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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Broadcom BCM43142 802.11b/g/n not working with Ubuntu 15.04

I have a Dell laptop with the above WIFI chip. It's show as Dell wireless 1704 on Windows. So I have Ubuntu 15.04 USB drive prepared and boot into the live environment. But I don't see the WiFi as ...
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My laptop only plays through certain audio devices

When anything is plugged into the 3.5mm jack my speakers automatically disable (which is what I want) however: When plugged into my laptop my headset (cm storm 400 ceres) works. When plugged into my ...
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My headset works, but my earphones do not

When plugged into my laptop my headset (cm storm 400 ceres) works. When plugged into my laptop my earphones (apple earpods) do not work. When plugged into my iPod my earphones (the same earpods) do ...
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Is there any way to completely disable the physical power button on a laptop (running windows 10)?

Is there any way to completely disable the physical power button on a laptop running windows 10? When I say disable, I mean completely (so not allowing reset even if you hold it).
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Linux Mint draining power, VGA errors

I have a Dell laptop, with Core i7 processor, radeon r7 dedicated vga. In windows, everything is fine, battery can hold up to 7 hours (im amazed). In Linux (which i must use for specific jobs) the ...
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Laptop Boots, Then Immediately Shuts Off Samsung NP540U3C-A0U3B

Ok quick story, I was given this laptop to work on due to the trackpad mouse not working. At this point the laptop came on and worked other then the built in mouse pad. Basic troubleshooting began, I ...
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Laptop hard disk makes loud aggressive revving noise

Imagine a 17 year old revving a Ferrari, the hard disk sounds like that for about 5 seconds then returns to a normal noise. The revving noise is far louder than a traditional disk thrashing under ...
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Laptop booting several times before really starting

So my laptop (Acer Aspire E15) with Intel Celeron Processor doesn't boot properly. When I press the start button the blue light turns on and it makes some sounds as if the computer will turn on but ...
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Is it safe to hot dock?

My technology administrator said to shut down my computer when I dock/undock my laptop from the docking station, because it will mess up Windows 10 if I don't. I have been hot docking (not shutting ...
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Laptop battery uptime monitor

Is there any way to measure what sort of uptime/active usage I get out of a given battery charge; that is, how long do I get actually using the laptop between full charges. I'd like it to be a ...
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Keyboard and Trackpad do not work when Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 is stacked

I work in an IT department and each year we roll out a bunch of laptops. This year we used the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12. Because I work with so many of them, I'm inevitably going to stack them on top ...
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Secondary Monitor goes on “Extend Screens” mode when closing the laptop lid?

Windows 8.1. With the laptop lid open, I set the screen resolution settings for the laptop screen and external display to "Duplicate". Then I close the laptop lid. The external monitor blacks ...
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Creating laptop wifi hotspot losing ssid when sharing connection

I have created a wifi hotspot on my work laptop I started the hostednetwork and in the network and sharing page I could see the ssid 'hotSpot1' under the wireless network connection 2 (WNC2) icon. I ...
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External monitor not working after starting in safe mode

I was having some troubles with my computer's antivirus so I had to restart my computer in safe mode. It successfully booted back up but my external monitor I have to use isn't working when I plug it ...
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Windows 10 Does not Shutdown Correctly

I have a problem with my Windows 10 machine When ever I try to Shutdown my laptop it looks like it did but my Hardware is still Active. The Light are On and if you listen carefully you will hear the ...
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What are some effects of leaving a laptop in a hot car once?

I have an Alienware 13 laptop that I might leave in a hot car for about 4-5 hours, and I'm wondering a few things. A few things to note before answering: My laptop will be stored in a bag/case of ...
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Sony Vaio NW can't open BIOS

My Sony Vaio NW does not open BIOS when I press F2, and there is no assist button on this model. I am getting the "BOOTMGR is Missing," message and can't figure out how to open BIOS in order to boot ...
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Windows 8.1 and a Sharp Aquos

I just bought a new Laptop with Windows 8.1 on it. My previous laptop had Windows 7 and was perfectly able to duplicate and display perfectly on my TV with a HDMI connection. After I updated that ...
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Toshiba satelite laptop takes too long to boot

I have a Toshiba Satelite C850 (it's close to 2 years since I bought it) and it started some weird behaviour a week ago. When I start it up it takes too long to show the "Starting Windows" screen. ...
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Firefox take wrong resolution on laptop with monitor

I have an Acer laptop running Windows 8 connected with a monitor. It works fine, until I use Firefox. When I am using Firefox on the monitor to open any webpage, it is using the resolution of my ...
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Cannot login to Windows 8.1 after System Refresh (on a new laptop)

I bought a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series laptop today that came preloaded with Windows 8.1. The system setup went fine, and I made the following changes from the Desktop: Uninstalled CyberLink suite, ...
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Laptop shuts down unexpectedly

My cousin has a Sony Vaio (model: pcg 71911m) laptop, and recently it started shutting down for no reason. At first I thought it might have something to do with the power supply, so instead of using ...
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Laptop shuts down instead of going into sleep mode when I send it to sleep

I'm using an Asus laptop. It's more than a year old. This has been going on for maybe a month. I've looked into all the basic settings but can't find what's causing the problem. Here are the settings: ...
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External monitor connects then disconnects rapidly then connects again

I have a month old acer laptop (Aspire VN7-591G) which ran windows 10, now runs windows 7 (had to downgrade to be able to use some old programs, will upgrade back again when finished windows 10 is ...
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Increase brightness of external monitor

I have an external monitor plugged into my laptop. But compared to my laptop, the brightness levels are very dim. In advanced power settings I can't seem to apply brightness levels to the external ...
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Maximum PATA hard drive capacity for an old HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop

I’ve been searching for any clue that could tell me if this HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop has any limitations on the maximum hard drive capacity it supports. But found nothing. It’s a laptop from around ...
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How do I disable the fn key?

All I want to know is how to disable the fn key, and nothing else. I currently am running an auto hotkey script to set my f1 and f2 keys to change my volume, since that's how it is on my other ...
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SSD not showing up at all

Context : I had a laptop with one HDD and one SSD (Crucial m500 - 128Go) inside but the computer doesn't start anymore so I bought a new laptop (MSI Ge60 2QF) with an mSata slot for my SSD and I want ...
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New Lenovo, Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, but high CPU usage, loud fan

I just ordered a NEW Lenovo G40 laptop with 8GB of RAM DDR3, and Intel Core i7-5500U CPU @ 2.40 GHz 2.40 GHz. It is acting very strange. The fan is always running. MUCH louder than my previous ...
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Windows 10 - not recognising headphones

I recently updated to windows 10 and have now noticed that when I place my headphones into the jack my laptop still plays sound on the speakers, I had this problem back when I updated to windows 8 (I ...
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Windows laptop waking on touchpad click

I have a laptop that keeps waking from sleep. My cat sits on the laptop when it is closed and the screen bends which clicks the touchpad button. I can't turn off the wake setting on my touchpad in ...
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Why does my SSD-only laptop make a scatchy sound when I open a new Chrome tab?

I've got a brand new Asus Zenbook (https://www.asus.com/Notebooks/ZenBook_Pro_UX501/) which makes a low-volume but certainly audible sound when I open a new tab in Chrome. This doesn't happen every ...
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Laptop randomly shuts off but doesn't shut down [closed]

I've been noticing my laptop randomly shuts off and the screen turns black. The power button has a light to indicate whether the laptop is on or off, and it turns off as well. I try and push it to ...
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Laptop falls asleep too early

I'm using Dell Inspiron14z laptop. My current power plan dims the display/ turns off the display/ puts the computer to sleep after 15/30/60 minutes on battery and 30/60/120 minutes when plugged in. ...
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How is a Usb Y cable designed?

Ok, Recently I have purchased this USB Y cable from Amazon. Storite USB 2.0 Type A Male to Dual USB A Male Y Splitter Cable Cord Black -50cm I purchased it so I can use it with external hard disk ...
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does shared system memory negatively affect laptop performance

i just bought a new gaming laptop the asus rog g750jx but it has 3GB of dedicated graphics memory, 16GB of ram and 8GB of shared system memory im worried that the shared system memory will negatively ...
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Dell Latitude e6540 unable to be increased past 1366 x 768

I have been messing around with the laptop all day trying to change the resolution. 1366x768 is the smallest it allows and I typically like something closer to the 1920x1080 or at the very least ...
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Windows 8.1 Lenovo Y510p Hard Drive Issue?

I bought a Lenovo Y510p laptop just over a year ago and it is now running painfully slow (virus scans take 24 hours, chrome takes 60-120 seconds to open, booting can take up to 10 minutes before any ...
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Lenovo Edge laptop with Windows 8 has white, flashing dots on the touch screen

after spraying my touch screen lightly with a screen cleaner [duh] and wiping it with a microfiber cloth, I have several flashing dots on my screen. Rebooting hasn't helped. The touch screen is ...
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Cooling fan stuck at low speed

I have an HP Pavilion dv6135dx laptop. Recently, my computer fan wasn't working well, causing my computer to overheat multiple times. It would not increase its speed as my cpu usage went up, but would ...
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Windows 10: Computer switches to internal screen, messing up window sizes and positions

I have a Fujitsu P772 notebook computer. It came installed with Windows 7 and I recently upgraded to Windows 10. After the upgrade, I noticed a problem whenever the screen would go to sleep by the ...
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What's the right choice to run a cooler Cpu (quiter laptop)?

Assuming that on the same laptop with an intel "i-series" processor I could have exactly the same workload, in order to achieve the lowest cpu temperatures it would be better: Higher CPU clock ...
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logind.conf not working, closing lid will not suspend laptop

I am running Fedora 22 on a Dell Latitude E6230.  At some point I got a software patch that broke the laptop suspending when I close the lid.  It was working, and now it is not.  I am not sure what ...
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How can I disable my laptop from reinstalling uninstalled drivers? [duplicate]

I've uninstalled the driver for the onboard keyboard, because it keys in random keys, but everytime I restart it reinstalls the onboard keyboard drivers. I've tried renaming the keyboard driver in the ...
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How can I continue to use Windows on a laptop when its memory has gone bad? [closed]

I have low-budget Asus laptop that has some bad memory (confirmed with memtest) - unfortunately the memory is soldered to the motherboard and is not practically replaceable. I'm able to boot into ...
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Laptop plugged in but not charging

Note this may look like a duplicate of previous questions but it's not. This question is why has this problem started occurring, i.e. what has changed either in Windows or laptop hardware to cause ...
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Is it easier to install Ubuntu on a Windows 10 machine or Windows 10 on a laptop running Ubuntu

I am looking at the Dell XPS 13 laptops and they offer a preinstalled version with Ubuntu 14.04. The issue is that I require Windows for some work projects and I am wondering if it's more difficult ...
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How much RAM can I add to my laptop? and how many slots?

I have a Samsung Series 5 530U3C-A01 model. My system says I currently have 4GB RAM. I want to add more to make it faster, but can't figure out: What's the max RAM it can run, and max speed How many ...
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Laptop sometimes crashes when waking up

I got a new laptop on Friday (Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga from Best Buy), and so far it's been working great, except that there've been a couple of times that I've woken it up from sleep and instead of just ...
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Is there any way (other than actually connecting the charger) to simulate charger connected in a laptop?

I want to know if there is any software or any hack or trick I can use to simulate AC Charger connected to my laptop without actually connecting the charger. My laptop's Display Power Saving Tech ...