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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Sony Vaio laptop Wi-Fi signal strength issue

I have recently encountered a strange problem with my 1½ year old Sony Vaio E Series laptop running Windows 8. When I keep the lid open at 90°, the Wi-Fi signal strength is full; i.e., 5 ...
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How to tell if your graphics card is functioning optimally?

My laptop is a couple of years old. It's a mid-range multimedia rig: Intel i7 2.2Ghz (2670QM allegedly), 16GB RAM and a GT 635M 2GB graphics card. I do a fair amount of gaming as well as multimedia ...
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My asus laptop shuts down unexpectedly when unplugged

My asus laptop shut down unexpectedly when unplugged ... even with battery charge over 50%. The OS installed is Linux, and it is set to shut-down at a critical percentage of 5%. It doesn't look ...
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Can a 7 days full 100% CPU load “burn-in” / “stess test” damage a modern notebook?

When I buy new computers, I usually do a "burn-in" with 100% cpu load for say 7 days, in a well ventilated place. This is to find out if the computer has problems before I invest time into setting ...
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Can't boot from an OEM Recovery, error mentions dynamic disk

I have a sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H. I want to use his Recovery Tools by typing F10. The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says :"that my partition of my ...
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A black thing falls out of the USB port of my laptop

My new laptop fan cooler's usb cable plug sucks a small black thing out of a usb port on my lenovo Thinkpad T400. That thing seems to be used for fixing the four pins inside the port. Without it, the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 touchpad enabling/disabling with a double tap on top left corner on hp 350 g1

I'm using HP 350 G1 and on windows touchpad can be enabled or disabled with a double tap on the top left corner of the touchpad (where the LED light is) I'm wondering is it possible to make that on ...
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Thinkpad L520 randomly freezes

My Lenovo Thinkpad L520 keeps randomly freezing. It totally locks up so that even STRG+ALT+DELETE does not help, there is no bluescreen just the fixed screen and only long pressing of the power button ...
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Factory state recovery with RAID0-SSDs

Because of the usual security issues, I will try to reset my ASUS UX51VZ notebook to its factory state. Of course, this wont make any sense, if the main partition is not going to be formatted ...
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Use notebook discrete graphics card to push internal and external monitor

I have a ASUS n550jk notebook. After connecting a mini-display port to dvi monitor, the computer uses integrated graphics to push the monitor. Later on, i modified some of the configuration, the ...
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Plugging 2 screens into a laptop [duplicate]

My laptop has only one VGA port, so I was wondering if I can just buy a "Y-cable" and plug in 2 screens? My graphic card is GeForce GT 640M LE. PS: I want to extend my screens, not duplicate them.
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How to remove IT policy from previous employer on Windows Vista?

I have a laptop from my previous employer with an IT policy (I believe that's the correct term :P) on it, so I can't install any new software since I need an administrator password, which I don't ...
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Free BSD jailed environment [on hold]

So i have a school laptop, (mac os x of course) and i am wondering how i can try to escape the jailed environment the computer basically does nothing other then edit documents and change files, i've ...
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How to tell if my laptop will support a second monitor

I have a Toshiba Satellite P775(given by employer) and google isn't really giving me an answer about multiple monitors. Is there a way to tell if my laptop will support a second external monitor(3 ...
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I spilled water on my laptop and now 3 key don’t work [duplicate]

I have a Toshiba Satellite L745D and I spilled a little bit of water on it and now a day later 4 of the keys don’t work. I turned it upside own immediately and dried it off can I fix it or do I need ...
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Can't install Windows 8 on new Hard Drive Sony Vaio

I have a Sony E14127CN laptop. Its hard drive crashed, so I bought a new Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 hard disk as a replacement for the old Toshiba MQ01ABD075. But when I try to install Windows 8, it ...
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Laptop screen with horizontal lines, flicker, color change

I have hp Pavilion DV6-2157WM laptop. My screen recently started giving horizontal green lines that started from top of screen and move down. But today the whole screen color has started changing with ...
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Laptop Harddisk not working

I have a segate hard disk (Laptop HD). Which stopped working unexpectedly. I just Google'd and tried few thinks to get it to work. But nothing seems to be happening. I tried connecting the HD to my ...
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Reboot Windows 8 on second screen; first screen laptop is broken

The laptop has a broken screen. I got this fixed by hooking on a second screen. Now looking at the laptop, I found it too slow, so I did a clean reboot of Windows 8. It started but the second screen ...
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Touchpad on laptop not working

How can I get the touchpad on my laptop to work? I have a Samsung 700z3a laptop. The touchpad used to work until I reinstalled windows 7. I installed the driver on here ...
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FPS drops when I plug my laptop in

I recently played Assassin's Creed II. When I played it while using battery power, I managed to get between 30 and 50 FPS. When I plugged in the laptop charger however, the FPS decreased to between 20 ...
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How can I set the fan on my laptop to a constant level

The fan on my laptop turns on very loud after the laptop has been on for a few minutes. Then it oscillates between loud and soft every few minutes. I already dusted the inside, and it happens ...
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Laptop stuck booting into only bios

specs: asus s400c windows 8 500gb hitachi hdd 24gb ssd symptoms: if you make any changes to bios, when you save and exit it just boots right back in started without any playing around, just ...
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My MacBook Pro 13 inch keeps shutting down when battery is fully charged

This is the crash report I got after it shut down: 10/14/14 8:30:54.177 PM MDCrashReportTool[320]: 320:2662400|CrashReportCopierAFC.m:-[CrashReportCopierAFC ...
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Add a second hard disk via Ultrabay

I just received as gift a Lenovo Laptop Y510p (Intel Core i7 4700MQ, 16GB di RAM, SSD da 256GB, NVIDIA GeForce GT 755m / 2 GB, DOS). In the ultrabay slot there is at the moment an optical drive, that ...
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ASUS x200ma boot priority missing

I'm having trouble with my asus x200ma. I was trying to down grade it to win7 64-bit and I got trouble installing it then I read some forums and they said to update the bios etc. my problem is I ...
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Battery drained after a few hours of charging

I seem to have a serious issue. I still have the 'visual indication not moving up after a few ticks' battery charging icon issue. But there is another problem which is way more critical. I can not ...
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Elitebook 8570w

Before I went to bed, I set the laptop to sleep by first locking it with Windows + L and then clicking sleep at the power button below. However, when I woke up the next day, I opened up my laptop ...
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Install Old Computer's Hard Drive On A New Computer? [closed]

After my laptop got messed up I switched to my HTPC (Intel i3, HD Graphics 2000, 500GB refurbed WD HDD, Windows 7, and a P8H77-I mini ITX Asus Motherboard). I have the hard drive from my previous ...
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Toshiba L455D-S5976 will not show anything on boot [closed]

I have a Toshiba L455D-S5976 and whenever I start it, it shows no backlight or anything. I forgot when this happened, but how can I fix this?
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When I remove the charging cord, my laptop powers off [on hold]

I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7, and when I unplug the power cord it power off. I'd like to be able to use my laptop unplugged, so what should I check?
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Disable Lan wired- arch linux

I want to disable the Network interface: enp8s0 (r8169). I dont it to work not know and not after reboot. this takes me battery life..and I dont use wired Network at all. how can I disable it on arch ...
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VGA output looks smudgy

I am using Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo G 580 with an Intel HD 4000 graphics chip. The external monitor I use is a HP Z24i and my problem is not only the max resolution that can not be reached (1920x1200, ...
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Win 8.1 laptop cant find any dnla devices in same network

I have sony vaio svs1511 laptop upgraded to windows 8.1, xbox one, and LG SmartTV (2014 year model, with WebOS). They are all in the same 5GHz wi-fi network (I've checked that), pings from my laptop ...
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Laptop freezing randomly, but only in my office room

I have Asus Laptop, running Windows 7 x64. Laptop work just fine, no malware, no other problems, except that battery is dead (battery still inside, laptop always plugged in AC). Everywhere I go, to ...
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Can I assign keyboard shortcuts to laptop-specific commands?

I mean the combinations like Fn + F2 which switches wireless. Since I don't have a Fn key on my USB keyboard, can I assign global shortcuts to, for example decrease the screen brightness from my USB ...
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Toshiba Laptop screen flickering and now won't turn on

Three days ago my laptop screen started to display small black flickering rectangles spread across the screen and the display it self is messed up. I turned off the laptop and on again and everything ...
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White corners in laptop screen

I have an Aspire 4752 which recently has started to show white glowing corners of the screen. Both the left top edge and bottom edge has these white corner which doesn't draw anything in that area. ...
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What would be the best comp manufacturer? [closed]

I know this is more of a conceptual question, possibly open-ended question, but I don't have much money and I need a good computer that will last me a little while. I know what I am looking for, but ...
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Is it safe to keep laptop upside down?

The air intake of my laptop is on the bottom surface. Whenever I set some huge files for downloading, I close the lid and keep the laptop upside down. I am concerned about the HDD getting damaged. ...
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how to boot up uninstalled laptop motherboard from battery without installing it

I have a laptop motherboard (ASUS G74SX) that is not installed into the laptop. I want to power the motherboard from the battery and boot it to the BIOS, without actually installing the motherboard ...
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What do I need if I don't need an adaptor on my Dell laptop? [closed]

My Dell came with a rocketfish adaptor which is now failing. I don't see a reason to get another. What cable do I need that is not an adaptor that will keep my computer charged?
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Can I upgrade my graphics card? [duplicate]

I have a Hp laptop, and was wondering if I can upgrade its dedicated gpu without breaking its warranty. The graphics card that it has is pretty weak, I was playing bf3 all minimum at 23 fps. The ...
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is an i3 processor enough for windows and android development? [closed]

i want to buy a new laptop and my budget allows me to buy one with an i3 processor and 4gb of RAM. i will install win8 on it. what i'll be doing is mostly work with visual studio 2013, doing WPF ...
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How to make visible Bluetooth connection on a laptop with Windows 8.1?

I have a Toshiba laptop, with Windows 8.1 installed on it and I want to transfer a file from my smart phone (Samsung Galaxy Gio) to the aforementioned laptop. The problem is that, although I opened ...
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Laptop not turning on

I have an Asus n56VB laptop that I just recently bought a few months ago. Occassionally I have noticed that the laptop wont turn on. Mostly after hibernating the laptop the night before. I have tried ...
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How much RAM can my laptop really support?

I have an Acer Aspire E1-571-6837 laptop and I've read on different sources that the maximum memory it can handle is 8GB of DDR3 (2x4GB, 4GB per slot), but I read here that the max memory the CPU can ...
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Monitor dims and brightens responding to… sound in the movie

I got an LG 27" monitor connected to laptop and used as a single monitor and it keeps dimming and brightening back. At first I thought this happened randomly. I checked Windows power settings and set ...
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Laptop ignores power settings, closing lid always sleeps/hibernates, why?

Basically the question says it all. I have an Asus N55SF laptop with a fresh install of Windows 7 ultimate (with all the updates) and no Asus pre-installed software (eg: Asus Power management tools... ...
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Make Windows 7 hibernate when unplugging charger

I have a laptop where the battery has reached a state of being pretty much useless. Neither Windows 7 nor Ubuntu 14.04 is able to correctly estimate the actual power percentages or lifetime of the ...