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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External monitor flashes occassionally only while power cord is plugged-in

I have a Thinkpad laptop (E550 to be exact) with an i5 CPU and Intel HD 5500 GPU running with Win 7. Since two weeks, while an external monitor is connected (to the VGA port) AND the power cord is ...
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How to have both SSD and HDD on a laptop?

I recently bought a Lenovo ThinkPad E540 I want to boost its speed up, so I decided to buy an SSD, but I don't know if it replaces the current HDD or it can be installed beside it, I prefer to keep ...
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Why won't Windows detect my 3rd screen over VGA?

At work my Windows box is a laptop that sits on a Dell dock it came with. It's a Dell Latitude E5440. Nothing crazy, pretty basic system. Just Win 7 Enterprise 64-bit with some *nix VM's on it. I have ...
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Is it possible to upgrade 16GB ram for any corei5, 5th Gen Laptop?

I am little bit confuse about upgrading my RAM for laptop. I just want to extend RAM to 12GB by adding another 8GB in this laptop. Is it possible? If yes, then why everywhere it is mentioned that ...
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My Hp compaq cq57 windows 7 wont show a startup screen after installing the recommended graphics drivers

I recently cleaned installed windows 7 64bit on my hp compaq cq57 laptop. When I try to install the hp recommended graphics driver to the system, it installs but on restart, the system does not show ...
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How do i get 100% battery charge back with Samsung battery life extender?

I use a samsung netbook which i have been using for almost four months now. I have been using the samsung battery life extender since the first time i used the laptop. I decided to turn it off due ...
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Maximum RAM I can put into Asus X550JX

The laptop currently has 8GB of ram. I thought I would add 4GB more into it (which is supposed to be 1600MHz DDR3) but when I opened it I found one already inside it. Is there any way to increase the ...
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My laptop's motherboard is fried, how can i salvage my laptop s lcd screen? [duplicate]

I have already removed the hdd and now using it as external. Optical drive was gone already..but i want to salvage the lcd screen and use it. I tried googling it but couldnt find any detailed method ...
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Symantec endpoint causing hang-ups

My Toshibea latptop overheats (gets up to 92 degrees Farenheit -- CORRECTION CELSIUS) whenever a Symantect full scan takes place. suggestions? Should I open up the back and try to clean the fan? ...
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Non native resolution is blurry on laptop

I have 1920x1080 LED display. If I set any lower resolution, is a bit blurry. I have the latest drivers, what to do?
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Error Critical Process Died on Windows 8.1

When I turn on my laptop it has these message "Error Critical Process Died" but very large in size and on a one colored background desktop screen. It is also written on the desktop screen it will try ...
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Squealing coming from laptop power supply? [duplicate]

I have an HP Pavilion dv7-6135dx. This morning, the power supply/AC adapter started making squealing noises for a few seconds at a time. I had it plugged in during a storm that happened while I was ...
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Cannot access Bios

I will try to explain everything happened and everything I tried to do. I have been using my Laptop Lenovo G580 for around two years now with no problems. Awhile ago I did a full format removing ...
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SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure [duplicate]

Since two years ago I have this problem. I have a HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC. Every time I turn on my laptop it comes a black screen like this one(I found it in Internet): In this two years ...
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Does Arch Linux support a high DPI laptop display?

I'm currently looking for a laptop to use with Arch Linux and XFCE, and have a question about Arch's support for, or compatibility with, high-DPI (retina-style) displays. Does Arch support this type ...
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How to enable boot from USB stick on ASUS k555la xo318h

I have a ASUS k555la xo318h laptop which is came with windows 8.1 and I want to install windows 7 on it. For some reason it didn't let me to access the install menu, no matter which USB entrance I ...
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How do I (electrically) ground a Toshiba Satellite S55 laptop?

I need to ground my Toshiba laptop as it says in the title. It is not a static charge problem because I live in the tropics. It also only happens when I plug in the laptop (the metal case becomes ...
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Acer Laptop Performance Loss Plugged in

A few days ago I acquired a Brand New Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-74AP laptop, and found a frustrating problem. Whenever the laptop is unplugged, the performance on games and other programs is stunning. ...
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Dell Latitude E5540 doesn't recognize external display

I stumbled over this problem when I connected a projector to my E5540's VGA port and the laptop simply failed to detect it. Even restarting the laptop did not make it recognize the external display. ...
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How to increase brightness of laptop screen above maximum in BIOS or Linux/Windows?

Is it possible to increase the brightness of laptop screen above what's possible in BIOS and Ubuntu Linux/Windows ? I have an old laptop (Lenovo-X200s) and the maximum brightness is rather dark. I ...
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Does a cron daemon drain a laptop battery significantly faster?

I would like to run a small script every hour to change my wallpaper. Does running a standard cron daemon (like fcron, cronie) cost a disproportional amount of battery lifetime? I would not expect ...
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LED for LCD laptops [closed]

Before my uncle went overseas, he pass on me a laptop that is also passed on him, making me the 3rd or > owner. Accidentally my sister stepped on the laptop causes its screen to crack. I phone the ...
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Laptop screen randomly turns off and on again ONLY during start up

It's happened a few times by now, this what I do: Turn on laptop. Log in (everything fine until now). Desktop loads and screen randomly turns off and on again, usually 5 or 6 times and lasts less ...
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Battery drains during hibernation (to disk) and even when completely shut down

I have a Thinkpad x220 (Debian Stretch) with a 6 cell battery which seems to be ok, according the the xfce4-power-manager. . The odd thing is that the battery drains during hibernation (to disk) at a ...
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Toshiba Laptop, fan only turns on when I'm either idle or overheating

There is a real problem with my fan on my Toshiba Satellite Laptop, it always works on max when I'm browsing the internet and doing stuff that doesn't do anything to performance but it turns off when ...
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can i make a old touch screen monitor in to a touchpad for a laptop

I have a old laptop touch HP that does not work and I was wandering if I could us the touch screen monitor as a touch pad for my other laptop? is that possible? I jut want it to us it to draw nothing ...
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White shade appears on my Dell Inspiron while watching movies

I have a Dell Inspiron, while watching movies on full screen a white shade appears frequently. It disappears when the lid is closed and opened. While watching online YouTube videos in normal ...
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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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 [closed]

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 ...