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Refurbished macbook pro age, does it matter?

Would there be a big difference between a 2012 refurbished macbook pro, and 2013 refurbished macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Is there a way to update things on an no-longer supported version of Ubuntu?

I'm stuck using an old no longer supported version of ubuntu (11.04) on my primary laptop because the video card is not supported by the newer distros. Is there anyway I can get updates for it or is there an alternate OS that will still support old Intel video? I've already run into snafus with ruby and firefox is no longer updating ( I can probably just switch to chrome). I don't want to spend to much time yak shaving because I would rather be getting stuff done.
posted by srboisvert on Jan 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Upgrading an old laptop.

I have an old laptop. Would it be worth my while to upgrade its RAM? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Give my older desktop some new life

What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

A Compaq Presario V2000 for the Modern Man?

I have unearthed, from the bowels of my closet, a Compaq Presario V2000 that has been dormant for 4 or 5 years. It is in really good physical condition, but I need to know if I can use it for one main purpose: board game design. [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Is the $20 Las Vegas sandwich for real?

Is the twenty dollar sandwich a myth? We are headed to THEHotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and I'm wondering if it is worthwhile trying this trick. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Sep 28, 2011 - 17 answers

IMAC for photographers

What spec to upgrade on the new IMAC for professional photography? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

New Desktop for gaming etc. - Do I go for ATI or wait for Nvidia?

My new computer comes with a pretty weak videocard for gaming. It also has a limited 475 watt power supply. I've not owned a desktop in 7 years but have noticed the nvidia/ati rivalry is stronger than ever. Which card should i choose for under $300? [more inside]
posted by phylum sinter on Feb 27, 2010 - 12 answers

How to maximize my chances of getting an upgrade on an international flight

How can I optimize my chances of earning upgrades on upcoming international flights? Please help me avoid flying all the way from the East Coast of the US to Asia in coach! [more inside]
posted by fancypants on Dec 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Santa, Bring Me Multi-Processors

Looking for advice on upgrading a dual-OS Mac Pro Tower. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Dec 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Can anyone suggest an upgrade to the eVGA 6800GT video card?

What is currently the fastest AGP video card out? I am on the fence about spending money on upgrading my computer, If i can find an upgrade to my videocard eVGA 6800 GT and more ram then I will most likely be good for now(playing warhammer online). [more inside]
posted by Mesach on Sep 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Where is RAM socket 1 on a Dell D820?

Where does RAM bank 1 (or A) live on a Dell Latitude D820? [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Jan 21, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me upgrade!

Can a website or program benchmark my computer and advise updates? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Oct 31, 2007 - 13 answers

Is it time to buy a Macbook with the student discount deal right now?

Is it time to buy a Macbook with the student discount deal right now? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Aug 16, 2006 - 12 answers

What initial notebook upgrades should I make?

Just got a notebook (first one, woohoo!) and have $60 to invest further. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by mic stand on Jul 8, 2005 - 16 answers

Good (used) video card for a 733ghz Mac

My 733ghz G4 mac with a GeForce2 MX videocard no longer seems like the top-of-the-line powerhouse it was back in '01, but I'd like to squeeze another year or two out of it by upgrading the video card (I've already added a bunch more RAM). I don't expect to run Doom 3, but I'd love to have better performance when using Final Cut Pro or playing No One Lives Forever 2. Since I'm hoping to upgrade to a new computer in a year or two, I don't want to spend a lot of money on a video card now. Ideally, I'd spend less than $50 on eBay and buy a used one--after all, a two-year-old card is still many several generations ahead of the one I've got! Alas, I know nothing about graphics cards and I'm overwhelmed by all the possibilities. What do I need to know, and what older cards would you good folks recommend?
posted by yankeefog on May 10, 2005 - 8 answers

DIY home improvement blogs

Can anyone recommend any frequently-updating blogs that cater to first time home owners/buyers, mostly geared towards DIY repairs and upgrades? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 11, 2005 - 6 answers

Apple Memory Upgrades

A long-time PC user, I am planning to switch to Apple, replacing my centrino laptop by a 12" ibook G4 (I want a small computer).

Most of the standard Apple configurations come with 256MB of RAM: is this because OSX needs less memory than XP (since most laptop configs today come with 512MB), or do I need to go for 512 (768?) megs?

I mainly use my computer to browse the web, send & receive e-mails, do some word processing, and manage my MP3, which I only store on my iPod.

Other question:
If I buy the computer at the local Apple Store (I'm in NYC), I'll only be able to get a memory upgrade, and not a hard disk upgrade. The laptop comes with a 30GB drive. For a Windows PC, I'd go for 60GB: should I do the same here? This would make me have to order it online, which is a bit of a problem (I'm not often at home...).
posted by rubin421 on Dec 6, 2004 - 33 answers

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