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Your Questions About Google Laptop Chrome Os

Susan asks…

I want to test laptops?

You know how Google recently had the pilot program for testing Chrome OS?

Is there any website where I can test laptops (i.e Dell XPS)? I want to test a laptop, receive it by mail and keep it.

Any options? I don’t even care about being paid. I just want to receive a free laptop to test

steve answers:

This doesn’t happen.

Dreams are not Reality

David asks…

Internet connectivity problems…?

I have a laptop with the Windows 7 OS, and I have IE (64-bit and the regular 32-bit) and Google Chrome. A few days ago, my Internet started acting strangely. I could connect to the Internet, but neither Chrome or IE or display web pages (any of them, for that matter). I used the troubleshooter and nothing came up. It told me to use online resources. Today, I discovered that my IE 64-bit still works, but is much slower than the 32-bit IE or Chrome.

I have checked my proxy/LAN settings, changed my prefered DNS and IP stuff to what google suggested for chrome ( and, asked for help on the google help page (and got nothing constructive), restarted my computer, scanned for malware, spyware, and other viruses… I don’t know what I should do.
I contacted google, and it was the address they provided. I am unable to use IP or URLs to access web sites. I changed the DNS thing back to the normal settings, though.

steve answers:

I’m a little concerned to see you setting specific IP addresses for DNS from a third party site. You should be using your ISP’s DNS servers which are normally automatically configured.

Are you able to say, ping google.com and have it resolve to an IP? And can you provide the URL to the resource you got these settings from (for context)?

EDIT: Since changing the DNS settings back have their been any changes? And can you provide the above mentioned? Look forward to your reply!

Mark asks…

Firefox 4 freezes every now and then for about 10-15 seconds?

I’m using Firefox for a long time. Lately, since Firefox reached the 4th version, it keeps freezing every now and then for about 10-15 seconds (“Not responding”). Initially I assumed that it might be a temporary problem. Then the Firefox 5 has been released and I installed it. Nothing changed. I had to reinstall the OS (Windows 7) anyway, and I did that, thinking it might resolve my Firefox issue too. It didn’t. So now, my last resort (actually I should have done that a few steps earlier, but that’s not the point) was launching Firefox in safe mode (with add-ons disabled, bla-bla, like it’s fresh installed). That didn’t helped either.

My laptop has a Core 2 Duo Intel processor, and about 4GB of RAM. I’m using Windows 7 64bit and I’ve tried Firefox 6 (Aurora) and 7 (Nightly) on 64 bits too, and the problem was still there.

I’m also taking into account that some problems might be caused by flash plugin. When I tried 6 and 7, on the 64 bits versions I installed the 64bit flash plugin too. Still no change. From my observations, the problem occured usually when the pages I accesed were containing flash content, but not only in those cases.

Concluding, my best guesses would be: flash plugin or the OS being the 64bit version.

I like Google Chrome too, so that would be my alternative, but I love Firefox especially for it’s add-ons and I’m so used to it, and so on, I have an entire list of reasons motivating my wish to not change the browser.

So, could someone give me a solution for my freezing problem, please?
I forgot to mention: also, during the freeze, the CPU frequency rises to 50% for both cores, I noticed that in the Task Manager. The amount of used RAM memory doesn’t change.


- I ran it in safe mode, so without addons or anything – not working
- I disabled hardware acceleration, and also updated my display drivers – not working
- Without flash plugin I haven’t tried, but there is a lot of flash content over the web, and I wouldn’t “survive” being unable to see it.

The most important notice I had so far, is that I might not have any problems with a new profile. Yes, someone suggested me to delete an addon, not just disable it, so I thauthoughtat if I would start an entirely new profile?

A new profile has no addons, nothing old in it. Just the plugins remained. I’ve imported the bookmarks and installed just ABP addon so far. Seems to work fine, but I can’t fully say that is ok until I’m not finished testing it for a longer period (that idea occuoccurredme last night).

If that’s the problem, has anyone a clue, what could the old profile have “bad” in it? I still tend to belive that not the addons where the cause, because, as I’ve mentioned, I tested F

steve answers:

The only version of Flash Player for 64-bit Windows web browsers is a preview release. It’s basically beta software and probably doesn’t run properly.

Use the 32-bit version of Firefox instead. The 32-bit version of Flash Player will be much more stable.

Sandra asks…

What’s going on with my desktop computer? Items are removing themselves and the internet isn’t working.?

Okay, the internet won’t work even though I’m connected. Anything that I’ve downloaded, if I go into it it says item can’t be found would you like to remove.

Now I don’t have google chrome, msn live messanger, skype and internet explorer won’t connect at all. Why the hell is it doing this?

Recently I downloaded Flyakite OS x, it worked on my laptop and made it look like a mac, but I think it did this to my desktop.

How can I fix this?

steve answers:

START———->PROGRAMS———->ACCESSORIES———->SYSTEM TOOLS———->SYSTEM RESTORE(OPEN)———>RESTORE MY COMPUTER TO AN EARLIER TIME———->NEXT———->select the day or some days before you have installed Flyakite OS x and press next
your system will be restored

Richard asks…

windows 7 vs google chrome os?

i have vista and it is time for a change. should i go with windows 7 or wait to see how well google chrome os will perform?

steve answers:

It depends. Google Chrome is based on Linux, and is good for netbooks, old laptops, computers you don’t want to spend money on to upgrade.

Since you’re using Windows Vista, I’m guessing that 1) you’re not using a Netbook and 2) you find it rather annoying. Either way, I recommend buying Windows 7 instead. It was built to fix the errors embedded in Vista and should provide a much better computing experience.

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Your Questions About Macbook Black Screen Fix

James asks…

Screen Cracked on my Macbook Pro help(10 points)?

I literally was adjusting the screen on my Macbook and my thumb was on the outer black part of the screen and all of a sudden i heard a cracking noise! and now i have a crack across the screen! do you think it would be under warranty where they would fix my screen for free or do you think they would consider it as accidental damage? and how much would it cost please help!

steve answers:

Dont listen to her .. Accidental damage ALWAYS voids what ever warranty you have. APP is very clear in stating that. (apple care Protection). What i would do is take it to a genius bar and have them take a look at it. It may be that the screens on that model were faulty and its a “known issue” if so ONLy THEN even out of warranty they will replace it.

Some advice dont try to lie to the genius bar guy, just show him what you did and then explain what happened. Trust me when know when people are lying we see this same thing HUNDREDS of times a WEEK. Just be friendly with them ask them if it is a known issue at all. You can also say that the screen to be that fragile could that be a manufacturer defect? If you can agree on that then your chances of getting it fixed for free are great.

As for the cost their are Tiers 1-4 cracked screen could be 100 bucks or so, but cracked LCD replacement is like 7-900 dollars.

Mandy asks…

My MacBook LCD screen just died, does Applecare cover this?

It still works when connected to a monitor, but the screen is dead black. Any idea how this happens or how to fix (or how much it costs)? Applecare conveniently never seems to cover anything.

steve answers:

If it’s simply defective, AppleCare will cover it. If it’s out of warranty, Apple will charge you the cost of the replacement screen, which on laptops where I’ve had to price a replacement screen, is usually in the $500-$700 range, depending on screen size.

Sharon asks…

Macbook problems. Black outline + volume issues?

I have a macbook computer, and it has been acting weird lately.
whenever I click on a text box or a screen, it outlines the screen in black. If I try to turn up the volume by pressing the volume up button, it goes to the dashboard. if I try to turn the volume down, it goes to the desktop. If I click the dashboard button, nothing happens.
It started happening when the black outlines appeared. Do you have any idea if there is a relation to this or if I can fix this problem? thanks

steve answers:

I had this same problem and was so frustrated for a day. Then I figured out what was wrong. A feature in Mac OSX called Voiceover was on. It reads the screen basically.

To turn this function off, and to fix your problem press CMND+ F5

Betty asks…

Macbook stuck on white screen?

my uncle gave me his Macbook (black so im guessing its old) and said if i fix it its mine so i turned it on and its just stuck on the white screen and the keyboard seems to be unresponsive i looked online but it tells me to hold the c button and other stuff and no luck is there a way to just restart everything?

also he said he put in a new hard drive if that helps

steve answers:

It may not have an OS if he installed a new HD. If it does have an OSX, try this:

1. Reboot and hold down the Command (Apple) + S
2. You should get a black screen with white text. It’ll run thru processes and end at a prompt.
3. At the prompt, type fsck -fy
4. The system will do a self check and when done should say System Appears to Be OK. If it doesn’t say that, repeat step 3 until it does.

When it’s done, type exit and enter. The system should reboot and fix all the errors. It may ask if you want to replace one configuration with the new one. Do it. If all goes well, you should boot to the Mac OS.

Then again, it may just be broke, right?

Lisa asks…

Why does my MacBook sometimes restart when I close the screen?

Occasionally when I close the screen on my black MacBook (OS X version 10.4.11, 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 160GB hard drive) it restarts when I reopen the screen. I close the screen to put it to sleep, not to restart. It only happens once or twice a month but I’d still like to know why & how to fix the problem… Any Mac gurus please advise. Thanx.
Hmmm, “CJ” must be a gamer. What the dummy doesn’t know is that Mac’s can now run Windows but buying a Mac that runs OS X and then installing Windows on it is like putting on a bulletproof vest then shooting yourself in the head. And if I was cheap, I’d buy a Dell or HP but they run Windows and 7 years of that BS was enough.

steve answers:

You need to reset the System Management Controller:

1. If the computer is on, turn it off.
2. Disconnect the AC Adapter and remove the computer’s battery.
3. Press and hold down the power button for 5 seconds and then release the button.
4. Reconnect the battery and AC Adapter.
5. Press the Power button to restart the computer.

Hope this helps.

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Your Questions About Tablet Or Notebook

Mark asks…

Digital notebook/tablet tech help, 10 pnts?

I currently use a laptop and not very comfy with on-screen keyboards and touchscreen technology

But I was planning on buying the Samsung galaxy note 10. or the Asus Transformer infinity. But seems this android technology doesn’t support regular features like Dreamweaver, right? Are these good tablets for someone who has forever used Windows?

I want these tabs mainly for note-taking, quick scribbling? So I found this other option called digital notepads (DigiMemo or Cyberpad) or something. Are those good? What is the hard drive storage capacity? I found a link, but I dont think this is quite the thing? Here is the link, http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00264GKXO/ref=pr_all_summary_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Anyone has any idea/suggestions? Product names in particular? I am from the writing field so basically any software that allows me to write/scribble on the go would be great
@ Georgi, I realise that it is not a very coherent way of putting a question, especially from someone who claims to be from the writing field. But I am going to a techno fair in this evening hence the hurry. Thanks for answering.

steve answers:

It will never be a replacement for a laptop. However, I use it for school and it is amazing. I have a Asus Transformer Infinity and I had the exact same consideration. I was think about the note 10.1 as well. I played around with the note and I loved it. It’s amazing. Even though, it does lag sometimes even with its quad core processor, it is a nice tablet to work with. The TF700 or Asus Transformer infinity is also great for notes. You can buy a stylus if you want and mine came with a keyboard dock. It is fast, high resolution screen and it does everything I want it to do. Great for entertainment as well. I wanted something for notes in class, word processing, creating presentations, creating graphs, watching my 1080p movies and playing high quality games. The TF700 was definitely my choice. If you purely want a tablet for note taking, not entertainment and word processing, go for the Note 10.1. It’s pretty good. Otherwise, get the TF700 (btw, TF700 has jelly bean update available already and the note 10.1 doesn’t)

Betty asks…

What is the difference between an IPad, Netbook, Tablet, Notebook, EReader computers?

I guess I am more technically challenged than I imagined. Can someone please explain what each of these are and how they differ from each other.

steve answers:

Netbook = small computer, low power, no cd/dvd drive, normally runs android, linux, or lightweight version of windows. Normally has a screen 10 inches or less in size

notebook and laptop are the same. Basically they are just computers that have a built in screen, mouse, keyboard and speakers all in one device. Normally the screen is 10 inches to 18 inches

tablet is a generic term for a (normally) touch screen computer without a physical keyboard nor mouse. Generally they are designed to be less powerful but have a longer battery life. Generally they have less than 10 inch screens

EReader is a type of tablet designed to read e-books

iPad is a type of tablet that Apple made to do light-weight computer usage (web browsing, watching videos, small apps).

Sandra asks…

Tablet, Phablet, or Netbook/Notebook?

I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, as well as a Desktop PC that I use for design work. I want to get something inbetween to “bridge the gap” when I’m away from my PC. I can either

A) Keep my S3 Mini and get a Tablet (eg. Google Nexus 7)
B) Sell my S3 Mini and get a Phablet (eg. Galaxy Note 2 or 3)
C) Keep the S3 Mini and save up a bit for a Netbook/Notebook

Which one would you recommend?

steve answers:

A Phablet consumes more power which would mean you’d have to charge a lot, a notebook is worth considering however which notebook would you pick? I ask this because some tablets are now more powerful than notebooks and a lot easier to carry around so you might want to consider it too. If i were you i’d get a tablet. So in my opinion, the first option seems the best among the three. Hope this helps :)

William asks…

does anybody kno how much a tablet notebook computer cost?

steve answers:

Yeah, a tablet can cost anywhere from $1500 to $5,000 depending on what you want in it.

Susan asks…

Notebook vs Tablet (ipad etc) explanation?

Hi everyone

So my HP laptop’s basically on it’s way out (had its day!), so i’m looking to go ahead and get a new computer for personal use. I guess I just do a bit of everyday net surfing, facebook, youtube, hotmail, etc etc.

My question is – I’m well aware of what’s around now with notebooks and tablets (like ipad, samsung galaxy, etc), but is there much difference with what I can do? What I mean is, is a tablet essentially just a notebook with a touch screen, smaller, cooler, and without a keyboard? Would it have a built-in wireless router thing to pick up my household ADSL internet signal etc?

I’m after some info here on whether buying a cool-looking tablet which I’d love to have is going to be just like having a notebook kind of scenario.


steve answers:

@Corndog11, I always find this a very tough question to answer. It all depends on your needs and comfort.

You have mentioned that your needs are very basic: browsing, videos and may be gaming (though you haven’t mentioned that). For these requirements, a Tablet might be a better option than a notebook as it is more mobile.

When it comes to internet connection, most of them come with WiFi support, USB dongle support (for your usb internet data cards). Very few of them come with Ethernet ports (I am not sure if it is popular in your country).

A tablet is a like a notebook in some ways. It is come from the need for people to have a mobile device like the smart phone but with better computing power, easier input and better screen resoluton. There are tablets that allow a keyword to be connected if you want a more laptop like experience. These keyboards may not be as convenient as a laptop’s keyboard because of their smaller size. If you have to do a lot of typing (like typing many pages of documents everyday), then a laptop would be better.

But from what you have mentioned as your requirements, I think a Tablet would be a better choice.

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Your Questions About Gucci Sunglasses

Sandy asks…

What can i get my girlfriend a present for her Birthday ?

What can i get her a present for her birthday ? Shes turning 16 2moro, and i alreayd bought her a jewlerry heartshaped necklace last year, and gucci sunglasses the year before that , and what can i buy her this year ? My friend told me to go and buy her some roses and give them to her at 12 ? but i dunno, what should i do ?

steve answers:

16 is a big deal. I would do the roses thing and maybe another piece of jewelry?? Like a claddah ring or something like that?

I actually just told this to someone else, but it could be a good idea for you too. With the roses/jewelry, you could do something cool/free and just name land after the two of you….that could be really awesome and its different…fits with a big birthday i think. Http://www.ownapieceofamerica.us/

Helen asks…

Would you consider me a douchebag for wearing 2 pairs of LV sunglasses at a time?

So I have 5 pairs of Louis Vuitton sunglasses and 2 pairs of Gucci sunglasses.. I always have a pair on, inside or out, and a pair on the neck of my shrt., people say that guys who always wear $1000 sunglasses like mine are douchebags but I just think it’s fashion.. I’m 14 btw

steve answers:

Wearing glasses indoors makes you a douchebag. Wearing two pairs of glasses indoors makes you a mega douche.

Joseph asks…

What is your favorite more on the expensive side, clothing brand?

dont say like hot topic and aeropostale because those are MALL stores. i’m looking for stuff like 7 jeans( LUV THEM) project e polos gucci sunglasses, louis vuitton jewelery, stuff like that !

steve answers:

Clothes: collette dinnigan, marc jacobs, bcbg, paul & joe
bags: louis vuitton, gucci, chanel, balenciaga
shoes: gucci, dior, salvatore ferragamo
watches: franck muller, cartier, jacob & co
cant get enough of those things =)

Daniel asks…

How young is too young to own designer items?

how young do u think is too young to own expinsive item. im wondering this because im always questioned why i have a movado watch or why i have gucci sunglasses.

steve answers:

To me and this is just MY opinion. It depends. It depends on who is buying. Are you responsible enough? And what it is used for? Other than that, you can never be 2 young. My little sister is 10 and everything she owns is designer.

William asks…

what do you think of these Gucci sunglasses?

i am over Ray-Ban, so i am thinking about buying these Gucci sunglasses


do you like them. There are for girls, but because they are simple can a boy wear them.

They have black and blue lenses, which one is darker. because the black is only half the lens?

steve answers:

They’re nothing special..
They’re nice, but not worth it.

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Your Questions About Acer

Linda asks…

Where can I get the microphone software for an acer laptop?

My friend recently, accidentally deleted his microphone software on his acer laptop. How can he get the software back?

steve answers:

I’m not aware of any microphone which requires software, you may want to try the Acer website.

Donna asks…

How to I turn on bluetooth on my acer aspire 5738z?

My acer laptop has the icon on keyboard but not able to use bluetooth?

steve answers:



Michael asks…

How do I reset my Acer laptop to when it was still in the box?

I want to return my Acer laptop, but I first need to reset it so that it was like it has never been used before.

I do not have any disks and I cannot format the hard drive.

Does anyone know how?


steve answers:

On an Acer laptop the trick is to hold down the alt key and repeatedly press f10 while booting, which will bring up the utility to reimage your disk to the factory default. You can often also do this with an Acer utility named Erecovery from windows.

Nancy asks…

Acer Repair – Acer Aspire 5755G?

My 5755G has a fan issue
First the fan was very noisy then it went quiet but ran hot
I had someone order a new fan and fit it
They told me that they couldn’t fit the fan as it was a sealed unit
But they said they removed a small build up of dog hair from the fan

I got that back now but the laptop still runs hot
Which worries me with it being an expensive laptop

So what would be the best place to have it repaired
I find it hard to trust sending it away to Acer in the mail

Are they good with repairs, does it take them long , will they replace the laptop if it gets lost in the post
Will they take it now its been opened and how are their prices


steve answers:

Acer is Okay, Hey, that is a great question, welcome to answers, I hope this information helps.
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Maria asks…

Are Acer computers any good?

I need a computer fast. Walmart has an 19″ Acer computer with Microsoft Office includied for 498. Should I buy?

steve answers:

Acer has been around for quite some time now and must be doing something right. Acer is a Taiwanese multinational electronics manufacturer. It owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taiwan, Acerland. Acer’s product lineup includes desktop and mobile PCs (laptops),as well as PDAs, servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users.[1] They are sold worldwide.

On August 27, 2007, Acer announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the struggling Gateway computer company. Gateway also announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Professional business segment, including the Company’s Nashville-based configuration center, to MPC Corporation (an American computer-hardware company based in Nampa, Idaho, USA, best known for providing desktops, notebooks, servers and services to customers in the federal, state and local government, education, small and medium business, and consumer markets [2]).

If regulatory approval of the sale is granted, this would effectively put Acer in the number 3 PC sales position in the US behind Hewlett Packard/Compaq (currently #1) and Dell Corporation (#2).

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