Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Why is the GPU on the Mac Mini so underpowered?

Mac Mini

Episode 1544

Mike from Spokane, WA

Mike was thrilled that Apple came out with a new Mac Mini, but he thinks that the graphic processor is a bit underpowered. Leo says that may be by design, so that users will buy their eGPU, which was built by Blackmagic. Leo says it's nice, but it's not upgradeable.

There are other options out there that are upgradeable. Leo recommends the Razor Core X. He can swap out video cards whenever he wants.

How can I use one monitor with two computers?

KVM Switch

Episode 1544

Charisse from Lancaster, CA

Charisse wants to know if she can connect a new Mac Mini to her Samsung TV. Leo says it will if she has the same connectors on that TV, but it won't really be that crisp.

Can she use one keyboard and mouse for both the Mac Mini and her Surface? Leo says she can, if she gets a KVM switch. She'll plug them both into the output plug, then plug everything else into it. Then she can use a button to move back and forth between the two computers.

How can I get my TIVO working again?

Hard drives

Episode 1544

Austin from Nashville, TN

Austin's TIVO DVR isn't working, except for flashing lights. Leo says there's a place in LA called WeakKnees, which can replace his hard drive. There's also FixMyTIVO.com, which says it could be a bad hard drive or a bad motherboard. If it's a bad hard drive, he can get a hard drive kit to replace it. But if it's a bad motherboard, then he'll have to buy a new device.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1543

BRILLIANT PAD - World First Self-Cleaning puppy pad & dog potty. This could be perfect for seniors with dogs who are paper-trained, or anyone who can't get out of the house on a terrible winter day. Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces the pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. A sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet.

What is a good budget laptop?

Laptop

Episode 1543

Tara from Barstow, CA

Tara is looking to pick up a laptop for Black Friday with a budget of $300 to $450. Leo says that price point is so low, that she's likely going to end up with an i3 processor. But for most things she'll do, it's probably good enough. One thing that she can consider is a Chromebook. It has an i5, but it runs through a browser. She won't have access to apps like Microsoft Office, but Google Docs will work just fine. It's very secure, too.

How can I transfer my hard drive data to an new drive?

Hard drives

Episode 1542

Jim from Calabasas, CA

Jim is getting a new hard drive to replace his old one. How can he transfer everything over? Leo says that his hard drive will come with an app that will enable him to make a bit-for-bit, sector-by-sector copy from the old drive to the new drive. But Leo also recommends getting an SSD for his OS and programs, and then use a standard spinning hard drive for his data.