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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Dell Inspiron 1545 - Battery will not charge

I recently bought a new battery that is compatible with the laptop. It ran off the battery just fine initially and then after draining the battery for the second time in order to break-in the battery, ...
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How much RAM can I put into my Laptop? [duplicate]

I recently bought an Acer Aspire E1-572. How much RAM can i put into this Laptop ? Is 2x8GB possible ? Full name: Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G1TDnkk SNID: 34701904034 S/N: ...
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Is it possible for WiFi adapter to degrade?

Recently i've started to get high package loss ratio while connecting to the internet on my laptop via WiFi adapter. I made following experiment: my laptop and laptop of my friend were on the same ...
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Sony Vaio (VPCEB34EN) won't boot, Shows black screen

I was using my laptop (Vaio VPCEB34EN) yesterday and shut down after work. When I started again it was showing black screen only Power button light was showing. Even it didn't show the BIOS.I waited ...
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Does running CPU intensive tasks wear down my computer?

I do a lot of statistical analysis in R (which uses a lot of CPU and RAM). Whenever I run my analysis, my laptop's fan runs at top speed. Monitoring tool shows that 1 of my cores runs at 100%, the ...
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Force Refresh Rate in Linux

I'm using a Lenovo X230 laptop with an external LG-34UC97-S monitor. I've turn off the internal monitor and hooked up the external via HDMI. Looking at the user manual, native resolution and refresh ...
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Laptop not starting

I have a laptop custom built by PC Specialist. It was working fine. Yesterday I have changed the hard drive to a Samsung SSD and installed Windows 8.1 on it. Today it does not want to start at all, I ...
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Can't boot from CD/DVD ROM: HP 650 Laptop

I'm attempting to load Windows 7 on a HP 650 laptop. When I'm in the Boot Manager, I should be able to select the CD/DVD ROM to boot from, but that option is not available. Here's what I do, Power ...
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Is CRT degaussing really dangerous for nearby laptops?

I have an old CRT connected to laptop as a secondary display. As you know, when CRT turns on it degausses itself; remember that sound when you turn it on, or force degaussing through menu. CRTs ...
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Website to custom build laptops? chips/cards/ect [closed]

what the title says. id also prefer the ability to customize it from the bottom up(no "base" computer). And not be $1000+
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How to switch from IDE to AHCI from outside the bios?

I want to change my sata hard from ide to ahci. But in my advanced bios menu there is no option to do that three is no ide configuration or sata configuration. I'm using laptop is there another way ...
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Screen flicker and freeze after ram upgrade on laptop

I recently bought a new ram (8gb sodimm ddr3 1600 which is dual channel 2x4gb; specifically g.skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBSQ) to replace my 4gb ram which is specifically: M471B5273CH0-CK0. After booting ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon SSD overheating

I recently bought a used Thinkpad X1 Carbon, it had Windows 7 installed, and on a first check, the SanDisk SSD ran around 43-45 degrees, i then installed Windows 8.1 and on installing Visual Studio ...
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My Ubuntu Laptop (Inspiron 14z) brightness function key does not work upon upgrade from 12.04 to 14.04

My laptop with Ubuntu 12.04, everything worked fine including all hardware function keys, but when i upgraded to 14.04, the brightness 'Fn + F4/F5' stopped working. I googled and followed a couple of ...
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What should I consider for upgrading the graphic card in my notebook?

I have a rather old (from 2008) Acer Travelmate 5720G, a laptop equipped with a chassis that let me easily access almost all of its hardware components; it makes the option of upgrading them really ...
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Aspire 5820T POST error

I have a laptop here, Aspire 5820T (SNID:02104847625) and I have the following problem. When I try to power it on, at first it does nothing. The power light stays on, but the fan is not working and ...
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LCD showing White Screen on my HP Compaq 8710w Laptop

I've got an HP Compaq 8710w Workstation for a laptop. A couple of months back, the LCD started displaying multiple shades of colors (blue, green, pink etc). I could still see the desktop and was ...
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USB port transfers power but not data

So one of USB ports on my laptop just stopped working for whatever reason. I used it for USB mouse, turned on the laptop today and it's not working. The red light under the mouse is on when the usb is ...
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Laptop HDD Swap

I'm thinking of swapping the HDD from one non-functioning (dead screen) laptop to another. Assuming that the sizes of HDD all match up, along with the connection type, will this work? I understand I ...
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win 7 dell laptop no hibernate option

dell e5440 - I only see "sleep" option, no hibernate. I don't see anything about enabling it in bios, and power options (advanced settings) says nothing about hibernate or hybrid sleep. I'd like the ...
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New laptop does not pick up WiFi signal when started up

I have a new win 8.1 laptop. The last few days the laptop does not pick up the WiFi signal when I switch it on, even though it is next to the router & my older Vista laptop does pick it up. ...
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My Toshiba Satellite c850 won't display screen

Before this happened, I had some occurrences where my laptop's screen turned off out of no reason. Everything was still on (the sound, tasks in thr computer, fan, etc. was working). I tried closing ...
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Why does my Samsung laptop computer think it is unplugged?

Samsung laptop, purchased new in 2012. Windows 7 64-bit. 8GB RAM. Model NP300V5A. I woke up one morning and woke the laptop. I had left it plugged in to the wall the night before. When it woke, it ...
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Black screen while using bluestacks

I was using android apps using blue-stacks app player from more than two months. Yesterday when I started blue-stacks it started but after 2-3 min screen gone black I waited for 10-15 min but nothing ...
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HP Pavilion BIOS Failure. Unable to restore

My laptop BIOS seems to be dead. When I turn it on the CapsLock light blinks for 2 times and nothing happens on my screen. I tried to remove battery and power cable for some minutes, but nothing ...
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replacing glossy screen to matte — impact quality?

I have a 3200x1800 resolution laptop (http://www.dell.com/uk/p/xps-15-9530/pd?~srd=true&sk=xps%2015%209530&scat=prod&ref=ac ). However, the screen is way too reflective. I cannot even do ...
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Does Thinkpad E430 Hard Drive Fit into Dell Vostro 1310?

I'm going to have my Thinkpad E430 repaired. So I want to place its hard drive into an older laptop - a Dell Vostro 1310. How can I know whether this hard drive fits into the older laptop or not? ...
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Dell inspiron 3541 graphic driver issue

Recently I bought Dell Inspiron 3541. It had Ubuntu as OS and I installed windows 8. I have had a hard time finding drivers since dell site doesn't have drivers for this model laptop of windows 8 ...
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Jack probs with heaphones/earbuds

So I already asked this question, but I couldn't respond to the answers. I can't hear out of the left ear of any headphones/earbuds because I have to push the jack towards the Earth to hear out of it. ...
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Using Thinkpad X131e charger on Ideapad S10e

Can I use my Thinkpad X131e charger on my Ideapad S10e? They have different ends. I figured that instead of buying a new charger, it would be cheaper to buy a converter. The voltage of my charger is ...
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USB mice won't work on my notebook [duplicate]

Windows 8.1 If I plug a USB mouse, it doesn't work. Cursor isn't moving, buttons aren't reacting. Details: Mouse glows as if it's working Mouse works on the another computer Tried another mouse, ...
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Does an SDD use less power than a platter/regular drive? [duplicate]

The answer to this question seems obvious to me but I'm asking it in case I've missed something. I have a laptop with a small SSD drive and a large regular/platter drive. I keep a collection of ...
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Interface differences between two Windows 8.1 Pro installations

I'm not exactly sure how to best describe this issue, so please bear with me. On one laptop (A), I did a manual installation of 8.1 Pro with an ISO I purchased directly from Microsoft. On a different ...
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Not able to connect an external monitor

I am new to ubuntu and I am facing this behavior and don't know what to do. I would appreciate any help. I am trying to connect external monitor via VGA(I tried even via HDMI,but no use) but not able ...
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Dell Laptop Black screen issue

I had a problem with my laptop start up it was showing me black screen i.e. no signal on the system. I found a question related to similar problem with lenovo thinkpad and I followed those steps - ...
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Can I Upgrade a CPU from Intel Core i3-2350m 2nd Gen to core i5-2450m 2nd Gen?

I have a laptop equipped with Intel Core i3 2350m 2nd Gen. Well, actually my laptop has two different models: the first one with i3 2350m and the second one with i5 2450m. As I did research on both ...
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Installing new SODIMM RAM for laptop

My laptop is the following: Dell Inspiron 1764 i3 M 300 @ 2.13GHz Originally it came with 3GB RAM. I run Windows 7 64bit. So I have bought the following SODIMM RAM for my laptop, in order to ...
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laptop usb mouse freezing

My usb mouse has been working great with my laptop. A fews days ago I plugged an iphone to the usb port for charging and since then the mouse has been acting weird. It stops working for a few seconds ...
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Precise backlight control on windows

My laptop screen is too bright to look at in the dark even on minimum backlight setting. On Linux, I usually solve the problem by writing "1" (or the lowest value that does not turn backlight off ...
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Get maximum use of laptop battery [duplicate]

I just bought a Li-ion battery for my dell laptop So here are my questions: How to charge it for the first time ?(I mean leave it for 8 hours and repeat this step 3 times or what ?) Can I plug it ...
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What are the three buttons above touchpad in the Dell Latitude E6520 laptop?

I wonder what are the three buttons added to the touchpad/keyboard of the laptop Dell Latitude E6520 as the below snapshot. I do a google search as here though nothing helpful for me. If you know ...
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Is it safe to use a third-party program to dim the screen brightness below minimum?

I have a Toshiba laptop but even when I put brightness to minimum it's too bright for me. I download a third-party program called "Pangolin screen brightness" which allows to dim screen brightness ...
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How do you connect Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers to a MacBook with one audio output?

I usually connect my Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers to my desktop PC. This PC has rear, front, and center audio outputs in the back, perfect for 5.1 speakers. Recently, this PC started freezing and ...
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Cannot access administrator user on PC

I cannot access the admin user of my laptop. I have Windows 7 installed on it. When i login to the admin user it stucks on "welcome" screen. I am logged in as a guest user and trying to resolve this ...
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How do I diagnose this hard drive or motherboard issue?

I am having a weird issue with a laptop I am fixing (let's call this laptop Broken). I used a second, working laptop to diagnose issues (let's call this laptop Working) I got Broken, and the HDD ...
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How do I recover or repair after setting password and forgetting it? I can only use “guest” now [duplicate]

I set a password which I cannot remember. I have Repair Disk Win 7, 64 bit, but cannot put it to any use!
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Asus laptop doesn't turn on

My girlfriend has an Asus laptop with a battery that dosen't work, so she uses it while it's connected to the wall. This laptop has been in use for 2 years+ I think, and today suddenly, it stoped ...
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Can a power bank work as a laptop battery alternative?

So here's the thing. My laptops battery is almost dead and I'm planning to buy a new one. The problem is that where I live, the power shortage is a very normal issue. I have a 15 inch basic laptop. ...
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Bing Desktop daily wallpaper not updating

How do I get the daily Bing desktop to update the wallpaper? It worked fine for months, but now it has stopped updating. I am looking at the same wallpaper image now for weeks.
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Bottom half of laptop screen occasionally flickering black. Size of black area varies

I just bought a new laptop the other day. Lenovo Yoga 2 13. During use, the lower half of the screen is turning black. It's almost like a pop up in that it appears, and any interaction with the ...