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 stripped metal on a power button ribbon be repaired?

I was struggling with a power button cable going into the motherboard (the clip was broken), and in the meantime I managed to strip the ribbon going into the motherboard. I reversed the cable and ...
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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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why tablets start up when connect to charger while laptops do not

I think any Android tablet will start up when it connected to its charger .. Why that .. and why laptops do not act the same ?! one more thing can I turn off the tablet and keep it connect to charger ...
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How much benefit will I get if I add another 4GB ram to my Laptop?

I am using ASUS K55A-series laptop. Specification: Intel® Core™ i3 3110M Processor ( 3rd generation) DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 GB SDRAM Integrated Intel® HD ...
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Reset bios password of Asus Eee PC S101

I have an old Asus Eee PC S101 that I forgot the bios password for. Instead of just throwing it away, I'd like to try to rescue it and maybe have it for my newborn son one day. I'm ready to tear this ...
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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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Laptop crashes on startup

I own a Acer Aspire 5737z; the problem exhibits with a normal Windows login and also in a safe mode login. What happens is basically, after logging into Windows my laptop has crashed to a black ...
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How can I make my laptop F-key's work as F-keys?

I purchased a new laptop with Windows 8. It's F buttons don't work as F buttons, they seem to work by default as the weird icons on them, such as media controls. To "refresh" a browser window with the ...
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Impossible to get Wifi to work on Lenovo X201 tablet after Windows reinstallation

I've reinstalled Windows 7 32 bits a year ago on my X201 tablet, and since then I have NEVER been able to get the Wifi to work again. I've been using a cheap router set in Client mode via Ethernet, ...
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malfunctioning Matrox TH2G Digital on Intel HD 5500 GPU (detects VGA signal as DisplayPort, only provides low resolutions)

Have a HP Elitebook 850 G2. Got a Matrox Triplehead2go Digital. Updated the firmware on the Matrox TH2G Digital from the Matrox website. ...
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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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Fail to install any OS on laptop

I have this weird problem I never seen before. I'm trying to install windows 7 on my laptop Acer Aspire 6920 (I have two of them). One of them is in working condition (Windows 7 installed), the other ...
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Windows (sleep mode) Screen is dimming but unable to go to sleep

When i'm running windows 7(64 bits) a long time , the computer won't go to sleep when i hit the sleep mode button or the power button (since i'm configuring it that way) When going to sleep , the ...
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turbo c++ is not showing fine calculation on my computer

there is anybody for helping, i have a hp laptop pavilion 4 with 3gb ram and dual core processor, initially turbo c++(compiler of c)'s curly braces was not working in my laptop but when i have ...
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HP Pavilion G7 Laptop won't connect to external monitor

I've been using an external monitor for my hp laptop for a while now because the screen is broken and recently downloaded Windows 10 and wasn't to crazy about it so I did a factory reset to go back to ...
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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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Installing Linux on a Windows Dell XPS 13

I can buy from a retailer with employee discount. This means that I can get a Dell XPS 13 with Windows for considerably less money than the Dell XPS 13 developer edition from Dell directly. I would ...
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Dell XPS M1330 with failed Nvidia graphics card, looking for motherboard replacement

I have a Dell XPS M1330, it is not working any more due to graphics card issues. When I called Dell support they said that my machine is out of warranty so I need to pay to fix it! I heard that such ...
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Dell Vostro 1520 BIOS update failed - machine is out of warranty and Dell will not assist

During BIOS upgrade of my Vostro 1520 laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit) their update software failed to complete. In fact the software hung. Now the computer will not turn on, the BIOS does not come ...
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Dell laptop battery not charging?

I have a Dell Vostro 3555 and recently I noticed that my battery is not charging at all. I see this message when I boot up the computer: The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. You system ...
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Laptop keyboard does not work in Windows 8.1 but works in BIOS

I have a Toshiba Satellite A300-23J and have been running Windows 8 and later windows 8.1 for some time now. Last night my keyboard stopped working for no possible reason. When computer starts up (I ...
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Asus S500C laptop does not power on

A friend gave me an Asus S500C SonicMaster laptop because it would not power on. Thought I could get to working, but I'm at a loss. Took a multimeter to the AC adapter and it shows the specified ...
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Ac adaptor of laptop with different amp [duplicate]

I replaced my laptop charger with new one Old charger: input 100~200v (1.5a) output 19v (3.45a) New charger: input 100~200v (1.4a) output 19v (4.25a) Can I use the new charger? Will the ...
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Laptop shutdown right after lid is closed

I own an ASUS G750JS, which never had a problem till now. When I am on my computer and I close the lid for the night, it suddenly shuts down. Sometimes it goes to sleep but 90 percent of the time its ...
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Can I safely charge my laptop with a non-standard, third-party charger?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop. My charger has stopped working. I have access to a Lenovo charger. Can I use this charger on my laptop?
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How do I know which of my laptop GPUs are running games?

My laptop has 2 GPUs, one of them is the default Intel HD Graphics 3000, and the other the Nvidia Geforce GT 630M. Obviously I want to use the 630M to play my games. How can I assure this is ...
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Is it possible to use three screens with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics?

I'm getting a new Lenovo T520 with Intel integrated graphics. Is it possible to use three screens with Intel HD 3000 (the laptop internal screen + two external screens)?
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Need help multi-monitor setup with a laptop

I am planning to buy a new notebook for myself and to setup a good working environment at home with 3 external FHD (1920x1080) displays (4 displays in total with the laptop display itself). However I ...
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My “Lenovo Ideapad 300 - 15IBR” shuts down unexpectedly after waking from hibernation

I bought a new "Lenovo Ideapad 300 - 15IBR" (Win 10 / 64 bit). When I hibernate, the next time when I turn it on, it normally shows the laptop's boot, but just when the Windows logo appears, the ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my GT310M by soldering another GPU in my Sony's motherboard?

Sorry if this is a newbie question, but I couldn't find anything concrete around the web. I have a Sony Vaio VPCF121FX and it has a motherboard soldered GPU (GT310M). I want to know if it's possible ...
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Will I gain by investing in an Nvidia graphics card to process family photos? [closed]

I want to purchase a Lenovo laptop. Some laptops come with Intel graphics (usually 4400) while others Nvidia (usually GeForce GT820M). If my usage is to view movies and process family photos, will ...
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Acer Aspire s7-391 BIOS recovery

Model: Acer Aspire S7-391; 256GB SSD/4GB RAM; OS: Windows 10 Before going dead, the laptop used to randomly display 'no bootable device found' warning while turning it on. But usually it booted up ...
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Laptop starts up by itself after being in Hibernate

I have a dual boot Windows Vista Basic/Ubuntu KDE4 compaq laptop. when I have put the laptop into hibernation from windows I sometimes find that it will turn itself back on. Any ideas what causes ...
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do I really need dust caps for laptop ports e.g. USB audio/mic jack?

I don't know if it's a kind of OCD or if it's really helpful when you work outside with your laptop and environment around might have liquid or water moisture or spill or dust or something else (gas ...
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Using laptop's monitor as a HDMI screen

I have a satellite TV decoder and a laptop. Is it possible to plug the decoder's HDMI into my laptop's HDMI plug and use it as a monitor somehow? Edit: I have an Asus S550C but I don't know what kind ...
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How much RAM can my laptop really support?

I have an Acer Aspire E1-571-6837 laptop and I've read on different sources that the maximum memory it can handle is 8GB of DDR3 (2x4GB, 4GB per slot), but I read here that the max memory the CPU can ...
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Reusing webcam from laptop. Need to figure out the configuration of wires

I'm trying to reuse the webcam of a faulty laptop and getting it to work with my PC. I'd like to connect the webcam to my PC via USB if that's possible. The laptop was a HP 4530s and the webcams ...
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Laptop Power Button Won't Shut Down Stuck Installing Windows Updates

I have a Toshiba Tecra R950 laptop with Windows 7 64 bit. Last night it seemed stuck on the installing updates screen while shutting down. I let it run all night and it is still stuck. So I decided to ...
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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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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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What is version of HDMI in Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-592G ? 1.4 or 2.0?

The question is for owners because I cannot find on official specs page what is version of HDMI in this laptop. It's important for me because I'd like to connect 4K monitor at 60Hz which is supported ...
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Three external 4K monitors at 60Hz on MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro

According to official page for MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro this laptop has: Thunderbolt 3 port which supports 2 4K monitors at 60Hz Mini DisplayPort 1.2 which supports one 4K monitor at 60Hz Question 1 ...
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Is my battery full capacity normal for a 4 month laptop?

I bought a Thinkpad E450 from Amazon last year. First day I plugged it the battery died. I had a battery replacement which after a month started failing, then I had a second battery replacement. ...
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U2442 laptop no power

I have a gigabyte U2442V that does not power up when I press power button... No LEDs are on. For some reason before its death I had to keep doing static discharges to make it work... A while after ...
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New laptop battery inconsistent

I have a fairly old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop and the battery finally gave up recently. I bought another one on Amazon three weeks ago and, initially, it seemed to be OK: it was charging to 100% and ...
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Tools for monitoring/ensuring that laptops logging in to the network are encrypted?

can any body advise on any free or 3rd party tools that can be used for monitoring network access from laptops - ensuring that laptops are encrypted before access is allowed. There have been a number ...
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Working on battery until is runs out fixes my laptop

I encountered a problem where I'm stuck on the loading screen which shows my lenovo logo. I even can't enter my boot settings. I tried a lot to find a solution on the internet but with no result. I ...
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External Graphics card on a dual USB 3.0 Laptop

I have a question about adding a external graphics card to my laptop. It runs most games great on low settings but I would like to bump it up a bit. I have heard that USB-3.1 has display port and ...
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My laptop will not sleep when I close the lid

I've tried to look into everything I know of but this has stymied me. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 15" currently running Windows 7. The laptop will not enter sleep mode when I close the lid. When I ...
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27 inch monitor with 2560x1440 resolution will it work with laptop geforce 540m 1gb?

I got a simple question - Im going to buy an external monitor for my laptop which will be an ASUS PB278QR with 2560x1440 resolution - will my laptop handle it (geforce 540m 1GB) ? I will use it only ...