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Why Does My Computer Wake Up from Hibernation?

hibernation

Episode 1570

Greg from Saratoga, NY

Greg put his laptop in hibernation, and when he woke up this morning, it was on. How did it come out of hibernation? Leo says it's common that if there's an update or some preset network activity (like "Wake-on-LAN"), the computer can wake up. A tremor can wake it up as well. As a rule, Leo doesn't recommend hibernation because it can confuse the operating system, causing issues when waking up. Just let it go to sleep. Users can log out, though, for security issues.

What equipment do I need to get into day trading?

Flash Boys

Episode 1569

Andy from LaHabra, CA

Andy is thinking about getting into day trading. What does Leo think? Leo says to read FLASHBOYS. Trading is now an automated, high volume business, and trades are happening in milliseconds, often before anyone at the NYSE knows what's happening. That is the competition. And it's really easy to lose a shirt in day trading, as you get leveraged buying stock on margin.

He'll need a very powerful computer, but any laptop can do basic day trading. It's quite an investment. He'll also need software and a subscription to wall street's feed.

Can I transfer files from a dead computer?

Newertech USB Universal Drive Adapter

Episode 1558

Larry from Long Beach, CA

Larry's computer died and he has to buy a new computer. How can he move data from his old computer to his new computer when the old computer is dead? Leo says to go to Newertech.com and pick up their Universal Drive Adapter. This will allow Larry to take the old drive out of the computer and connect it to his new computer. He can open it as a drive on his new computer and just copy the missing data over. But if the drive isn't functioning any longer, he could be out of luck.

Why am I having issues powering up my computer?

Linux

Episode 1554

Larry from Cerro Gordo , CA

Larry built his first computer in high school, running Linux, and it's 15 years old. Lately he's been having power issues and he has replaced the power supply, but still has the problem. Leo says that indicates a deeper problem on the motherboard. It could also be a failing video card, and the CMOS settings may be corrupted. Removing the battery and putting it back in will reset everything, but he may want to make sure all the cables are seated, and that the RAM is properly installed.

Is there such a thing as a hard drive-less computer?

Hard drives

Episode 1552

Dennis from Marina Del Rey, CA

Dennis is looking to get a new computer and wants to know if he can get one without a hard drive. He's got two 8TB SATA drives ready to go, plus an SSD. Leo says that any tower case will have room for multiple drives. He'll need one fast enough to do video editing.

Leo recommends going to Dell. Dennis should return his SSD and get it with the SSD built-in to save himself the time installing it. He could go cheaper, but since Dennis does this for a living, it's worth paying a little extra for a top of the line model.

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 a disabled user work with a computer?

Computer with keyboard and mouse

Episode 1537

Bill from Anaheim, CA

Bill is disabled and needs help getting his technology to work. Leo says that there are foundations that are dedicated to helping disabled people configure their tech for accessibility. They will also help him get a better price or even have it underwritten. Most computers and mobile devices do have limited voice control. Check out the NationMSSociety.org. There is an article there on living well with MS and it contains a section on accessibility in technology.

What computer do I need for video editing?

Dell Precision Workstation

Episode 1537

Gary from Walla Walla, WA

Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.

Why can't I access my files after a power outage?

Power outlet

Episode 1531

Debbie from Fort Mojave, AZ

Debbie had a power outage and now she can't open anything, especially her pictures. Leo says to try and reboot the computer first. Shut the computer down. Count to 10. Turn it back on. If that doesn't fix it, there's a chance that the hard drive has become corrupt if the computer was writing to the drive at the moment the power went out. This is why Leo recommends a surge protector that has a battery backup.