Laptops (also called notebooks) are portable personal computers with an integrated screen and keyboard. They come in a variety of sizes.

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How to identify a good battery for MacBook Air? [on hold]

My MacBook Air (Core i7" 1.8 13" Mid-2011) needs a new battery. At various forums you read to make sure to buy a high quality battery, but looking around on the web, it's not clear how to identify ...
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“No Battery is Detected” but battery works

The Question: How do I get my battery to be detected again? My system is dual boot Windows/Linux. On Linux, for a while, the system claimed that the battery was always at 15%. Now, it says there's ...
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New battery not recognized

I have Acer Aspire 5750. Recently I replaced my 4400 mAh, 6 cell battery with new one, 6600 mAh, 9 cell, compatible battery. Since than, when my notebook restarts, or turns on, I have to wait for 15 ...
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laptop screen blinking on linux

I have a wierd issue with my alienware 14 laptop, that is running debian testing. If I use it without ac adapter pluged in, after some time the screen start blinking randomly (it looks like ...
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Elementary OS not using proper display on Intel HD graphics laptop

I'm using Elementary OS 0.3 beta "Freya" and when I use the 3.13-43 kernel my laptop doesn't output to the proper display. When I boot up my laptop the login screen displays normally. Yet when I log ...
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Are laptop LCD cables interchangeable?

I do a fair amount of laptop repair for my job. One of our most common issues is people coming in with broken screens; in such cases, it can be hard to figure out if the cable is broken or the screen ...
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Need illustrated advice on Socket P/Merom BSEL mod

I have got Intel T2370(133FSB/Socket P/Merom) CPU and ASUS F5SL(SIS chipset) laptop. I see those as perfect candidates for BSEL pinmod yet I can't find detailed sure description on how to do it. ...
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ThinkPad X220i appears to power on but won't start - no BIOS or beeps

I have a ThinkPad X220i laptop here (4-5 years old, out of warranty) that won't power on any more. Looking for any tips to get to the cause and repair it. The problem: When you press the power button ...
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Laptop speakers stop working after a time, work again after inserting and removing headset

I have a very weird problem. Toshiba laptop, running windows 7. So I can put on a youtube video and it works for a while, after a few minutes, the audio stops playing through the speakers...its ...
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Using Laptop Solely for VNC Connection to Desktop

Question: Would it be reasonable to use a laptop solely as a Virtual Network Connection (VNC) client of my main desktop's VNC server? If so, what would be the best method to use? Background: I have a ...
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Dell AC adaptor flickering green light and won't charge laptop

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and recently the charger blinks the green LED and wont charge the laptop. After a while however the laptop charges, and then this may occur again after a couple of hours, ...
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Second monitor not recognized after boot, connected to new laptop

I just bought new Asus laptop model N750JK. I've tried to connect it to my external monitor via HDMI port (HDMI->DVI adapter). The second monitor displays image on the screen when I start the PC and ...
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Only allow laptop to charge battery to 95%?

My laptop makes a very loud noise (coming from some CPU idles state / power saving mode). This is a well recognized problem, and people on the internet seem to have not found a solution yet. The ...
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cpu idle state - power plan windows - high pitched noise

I have a Dell XPS 15 9530. One famous problem is the "coil whine" or "high pitched noise" issue. The noise only occurs when (a) the cpu is in IDLE, (b) battery is fully charged. This suggests that ...
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HP Pavillion dv9500 power on black screen

Having some problems with my HP Pavillion laptop. I've removed the battery, plugged in the power cable, and press the power button. The fans start up, and power light and the row of lights for the ...
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Is it safe to power a 140mA laptop cooler pad off a USB 3.0 port?

I have acquired a laptop cooler pad that connects to a USB port for power. The problem is it draws 140mA. That's more than a dumb device is allowed to draw off USB 2.0 (max is 100mA unless the device ...
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How to clear 217Gb of <Unknown> space on my C drive?

I have a Dell XPS 15 (2013 model L521X - Windows 7) with a capacity of 680.3Gb on the C drive. But WinDirSat says that 217.4Gb of that space is and I can't access it! SpaceSniffer says that 215.8Gb ...
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Using a Dell Latitude E5430 with a port replicator and two external monitors

I am using a Dell Latitude E5430 ( 32 bit) with a dell docking station/port replicator. Right now I am using Extended Display with my laptop monitor and a larger external Dell Monitor that has ...
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How to prevent automactically jumping from dedicated card (Nvidia) to integrated card

I have a laptop with the graphic card GTX760m and the integrated card HD4600. The things is that when I play games, it always selects the integrated card instead of the nvidia card. I change the ...
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How to decrease graphics lag when using external monitor

I currently have a 13-inch macbook pro. At home, I connect it to my 29-inch LG monitor using a displayport to thunderbolt cable. Once the laptop is plugged into the display, I receive a lot of ...
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Windows 7 Severe Lag without much RAM+CPU Usage

I'm running a HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC, and its a few years old now, but up until about three days ago still worked like a charm. Now, it will take over 1 minute to register that I clicked ...
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Looking for high end subnotebook with non-metal palm rest - metal feels too cold [closed]

I'm looking for high end subnotebook with non-metal palm rest. The reason is that metals for the most part have a high thermal conductivity, and thus feels cold and cools my wrists. I really don't ...
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Why won't my Acer Aspire E1 731 2509 load Windows?

I have a two month old acer aspire E1 731 2409 windows 8.1 and I have some issues with starting it up and have been for the past two days. Sense I don't really know much about computers I need help ...
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How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1? [closed]

I just read that Windows 10 upgrade would be free for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users. I'm using DELL XPS L502X Laptop, and the DELL support warranty has expired, thus I haven't been able to ask DELL support ...
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Computer will turn on but won't load under certain conditions (Windows 8)

When I turn on my computer, it will occasionally get stuck and even though the power button's light is unblinking, the monitor still stays off and I cannot log into my PC. There are also no sounds ...
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Toshiba Satellite c55-a-1rg no bios password prompt

Have an eerily similar issue like the individual here: Toshiba Satellite L75D-A7280 BIOS doesn't ask for set administrative password Tried the solution posted there, did not work. My bios is ...
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how to find the type of GPU on my laptop

I am encountering an annoying though not significant problem. I tried to find the GPU type of my laptop, it is win8.1, lenovo ideapad yoga 11S. According to the tutorial online, I opened the device ...
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Black screen, no bios, advice appreciated

A neighbour handed me her HP Pavilion dv4 laptop. The screen is black and no bios (or anything else) appears after starting. The LEDs for audio controls and WIFI are all illuminated constantly and ...
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What kind of SSD interface does my laptop use?

I have a Toshiba E55t-A and I want to add an SSD. It has an empty area on the motherboard (even labeled SSD) but I want to be certain what interface it uses. Anyone have an idea?!
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Satellite L745 Battery - Plugged In but not charging

When the adapter is plugged in to charge the battery, battery status show as Plugged in, not charging. When battery is plug to the laptop, can't turn on the laptop. I have to unplug the batter and ...
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How to check SSD disk space in laptop

I have 8GB of SSD in my Lenovo Ideapad z510 laptop. How do I check how many GB SSD is installed in my system. Is this 8GB of Soled State Drive is being used for boot purpose? If yes, how much time it ...
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Audio glitch like if it's trying to sync back

Currently when playing back audio and/or video I get some weird audio glitches like the sound in syncing back with the picture. When playing back just audio the issue appears. I'm using Media Player ...
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Restore HP EliteBook 2540p to factory defaults

I'm leaving my laptop to someone else and i need to safely delete all the data from the laptop except for the OS. I've seen blogs that mention programs like CCleaner and others, but other blogs ...
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Windows 8 freezes for second in every couple of seconds

So there is a video link My laptop looses focus, while I am typing in any editor it stops for a second and its like hangs and then after second it runs. It keeps happening. ...
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FileVault error in Windows 7

As of late, whenever I try to save a file in any program, I notice that a particular error keeps rearing its ugly head. Filevault An internal error occurred (object: ...
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Laptop shutdown right after lid is closed

I own an ASUS G750JS, which never had a problem till now. When I am on my computer and I close the lid for the night, it suddenly shuts down. Sometimes it goes to sleep but 90 percent of the time its ...
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What is the best way to estimate average laptop battery use life? [closed]

Is there some place to see all the hours battery life laptops have? Or how do I calculate that for laptops I'm looking at? Thanks!
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How do I tell my Laptop that you're charging?

I own a Vaio laptop (Model Number: SVF15218SGB) which runs Ubuntu 14.04. It has a LED indicator which when plugged in, should turn on and well also inside the OS, the battery icon should show that ...
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Laptop occasionally boots - bios issue?

I've got a 5 year old ASUS, Windows 7, 64 bit laptop. When I Press the power button, the buttons green light turns on. The display stays black, no display, not even a flicker. The fan does not turn ...
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Can I setup 3 Monitors with a Dell N5110 using Nvidia GT525M? [duplicate]

I have a Dell 15R N5110 laptop with Intel HD 3000 and Nvidia GT525M graphics. I want to attach 2 monitors to the laptop and use it alongside my built in display. I have found that my Intel HD 3000 ...
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Hp 15 Seeming total failure of network adapters [closed]

I'm kind of embarresed that something usually so easy to fix has managed to entirely elude me. It's like the answer is right in front of my nose. I started my HP 15 this morning to find that I seem ...
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USB 3 Hard disk interferes with Wireless KB/M

I have a DELL Inspiron 17R SE laptop, which I use with a Microsoft wireless desktop set. On occasion I connect a WD 2TB Elements external hard disk When I do that, I notice the sometimes the mouse ...
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Can't Boot to Windows 8 before or after factory reset

I have a Toshiba S55 laptop, running Windows 8.1(It came preloaded with windows 8). A few days ago when I switched it on, it hung up and as I was in a hurry, I forced closed it down. Since then ...
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“no audio devices are installed” my HP pavilion dv6000 tells me, & there have been no changes in hardware

Does anyone know what the audio playback is, made for the hp dv6000 laptop? The laptop originally came with vista, but it had windows 7 on it when I got it. I installed windows 8 on it and when I did ...
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Stacked transparent windows with program name tabs slid down screen while Windows 7 64-bit computer died

My Windows 7 64-bit Toshiba Satellite P755-5320 computer with 750 GB hard drive and 6 GB memory died after stacked transparent windows with tabs displaying program names slid one at a time to the ...
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Broken GPU on laptop, worth fixing/is it possible?

Ok, so my 'gaming' laptop has had a bit of a bad week, the screen broke, hdd is on it way out but worstly im pretty sure the gpu is dead. ...
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Prevent Notebook from resuming from Standby while on Battery

A recurring problem I see with notebooks is having them resume from standby or hibernation while on battery. This can be caused by a wide range of possible reasons, ranging from network activity over ...
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Ran power through a USB port- am I out of luck?

I'd like to preface this by saying I'm an idiot. Long story short, I stuck my Acer Aspire V's power cable into one of its USB ports and the computer unceremoniously died. Plugging it in shows no ...
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Adaptive brightness cannot be disabled in Windows 8.1

I am battling with adaptive brightness on my laptop. It just cannot be disabled. I have it turned off in Windows power settings, Intel Graphic Control Panel but without any success. As soon as I ...
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3.5" HDD not spinning up connected to Notebook. Notebook and HDD are technically fine

I connected a 1TB 3.5" HDD with a breakout cable to my notebook. When I start the notebook, the HDD is not spinning up nor is it getting recognized. I toggled the Bios options AHCI on/off and LBA to ...