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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Can I switch of screen of my windows 8.1 laptop while programs running in the background

I have a laptop with windows 8.1 64 bit OS. Can I switch off my laptop screen and run my (python) programs in the background? This will cause my laptop to save battery power. When any key is pressed, ...
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how can I Interchange the function of headphone and microphone jack with software [closed]

I have Toshiba satellite C850-f04y PC and the headphone jack is not functioning but the microphone works fine, currently i am unable to replace the hardware(non-functioning jack) so I want ...
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Laptop won't boot, restarts on its own + black screen

yesterday I was playing on my Win 7 laptop when suddenly my screen went into this colorful faulty state, something of this , though not exactly. And a second after my laptop died starting itself up ...
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How to access the BIOS in my brand new HP Laptop with runs FreeDOS?

I've just bought a HP Laptop 255 G2 with AMD quad-core processor which runs FreeDOS and I can' access the BIOS with any command that I know (I tried F1,F2,F8,F9,F10,F12 and Del) but it didn't work! It ...
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Which CPU is expected to have a better battery life?

I'm considering the following two cpu models for my next laptop: Intel® Core™ i7-4700mq, i7-4500U processors I understand that the 4700 mq will give me much more computing power, and that the 4500u ...
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When buying RAM on a budget, do I choose higher capacity or lower latency?

I would like to know how much of a difference is attainable by using RAM with lower timings and whether that difference is justified by the price. Phrased differently, will lower latency RAM also have ...
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Strange magnets in Dell Vostro 3460

More of a curiosity than a technical question. I have a Dell Vostro 3460 laptop, and I just noticed it has two magnets embedded on both lower right and left corners near the USB ports and headphone ...
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Lenovo Ideapad Z585 screen remains black on restart

hope I'm posting this in the right place. Basically I've had my Lenovo ideapad z585 for a while, but recently it's started doing this thing where if the laptop is turned off/restarted, when it is ...
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How to get two fingers scrolling on alienware?

I would like to use two fingers scrolling on my M11x r3. So, I checked the control panel and I just had one finger scrolling. I went to http://www.synaptics.com/en/drivers.php to update the drivers. ...
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Archlinux - Battery detected only on AC plug/unplug

I use Archlinux on a new Dell Inspiron 14. I need to plug/unplug the power cord to have the battery detected. For instance, now, the battery icon tells me that no battery is connected and $ ls ...
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My computer takes 2 minutes to load MS Excel. Is RAM the culprit?

My main laptop is broken and I am using my old one. It performs office work slowly, and I was particularly upset when it took 2 minutes to load MS Excel. I know this is not a specific question, but ...
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Horizontal lines flash randomly over laptop display

I have a 2 year old laptop. The model is Sony Vaio SVE1511W1EB. I never encountered any serious problems with it until now. However, last week I plugged a beamer into the laptop and did a Powerpoint ...
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Can a program break a cpu and/or gpu?

For the record I have posted this question on other forums and nobody has a clue. I have an Alienware 14 (Intel i7 4700MQ and GeForce GTX 765M). A while ago I ran an emulated version of the original ...
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Can a hot PCI adapter slow down the computer?

Using the "watch sensors" command in Fedora, I see that while the temperature of the CPU's are normal (70 degrees at most), the PCI easily exceeds 90 degrees (celcius, of course.) Once the PCI gets ...
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Can a bad LCD cause the HDMI to not work?

Recently, one of my laptops have had its LCD go bad: a lot of flickering, colourful lines will appear (the more wellknown version of this problem is that the LCD displays one or several horizontal, ...
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toshiba satelite laptop keeps goin to static screen randomly for no apparent reason but runs fine in safe mode

So I turn on my Toshiba Satelite c660 laptop and sometimes I get static screen before even booting up, other times it will boot, seem fine then suddenly after say 30 minutes or an hour or even 10 ...
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Dell Latitude E6440 Laptop and Dual Monitor not recognized in Xubuntu 14.05

I have a Dell Latitude Laptop E6440. The laptop have two interfaces, VGA and HDMI. I connect an external monitor to the VGA port, but when I ran the xfce4-display-settings I see only one monitor (the ...
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How to optimize battery lifespan of Lenovo Z510?

I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 laptop, and before I boot it for the first time, I want to make sure to know the exact proper care to ensure the best optimization of the battery's (4 cell 48 ...
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eGPU extreme failure. What went wrong?

I attempted to setup an eGPU system today using a PE4L 2.1 and GTX 650 card, and after making all of the proper connections with my laptop off, I plugged in the PSU (520 Watts) to power the 650 and ...
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Options for external monitors on dual booting laptop with only VGA and HDMI

About a year ago I purchased a fancy new core i7 SSD laptop with nvidia optimus geforce 660M. It's still dual booting windows 7 and ubuntu flawlessly. There's one major problem though - the lack of ...
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CPU Clock, Hirens BootCD, Windows XP

I have an older laptop I am thinking of multiple uses for it. The laptop ran windows xp terribly slow so I did a fresh install of windows xp and it still runs terribly slow(yes i installed the correct ...
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my laptop is not charging when switched on

I have an satellite l735-11f laptop and i have been facing a problem where the laptop battery does not charge even when power cable is plugged in. I have noticed though that i am able to charge my ...
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The GPU overheats and the laptop shuts down

I had to replace my laptop's graphics card a few weeks ago. I also had it cleaned. At first it was fine, except the fan was loud. But since yesterday it has shut down twice. Once when I tried to play ...
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Folder not getting deleted from desktop, gives error “folder is being accessed by other application”

I have 2 folders on my desktop, which doesn't get deleted no matter what i try i get this same error "This folder is being used by another application", I can't rename, I can't change location of ...
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Windows 8.1 denies access to hard drive

Windows 8.1 warned me of a security risk while on client's network: I could see all their hardware. I accepted a Windows proposed access restriction (with a warning) Now my C: access is denied, even ...
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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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new laptop battery usage [duplicate]

I have a new hp laptop 4cell battery I am confused about using battery and charging it I have read it is not suitable to keep it pluged in all the time but where I live it has power fluctuation ...
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How to safely eject 2nd HDD (internal)? Win 8.1

Nowadays I got some problems with my 2nd HDD which i use just for storing data. It's not an external HDD, but it is inserted in HDD caddy(I replaced optical drive in my ThinkPad T400 with this caddy). ...
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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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HP Elitebook 8460p use external keyboard to boot up

I am using an Elitebook 8460p with an external wireless keyboard and mouse. I have a second monitor that is a duplicate of the laptop's display and I just keep the lid closed and use the monitor. I ...
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How can I set the laptop fan speed to 100% manually?

I would like to know if there is a way to set my laptop fan speed to 100%. I want something that I can assign a key to, so when I press combination of keys my fan speed will boost to 100% and pressing ...
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HP computer wont boot from bootable DVD and CD

My notebook is one HP 1000 Notebook having windows 8.1 installed. Last night I was trying to split the partition C and add some spaces to partition D. So i was using PartitionWizard to do it but it ...
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Keyboard and touchpad stopped working after battery drain in Samsung notebook

I was watching a video on my Samsung 400B4B notebook running Ubuntu 14.04 when it went to sleep because of low battery level. I plugged the AC power, resumed from the sleep but now the keyboard and ...
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Is it necessary to renew thermal grease on Acer AO722?

Did anyone renewed the thermal grease on the Acer AO722, there is a need to renew it on this laptop? If yes how can I know for sure that I should to do it ?
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Opening my laptop makes a horrible screeching sound, how do I remove it?

When I open (the lid) of my laptop, a horrible high pitched screeching sound comes on. How do I remove it? It only happens when I open the laptop, but not closing it. I have disabled sounds in ...
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Laptop display flicks like a liquid inside when moving the lid

My newly bought dell 3537 laptop accidentally hit on the wall and Now in that corner the display flicks like water inside when I move the laptop lid upwards. Is this happens because of damage happened ...
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SSD Causing Battery To Die Almost Instantly?

I'm a little stumped a what the problem is. I recently got a used a laptop and I swapped out the 500GB 5400RPM hard drive for a PNY 120GB SSD drive. When I unplug the power from the laptop, the ...
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Where does the Windows PC Camera app save videos?

I still couldn't find Camera Roll folder in my Pictures library, what can I do now? I'm running a 1024 X 600 resolution PC anyway. Any help? Thank you.
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Rained on Sony Vaio Laptop screens black

So I left windows open while i was gone for a few days, my laptop happened to be underneath them. It rained and got my laptop wet except it was plugged in, it didn't short out wasn't that wet at all. ...
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ThinkPad Yoga distorting/compressing some icons

I have a brand new TP Yoga Pro with W8.1 Pro x64 that intermittently distorts some icons and other graphics seemingly at random. I notice it most with icons on the task bar or system tray, but it also ...
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Toshiba Satellite P850 - Freezing and Stuttering

I've about exhausted all my known options at this point. I own a Toshiba Satellite p850 which was new in 2012. The laptop frequently (several times per minutes) locks up or stutters the entire system. ...
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Why is my CPU heavily loaded?

Idle CPU load ranges 30-80%, when performing any tasks - 100%. problem in linux and windows. The computer is not dusty, model acer ao722, fan is working. Sensor shows initial termperature - 57 C, idle ...
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Battery reports it's fine, but notebook won't boot /wo AC plugged in

I am running Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M5-581TG. I opened it up to clean (as I've done twice before), assembled it back and now observe weird behaviour: the laptop won't react to the power button ...
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Speakers sound low (lost external controller), any way to make it loud?

I got Philips 2.1 SPA 9300 speakers. Unfortunately, I've lost the external controller which connects the bass and the speakers into one system and then plugs into the PC/Laptop. Having no controller ...
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Laptop turns off immediately after power on

I have an oldish HP Pavilion dv6 laptop. The screen is busted so I use it for general media and server tasks. It's running Windows 7. The machine has never given me an issue. When I turned it on this ...
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Video is pixelated on my old HP G60 laptop

I've taken my usual computer in for repair, which was a Dell Inspiron with Windows 7 64-bit. I'm now using an HP G60 notebook with Windows 7 32-bit. I'm noticing a problem that any video files I watch ...
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My LENOVO ideapad yoga keeps the fan on but not cooling the laptop…? Why?

For the last few days, my laptop tends to turn the fan on to cool the laptop down with no success. I keep my laptop on a desk where it's never hot or too dusty. I live in central europe, no desert or ...
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What SSD hard drive is compatible with an HP Compaq 2540p? [closed]

I have read this thread but I'm not sure what to look out for and what will cause incompatibility when purchasing an SSD hard drive for this laptop.
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Need help finding drivers for HP laptop

I just downgraded my HP Pavilion 15-n284ca laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 7 (x64) and am now seeing the following two devices complain of not having the required drivers: Could someone point ...