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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lspci: what do Revision Number and PCI Class mean?

I have a notebook Lenovo IdeaPad G500A (59-381065). OS: openSUSE 13.1. My video cards are Intel HD Graphics 4000 and AMD Radeon HD 8750M; # lspci | grep 'VGA\|ATI' 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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Laptop performance much slower after blowing out fans

I have an HP G60 Laptop. It's an old laptop that I got around 2010. It has a Pentium dual-core cpu (2.00 GHz), and 3 GB of memory. It was Windows 7 I resurrected this laptop mid-last year after my ...
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Dell laptop recognizes external monitor but does not display

We have a new-ish Dell Latitude E6430s laptop that has experienced all sorts of problems. Right now, it appears to be working more or less fine, except... When it's plugged in to the dock, nothing ...
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Asus Sonicmaster subwoofer does not work at all

I have a new laptop ASUS N76V and I have a Sonicmaster subwoofer. I connected it, but no sound or bass is coming out from it. Whar could be the reason? I've been searching for a solution for 2 days ...
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Dell Latitude wont boot past BIOS after Windows 10 update

I've got a Dell Latitude E6420 laptop that I was running Windows 7 on, I then tried the Windows 10 tech preview which was working fine until the first major update. It had downloaded and done a few ...
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Dead display on acer notebook

I have an Acer v5 notebook which needed a CMOS reset, so I opened it and removed the CMOS battery and reinstalled it after about 20 seconds. When I connected everything and closed it up again, ...
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Would a dying battery lead to a Lenovo S10-3 Ideapad losing Wi-Fi? [on hold]

My friend has a Lenovo s10-3 that runs on Windows 8. He was using it perfectly a while ago. The battery charge ran out which led his netbook to turn off or hibernate. After plugging in the AC adapter ...
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HP 4530s laptop works with power cord but won't charge battery

Suddenly, two days ago my HP 4530s laptop stopped to be able to charge its battery. Since I was noting that the whole battery was dying since some weeks ago, I bought a new one. Either with the old ...
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Annoying buzzing noise in earphones connected to my Laptop

When I connect an Earphones / Headset to my Laptop (an average ~700€ Laptop) like in the following figure, I get a very annoying random buzzing noise in the Earphones. I can clearly hear it when not ...
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USB port damaged laptop cut off [on hold]

When I inserted my external hard drive, the laptop’s power just cut off and won’t come back on. I looked and saw the port was damaged already. Is the computer crashed or will it work again?
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How to de-stink laptops

I'm refurbishing some laptops that came from a hospice and they smell absolutely terrible. I'm very confident the stench is coming from inside the computer itself. I have no problem opening them up ...
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Laptop with new SSD, Partitioning and Over-Provision

I upgraded my laptop with an Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD for programming purposes. I'm going to install Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS on it. This installation of Ubuntu will get four primary partitions, I'm ...
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Ctrl, shift and alt keys stopped working

The Ctrl, Shift and Alt keys on my laptop have stopped working, both the left and right ones. I have searched for solutions to this problem but I cannot find anything that works. What can the ...
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My laptop's screen won't turn on after restart but it will after shutdown

I just installed Windows 8.1 x64 on my Laptop and I've encountered the following problem: When I restart the laptop, the screen turns off after Windows logo shows up. Just before the "signing in..." ...
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My keyboard is typing by itself, could there be a ghost in it?

The keyboard on my laptop seems to be typing by itself: It sometimes types characters like 134, whether by itself or when I hit certain keys. Repeating characters may appear unexpectedly. The system ...
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Laptop battery: is voltage really important to respect?

I got an Acer Aspire 5100 and I just bought a new battery (after the stock battery just died yesterday). But I saw something after buying and I'm wondering whether it's really important or not. My ...
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How do I force Windows 7 to play only through headphones?

Okay to make things clear; I'm going to give a step by step of what happened. I've got a brand new laptop, and while installing stuff everything was fine. When I'd plug in headphones in the 3.5mm ...
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Is the laptop using the integrated or discrete graphics?

I've bought a new laptop with discrete graphics (a Radeon mobility card), but I know there's also integrated graphics somewhere inside... The laptop came with no OS installed, so I had to install the ...
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Is battery mAh measured per cell?

I have an HP 15-d053cl laptop with a 14.8V, 2620mAh, 4-cell battery (although HP's website says it's 2800mAh) and I'm looking for something to add to my battery life. I've found my same battery and an ...
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How to disable screen lock in Windows 7?

I am running Windows 7 on an HP laptop and after the machine sits idle, it locks and I must enter the password to continue. I cannot find anything in the control panel to affect this, I thought it was ...
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Lenovo X201 screen - black now green

My trusty Lenovo X201 (running Ubuntu 14.10) has developed a problem with the screen. The colour black is now green. Initially, I could make the problem go away by moving the screen back and forth but ...
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Cant load any os installation on laptop

So I have downloaded Kali operating system and checked on my main computer (not laptop) if I burned it correctly to the DVD. The disk was running fine and the os installation showed up. However, when ...
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External display changing brightness based on what's shown

I'm using a Dell Inspiron laptop running Windows 7, with a Samsung SyncMaster P2250 connected via D-SUB as external display. The display seems to dynamically adjust it's brightness based on what's ...
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Will the Samsung Series 9 models boot from USB?

I'm thinking about getting either one of these Series 9 Models: NP900X3C-A01US - Win 7 NP900X3C-A05US - Win 8 I'd want to do a complete wipe on either one, but what to make certain that the unit ...
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Enable Lenovo's “conservation mode” on boot

I have a Lenovo Z50 laptop with Lenovo's Energy Manager installed. Inside the manager's settings menu is an option to enable "conservation mode", which keeps the battery charged in the 40-65% range ...
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My Acer Aspire V5 571 laptop powers on but the screen remains blank

I was on Skype on a hot day inside the house yesterday and our 6 month old laptop just went blank but still powers on. I can turn it off by holding the power button for a length of time.
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Should my HP Pavilion dv6000 operate w/o battery pack while using electrical plug-in? Mine won't

While using my computer, it shut down, and I cannot get it to turn back on. I have tried removing the battery to see if the computer would work without it, but it did not. The light is on where the ...
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Why don't touchpads have scroll wheels? [on hold]

I was using Google Maps on my laptop today and a question occurred to me: why doesn't the touchpad have a scroll wheel next to it? There's a ton of wasted space each side of the touchpad so space ...
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How to hook up a laptop to a Dish satellite? [on hold]

I'm trying to watch movies from my laptop on an actual TV. The TV itself does not have an HDMI port, but the dish satellite (ViP722 DVR) does. Is it possible to do this through a dish satellite using ...
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How can I use my laptop like an external hdd with use of any cable [duplicate]

I want to use my laptop like an external hard drive. How can I completely access my laptop's storage on another computer with the help of any cable? Can we mount a particular partition of the laptop ...
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Sony Vaio VGN-AR21B doesn't recognize transcend SSD370

I have bought a new Transcend SSD370 sata disk to upgrade my laptop. The problem is bios Setup doesn't recognize it. Anyway, I tried to install Windows 7 on it because Windows recognize it (I don't ...
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Adaptive brightness cannot be disabled in Windows 8.1

I am battling with adaptive brightness on my laptop. It just cannot be disabled. I have it turned off in Windows power settings, Intel Graphic Control Panel but without any success. As soon as I ...
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Can I charge my laptop using a power bank using my laptop charger?

I have a Dell XPS-1530 laptop with a 9 cell battery. It's working fine but I was just wondering whether I could use a power connector or something to plug my laptop charger's 3 pin plug into another ...
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Intermittent Wireless Issue, Linux Mint, New Laptop, Other Devices Connect

After scouring the internet, no set of answers can solve the problem (software or hardware) as to why my connection appears then dissapears inconsistently. A simple case would be... Connect to 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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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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CD drive keeps popping out on Dell D630 when using Fedora but fine with Windows XP

I have a Dell D630 laptop that I did a clean install of Fedora on last weekend. Every time I open the CD drive and close it, it pops open again after a couple seconds. This happens whether or not it ...
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Static electricity - Our computers were covered with black trash bags for about six months, is that bad?

A laptop and two desktops have been covered with big trash bags to protect them from dust for quite some time. Is there any danger of anything getting damaged from static electricity? Is there ...
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Dell Latitude D520 and PD01X Extended D-Dock — video card w/ internal monitor?

I've recently purchased a used Dell Latitude D520 and also bought the PD01X Extended D-Dock (includes a modular bay and an internal PCI slot that can accept a short full height card, possibly a full ...
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ASUS X553M laptop with DOS pre-installed: how to install windows xp?

I bought a new ASUS X553M laptop with DOS pre-installed, I am trying to install windows xp but getting error "The BIOS in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. STOP : 0x0000007e"
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Green light on my laptop adapter continues to glow for 2 to 3mins, even when it's not charging

I can see a Green light on my dell laptop adapter even when adapter is being used and connected to a power source. As per my knowledge this idicates that adapter is plugged in to power source and ...
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HP 2013 UltraSlim Docking Station Crashes\Freezes HP Elitebook 840 G1

We have a user that when they disconnect HP Elitebook 840 G1 from the docking station the system then crashes\freezes no BSOD but they always nearly always require a restart. The devices are ...
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Reset laptop battery data or interface battery chip?

My battery consists of 5 parallel strings of 2 cells in series. One conductor broke and therefore the measured capacity of the battery decreased dramatically, so that the capacity meter went down a ...
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What controls a laptop's fan speed? Vostro 3560 overheating

I own a vostro 3560 and I know about the terrible ventilation and heat dissipation problems it has. I've tried several configurations of the copper sheet fix, but what I've found is that my system's ...
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What is responsible for screen dim on laptop (Sony Vaio)?

So this is a minor issue that is bugging me slightly. I have a Sony Vaio SVS151190X laptop with Windows 7. I have it set so that after it's been idle for a few minutes the screen dims automatically. ...
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How to fix no power on laptop ACER 4736z [on hold]

how to fix it? my laptop not display if you turn on it. . .if i try to on. .have light at ON button but no display. . .after that. .after a few seconds going to off again. . .please help me sir. . ...
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What RAM can I add DDR3 1066 MHz, 1333MHz, 1600MHz? Asus, Crucial, CPU-Z [duplicate]

I would like to know what DDR3 Ram my laptop support. AND HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT THE RAM IS WORKING ON MY LAPTOP? THE PROBLEM IS THAT MY LAPTOP HAS 2x2GB DDR3 1333 so why on ASUS page is 1066 and ...
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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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how to setup separate desktop session to laptop from TV

My wife and I need the laptop but we have only one. Actually I have an office laptop too which is crap but I can't let her browse on that. The laptop runs Windows 8.1/Ubuntu 14.10 dual boot. I also ...
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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 ...