Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.
Todd is a photographer who loves to take shots of firefighting and stormchasing. He wants to know the safest and reliable way to get images in storms. Leo says that Drones use Wi-Fi to communicate to operators on the ground. So there may be a Wi-Fi adapter that would allow him to remotely trigger cameras from a distance via their smartphone or tablet. Some cameras have Wi-Fi built-in. Sony's PlayMemories app can do that. But Leo doesn't know if anyone would want to take an A7S in a storm.
Donna has a MacBook and it has trouble waking up. Leo says that could be due to her Time Machine external hard drive. She should try disconnecting it.
Sometimes Macs will wait until the drive spins up when it's asleep. OS X Yosemite has a safe sleep mode, which is a very deep sleep when the battery either runs low or is idle for a few days. It copies memory to hard disc and shuts everything down. It's like Hibernating in Windows, and it takes awhile to get going. Leo's not a fan.
Ed would like to connect his Windows laptop to a 40" TV. Leo says that if the monitor has an HDMI connector, and his laptop has HDMI, he's golden. He may need to go into his display settings to mirror the image out through HDMI to the monitor. That way it's sending it out.
If he's on a later version of Windows, the key stroke is + P. If he's changed the settings and the TV doesn't adjust, he should try unplugging the port to the TV and plug it back in. That will reset it so the TV will read it. He may also need to change his resolution to a lower setting.
Sandra has family that is relying her to be their PC support, but it's hard because she's in another state. Leo says that's the benefit of using remote access. But the danger is, that once they know she can do that, she won't have a moment's peace. Since Sandra's family is older, she could send them to The Elder Geek, where they can learn about computers. There's also How To Geek.
Walter wants to know if his Mac is covered under the recall. Leo says if he runs Mavericks or Yosemite, he can go into "About this Mac" and look at the last tab. It will search his serial number and tell him if his Mac is qualified under the current recall for video issues. Leo also thinks his issue could be a bad ribbon cable or screen. If that's the case, then repairs need to be made. But check for the recall first.
Alan has a desktop with multiple 27" screens. He as an iPad and an Asus tablet. Is there anyway he can connect to the screens wirelessly so he can see contents of the tablet on the screen? Leo says there's the ability to do it the other way, but not back. The Chatroom says to check out Splashtop.
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David works from home via VPN to the office. He's unable to view both screens from his office at his house. Leo says that he doesn't know of any VPN that allows for using multiple screens, and it could be a security issue.
Teri bought a Mac a few years ago and needs to know if she's subject to the recall. Leo says go into 'About This Mac', and on the fourth tab, she can click on it and check to be sure she's available for the recall.
Jonathan is a gamer and he just discovered how much more powerful a PC is for gaming than consoles like the PS4 or XBox One. Leo says it's true. PCs can have more powerful processors in both CPU and graphics. There are better screens, and keyboards and mice are more accurate. If Jonathan is a hardcore gamer, PC is the way to go.