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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Asus EeePc graphic issue

I have a few years old Asus Eeepc 100 HD. Until yesterday it functioned fine. Today nothing gets displayed on its internal screen when I turn it on. I have the same problem when using an external ...
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Pavilion zv5200 graphics issues - Hardware or driver?

I have an old Pavilion zv5200 (service tag zv5260us) whose hard drive died a few years ago. Just recently, I picked up a used hard drive for it just to get it working again as a small, fun project. ...
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Dell Laptop clicking noise (fan or hard drive issue)

I have a DELL 17R SE 7720 laptop and have recently noticed it has been clicking - I am not sure if this is fan or hard drive related, I have a video to illustrate the issue. Can anyone suggest my ...
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Can a laptop power adapter bought with a UK power cord be used with a US power cord?

I bought a Lenovo laptop here in the UK and am shipping it off to my girlfriend in the US. Can she use a standard US power lead for the lead that goes from the laptop power adapter to the wall outlet ...
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How to cool my laptop?

I've a 4 year old laptop that is consistently running 60-70 degrees Celsius. I cleaned the heatsink and replaced the fan as it was previously running at 90 - 100 degrees and although it was clearly ...
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Can I use a 3.5 A charger for a 2.0 A spec’d notebook? [duplicate]

As per specifications, my MSI notebook requires a 20 V / 2.0 A charger. Unfortunately, they are hard to find. Can I use a 20 V / 3.5 A charger without damaging my notebook?
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Practical use for Laptop NFC

I have a computer with NFC and a Google Galaxy Nexus. Both support NFC. Unfortunately, Google has failed to come up with any way to use them, too much noise around the keyword nfc. Can I transfer ...
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Some keys toggle other keys on my laptop

When typing certain letters, other letters/symbols are also appearing. The letters in my case are: P " Q = D < and sometimes a "right control" is triggered. So when I'm typing P, the " symbol ...
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HDD takes for ever to install OS, only to leave me with a dead slow new OS

I have received a used Western Digital WD6400BPVT drive, and I want to use it on my Toshiba Satellite A100. The previous user was not sure if the drive was working perfectly fine when he gave it to ...
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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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Battery Notification

I brought a new Toshiba laptop battery. It is getting a charge and when unplug power it discharges, but it doesn’t shows the battery notification when the battery becomes low. Instead it will get ...
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Internet is unbearably & abnormally slow on one PC after recovery using sony recovery partition

I recently restored a laptop, a custom SONY VPCF1390X, using the built-in recovery partition. Everything went about as well as I expected, but I noticed that download speeds were much lower than what ...
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Random battery life display on laptop

I have a problem with my laptop, mainly the battery display always shows battery is at 100% capacity with random time left ( like 70 hours left), the computer shuts down without any warning since I ...
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Are there issue using different sized RAM's

I have a 1*4GB RAM installed in my dell laptop. I am going to purchase 1*8GB RAM. So, my question is if the combination of one 4GB and one 8GB RAM, will both work or not? I am confused as I have never ...
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Keep laptop screen turned off even if keys are pressed

Is there any way to keep a laptop screen turned off even if some key is pressed? Sometimes you may need to fast-forward or rewind a sound clip, but do not want the screen to come back on. Is it ...
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ASUS N53J screen not working with power up

When I boot the computer up the power lights come on but the screen stays completely black then the fan begins to overwork, nothing changed since last use. No change with connecting via VGA to ...
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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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Why are laptop screens sized the way they are?

We've been discussing this in the Comms Room on Serverfault, and thought it might make a good question on SuperUser...especially if there's a clear answer. The hope is that it is a Good Subjective ...
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Updated BIOS on Asus laptop. Black screen

I updated my the BIOS on my laptop yesterday, and now when I think back, I might have chosen the wrong file to update the BIOS with..... sigh.. So now when I press the power button the computer makes ...
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Fujitsu LifeBook AH-532 compatible with 9.5mm HD?

My nephew has a Fujitsu LifeBook AH-532 laptop, purchased Oct-2013. His HD appears to have died, and we're taking the opportunity to upgrade to a better HD - faster, and also 1TB. We're thinking ...
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Do power adaptors automatically adjust current and voltage?

I purchased a new power adaptor (19.5 V, 3.33 A, 65 W) for my Compaq Presario v3000 laptop, as replacement for the old one (18.5, 3.5 A, 65 W). It is listed as compatible with my laptop model. Does ...
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Why has my Battery Icon stopped updating in Linux?

I noticed something funky happening over the past week. My battery icon stopped updating. For a more specific definition, here's the expected and current behavior in detail: Expected Behavior ...
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Unformat laptop windows drive using a bootable ubuntu usb stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Battery icon says charging - but its not really plugged in. Samsung notebook win 8.1 issue

I have a series 9 samsung laptop recently upgraded to 8.1. It suddendly stopped charging the battery when it is ON, but it does when its turned off or sleeping. Therefore I beleve its software ...
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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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Will a SATA SSD drive work in WWAN (miniPCIe) slot?

My company gave me a Dell E6450 with a built in 256 GB SSD (way too small). Dell does not make a CDROM replacement SSD for the E6450 (!!!), believe it or not. Therefore, I see a good option as ...
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Upgrading Ram from 4GB to 8GB in packard bell tm80

I own a Packard bell Tm80 laptop (this website has pulled up this info on recommended ram upgrade option): http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=71500C5AA5CA7304 I have Samsung ram ...
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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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Upgrade soldered GPU

I have a few questions about GPU upgrading, my laptop is good but the GPU is really bad, if it was a better one I could play most recent games on medium-high instead of lower quality. My laptop is an ...
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AltGr on wireless keyboard connected to Dell 3350 laptop gives wrong result

I have tried several wireless keyboards connected to my Dell 3350 laptop and ALtGR always opens a new explorer window! Extremly irritating everytime I try to print @, £ etc. Can anyone help me solve ...
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How can I determine the life expectancy of my laptop's hard drive?

My laptop is three and a half years old. When I go off to college, I'll either replace the entire system, or just the hard drive. So far I have not encountered any hardware errors, and the computer ...
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Debugging power on issue

First off I don't know if this is the correct fora, for this kind of question. My personal Acer Aspire 5745G has an issue, namely that it usually has issues powering on. The issue is that when the ...
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New laptop: what would be more efficient? SSD hard-drive or 16 GB RAM? [closed]

I plan to purchase a new laptop (Dell) and my budget allows me to choose one of the following: SSD hard-drive, 128 GB, for running Windows 8 OS (instead of 500GB hard-drive 5400 RPM) (or) 16 GB RAM ...
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how does mxm graphics card compatibility work

I have this aio PC that's like a gimpy laptop. It's only GPU expandability is an mxm slot but I've never used them. Do I treat them like pcie without a VGA port in regards to its version standards and ...
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Fresh install of Windows will not reboot, it freezes instead. Suspending will trash the install

I just installed Windows 7 Enterprise (no sp, v6.1.7600) to an Acer Aspire 5560. This problem is 100% reproducible on all 7 of the Acer 5560's I've tried it on. The installer froze instead of ...
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HP Laptop Model G60-535DX won't boot or do system repair

I'm attempting to fix my girlfriend's laptop, but it is behaving quite oddly. It is a HP Laptop Model G60-535DX, running Windows 7. It won't start, BIOS works fine, I did memory and hard disk scans, ...
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What adhesive should I use to secure power jack on an Acer/eMachines laptop?

I was going to use superglue, not sure how it'd handle the heat though and I'd be afraid of it getting in the jack. Two way tape seems to be a plausible solution (I've used it in automotive ...
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Install windows back on laptop

No this is not a question on instructions as to how to install windows. My laptop came with genuine Windows 8 installed, but I didn't get a CD. After a few months I installed Ubuntu on it for trial ...
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Open files on network become read-only when laptop is closed and then later re-opened

I frequently have Excel files, Word documents, and some other files (not only Office files) that are located on a network folder (NAS, active directory managed) open when I shut my laptop, either to ...
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Do DDR3 SODIMM modules come in sizes greater than 8GB?

I'm really interested on buying a 1x16GB DDR3 SODIMM module because my laptop has only one memory slot. I know that DIMM modules with 16GB do exist. But I can find only packs with two 8GB modules of ...
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Notebook stalls on bios when HDD inserted

the notebook froze during windows 7 drive formatting and since when the HDD is inserted it doesn't even get to the BIOS screen, just blank black screen. Tried putting the hdd into my desktop pc, but ...
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Redirect Bluray Sound to laptop without any wire

I have a TV connected to bluray player. i want to play the disk but i want the sound to come to laptop. so that i can use my heahphone. I could use the headphone by connecting to the player. but ...
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My Acer Extensa 5635ZG won't boot on my secondary display [AOC D7535Ph]

At the moment i have my laptop display cracked beyond recognition, and decided to buy a 23" full hd display instead of repairing my display [about same price range at that time]. The problem is not ...
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Replaced screen in Acer Aspire, now won't power on or acknowledge it's plugged in

I recently replaced the LCD screen from a different model Acer Aspire (Both 15.6" , same connector and LED backlight) in my laptop. I've replaced LCDs from other laptops before, so I'm fairly ...
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uninstalling touchpad driver to use a mouse instead

I have a Synaptics touchpad on a Toshiba laptop but want to use a Logitech mouse instead. Is is safe to uninstall the Synaptic driver(s) for the touchpad, or will that make it permanently unusable if ...
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Can I connect Mini-PCI WiFi card to Mini-PCI slot for UWB?

I recently discovered, that wifi card ((Dell Wireless WLAN 1397/1510 Half Mini Card) from my new laptop (Dell XPS 1647) is terribly slow and is limiting my internet connection speed. I fought that I ...
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Using a laptop as a wifi adapter for desktop with linux

I have a laptop running Linux Mint 13 with a working wifi card and a desktop with no wifi card running Arch Linux. I temporarily have no access to a Ethernet connection, so I'd like to use my laptop ...
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How do I buy a standalone LCD Inverter? (For Science) [closed]

I was searching Ebay for an LCD inverter to connect a naked laptop LCD to a VGA port... for science. Some things I know, some things I don't. But for the sake of simplicity and ADHD... ill spare you ...
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Lenovo Screen broken (not physically)

My screen of my Lenovo Ideapad S400 recently stopped working. It is less than a year old, and Lenovo/Medion state that it is not covered by warranty since it looks like having been damaged. Nothing ...
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Adding a second RAM chip to Asus U32U Laptop [closed]

I have an Asus U32U laptop. The specific model is RX012D. The configuration is: AMD® APU E-450 AMD A50M Chipset AMD Radeon® HD 6320 Built-in 320GB 5400RPM HDD Running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (will move to ...