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I am trying to repair my aunt’s laptop, a Toshiba Satellite L500. The device seems to be in working order, except that the screen remains black. There is no response whatsoever. I tried to connect it to my desktop monitor, but to no avail. I tried to repeat the process after taking out the two RAM sticks, but the situation didn’t change. What should I try next? Is there any hope for it?

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I was working on my Fujitsu Lifebook when I started noticing that the touchpad was not working properly. It started to lag, and the situation didn´t improve after restart. I tried plugging in my parent´s wireless mouse, but the computer does not even detect it. I am unsure what to do. What could the problem be? Is there a correlation between the two?

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Hello. I want to update the RAM sticks on my Asus Rampage 4 motherboard. I am unsure of which of the following options will be better:

1.   Two 8GB sticks of RAM, thus allowing me the option of upgrading it further

2.   Four 4GB sticks of RAM, thus giving me a quad channel RAM,

Which option would you recommend? Are there many advantages to a quad core RAM? Is it even worth it to expand a 2x8GB RAM?

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I am experiencing a weird issue with my internet browsers and mouse. Whenever I want to select a word or some text on either IE or Chrome, the mouse will refuse to do it. I can click links or interact with the browsers, I just can’t select any text. When I do it on any other program, the mouse selects text fine, just not on both my browsers. I tried restarting the computer, unplugging the mouse, searching for new drivers, reinstalling the mouse. Nothing. I am very confused. What could I try next?

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I finally arranged a home office in my apartment, thus having to move my desktop from the living room to the new space (short distance, no bumps). I obviously had to disconnect everything, and reassemble the computer-monitor-printer workstation again. The problem is that the monitor is not working. I know I plugged in all correctly (I even have each slot and cable labelled). The computer starts with no problem, but the only response from my monitor is the tiny power LED indicator. What could the problem be? What could I have done wrong, when the setting is exactly the same?

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Hello, I bought an Acer Extensa with Windows 7second hand for a very sweet deal. Everything seems to be in order, however, it won’t shut down on its own. When I click the shutdown button, the laptop simply restarts. Same when I click the restart button. The only way I gave to shut it down is to press the power button for a while until it does. This doesn’t seem healthy for the device. What could the problem be? Is it hardware or software?

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The brightness settings on my Lenovo Yoga HD+ seem to change at random. I have checked the settings, and I made sure to select full brightness and deselect the automatic adjustments. This made no difference. What worries me a bit is that when the brightness goes down, the entire screen becomes also more yellow. If I go back to settings and change the brightness manually, everything goes back to normal. What could be the problem?

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I have a Razer Naga Mouse on my desktop, as I use it mainly for gaming. However, recently I cannot double click with the left mouse button. This means that highlighting text or moving icons is becoming a daunting task. Is there anything I can do to fix the problem?  

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Whenever I try and watch videos on my ASUS Memo Pad, the volume is really low and scratchy. I tried using the Audiowizard app that came with it, but it isn´t doing anything. Most worryingly, when I use an AUX cable to plug it into my car stereo or my computer speakers, the volume gets even lower and the scratching increases. I tried playing the same audio files with the same speakers and it worked fine. What is wrong with the MeMO Pad?

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When I built my first computer, I made the mistake of skimping on the fan a bit, with the result that I am stuck with something that is very loud and doesn’t even do its job properly. I would like to replace it with something better. I have looked around and the ARCTIC Accelero Twin Turbo II seems like a good option. Is there anything I should be aware of? Are there any compatibility problems? Is it worth the expense in a fairly old computer?