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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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 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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HP Laptop keyboard and touchpad shut off randomly

It's an HP Pavilion DV7 (AMD quad-core) and it's HD has just been replaced. OS was loaded from OEM disks. Now, the keyboard and touchpad just stop working after a few seconds to quite a few minutes ...
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AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 04) does not work on ubuntu 14.04

i have intalled ubuntu 14.04 on my Acer Aspire 1690 wich has sound driver Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 04) ...
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Computer freezes at starting windows screen

Okay so in May I went to turn my computer on and it went to the starting windows and stayed there for 5 minutes, which I found weird. I quickly shut it off then turned it back on, I waited 10 minutes ...
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Automatic brightness adjustment in windows 8.1

I'm having some issues turning off the automatic dim settings in windows 8.1. Whenever I switch to my desktop the screen darkens, if I drag a window into view it brightens again. I've tried setting ...
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How to install Windows 95 from CD-ROM on laptop with no CD drive

I have a old Toshiba T4700CT laptop which I'd like to install Windows 95 on. However I own't Windows 95 on CD-ROM and this laptop only has floppy. I'd prefer not to have to hunt down and pay for a ...
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VAIO Laptop not booting Windows - Boots Splashtop OS instead

I am having problems with my VAIO Laptop. It is a E Series Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT machine. The problem is that it keeps on booting up the Quick Web Access evenn when I press the power button. I ...
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connected laptop with TV- sound from tv not working

I have connected a tv via HDMI to a laptop running ubuntu 12. I can see the video on the televsion but the sound plays from the laptop and not from the television. Any ideas on what I need to change ...
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Force Windows 7 to think it is running on Adapter Power and not battery

Anyone know how to make a Windows 7 Laptop think it is running on AC Adapter power? This laptop (HP G62 series) has a usable battery which holds charge but it has a not-official power adapter which I ...
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Integrated graphics card being used over NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M in Toshiba laptop?

On my Toshiba laptop with a discrete GeForce GT 540M graphics card, as well an integrated Intel HD 3000, it seems like the discrete graphics card is never used. Games run like the Intel HD 3000 is ...
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name change will not allow lap top to reboot

I have a Samsung N150 laptop. I renamed the full computer name and username (both are the same), required to restart, when I restarted I get an error "incorrect Disk, remove and try again". same error ...
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Laptop battery completely discharges while in the laptop, even when not in use

My Laptop Battery completely discharges while in the laptop, even when not in use. I fully charged the battery, removed it from the laptop, and kept it separate. After 3 days I checked it and it was ...
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Physical screen dimensions and resolution options don't match

I recently purchased a Lenovo T510 refurbished laptop (Windows 7) and I'm trying to figure out the native resolution and best resolution setting. What's puzzling me is that the aspect ratio of the ...
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Speakers has a lower volume than actual volume output from system

This started happening a while ago. I realized the volume I hear is very low. I opened up the volume control panel and I see the speakers are outputting a lower volume than "System" (it is only ...
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Make certain programs run when connected to power supply (laptop)

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit on a Lenovo Laptop (X220i Tablet) I was wondering if it was possible (and if so, how) to have a list of certain programs that will run automatically if you are connected ...
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After changing settings, I can no longer get my laptop screen on (it's black). How can I see the display monitor?

My laptop screen went dark and I searched on how to fix this - found to disconnect power and drain it with the power button, then close the lid almost all the way and then try to hit power button ...
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Can I install an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-70 on a Toshiba Satellite L505D-SP6983R?

The original processor was an AMD Turion X2 64 RM-74 (dead) The board is named V000185220 Rev 1.10 This board accepts S1G2 processors, and should accept the RM-70. But I am not so confident when ...
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Laptop randomly turns off when unplugged (Windows 8.1)

I just installed windows 8.1 on my HP laptop and it started randomly turning off while it is unplugged. When it does so the battery is at 100% or near and also it didn't happen before I installed ...
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Is CHKDSK stalling?

I have a Lenovo Y510p running on Win8.1. I've tried running a CHKDSK on boot but power issues with the charger meant it died while it was running(11%). I tried SHIFT+F8 to try restarting into safe ...
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Laptop sometimes powers off during sleep; trouble diagnosing

I am trying to diagnose some issues with a friend's Lenovo IdeaPad U350 (3-4 years old), running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit: Laptop turns itself off sometimes shortly after sleeping. Generally running ...
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DVI Thinkpad monitors through Intel on Dock

Hardware is an Thinkpad T520 with Optimus technology. Video Cards: Nvidia NVS 4200M Intel 3000 HD Dock: Mini dock 433810U With this dock + laptop combination, the external displays are not ...
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Diagnostic puzzle - laptop randomly fails at OS startup

I have a problem which has been bothering me for a year now and I would be grateful if somebody could help me. I will try to be as brief and concise as possible: Laptop: HP Probook 4525s, HDD 160GB, ...
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PCMan increases file size dramatically on destination drive (data rescue attempt (win7 not booting after crash)

1TB hard drive does not fit onto 1TB external drive Over a week ago, my busy PC crashed whilst a number of applications were running. Since then, Windows has been suffering from dementia and ...
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pc monitor not recognized anymore with hdmi connection

Problem: my monitor (asus vk228 series) suddenly stopped being recognized by my laptop (msi gt60) when im using a hdm connection. vga connection works. furthermore every piece of hardware seems to be ...
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fail to start graphical interface

I'm using Linux Mint 14 and have faced the following problem recently: after removing and installing some of the software (torchat and LibreOffice to be exact) and rebooting I found myself not being ...
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Debian Wheezy laptop has issues with suspension

I have Debian Wheezy installed on my Acer Aspire 5560G laptop. I have set it to suspend on lid close, which seems to be working fine. However, after a while, if I try to 'wake' the laptop up, I ...
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Problems operating on my computer

This problem really startles me. It feels like my laptop refuses to take certain commands or accepts them and then returns to the previous page/folder/... Here are some examples of what I mean: I ...
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IBM/Lenovo X61 Tablet PC - cleaning a dried water patch under the wacom display surface

Got myself a used Lenovo X61 tablet PC (a notebook with Wacom pen responsive display) - the price was super cheap, and as per the phrase of "you get what you pay for", I got the notebook in a ...
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Avoiding sleep when lid is close and no one is logged in

I've an old Dell Latitude laptop that I've converted to CentOS 6.5. As this is going to work like a server (i.e. no one will use it directly) I've changed from UI the power management option to ignore ...
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second monitor causes graphics suttering

I'm running HP Probook 450 with Windows 8.1 - 64bit. When I connect a second monitor (Philips 234cl) to the HDMI port, the laptop monitor stutters every 15 seconds or so. The newly connected monitor ...
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Failed Wireless

Sorry i'm not good with computers so my tech. talk is limited. I have a presario CQ62 Notebook PC. 64 bit: Yesterday I went to the local Library to use some free internet. When I returned I could no ...
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Lenovo T440s Screen Flicker

I recently bought a Lenovo T440s and I've been experiencing a strange screen flicker issue. At least, I think "flicker" is the correct word to describe it. My problem is not like the one described ...
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Flashing BIOS on Acer Aspire S7: wrong ROM file size?

I'm trying to update the BIOS on my Acer Aspire S7, which is only running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (no Windows), so that its fan would stop being so noisy. I followed the instructions on this person's post. ...
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What are the password insertion attempts for a Seagate ST9500325AS?

I have forgot the master password for my ST9500325AS hard drive in my Lenovo G560 laptop. The password attempts to insert the password is 2 times per power up. That means that I can make 2 wrong ...
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Find Physical Device Object from Bug Check Message

My machine crashed. The bug check was this: The bugcheck was: 0x0000009f (0x0000000000000003, 0xffffe00000fca060, 0xffffd000201a5840, 0xffffe000014d3b60). I searched for 0x9f and quickly located ...
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Bitlocker on a laptop without carrying around recovery key

We have a rule in my company that all PC drives must be encrypted with BitLocker, including laptops. My own Windows 8 laptop has a tendency to hang at shutdown, black screen but the computer never ...
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How can I make Windows see the laptop's keyboard and track pad again?

Yes, this is "similar" but not the same to this other post. Device is MSI MS-1756 (GE70 0NC) Specs here BIOS Ver E1756IMS.10F 12/28/2012 15:13:13 EC 1756EMS1 Ver 4.0 10/30/2013 OS Windows 7 SP1 This ...
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Issues duplicating display on Windows 7 to Toshiba TV

I had basically the same issue as here: Can no longer duplicate display to external monitor on Windows 7 only I have a Lenovo T430. I'm using a DVI to HDMI cable to display my laptop on my Toshiba ...
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Forcely Turn on laptop screen backlight

I have a laptop with hybrid graphic card. As it is a bit old (2010) the support for it totally stopped, and i can't install the official AMD graphic card drivers as it complains that for notebook they ...
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Laptop keyboard stops functioning on contact with metal plating

To explain in more detail: My laptop a Lenovo G580 started self spamming a few months back, and no idea why. The usual culprit was the '/' character. When this happens I can't type or click on a text ...
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Replacing an cpu in a laptop

My machine is Lenovo G580 with i3-3120M. I want to replace it with i5-3360M. I checked on Intel's website that sockets are the same (PGA), TDP also the same (35 W) and BIOS works with both. I found ...
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Any guarantee that replacing the ATI graphic chip works

Im having a Dell studio 1558 laptop that was purchased 4 yrs ago and now im having a problem in booting the laptop.I gave it to a service center and they said some problem with ATI graphic chip and ...
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Acer Travelmate P253-M Freezes on BIOS

I was trying to create a dual boot of Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I successfully installed Ubuntu on the hard disk but it wasn't able to boot so I went through boot-repair which said that I should put a ...
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Removing support for Lenovo's Battery Safeguard “feature”

Lenovo laptops now include a Battery Safeguard "feature" that disallows use of third-party batteries in models made after May 2012 or so. It appears this "feature" is provided by a Windows driver as ...
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How can I hear music through my notebook speakers when the earphones are plugged in

I have HP folio 13-1020us with original windows 7. When the earphones are plugged in. music played on the web goes to the earphones. I want it to go to the speakers. I know its possible because when ...
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Dell Inspiron laptop not starting

I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu. It was running fine earlier, but suddenly it started mistyping letters with multiple letters and special characters for one second and ...
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Is there a difference between a matte IPS or LCD display and glossy display with anti-glare screen protector?

Forgive me but I'm not so sure if this is an appropriate question to ask in this site. But is there a difference between a matte IPS or LCD display and a glossy display with anti-glare screen ...
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RAM capacity vs power consumption in S3 Suspend-to-RAM mode

My netbook with 1GB DDR2 RAM module takes 16% of battery for 24 hours of S3 standby mode (STR - Suspend-to-RAM). That amounts to the power consumption of 0.32 Watts in standby. That also means that ...