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01-07-2006 10:28 AM
sheepofblue
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by matt232
after the 3rd attempt (replaced 3rd motherboard, 2nd video card, 2nd FDD, 1 RAM, 1 Modem, 1 screen, 1 dvd drive, various missing drivers due to different components) my laptop is at least working again........but still the technician still didn't re-assemble the laptop properly, missing screws, gaping holes in the case, wrong video card model and trying to pinch my upgraded ram module.......not bad for a next day on-site repair service that has had the problem since 20th December and only yesterday (6th Jan) did I get something that was stable and that I didn't have to spend time troubleshooting problems on it.

I guess its not too bad considering the lappy has lasted for 2.5 years with only one other warruntee claim at the 6 month mark....doubt they could be making a profit on the $400 extended warruntee I thankfully took out.
Not bad! I had a Mac laptop that ran for 4 years with zero problems and only died when my nephews were playing and ripped the powerboard out by the cable There are plenty of 'doz laptops with similar quality.
01-07-2006 1:32 AM
matt232
Re: New friggin Dells

after the 3rd attempt (replaced 3rd motherboard, 2nd video card, 2nd FDD, 1 RAM, 1 Modem, 1 screen, 1 dvd drive, various missing drivers due to different components) my laptop is at least working again........but still the technician still didn't re-assemble the laptop properly, missing screws, gaping holes in the case, wrong video card model and trying to pinch my upgraded ram module.......not bad for a next day on-site repair service that has had the problem since 20th December and only yesterday (6th Jan) did I get something that was stable and that I didn't have to spend time troubleshooting problems on it.

I guess its not too bad considering the lappy has lasted for 2.5 years with only one other warruntee claim at the 6 month mark....doubt they could be making a profit on the $400 extended warruntee I thankfully took out.
12-31-2005 8:23 AM
abtech
Re: New friggin Dells

mmmmmmmm anhydrous ammonia
12-31-2005 8:03 AM
dattaway
Re: New friggin Dells

Oh this is nice to know. I wondered why the new Dell we had in the control room for our 2 megawatt refrigeration system starts making funny things happen. Sometimes it reports liquid levels in pressure vessels at impossible levels and requiring a reboot. OK, that may be Windows. What a system. And anhydrous ammonia can turn into a bomb if trapped in a vessel. Oh joy.
12-31-2005 7:14 AM
Baketech
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by ConqSoft
People still use 3.5" disks? I don't think I've even TOUCHED one in over a year.
Media bigot...
12-31-2005 1:03 AM
veefer800canuck
Re: New friggin Dells

Well, mine isn't that new, it's a year old Dimension 8400. P4, 3.4 Ghz, 1Gb RAM, 160Gig HDD, Dual DVD drives, 19" LCD, etc, etc, etc.

It's been pretty much fine since day 1, but their Tech support line blows chunks.

Once, one of my kids did a hard shutdown (don't know why, kids will be kids) and there was a missing/corrupted file that resulted in a no-boot situation.

Dell tech support advised me to do an OS "repair" install (which I'd already tried, wouldn't load the CD even after altering the boot order) then they suggested a complete reinstall (which didn't work due to the same problem above, Duh!).

Basically, they told me to do exactly everything I'd already tried over and over but wouldn't accept my explanation "yeah, I already did that myself 3 friggin times, it didn't work".

They wanted me to ship it back to the factory for repair. I hung up at that point.

Next, I removed the HDD, temporarily installed it in my homebuilt AMD box and booted up. The AMD box immediately recognized the 2nd HDD and let me know the "drive had errors" and "would I like to fix them". HELL YEA, point, click, and Windoze happily churned away, replacing files as required for a couple of minutes before announching that my new drive was now ready for use.

Shut down, remove HDD, reinstall in the Dell, all is good with the world, boots and runs perfectly.

Loser outsourced Indian tech support be damned.

Other than that, the hardware itself has been just fine.
12-30-2005 10:00 PM
fat2k3
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by ConqSoft
This isn't Wintel vs Apple, this is Dell vs other Wintels. There are other threads for the former.


Alright....I'll go away on this one, but a discussion about a "Dell" computer is kind of like talking about how great of a wine selection they have a WALMART!

I'm out!
12-30-2005 8:57 PM
navydevildoc
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by Baketech
Liked the Panasonic toughbook, but couldn't find too much info about it...
Toughbooks are AWESOME. Not the speediest machines, and not cutting edge technology, but if you need to be able to thow a laptop into the back of your hummer and then use it as a bulletproof shield, you are in luck.

They are VERY expensive, since DoD is the primary customer. GTSI is really the only company you can get them from.
12-30-2005 6:22 PM
abtech
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by Baketech
Time will tell I guess. I wasn't afraid to do it because my wife has had a few Compaq laptops for work that have done well. (All of my work laptops have been Toshibas.) Liked the Panasonic toughbook, but couldn't find too much info about it...

So after shopping around, we ended up with a Compaq X6000 that so far has been a good performer...who knows, it may throw a rod tomorrow...
they usually drop a valve right before they throw a rod . . .
12-30-2005 12:17 PM
Baketech
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by OSIRIS
It wasn't
Time will tell I guess. I wasn't afraid to do it because my wife has had a few Compaq laptops for work that have done well. (All of my work laptops have been Toshibas.) Liked the Panasonic toughbook, but couldn't find too much info about it...

So after shopping around, we ended up with a Compaq X6000 that so far has been a good performer...who knows, it may throw a rod tomorrow...
12-30-2005 12:10 PM
luvtolean
Re: New friggin Dells

The only times I've used them in the last year was loading drivers for a SATA drive on a new MOBO and moving some data on an old PC attached to lab equipment.

But Dell's 3.5" laptop disk drives did suck.



12-30-2005 12:06 PM
ConqSoft
Re: New friggin Dells

People still use 3.5" disks? I don't think I've even TOUCHED one in over a year.
12-30-2005 12:04 PM
luvtolean
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by Baketech
I'm starting to think I have been extremely lucky with my Dells...
Despite this thread, I don't think you're lucky. I have owned 5 Dells between work and personal, and my GF has had 2. None have had problems attributed to Dell outside of their crappy laptop 3.5" disk drives which seemed to last about 1-2 years before croaking.



12-30-2005 11:57 AM
OSIRIS
Re: New friggin Dells

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Originally Posted by Baketech
Finally bought my first non-Dell home machine this year...a Compaq laptop. The price/performance was unmatched by Dell, but I guess time will tell if it was a good choice...
It wasn't
12-30-2005 10:26 AM
Baketech
Re: New friggin Dells

I'm starting to think I have been extremely lucky with my Dells...

I've bought a lot of PC's in the past, but all 5 of my home computers have been Dell XPS units. They all performed well over their lifespans that were extended via upgrades by a non-PC guy...

They are all running today...even the 486-66 is currently seeing use as a stand-alone CNC machine controller. The P200 is running a batching system in a photographic shop (replaced a Commodore 64 that replaced an Apple) All of the others have been passed on to family, and are being used as basic home computers...

Finally bought my first non-Dell home machine this year...a Compaq laptop. The price/performance was unmatched by Dell, but I guess time will tell if it was a good choice...
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