Laptop died... damn!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Mr_Gone, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. MikeFromMT

    MikeFromMT Past Tense

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    I'm using a refurbed Dell Inspiron, I bought it 5 years ago for about $400, it came with Vista, the day I got it I loaded Ubuntu (Linux) and removed Vista, it's been running continuously ever since without any problems, ever. :deal
    If somebody offered to pay me $200 per month to run windows I'd say "no"
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  2. jfslater98

    jfslater98 Been here awhile

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    How "settled in" are you? Got all your bookmarks just the way you like them? All your logins saved to all your web sites? The perfect selection of apps? Got your desktop just how you like it? If so... $200 is a bargain.

    Get a new laptop, and you'll likely need to start over. I've not had a lot of luck with transferring settings from a separate PC to another. Remember, your time is worth something.

    Now... if you've been cursing the current one because it's slow, locks up, etc. that's different. But if you're happy with it, I'd get it fixed. Good luck!
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  3. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Though at this stage his hard drive could go any day wiping all that out. At this age with a 200 dollar repair on the horizon I'd just replace it. Also grab a monitor from a friend and then transfer your files to the new one.
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  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Well, it turns out I was wrong. I know, I know... it happens. :D If I shine a very bright flashlight on the screen, I can still see that everything is operating just fine. So I believe that's a cheaper fix, IIRC.

    I'm going to get the laptop fixed. It's worth it to me. I'm pretty good with backing up my stuff, so if the hard drive dies in a month, I'll just buy a new laptop then.
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  5. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    That is a pretty good deal on a 15" laptop. But... mine is 17" though, which jacks up the price. Plus, my 5-year-old specs are pretty much the same as that new laptop.

    Anyway, if I buy a new laptop, I want something better. I want the latest and the greatest, you know, for only $300. Is that too much to ask? :lol3

    Just kidding. Does that make sense, or am I thinking wrong? I guess I'm hoping to avoid the hassle of transferring everything to a new laptop, installing programs, yada-yada-yada.

    I'm not against buying a new laptop, I just think for a couple hundred $ I'm still better off fixing mine.
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  6. NikonsAndVStroms

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    If it's a cheap fix that's not too bad, I'd get a quote for just fixing that part first.

    Just to see if it really is worth upgrading what are the specs of your current one?

    If you have an external monitor or HDTV you could hook it up to go into the start menu and right click on computer and go to properties, then find out what specific processor it is and how much RAM you have. The big thing is getting that CPU model number, like mine is a Intel Xeon CPU W3540 @ 2.93GHz the part underlined is the important part to see how it does in benchmarks.

    The reason I say this is you might have an i5 at the same speed as a current laptop but that new one is a few generations more advanced so it could be multiple times faster than your current system.
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  7. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Screen went black on my laptop. I was desperate and took the screen apart. Turns out it was a loose ribbon cable on the back of the LCD panel. It's been fine ever since.

    That's worth checking before you scrap it.
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  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    So what I've got is a Toshiba X205-SLi1.
    2 X 128GB hard drives.
    4GB DDR2 SDRAM with 800 MHz bus
    64-bit OS
    Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 / 2.0 GHz
    17" screen
    2 X PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - 512.0 MB DDR SDRAM
    HDMI
    6 x USB 2.0 slots

    And it's red. Which, as everyone knows, is the fastest color on motorcycles, so it ought to be the same for laptops, also. Right?

    Undoubtedly the new i5 and i7 chips are faster. But my current boot time is less than a minute. Windows Office programs like Word and Excel load in a second or two, and Photoshop CS5 loads in about six or seven seconds.
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  9. Mr_Gone

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    Turns out the problem is something called the inverter, not the screen itself. So it should be about a $30-$40 fix. Totally worth fixing, IMO.

    This has been a good wake-up call, though, as I realize I should be constantly shopping for a "new" laptop just to keep up with all the innovations and technology. Just in case my current laptop dies ignominiously.

    Speaking of new things... did you guys hear about this new OS called Microsoft Windows 8? OMG everyone hates it!!! :rofl
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  10. NikonsAndVStroms

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    So you have an idea of the differences in case it does die on you I just ran the specs and that Costco HP refurb I posted would be ~3 times faster for the CPU and 50% faster graphics.

    http://www.costco.com/Dell-Inspiron-17R-Laptop-Intel%C2%AE-Core%E2%84%A2-i5-3210M-2.5GHz.product.100026400.html

    This is a 17" for 550 with a processor just under 4 times faster and the graphics are the same as the refurb so that's a 50% increase again.
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  11. Mr_Gone

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    Actually, that's pretty impressive. And good to know. Thanks, NikonsAndVStroms! :clap

    All the advice on this thread has been great.
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  12. NikonsAndVStroms

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    I'd keep an eye on the Dell outlet around holidays because sometimes they have amazing sales, what I got last year around the 4th of July for around 400 was a 15" laptop but it's processor is 6 times faster, and the graphics are twice as fast as your current laptop. And this year it would be an even bigger difference.
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  13. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I have a mental block about Dell and HP computers. When I took my laptop in to have it checked out, I looked around. There were 25 HPs waiting to be repaired and 20 Dells waiting to be repaired. 4 Gateways waiting to be repaired. 1 Sony waiting to be repaired. No Toshibas. No ASUS computers.

    I know that MOST Dell computers work just fine and users have few if any problems. But I just can't bring myself to buy one. Can't do it.

    Edit: Wait, I just totally lied. I just bought a Dell netbook with a 32GB solid state drive, so I can take it with me on trips. Man, I feel so dishonest.

    Anyway, I personally have a Toshiba laptop, and I've purchased 3 Toshiba laptops for my office. Zero problems.
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  14. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    I think the "waiting list" was a reflection of market share, not reliability, per se. :lol3

    I was lucky enough to get to fix Mulekick's HP monster :D and I've worked on those X205s a few times. It really is not obsolete in any practical way, especially with the graphic setup you have, but, I would think about upgrading to solid state drive(s). The speed improvement just from that will make your jaw drop. That way you can avoid a mechanical failure with your current drive and the SSDs are useful for future laptops or desktops if you ever retire the X205.


    Here it is...
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  15. Mr_Gone

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    I didn't think about market share, but still....

    Like I said, it's a mental block. I will definitely consider a SSD. If I can nurse my Toshiba through another year or two, I'll bite the bullet and buy a new laptop anyway. You know, after I've worked through my emotions... :cry

    Did that HP monster really have an Edelbrock manifold? :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  16. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    If Edelbrock made one out of cast iron. :lol3
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  17. Mr_Gone

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    So I was without my laptop this weekend, and I can't believe how many times I reached for it, only to find it gone.
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  18. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I am suffering from severe withdrawal. Now without my laptop for a week. Cold sweats, shaking, fever, blurred vision, bleeding from the eyes... is this normal?

    Who would have thought a week without porn would cause this sort of damage? :lol3
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  20. Mr_Gone

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