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how to best cannibalize a laptop? [closed]

My old vista laptop is on it's last legs and I was wondering what the most efficient way of repurposing it would be. i have no need for a server and was mainly looking to see if i can jury rig Ready ...
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Turning off laptop monitor on nameless device

A few years ago the graphics card (GeForce 9800M GS) on my laptop quit working. I eventually found that I could disable the graphics card and still use the computer. Now looking at the Display ...
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Normal windows mode without any brightness - How to get it back?

My Fn key doesn't seem to work/help me to adjust brightness. So I tried to minimize the brightness (inside the Control Panel). To my surprise, the screen went entirely black and I couln't see a way to ...
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Windows Vista Laptop won't sleep automatically

I have an Acer Laptop running Vista Home edition. Try as I might I cannot get it to sleep automatically after a period of inactivity. I've been making changes in the Select a Power Plan dialog, ...
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112 views

Laptop booting up to strange characters

I have a laptop running Windows Vista, and upon booting all I see are strange unreadable characters. I am not able to get past this screen—I can only access the BIOS and everything seems fine there. ...
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Pensioner and Skype setting up laptop to work automatically

I want to set up a laptop (Windows Vista Home Premium) to my 84-year-old mother's living room to use Skype with it. The problem is she has mild dementia and is incapable of using the laptop. She ...
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Laptop screen goes white after around five minutes

My laptop is a Toshiba satellite L305-S5894. It's about 4 years old, running windows vista 32-bit. After around 5-ish minutes, the screen turns completely white. If it's on the login screen, it ...
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Computer won't POST

I have an HP Presario F700. Earlier, the computer would POST and then restart and I found out it was because of a bad hard drive. I replaced the Hard Drive and installed Windows 7 on it and ...
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CD-ROM drive making “tzu tzu” sounds when locating files?

My Acer Aspire 4937G is making weird sounds whenever I try to browse files from a CD-ROM using windows explorer. For example, it will go "tzuuu tzuuuu" whenever I click on a file or folder. I have ...
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297 views

After resuming from sleep, computer reboots before login screen

(Solved... I guess? See 3rd edit) (edit: followed instructions here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/449401/constantly-restarts-before-login-screen/ to disable rebooting on system ...
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1answer
143 views

Why does my laptop see my wireless connection as two connections?

I have regular issues with my Dell Studio 1737, running Vista, with a D-link DIR-655 wireless router. I'll be working on it in the same room, signal is 99%, and I just lose network connectivity and ...
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1answer
558 views

How do I Display Message on Vista when Battery is Low?

I use Vista, on a laptop, but when the battery is low or critical it doesn't display a message or a sound, it just craps out. I read somewhere that the whole not-sound-playing is by design!?!? ...
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How to update Intel graphics for a laptop whose manufacturer has stopped updating

I have seen a lot of questions on this site asking about updating ATI and Nvidia graphics for laptops, with some very good solutions for them, however I have not seen any questions/answers for people ...
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1answer
321 views

Did our new power cord/charger damage our laptop?

My fiancee has a Dell laptop with Windows Vista on it. His laptop charger was old so we went to Walmart and picked up a Targus laptop charger which is compatible with his computer. He had some ...
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277 views

Turn off video driver in recovery command prompt

I have a hp dv2000 and my video card has stopped working. I disabled it in safe mode so I can use my laptop. I am going to reimage it again and when I reimage it will enable the video card again. If ...
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1answer
5k views

Microphone fault after installing windows 7 on my Toshiba Satellite Pro

I was wondering if anyone could help me fix this microphone problem i've got. I was using vista ever since i've bought this laptop and just few days ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of windows 7 ...
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163 views

Why no “da-doomp” (disconnect notification sound) sometimes when unplugging wireless mouse receiver?

Sometimes (maybe one case in 3), when I unplug the wireless mouse receiver on my Sony VGN-CS215J laptop, there is no "da-doomp" sound, even after a minute or two. And if I plug the receiver back in ...
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Keyboard stops working when booting into Windows Vista Home

Two days ago I saw that MS Security essentials was prompting for a reboot on my wife's laptop in order to finish a clean-up. I have no idea how long MSSE had been waiting for a reboot, and like an ...
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1answer
188 views

How do I reinstall Vista from CD room on a HP Pavilion DV9000?

i already have windows 7 on my laptop , i want to remove it and install windows vista , how can i do that from CD room? , someone kindly tell me the steps. p.s : i need to do that without formatting ...
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1answer
158 views

Why does the laptop monitor show a green flash?

I've noticed that when my laptop "recovers" from a hibernate, the screen flashes light-green for a split-second before the computer starts up. What is causing the momentarily flash? Is this normal ...
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Error- D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

All of the sudden the D drive gives me an error when I try to open it: D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied. I have files on the drive that I would like to recover, so I do not want to ...
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141 views

Is it possible to “paste” everything of an old HDD to a new HDD?

I have a damaged 500GB HDD, and I want to change a new one now. Is there any way I could do this without having to reinstall the OS and all the applications? Is it possible to take a snapshot of ...
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1answer
210 views

Dual-boot machine fails to run anything but Windows Safe Mode

A friend has an old Compaq laptop set up to run Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows Vista. The computer was apparently operating properly until a few days ago, when it suddenly started malfunctioning. Ubuntu ...
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1answer
478 views

How can we tell Windows to stay mute?

I usually mute my laptop (Acer Aspire 4937G, c.f. reviews) using the windows "volume control" as such: However, at times the laptop will unmute itself automatically. I'm suspecting it may be due to ...
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1answer
1k views

How to diagnose and fix Windows Vista crash on laptop

I have a Compaq Presario CQ50, and sometimes when I am using it the system crashes with a black screen. The only way to recover is with a reboot using a button on the laptop (not via software of ...
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275 views

What files are required in my HP Recovery partition on Vista

My HP Recovery "D" Drive is showing some file in blue and some in black print - it only has 450MB free. I have this drive backedup on my stand-alone drive. Are there any files within this partition ...
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1answer
876 views

Make Windows Vista on a Dell laptop think there's always an external monitor connected

Is there a way to convince Windows that there's always an external monitor connected? Background I run Windows Vista Home Premium on a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop which, in it's usual home, has a 22" ...
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676 views

How can I extract data from Toshiba Satellite with a dead Windows installation?

I've got a Toshiba Satellite (unknown model number but bought early 2010) running Windows Vista which throws a kernel error on boot. We don't have the restore/recovery CD any more to restore the ...
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2answers
704 views

Cannot change MAC address on notebook

I've tried to change MAC address on a notebook Toshiba Satellite A200-14E Windows Vista without success. I've tried to change it via Network settings - Adapter settings. I've set Network address ...
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1answer
92 views

Swapping operating systems on a laptop with separate partitions?

Due to virus issues and Windows Vista license issues, I'm hoping to upgrade my laptop by first formatting my second partition, installing Windows 7 on my second partition, then formatting the Windows ...
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1answer
645 views

Windows Vista - Error Code '0x45d'

When I went to turn on my laptop today, I got the error code '0x45d'. What does this error code mean and how can I fix whatever the problem is?
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717 views

My HP-Vista based laptop has become very slow recently

My HP laptop which has Vista Home premium. When I try to start Firefox, internet explorer, it becomes very slow. No other app. When i checked the Performance in Task Manager. It shows the Physical ...
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1answer
572 views

How to boot computer after shutdown during updates?

I shut my computer down while doing updates in Windows Vista. Now it will not turn on, and I get no response when I hit the power button. Do I have to take it to a professional?
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2answers
887 views

DVD/CD Rom not detected on Toshiba (Vista) laptop

I'm trying to help a friend with their laptop. It's suddenly stopped recognizing the DVD drive. As it's patching was out of date I've applied Vista SP2 and anything else that was overdue. I've also ...
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1answer
449 views

How can I make my laptop use a phone as a wi-fi adapter?

I have an HP Pavilion dv6400 series laptop with an NVidea chipset which is the subject of a class action lawsuit. The symptom (PDF) that I'm experiencing is that the system fails to recognize that ...
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3answers
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HP laptop won't recognize wireless adapter

I have an HP Pavilion dv6400 series laptop with an NVidea chipset which is the subject of a class action lawsuit. The symptom (PDF) that I'm experiencing is that the system fails to recognize that ...
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2answers
2k views

External graphics card for laptop?

Is it possible to hook up an external graphics card to our Dell Inspiron 1420 Vista laptop? The video card is messed up, and I know you can't replace the internal video cards for laptops since they ...
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Will external monitor work if video card for laptop is bad?

Okay, so I'm making another topic here to clarify. The video card for this Dell Inspiron 1420 Vista laptop (NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS) is fried, and lets just say it for sure doesn't work. Before anyone ...
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3answers
618 views

disc access really slow

It has been over a year me using my machine (a laptop), and these days disk access has become really slow. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium. The disc fragmentation (checked using Defraggler) is ...
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2answers
959 views

Laptop not powering down when lid is closed, but when lid is opened

Currently when I close the lid of my Acer laptop running Windows Vista, the laptop does not power down; however, when I open the lid it does. When looking at the power settings it is set to power down ...
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2answers
3k views

Toshiba laptop only shows black screen with mouse pointer after starting up

When I boot up my laptop, it shows the logo and the status bar. Then, the screen goes black with movable cursor. I tried alt+ctrl+del, but it doesn't work. If I press shift 5 times, it makes a sound. ...
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Dell Studio 17 - turning off suddenly

I have a Dell Studio 17 laptop, a refurbished model almost 2 years old...It is currently running Windows 7 32-bit, Home Premium. Via a clean install, it is a Vista upgrade machine...A while back, a ...
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1answer
51 views

installing vista on a laptop

I have a laptop which has a vista setup kit partition with drivers. After i buy it i had to do the next, next routine to install vista from those partition to the laptop. Now, if I wish to reinstall ...
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1answer
164 views

Windows only successfully wakes up from sleep mode about 2/3rds of the time

On my Vista laptop, when it goes into sleep mode (for low power, or manually being put into sleep mode, it happens regardless of how), about 1 in 3 times it won't wake up properly from sleep mode, and ...
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102 views

PCMCIA preventing laptop from booting up

My friend has brought his dead laptop over. It is a Sony Vaio with Windows Vista. When booting up, it blue screens and reboots. I have tried to boot up with Knoppix and this will freeze when ...
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2answers
2k views

Possible to connect Mac mini to WinXP/Vista laptop in order to see Mac mini's screen on laptop screen?

I'm trying to avoid lugging a monitor around by carrying just my laptop and Mac mini and using the laptop screen to see what's going on with the mini. Bonus points for being able to use the laptop ...
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3answers
930 views

My external monitor flickers when using with Vista, but not with XP/Linux

I bought a new Dell Monitor ST 2410 model (24 inch). It works great when I connect my XP laptop to it or my Linux box. But when I connect it to my HP Laptop (Dv 6000 series) which has Vista on it. The ...
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HP dv9000 Vista laptop won't boot from CD/DVD drive

My HP dv9000 Vista laptop recently got the BSOD with error 0x0000c1f5. The only way to fix this error is to be able to boot from CD/DVD and use some repair software I have. The problem is that the ...
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Toshiba Satellite Laptop Realtek Network Driver Error code (10)?

hello all i have a Toshiba 64 bit windows vista, i tried looking for the drivers from the main website but no luck all the ones i got did not work or did not do anything. would someone know where i ...
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How can I extend my laptop screen to the screen of a second laptop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my laptop as a second monitor for my desk computer? I have a spare laptop and I'd like to use it as a second monitor for my laptop. Any suggestions on how to do ...