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IT solution for 4 sites & 20 users

I'm shopping for a complete laptop "solution" for a staff of 20, in four cities, including hardware, software, service, support, data transfer, training, backup, etc. We need it to "just work", and we ...
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Power and fans but no post, no nothing…sometimes

I'm troubleshooting a laptop. If I let it sit for a couple hours and turn it on, I get a post message, and it boots up just fine. However, if I turn the computer off then back on or reboot, it has ...
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Set Proxy on the Office and Automatic Outside

I am in a situation where I need the computers to use my proxy server for internet access but I still want laptops to be able to connect outside of the Office. right now I push the proxy on the ...
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Flash Performance on Ubuntu

I just reformatted my laptop and installed Ubuntu 9.04. Everything is working great except Flash. YouTube videos play but are horrible quality and choppy (was fine when Vista was installed) and I ...
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Roaming Laptop accessing CentOS LAMP Box - Security Concerns!

Let me preface this question with some information - I am a developer working for a small startup. The company can not afford to hire a proper *nix sysadmin at this time; Subsequently, I have been ...
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Disable User Account Remotely

I work for a highly distributed IT based consulting firm with approximately 150 users in the field at different client sites at any given time. As we have grown we have needed to ability to disable a ...
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non-laptop thin client for lap?

Yea I know its a weird question title, but what I am looking for is something like a KVM that you would see in a server rack, only to server as a laptop kind of device. I am imagining having a ...
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On having my own way on a Compaq Presario F700

Besides the work laptop, I just got to keep a Compaq Presario F700 for 3 months after which I need to return it "just like I had got it". There are a few emotions involved here however that makes ...
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Imaging Sony Viaos — Missing drivers

I've been given several Sony Viao VGN-BX760's from old software engineering students. I'm supposed to install Windows, drivers, necessary software, and image the other laptops with it. The problem is ...
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Do you use physical locks on your mobile (or even desktop) PCs?

It was recently brought to my attention that we don't use physical locks to prevent theft of our laptops. I hadn't really considered it before, since nearly everyone takes their laptops home at night, ...
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HP Tx1000 laptop : no LCD panel or HDD activity

A HP TX1000 Series laptop PC is unresponsive to the power-on event. What was a previously working machine, the LCD display panel suddenly switched off while the machine was in normal operation. When ...
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Are there any vendors making a Gigabit Fiber solution for laptops?

I'm trying to build a laptop system that can connect to just about any network you might come across in a large enterprise. I realize I can use a media converter to go from twisted pair to fiber but ...
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Windows XP page file on laptop second SSD drive

I saw a question on moving hyberfile.sys to a different drive from the boot partition, which I was considering as I have an SSD as the second drive in one of my laptops. All the answers say you can't ...
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Hibernation - affect the HDD?

I use a laptop with 2*120 GB 7200 RPM drives running windows vista home premium with sp2. Does using Hiberanation decrease the life of the hard disk? I usually have visual studio, sql server, 10 tabs ...
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Low cost developer laptops [closed]

If you have to procure a .NET developer laptop for under $500 what laptop would you choose? The developer would be running things like Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server Management Studio, IIS, and ...
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Am I damaging my battery by never using it?

I have a MacBook Pro that stays plugged in for weeks or months at a time. Am I damaging my battery by not using it? I know you should cycle it monthly to recalibrate it...is that good enough? Should ...
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What tool do you use to monitor your clients?

Well, we had "What tool do you use to monitor your servers?", and I wondered, do you (and should you) monitor your clients (desktops and laptops)? What tools are useful for this? It seems to me that ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of ARM vs x-86 processors in future laptops [closed]

Recently I’ve started reading about ARM processors coming out on low-cost and low power laptops, such as these unveiled at computex in Taiwan. I’m one of the Tech people at my company, and often I get ...
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Connecting two laptops through wireless adapters without wireless router

I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and ...
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Switching from piecemeal machines to leases

I'm the IT admin for a company with a small number of users (15-20). We currently run an astonishing array laptops, each bought sometime in the previous four years. Because of this, no two are alike, ...
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Using a laptop as an external monitor and keyboard for a server?

Is there a way to use an old laptop as an external keyboard and monitor for my rack servers?
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What's the best external hard drive configuration for a software developer laptop?

I've got a Dell laptop that I use as a software developer box at work and find that the drive is usually the bottleneck. I'd like to hook up two 10k RPM drives that are striped for performance. I've ...
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hp 6716s, 6715b, and 6710s laptops on linux wireless problem

A year ago we bought several HP Compaq's laptops. Different models, from 6715s, 6715b, 6710s, 6735 ... (not all of them have gone through my hands so I don't know every one of them). They came with ...
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What's the best ThinkPad regarding Linux support? [closed]

Currently Mac user but will switch to ThinkPad soon, with Arch Linux, Debian or some BSD loaded on it. Everything except T and SL series is out of the consideration for me. I am leaning towards T500. ...
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Intro to Laptop Hard Drives

I've had my first notebook hard drive death (well, actually, it's currently dying... clicking noises, super slow windows boot up ...) Anyway, I now I realize I don't know anything about laptop hard ...
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Laptop Backups for SMB - Small Medium Business

I manage a SMB network, 100 desktops, 25 laptops; all windows XP or Vista. The desktops all store data on servers, but the laptops are sometimes off the network for weeks at a time or even ...
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Battery testing

Is there a program (preferably free) made for testing the battery life of a laptop? That would sort of... keep the time, prevent it from going into standby, etc. Maybe have one mode where it just ...
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when are laptops cheapest?

seems like the microprocessors market is in a turning point. I'm going to need to buy a C#/java developer's laptop soon, and I wonder if now is the best time to buy it. yes, obviously the longer ...
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How to recover the strength of a laptop battery?

I got a laptop, which I brought a year ago, which has a battery that can last for 3 hours. 6 months ago, the battery's life dropped down to roughly 15 minutes (Windows says its supposed to last for ...
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Is it possible/advisable to run VMware Server ESX/ESXi on a laptop?

The idea of having a small footprint hypervisor as the primary OS on a laptop or desktop where every "real" OS is a guest appeals to me. Now I realize this software is more typically used on blades ...
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HP laptop wireless network problem

I have a fairly new HP Compaq 6715b laptop. It is running Windows Vista Business 64-bit with the latest drivers and HP updates for the Broadcom network adaptor. My problem is that I can only get the ...
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Turbo Memory Cache - Worth it for Laptops? [closed]

I am buying a new laptop (big fan of Lenovo, so will probably stick with it), and see an option that for about $40 I can add a 2GB Intel® Turbo Memory hard drive cache. I am wondering whether it's ...
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Looking for a high powered, yet small, laptop

It's that time again and I need to upgrade my laptop. For the past three years I've lugged around a huge Dell XPS M2010. And I'm sick of it. But I can't give up the power! Can anyone recommend a ...
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Changing from extended desktop to mirrored desktop on multiple monitors in Vista

Is there an easy way to change a laptop's external monitor (projector) from an extended desktop to a mirrored desktop in Windows Vista? On the current laptop we're trying it on, when we uncheck the ...
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What do you do to protect company-confidential data on laptops?

There usually is a lot to do about the security of servers since a lot of sensitive information is stored there but I think it's more important to make sure the company-laptops (and USB-Sticks) are ...
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Laptops - RAM vs Disk for performance

In the perfect world I could get everything I want, however budgets for new laptops are low so I normally can get a user a laptop + additional RAM (to at least 4Gb). This has been mostly motivated by ...