25GB hard drive) PC that I plan to give to my friend's parents? I plan on completely wiping the hard drive, and starting from scratch, but... [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Jun 2, 2006 - 28 answers

Am I making a motherboard mistake?

I'm going to swap the motherboard and CPU on my computer, please help me not screw it up! [more inside]
posted by pinespree on May 29, 2006 - 17 answers

Upgrade a Windows 98 Laptop to XP

How to upgrade and old Gateway solo 5300? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on May 27, 2006 - 3 answers

Return and delete don't work in OS X

I've just copied all my data from an iBook G4 to a Macbook. For some reason, the delete and return keys don't work in Safari and Mail.app on the Macbook. I think I've solved this before but I can't remember how and can't find the answer. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Should I upgrade my Sawtooth G4's CPU for Logic?

Does it make sense to do a CPU upgrade to a Sawtooth G4 for Logic? [more inside]
posted by jeb on May 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Windows Genuine Advantage Validation tool

I was prompted to download the "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation tool". Any reason why I shouldn't do this?
posted by schoenbc on May 7, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I Upgrade to Windows Media Center?

Should I upgrade to XP Media Center? [more inside]
posted by wibbler on Mar 25, 2006 - 11 answers

box me up.

Upgrade filter: I'm looking for a new motherboard/CPU combo and a SATA-RAID "solution" I want to spend $300-$400. What hardware should I get? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Mar 16, 2006 - 24 answers

Quicker WordPress upgrades?

I'm trying to keep up with WordPress upgrades (2.0.2 just came out yesterday, and I was only halfway through upgrading 30 installs to 2.0.1!), but I swear there must be an easier way than the way I'm doing it. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Mar 14, 2006 - 10 answers

MS Office Upgrade

Will I lose files by upgrading my version of MS Office from 2002 to 2003 Professional? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Mar 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Faster, you n'wah!

Can I download something that allows me to raise the upper limit for CPU speed in my motherboard? Not talking overclocking, just something that allows me to put a 3.4GHz chip in a mobo originally spec'd to only go up to 3.2GHz (might have been 3.0). [more inside]
posted by BruceL on Mar 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me turn $3500 into $100 or more

Upgrade my PowerMac 9500/132, sell it, or sell as parts? Or something completely different? [more inside]
posted by mumeishi on Feb 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Upgrading My Athlon System

I received a decent tax refund and I'm thinking about doing a computer upgrade. The last time I rebuilt my system was in 2003. I don't need to be able to play the hottest new FPS (although I do game occasionally), but I want to be able to comfortably run Windows Vista when it's released. Here are my current specs: [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Feb 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Upgrading a DVD-less Powerbook

How to install Tiger (OSX 10.4) on a Powerbook with a broken DVD drive? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Jan 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Computer upgrade options

I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Elpoca on Jan 5, 2006 - 23 answers

Looking for a new AMD motherboard with good Linux support.

Please recommend a motherboard for an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor that is completely supported by Linux. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Can I use my iMac integrated monitor as a MacMini monitor?

Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 10, 2005 - 10 answers

help me upgrade my computer

Help me, a hardware ignoramus, upgrade my computer... [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Nov 29, 2005 - 9 answers

What needs to be upgraded in this computer?

I am building a computer, and I would like to know what I need to upgrade in order to have a passable gaming machine. Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Nov 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Processor Install?

Why can't I get my new processor to work? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates on Nov 3, 2005 - 8 answers

upgrading an old computer

Help me upgrade my work computer to make it run better. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Oct 25, 2005 - 31 answers

Trying to Find the Easiest Way Out

MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Oct 24, 2005 - 7 answers

New computer, old files

At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
posted by John Smallberries on Aug 15, 2005 - 7 answers

PCI Express advice

I'm in the market for a new home built PC, and need some advice on some of the components. [more inside]
posted by viama on Jul 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Buy a new video card or upgrade whole system?

I have a 2.53Ghz Pentium PC (Alienware), 512 MB RAM, and want to play the latest games on it with very good quality. I have a (now lowly) Radeon 9700 Pro video card. Should I bother upgrading the video card, or wait to get a new system? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Jul 5, 2005 - 20 answers

Video Card Upgrade

I need to replace my video card. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by meditative_zebra on Jul 3, 2005 - 11 answers

How shall I upgrade to XP?

The time to upgrade my desktop from Win98se to Win XP Home has come. I have XP on a Dell disk that came with a laptop. Can it be used? Or, do I buy new software? Can I do it myself? How much trouble am I going to have if I do it myself. Will I have less trouble if I take the computer somewhere and have it done? Personal experiences appreciated.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jun 28, 2005 - 7 answers

Old Mac Memory

Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
posted by armoured-ant on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Mac Processor Upgrade

This old Mac: My 450 Mhz G4 has held up for about 5 years now. I was on the market for a new iMac G5, but as we Mac people will be wanting to upgrade to intel machines in a couple years, this seems like an unwise purchase (the Osborne effect and all). So I'm thinking a processor upgrade might be a good stopgap. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by aladfar on Jun 7, 2005 - 14 answers

How do I move files from my ancient Mac?

My mother is upgrading from an ancient (pre-USB, pre-FireWire, OS 9) G3 to a much more recent G4, but I'm not sure how to transfer her files. The G3 doesn't have a CD burner, and the G4 doesn't have a zip drive. Is there a quick and easy way to connect the two computers via Ethernet or file sharing so that I can copy her files to the new computer?
posted by jed on May 30, 2005 - 15 answers

The true value of Tiger

Is Tiger (OSX 10.4) worth the upgrade price? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Apr 20, 2005 - 20 answers

OS X-tative

Help me convince my boss to upgrade to OS X... [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Apr 7, 2005 - 18 answers

Ethernet on a PowerMac 5500

I recently got hold of a PowerMac 5500/2275 (the black one with the TV tuner), but the ethernet port has been upgraded, and is now a modem. While this is all very nice, I'd much prefer it to have LAN functionality. What, exactly, am I looking for on eBay to equip this Mac with a network card, and how difficult are they to install?
posted by armoured-ant on Feb 25, 2005 - 3 answers

DVD Burner

I'm replacing the zip drive in my 450MHz AGP "Sawtooth" G4 with a DVD burner. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 24, 2005 - 8 answers

Gaming graphics card upgrade question

So, I received Half-Life 2 / Counter-Strike:Source as a gift, and I think it's time to upgrade my system. I'm fairly good with homebuilding computers, but the new graphics card offerings have me a bit confused. [+] [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Jan 10, 2005 - 20 answers

Adding more RAM to a Sony Vaio.

I've been thinking of upgrading the memory in my Sony Vaio PCG-GR370 laptop for some time now, but recently it came to my attention that there may be issues with some vaios that do not recognize memory above 256Mb (which is what I currently have in it). I attempted a google for issues with it, but, well... Just try search for "sony vaio memory 512" on google and you'll see how useful it is.

Which brings me to my question: Does anyone know anything about said issues with vaios? If so, do they apply to me?
posted by ChrisR on Dec 17, 2004 - 4 answers

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