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Replacement mouse “feet”?

The plastic skid pad "feet" on the bottom of my Logitech G9 mouse (which I love!) are getting rather worn down -- to the point that the outer shell of the mouse scrapes on the mousepad a bit. I've ...
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How long do Lithium Ion batteries normally last?

On the laptop I have, I've had to buy a new Li-Ion batter roughly every year. I do use this computer quite a lot, but I'm wondering if this is normal. Right now, my battery is completely dead (it ...
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Can I replace Windows with Wine?

I will buy a new computer and install Kubuntu on it. The only kind of software that I would run on Windows are PC games. Can I play most of Windows games without problems with Wine on Linux? If Wine ...
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Reviving a dead laptop battery

Is there any way to revive a dead laptop battery? I have a three year old Dell Latitude laptop that I've been using pretty intensively. After a year or so, the battery dropped dead - if I plug the ...
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How would I replace default Windows Explorer with an alternative one, say Q-Dir?

I would like to re-map existing shortcuts, right-clicks, etc so Q-Dir is opened instead of default Windows Explorer. short of renaming ``explorer.exe in Windows folder - are there any settings I need ...
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How do I remove the last part of every line in notepad++?

I know this can be done in notepad++, but I'm not finding the right replace syntax. I want to remove the last part of this sentence, starting from ?: ...
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Mac OS X search and replace tool with regular expression support

I'm looking for a regular expression based search/replace GUI tool that is able to handle multiple files/subdirectories, something like grepWin but for Mac OS X. PS. I'm aware of grep and I don't ...
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Laptop Battery Diagnostics Software? [closed]

My Compaq CQ50-215CA laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate RC 32-bit recently told me to replace my battery for fear of sudden shutdowns. Is there any good diagnostics software that anyone has used to test ...
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Am I using sed properly to perform this conditional replace? Is there a better way?

I have a space-delimited file that's about 3200 lines long. Each line contains 7+ fields. What I would like to do is edit the file with sed so that every line containing a certain variable in field 5 ...
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Have it fixed or buy a new one?

My dual-monitor system has just become a single-monitor system again when the older monitor decided it would be nice to just turn to black. It's a Samsung LCD monitor and is over three years old. Not ...
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will older laptop screens work to replace broken newer laptop screens?

For example, if I have an old p4 acer laptop with a perfect screen, and a newer dual core acer laptop with a cracked screen, can I swap the screen in to the newer unit (assuming it's the same size)? ...
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change the first word of the previous command

For example I enter cat /very/long/path/textfile and right after that I decide to give the next command rm /very/long/path/textfile So, my question is: What is the easiest/fastest way to replace ...
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Are laptop hard drives fairly generic, or do I need to be careful to get the right one for my computer model?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and the hard drive is failing and I'd like to get a new one. What I'm wondering is, do I need to buy a hard drive specific to my computer model, or are laptop ...
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WordPad replacement

I'm looking for a lite (nothing fancy like notepad++, just simple notepad), open source WordPad replacement. It would be great if it could save and open hyperlinks and export files to HTML. Any ...
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How to perform search and replace in lots of files with Emacs at once?

I'm looking for a solution to how to perform a search and replace in all files in a directory using Emacs.
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Dell XPS M1530 overheating

My Dell XPS M1530 gets insanely hot. What can I do? -- edit I just confirmed that the cooling fan is not moving. Is there any way of replacing a laptop fan?
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regex replace with textpad

I need to update a dateformat in a large file I have in textpad. the dateformat is currently mm-dd-yyyy and I need to make it mm/dd/yyyy each line with a date starts with a D. like this: ...
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Buying replacement Macbook Pro Battery - Genuine vs. eBay

I'm looking to replace my Macbook Pro's battery (15", last model before the Unibody). It's currently at 55% capacity (as reported in System Information and Battery Health Monitor). I've reset the ...
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How can I make my laptop cooler and quieter?

The laptop coolers on my Clevo W870CU are not very quiet, especially when gaming. Is it possible to replace the laptop cooler with a quieter cooler that still has the same air flow?
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Windows command line-Replace multiple characters in single string

I apologize if the question title is a bit confusing, but I wanted to keep it short. Basically what I want to do is take the system date format (%DATE%) and replace characters that would be bad in ...
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How to replace the laptop HDD but preserve the recovery partition?

I need to replace the HDD from one laptop, but the goal is to preserve the recovery partition, thus allowing me to re-install windows at any given time, just like if it was the original HDD. I've ...
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Received a 'repaired' drive under RMA replacement. Is this OK?

The replacement drive I received in lieu of the one submitted under RMA (returned because BIOS detected 500GB as either 4GB or 0MB) carries a 'Repaired' drive sticker. I'm confused about the ...
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Switching motherboard without new install?

I need to replace my current motherboard with a new one, no other parts are changed. Must I format my harddrive and reinstall windows, or can I use the old installation and let windows install the ...
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I have a dead laptop, what are my options?

After having my previous question answered by the HP technical support, I now have a HP laptop that does not work properly. HP recommended that I replace the motherboard and processor for a bargain ...
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Toshiba Satellite A105-S4374 Hard Disk Failing

What do I need to get to replace my failing drive on my Toshiba Satellite A105 Laptop (approximately 3 years old)?
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alternative to IDLE

I do a lot of work in python, and one thing I have come to loathe is opening up IDLE whenever I need to use the command shell. A lot of editors can do Python syntax highlighting, but I don't know of ...
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Where to get laptop replacement parts? [closed]

I am sure some of us have older laptops that still works but just one or two parts started not working very well. However, to send it back to the manufacturer for repair might not be worth the money ...
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Word macro: how to replace strings in a text, based on a 2 column-table?

So I have a series of strings that I'd like to search and replace in Word documents. My strings would be displayed as a two-column table. I'd probably create the table with Word, then would convert ...
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Can i upgrade my laptop's screen with a different laptop's screen?

I have a Samsung notebook with a 14" 1366x768 resolution screen.I have found a replacement laptop site that sells Samsung 14" 1600x900 screen with the same connector type. Can this be done?
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Replacing hard drive of laptop having geniune windows 8 [duplicate]

I have bought a new Laptop Sony VAIO E17, it has a pre-installed windows 8 64bit. Now after using it few days I want to replace my HDD with new SSD, if I will change my hard-drive I will loss my ...
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VMWare Server replacement?

Now that VMWare Server is EOA and end of support soon, what should I use for tests and development for several Linux systems at home? Ability to run headless and gains in performance due to being ...
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How to replace a specific character between specific words?

Would you be able to help me in finding out how I can use the Notepad++ Find/Replace function to replace a specific character between specific words. Please see the example below, I would like to find ...
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Is it possible to “paste” everything of an old HDD to a new HDD?

I have a damaged 500GB HDD, and I want to change a new one now. Is there any way I could do this without having to reinstall the OS and all the applications? Is it possible to take a snapshot of ...
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sed in bash not working

I am trying to use the stream editor sed in bash to replace a string in a file to a new string that I entered, I have this thus far: echo "name to change" read updatenaamold echo "enter new name:" ...
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Upgrade an old PC's Motherboard and CPU?

I've got a younger brother who’s got a old Acer Aspire T310 desktop with a Pentium 4 2.8ghz CPU and 2GB RAM that’s now beginning to show it age a bit, especially when he plays some of his games. ...
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Replacing an LCD screen in a laptop

So I just got my new laptop today -- HP Envy 15 -- and it turns out it's actually 1366 x 768 instead of the 1920 x 1080 I had originally thought it was... obviously I miss read :\ Anyways, I want to ...
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Replacing nVidia GeForce 8800 GT with AMD Radeon 6870

I'm going to buy AMD Radeon 6870 to replace my old nVidia 8800 GT. Which steps should I follow while replacing the graphics card? Do I need to reinstall Windows? Computer specifications: ASUS ...
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Replacing a Macintosh SE hard-drive

I have an old Macintosh SE (the one with the slotted grille in the front) that has been sitting in a closet for years which I would like to spruce up and get it working order. It is complete and did ...
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The fan on my heat-sink is dead, how do I figure out what to replace?

The fan on my heat-sink died and I need to know how to tell what type of heat-sink it is, if there's anything beyond thermal gel that I should think about?
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How do I find a replacement fan for an IBM T40?

The fan in my IBM T40 has died. I have taken the laptop apart and I see that it no longer spins. It kinda whirs for a bit and then stops. I've found some replacement fans on E-Bay for $10. What ...
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Find Search Replace from landmark to landmark - including everything in between

I have the following string >gi|374638939|gb|AEZ55452.1| myosin light chain 2, partial [Batrachoseps major] AAMGR Repeating sporadically throughout my document and want to remove everything from ...
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How do I replace a motherboard with the new one?

Is there any compatibility check done while purchasing a new motherboard with the available peripherals? One of the computer's GIGABYTE motherboard got damaged (getting stuck at bios and not booting ...
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Asus Eee replacement netbook monitor doesn't fit connector

I bought a replacement screen for an Asus Eee netbook 1005HA from a company that said the screen they were selling was compatible, but the connector on the replacement is smaller than the original. ...
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How can I tell if a replacement display is compatible with my laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 4810TZ from 2010 which I truly love - it's a 3 year old notebook that still carries on for about 5 to 6h straight off the battery. I've also invested in it with an SSD and extra ...
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I'm looking for a web based version of the speed dial firefox plugin

I'm a big fan of firefox speed dial plugin. I want to find a web application that will replace it in order to let me use this kind of tool from any browser and from anywhere. I have mess around with ...
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how to remove html comment tags using sed?

I want to remove comment tags in an html file. <!--- <script save and execute me> --> must become: <script save and execute me> I tried sed -i s_^<!-- \(.*\) -->$_\1_ ...
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HP Pavilion s3020.es died - how do I diagnose, and what motherboards are compatible?

My girlfriend got an HP Pavilion s3020.es some years ago (It came with Vista). The computer suffered from a "fall to the ground from 1 meter" syndrome. As a result it doesn't boot - the beeper keeps ...
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Notepad++ Search & Replace with Regular Expressions

I know its simple, but I can't get it to work... I have a strings like {span style="display:none"}123{/span} and {span style="display:none"}456{/span} and {span style="display:none"}789{/span} ...
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Can I replace my laptop screen with another one with a higher resolution?

I currently own a HP EliteBook 8530p laptop. The screen resolution is 1280x800. This is way too low for my standards, so I'm considering ordering another laptop screen with a higher resolution (for ...
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REGEX Replacement Syntax for NOTEPAD++ 6.5

I need to locate strings like R[A-Z][A-Z][0-9] (this syntax works) and replace the first character with 3 which leaving the remaining characters the same. What is the "replace" syntax?