Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

How can I stream music to my old stereo?

Episode 1398

Lynn from Torrance, CA
Chromecast Audio

Lynn wants to get a new laptop to use for streaming music to her home stereo. What's the best setup for her, Intel or AMD? Leo says either will do. The real issue is that since Lynn is going to be converting analog to digital, she needs a good DAC. She'll want something that's all digital, so she should avoid connecting through the headphone jack. Bluetooth is solid option. Google has Chromecast Audio, which is supported by Spotify and Pandora too.

How can I sync Windows Calendar with my iPad?

Episode 1398

Art from Yucca Valley, CA
Apple iPad

Art can't get his calendar and contacts to sync from his Windows 7 machine to his iPad. Leo says that Microsoft wants him to use his Microsoft account and link it to all of his other accounts. It's not automatic, so he'll have to manually do it.

Leo says that the easiest way is to sync his address and calendar with Google, and then add the account into his iPad afterwards. That way it's all synced in the cloud and he can access it anywhere.

Is it worth it to fix my Thunderbolt display?

Episode 1397

Don from Los Angeles, CA
Apple Thunderbolt Display

Don has a Thunderbolt display that turns off randomly. He hears that it's an overheating issue. Jason says that a Thunderbolt display is like its own computer, and if the fans have become clogged or defective, it could be turning off. It may be an expensive fix, to the point where it would be cheaper to just buy a new one. Finding a local guy who could fix it may be the most affordable option.

How much RAM can I put in a new iMac?

Episode 1397

Steve from Oregon
Apple iMacs

Steve has a 2009 iMac and he's been waiting to upgrade. Now he's ready to get a 27" model, but it says he can only upgrade RAM to 32GB with the midrange models. Steve has read that he can go up to 64GB and it will work. Jason says that the midrange can go up to 64GB, but the lower end is only up to 32GB from Apple. Third party RAMs chips are available, but Apple would rather he spend $200 more to get the next level iMac. He advises buying the iMac with the least amount of RAM available and then upgrade the RAM from a third party. OWC and Crucial are good places to get them.

How can I make a video picture frame?

Episode 1396

Dean from Tehachapi, CA
TV

Dean would like to have a TV on his wall that he can use as a kind of motion video frame. Scott says any TV will do, and he can just connect it to a Blu-ray player and then have it set to play on a loop. The chatroom says that there's waving American flags on YouTube lasting up to 10 hours that he could play as well. With a Smart TV, he can navigate to YouTube with his TV's browser and play it. Scott says it will pump light into the room, though, and so when watching a movie, he should turn it off.