Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why don't my computer speakers work?

Episode 1424

Steve from New Jersey
Logitech USB Speakers

The left speaker on Steve's computer stopped working. He replaced the speaker, replaced the cables, updated the drivers, and even used Linux on a USB stick. None of that worked. What's left? Rich says to try plugging a headphone into the jack to see if that works. Steve thinks that besides the drivers, he thinks that it's still a software issue. He should look at the speaker settings, and should try a different USB plug.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1424

Kano's fun new Pixel Kit lets kids learning coding through bright, moving LED lights. They can build their own games, animations, and art. Kano says: Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App. Step-by-step challenges show you how to learn code. Connect blocks and see the effects instantly. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts. Build your own games. Create characters, make them run and jump. Add logic and scoreboards.

How can I prevent a new MacBook Pro from being stolen?

Episode 1424

Alvis from Los Angeles, CA
MacBook Pro cable lock

Alvis has a MacBook Pro with a Kensington Lock. But on the new MacBook Pro, there's no way to use the lock to keep a new MacBook secure. Rich says that he can stick a third party hoop onto the laptop. There's also a USB lock that could work. But then again, the USB-C port means he can't do that either.

The chatroom suggests MacLocks.com for ways to lock up his system, and most are third party solutions.

What happened to my hard drive?

Episode 1423

Danny from New Jersey
Disk Warrior

Danny left his laptop on while flying and when he went to open the laptop, the drive disappeared and he doesn't know what happened. Leo says it sounds like the drive had been jostled to the point that the computer couldn't read it. It could still be connected, though. It's likely that the disk catalog was damaged or corrupted. He could run disk utility, but Leo isn't all that confident that it will work for him. Drive Rescue could perhaps fix the problem. Disk Warrior is another.