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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Flickering graphics on a section of LCD screen

The graphics on my LCD are flickering on only a portion of my LCD. I feel that this is a hardware issue. The issue began back in October whenever I was putting a lot of computing load on my laptop. It ...
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I'd like my laptop not to sleep with lid closed when I wake it over LAN

I configured WoL on my laptop and it's working perfectly. The only issue occurs when I wake my laptop from sleep with its lid closed - it will fall to sleep again after five seconds or so. Is there a ...
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How to connect Dell Vostro with HDMI to Matrox TripleHead2Go with DisplayPort?

I like to connect my Dell Vostro 3700 with HDMI output to the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE with DisplayPort. Does somebody know if an active HDMI to DisplayPort converter works with the Matrox and ...
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Replacing notebook screen with new one

I have dell 3550 and it's screen is broken. I also have another laptop Asus N56VZ. Can I put ASUS N56VZ'S screen to Dell 3550? Both screen resolutions are 1920x1080 Both are LED screens Both are ...
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How to get into BIOS setup screen on startup for Toshiba

The instructions from Toshiba say to depress F2: http://support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?soid=627009 For Toshiba notebook PCs manufactured since the introduction of Windows XP One ...
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How to restore a laptop with a damaged DC charging port?

I have a Samsung NP-RC512 laptop where the the female side of the DC charger port has been damaged. It has been sitting in the closet for over a year now and it is in the condition shown in the ...
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Windows 7 typing …cant type without automatic dots [on hold]

Why is dots automatically typing between every letter i type. (Need urgent help fellas) E.g. h.e.y a.r.e y.o.u t.h.e.re
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Computer keeps freezing after driver update

Since a few days my LapTop keeps freezing when I open f.e Skype, Visual Studio or a DirectX based game. When I open one of those programs the screen freezes, but I can still move my mouse. When I try ...
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Energy manager conservation mode is not working properly

I have a Lenovo Z510 with its official energy manager installed on it. Most of the times my laptop is plugged in and I've turned on conservation mode in energy manager in order to increase the life of ...
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Why do smartphones have up to eight cores but many laptops still only have two? [on hold]

I have been looking at buying a new smartphone as well as a new laptop. What has struck me as odd is that many smartphones now have quad cores or even octa cores, yet many laptops still only use dual ...
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Laptop trackpad stops responding to taps / scrolling

Laptop: Acer Aspire One AO756 running Win 7 Home Device name: Synaptics Clickpad 8.1 on PS/2 Port Have both Synaptics and Elan ETDWare PS/2-X64 10.6.12.4_WHQL driver installed. If I don't have both, ...
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My laptop suddenly lost all its audio devices

Today after turning on my laptop (MSI GS70 Stealth Pro) a Windows error message appeared, with Windows then proceeding to "fix" it. I didn't bother checking what was the error because it looked like ...
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How to fix the screen blackout in an HP Pavilion dv7-1240us

Many users of the HP Pavilion dv71240-us have had this screen blackout problem. After having the laptop on for a few minutes the screen goes black and there is no way to get it back to normal. Many ...
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Dell XPS 13 with 2 monitors daisychain?

I'm going to buy a Dell XPS 13 (the i5 model without touchscreen and with 256gb ssd) and i'm also going to buy a Dell Ultrasharp monitor U2515H. But in the future i really want to buy a second monitor ...
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Laptop HDMI port maximum resolution external monitor supported

I would like to know what is the maximum resolution or screen size monitor can be connected or supported for a normal laptop HDMI port. I am planning to have my laptop screen shown on a 27 inch ...
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Samsung np350v5c not booting until after a full battery drain

I am using a Samsung NP350v5c laptop. Recently it cannot boot until a full battery drain. After that it boots through bios. This process takes almost one hour. Now the laptop started typing the key ...
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Laptop won't start due to “electrical static”

So I have an Aver s7 laptop, and when I turn it on the fan starts but it shows a black screen. Called support and they said it's out of warranty but it's a known problem with static electricity. ...
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I want to buy a laptop for programming in android and visual studio also a bit of gaming min 2 gb Ram dedicated graphics [on hold]

I will be buying the laptop from dubai or india. Budget is 45000 INR(approx usd 700) Any suggestions for any Particular laptop. Is buying a i7 5th gen processor a good investment over i5 5th gen How ...
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System keeps changing power mode while gaming

Recently my laptop keeps changing power mode while gaming, like if i disconnected the charger physically. I don't have another charger to test, this is the stock one which has been running fine for 3 ...
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How do I replace the built in SD-card reader in a laptop?

Long story short, I've physically damaged my card reader in my laptop (I've bent/potentially snapped the metal connectors). I've managed to dissamble the laptop. However, the card reader was not ...
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Getting a full screen image in projection mode for PowerPoint 2013 on a Dell Latitude laptop

Pretty strange. I have a 16x9 PowerPoint presentation. In presentation mode it takes up the full screen on my laptop. However, when I hit F8 to project (even with no projector connected) the image ...
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Three Displays: HDMI(TV), VGA(LCD) and Laptop [on hold]

I tried all combinations. If HDMI and VGA work, the laptop is blank, if Laptop and HDMI work, VGA is blank. And obviously, the third obvious combination. Computer Specification: INTEL 4000 SEries ...
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Data security during laptop repair

Recently bought a new laptop with an extended warranty. Wondering if when a laptop needs to be sent in to the manufacturer for a repair (specifically a hardware repair), is it ok to remove the hard ...
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Replacing laptop battery affects OS loading

I have a one and a half year old laptop with a win8.1 OS. On it first year, it prompt me that the battery is damaged and should be replaced. So I brought my laptop, along with its battery, to a ...
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Anyone knows what is 'first_launch' folder in Windows 7?

It's located right in C:/first_launch and it has just one file inside first_launch without any extension and it's 0 kb. It's a Gateway laptop.
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Laptop as *primary* display for desktop PC via LAN remote desktop

As the title says, I want to use a laptop as the primary display for a desktop PC. There's a few added challenges to this, however: The desktop PC does not have a display device of its own. By ...
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If my taskbar turns to a light blue color, does that mean I've been hacked?

I've noticed this happen at night randomly. My Windows 7 taskbar at the bottom of my personal laptop turns light blue for a bit, then after a while it goes back to its normal color. At my company when ...
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ASUS G53SW fans spinning at full speed

My Asus G53SW laptop had a video output problem which I narrowed down to a GPU failure. Took it apart, reflowed the GPU with a hot air desoldering station, applied new paste, cleaned the fans and ...
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Is it not unsafe for a laptop to hibernate/suspend while an SD card is mounted?

I have been witnessing for years my Dell laptop freezes as it resumes from hibernating while an SD card is inserted in the slot and mounted. It of course took me some time to figure that out, but I ...
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RAM timings when upgrading notebook memory and nomenclature

So my ThinkPad has a free slot and I wanted to buy another 4GB stick for dual channel. Knowing that timings matter somewhat more in notebooks I checked cpu-z and it said that timings were 11-11-11 ...
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How can I check the maximum amount of RAM my laptop motherboard can support?

I have a 2013 Lenovo G580 with a 3230M i5 and 1x4GB 1600MHz RAM. I'm planning to upgrade the RAM to 12GB by putting in an 8GB RAM module. However, I do not know if my motherboard supports more than ...
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Asus k53e laptop

I just replaced the keyboard on my Asus k53e laptop. WhileI was doing this, my little screwdriver touch something metal and there was a spark and a nasty smell. When I finished replacing the keyboard ...
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How to know how much electric power a laptop is consuming?

On a laptop charger adapter it is written '65 Watt'. When I am using that laptop plugged into an AC socket, does it mean that it consumes 65 watt per second? I think it actually depends on usage. ...
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Toshiba Satellite C55t-B5109 Won't open BIOS

I recently wiped my laptop's hard drive, and have reinstalled Windows 8.1 on it, but my BIOS won't open. I have done all the steps I had done before to get into BIOS, disable fast startup in Windows ...
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I think I fried my laptop but I'm not sure [closed]

Help I think fried a laptop from the usb port and I started thinking dont laptops have surge protectors if so it's it repair able because I need money and I want to sell it
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How to disable audio jack in Windows 8?

My Asus laptop fell on its side while the headphones were plugged in. It landed on the jack side first. Now, I cannot get any audio output unless I use the headphones (the speakers don't work when the ...
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LGT-256M6G SSD enclosure/converter for SATA connection

I have this SSD that came from my Lenovo Yoga2 Pro notebook but it doesn't seem to be mSATA, which I originally thought it was. Here's a picture: As said in the title, I just want an enclosure ...
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How do I know which drivers to install on an OEM laptop

I have a Toshiba Satellite Model C55t-B5109, and I am looking to do a clean install, via the method of using media creation installation tool to find the product key within the Processor, as many ...
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Does bad electrical grounding mess up a laptop?

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro retina display. When I use the 2 pin charger, and I touch the surface of the laptop I can feel electricity passing - basically laptop is vibrating softly. When I ...
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My laptop's sound is lower in debian than in windows

I installed Debian 8.1 here on my laptop, and everything worked out of the box. But I noticed that the sound is (much) lower on Debian. PS:my notebook is usually very loud, now it sounds just like ...
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Dell laptops - Disabeling Dell Intelligent Display (auto screen dimming) [duplicate]

I have a Dell Precision M2800, which comes with the usual Intel 4600 as well as an AMD FirePro W4170M GPUs. The OS is Win 8.1 with the latest drivers for everything. Bios is fully updated (A06). Dell ...
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Media test failure: incorrect BIOS settings, faulty hard drive or weak CMOS battery?

I have an Windows 7 Acer Aspire 4750G laptop and I am using it almost everyday. Then last night, I am using it as usual, then suddenly all programs stop responding, only the mouse cursor is moving. ...
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How to extend main display to two duplicate displays (Win 8)

So I have a laptop, projector, and one screen. The projector is connected to the laptop via HDMI and the screen is connected via mini display port. What I want to achieve is the following: I want ...
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Laptop slowness when connected with a docking station

My setup: An Asus laptop running Win 8.1 Enterprise with 16 GB RAM, Intel Core i7, nVidia Geforce GTX850 DDR3 4GB RAM, HDD 1TB + SSD 256GB. This configuration is running smooth and I don't have any ...
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Windows 8.1 Laptop; Is there a way for closed lid to cause sleep but not when there is a monitor hooked up?

Is it possible to make a laptop sleep when the lid is closed UNLESS there is an external monitor that is plugged in? Perhaps a registry hack or third party software? The control panel power settings ...
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Windows 7 installation: No hard drives found (Dell Vostro)

My Dell Vostro 3500 (anno 2010) laptop lost it's hard drive which I easily replaced. Problem: The laptop was not shipped with a Windows installation media, so the recovery options was located on the ...
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Laptop shutting down automatically - BIOS overheating [closed]

My 4 year old laptop shuts down automatically with an error message 'The System has prevented from Bios overheating' when try to restart the laptop. It happens often and it was working for at least ...
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Upgrading into an i7 from a laptop with i3

I have an HP Pavilion g7 which, for all practical purposes, operates as a desktop rather than a laptop. It never leaves my home office. I'm in need of some hardware upgrades yet I'm on a tight budget ...
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Battery does not resume charging after power interruption, if brand new HP Envy notebook is powered off

I got this laptop just yesterday, and I have a weird problem. Configuration of laptop: CPU: Intel Core i7 5500U @ 2.4GHz (Turbo 3.0 GHz). CPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M (4GB dedicated). RAM: 8GB ...
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Laptop keyboard stopped working after installing a drawing tablet

The laptop in question is a Samsung series 7. The tablet (Turcom 6608) disk installed its own PS/2 keyboard driver among a copious amount of other HID drivers which I think overrode the original one. ...