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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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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Dell Latitude E5500 - Cannot change boot order with keyboard, must use touchpad

We just bought a few Latitude E5550 laptops. I wanted to boot from an installation CD, so I had to change the boot order. Instead of being a text-based BIOS configuration that is easy to navigate ...
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How can I re-enable microphone?

I've an ASUS K42JP. I disabled the microphone device, and I have got the following message: Your microphone device has been removed How can I re-enabled the microphone? It is an internal one.
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Key Not Working Consistently on Laptop Keyboard

I have a problem where the 'd' key on my laptop does not work consistently. I used my laptop to play World of Warcraft for a couple of years and apparently, I turned to the right a lot when playing. ...
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HP Pavilion dv3 volume control display driver on Windows 7

I've recently bought an HP Pavilion dv3-2150ep and I'm having a hard time getting the volume control display to work as expected. The control is a back-lit touch-sensitive bar above the keyboard. Now ...
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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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Asus G53SX How to use the recovery partition

I am trying to use the recovery partition on my Asus G53SX laptop, but the instructions in the included booklet don't match up with what happens on the computer. It says press F9 during bootup and ...
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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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Brand new laptop, two years in storage, will the battery be ok?

I have an opportunity to buy a brand new (sealed box) EliteBook 8470p laptop for a good price. The date of manufacture goes back to around March 2013, which is bang on two years ago. Given that it's ...
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FPS lags with new acer aspire 5755G

The title is kind of self explanatory, as my new laptop lags and has FPS drops. For example my FPS in Starcraft 2 hovers around 20 and constantly drops to 1 with low settings when I know it should run ...
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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 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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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 invert the Fn key

I have this problem on my laptop: If my Fn key is pressed the normal (PC-like) F1-F12 keys will be triggered; when it isn't, then the special keys will pe triggered(brightness control, sound volume ...
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Ctrl + Alt + Del on a Mac with Windows

I'm using Boot Camp to run Windows on my Mac. Last night I tried to compress the memory of C, then after that finished, it told me to Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart How do I press these ...
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Windows 7 typing …cant type without automatic dots [on hold]

Why is dots automatically typing between every letter i type. (Need urgent help fellas) E.g. h.e.y a.r.e y.o.u t.h.e.re
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Laptop's processor overheats and turns it off

Model: Samsung R590 CPU: Intel i5-450M 2.4Ghz -> 2.66Ghz OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 with SP1 (after restoring tested also without any updates) It has 4 years now. After 2,5 - 3 years it ...
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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? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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DELL Inspiron N 5050 doesn't Power On until I Plug-in the Charger

I bought a Dell Inspiron N 5050 last week, and recently discovered a problem with my laptop. It doesn't Power On until and unless I Plug-in the charger. After I plug-in the charger, it boots up ...
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Cannot load tp_smapi module on thinkpad x60

I have an old thinkpad x60 running debian. Recently, I brought a new battery, to check the stats(manufacture-data, first use etc ..) I installed a common program called tlp on the machine. But It ...
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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 emulate numpad on a PC laptop?

Some programs use numpad keys for commands: for example to select all files in a folder in the FAR Manager you can just press the numpad *. Also in Windows one can, for example, type § by ...
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Is there a way to execute a program on power events?

I'm basically looking for a way to execute an application when my laptop transitions to battery power and, similarly, when it returns to AC. Is there a built-in hook in Windows or a third-party ...
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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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Maximum reliable duration to leave laptop open?

I have a 2-months-old Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX. It has a wired connection and I use it for downloading purposes generally. I leave it open most of the time but I really wonder if there's a break-point that ...
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Touchpad not working when running Windows server on Dell Inspiron 15

I've setup a dual boot on a Dell Inspiron 15 laptop with the original Windows 8.1 as one option and Windows Server 2012 R2 as the second. This works fine apart from the Touchpad doesn't work in ...
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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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1.35 V RAM in a 1.5 V system - Will it fry or overclock?

The general question is: When installing low voltage RAM in a board that outputs a higher voltage to the memory module, will this fry the RAM or will it be like overclocking it? My specific case is: ...
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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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I want to buy a laptop for programming in android and visual studio also a bit of gaming min 2 gb Ram dedicated graphics [closed]

I will be buying the laptop from dubai or india. Budget is 45000 INR(approx usd 700) Any suggestions for any Particular laptop. Is buying a i7 5th gen processor a good investment over i5 5th gen How ...
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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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How do I replace the built in SD-card reader in a laptop?

Long story short, I've physically damaged my card reader in my laptop (I've bent/potentially snapped the metal connectors). I've managed to dissamble the laptop. However, the card reader was not ...
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Sony Vaio (VPCEB34EN) won't boot, Shows black screen Power LED stays Green

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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Are there any potential issues with using a laptop (MacBookPro) in zero gravity? [closed]

I am conducting an experiment on a 0 g flight in a few weeks. I am using my MacBookPro to run the experiment through/with an Arduino and catalog data with Python. I know that some hard drives have ...
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Three Displays: HDMI(TV), VGA(LCD) and Laptop [on hold]

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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What features are needed in a laptop to run Visual Studio quickly and perfectly? [closed]

I would like to buy a laptop to install Visual Studio Professional Edition on it. I have a friend who has got a laptop with Vista Home Premium 32-bit with 2 GB RAM but he said that Visual Studio is ...
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Asus N53J Laptop randomly shuts down

My Laptop is pretty new and today it random shut down on its own. I was surfing the net and the computer shut down on its own (Like losing power, without any warning). It was the 2nd time, the first ...
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If my taskbar turns to a light blue color, does that mean I've been hacked?

I've noticed this happen at night randomly. My Windows 7 taskbar at the bottom of my personal laptop turns light blue for a bit, then after a while it goes back to its normal color. At my company when ...
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Keyboard not working after replacement?

Not really sure how to troubleshoot the keyboard not working after replacing it on my Latitude E5520. The mouse works (from the keyboard), the backlights are on, just no keys. Actually they have ...
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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 with Windows 7 turns on spontaneously while being in “Sleep” state

I own a laptop(HP Pavilion DV7) with Windows 7 installed for already half a year. Usually when I finish my work I do not turn machine off - closing is enough to get is into "Sleep" state. ...