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If your computer or phone is giving you issues:

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Restart the computer. Hopefully this will take care of any issues
If your problem has not yet been solved, try to Google it. There may be a very simple solution
On a Windows computer, a system restore may do the trick.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5175 on: April 08, 2019, 11:25:42 AM »
Should work.  Scary though, too cheap.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5176 on: April 09, 2019, 09:08:17 AM »
Most keyboards have keys that can be pryed off gently. Check if there is dirt underneath, that is blocking the key from being fully depressed.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5177 on: April 10, 2019, 03:10:13 AM »
Most keyboards have keys that can be pryed off gently. Check if there is dirt underneath, that is blocking the key from being fully depressed.
I don't think so. They feel like they are depressing just fine and when a key is acting up, prying it up and pushing the rubbery pad underneath doesn't seem to make a difference.

Also, when it's acting up, a bunch of keys don't work properly.  When they are working properly, they all are.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5178 on: April 10, 2019, 10:48:06 AM »
Laptop or desktop?
Any connected peripherals?
If desktop, how many video outputs and which one are you using?
Is the mouse pointer visible on the black screen?

Any ideas? This keeps happening- turn the computer one and off 20 times before it turns on correctly.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5179 on: April 11, 2019, 07:49:36 AM »
how can i put the battery symbol (to see how much juice is left) on the bottom right hand corner of my screen ?
used to be there but disappeared recently

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5180 on: April 11, 2019, 08:32:25 AM »
how can i put the battery symbol (to see how much juice is left) on the bottom right hand corner of my screen ?
used to be there but disappeared recently
Click the up arrow next to those icons. Do you see the battery one? If yes, drag it over next to the ones that always show.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5181 on: May 02, 2019, 07:25:14 PM »
Printer problem:
I have a Brother HL-3170CDW that's printing with shaggy (for lack of a better term) lines of toner that are not sticking to the paper. It happens consistently in the same place on every paper, all the way down the paper. I cleaned all easily removable parts with a dry cloth. From the research I've done it seems like it might be a problem with the fuser- does that sound right? Anything I can do myself? Thanks for any help.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5182 on: May 03, 2019, 06:13:33 AM »
Printer problem:
I have a Brother HL-3170CDW that's printing with shaggy (for lack of a better term) lines of toner that are not sticking to the paper. It happens consistently in the same place on every paper, all the way down the paper. I cleaned all easily removable parts with a dry cloth. From the research I've done it seems like it might be a problem with the fuser- does that sound right? Anything I can do myself? Thanks for any help.

Look at the drum, odds are you will notice something on the same place that the line appears on the papers. If you do see something there, replace the drum, it's cheaper then a fuser. If not, look at the fuser and see if there's something noticeable
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5183 on: May 17, 2019, 04:17:26 PM »
I have tons of pictures on my computer and many of them are duplicates. Any recommendation for software that can help me delete the duplicates even if they have different file names?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5184 on: May 17, 2019, 04:22:19 PM »
I have tons of pictures on my computer and many of them are duplicates. Any recommendation for software that can help me delete the duplicates even if they have different file names?
I use dupeGuru but a quick google search will give you a ton of other free tools https://lifehacker.com/the-best-duplicate-file-finder-for-windows-1696492476
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5185 on: May 24, 2019, 06:14:35 PM »
I use dupeGuru but a quick google search will give you a ton of other free tools https://lifehacker.com/the-best-duplicate-file-finder-for-windows-1696492476
Thanks.

Anyone use a password manager and only store info locally? I have read that some security experts are into that...
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5186 on: May 29, 2019, 06:40:03 PM »
Looking for some advice here.
I have a Lenovo Thinkpad that is having problems sometimes the when I plug it in it recognizes the charger and charges just fine and sometimes it does not. I already paid like $150 to get a similar problem fixed like 4 months ago.
I really need this computer to work but its not really broken yet.
I am in Israel and I know someone coming soon.
Question is do I get a new computer like the Vostro on Sale, or do I get a cheap $100 Chromebook to hold me over and wait till it actually breaks ( which can be tomorrow or in 2 years)?

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5187 on: June 15, 2019, 10:37:50 PM »
I use Malwarebytes and a few days ago it was getting stuck at "check for updates". I figured I'll just remove the program and redownload and install. That worked for a day and two but I am now having the same problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5188 on: June 16, 2019, 04:41:08 PM »
I use Malwarebytes and a few days ago it was getting stuck at "check for updates". I figured I'll just remove the program and redownload and install. That worked for a day and two but I am now having the same problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #5189 on: June 16, 2019, 04:44:14 PM »
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