Dell laptops are junk...

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just back from the repair store

it seems wife's Dell laptop had died again..

third processor gone bad in 2.5 years...

wouldn't be so bad if it was being used.

But it mostly just sits on the shelf as a backup..


Time to shit-can this thing...

(((just letting off a little steam)))

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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


Re: Dell laptops are junk...
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 12:55:42 PM UTC-6, RTS wrote:
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If the processor has gone bad that's Intel's fault not Dell, my current and previous laptops are Dells and they've been flawless so far

Re: Dell laptops are junk...
On 12/4/2018 6:29 PM, mleuck wrote:
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Not to say Intel makes good or bad processors, but for 3 to go bad in  
the same machine, kind-a points to a bad design with cooling, power  
supply or something..


blocking the fan ports, but since this machine is on the shelf 99% of  


RTS


Re: Dell laptops are junk...
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:55:42 PM UTC-5, RTS wrote:
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I've had a Dell since 2009 and it's still working. Used for up/downloading  
panels, starlink connect programing, Ubiquity access  points, Home theater  
remote control programing, CCTV NVR programing etc for all those years. Rep
laced the hard drive once as preventive maintenance and the standby battery
 once. the figures are just about worn off of the keys after all these year
s.

Just up graded to a Dell notebook from Costco. But, once I got it home, I r
ealized that the screen was too small for these weary eyes so with the 90 d
ay return policy, I retuned it and for $100.00 more I got a laptop with a 1
7 inch display. It's big and heavier than the notebook but still fits in my
 case and I only use it for work. New Laptop has a built in DVD record/play
back and a couple of more USB ports. Had to get the wireless mouse though.  
I couldn't get the touch pad adjusted to respond like my old one. The old l
aptop had a touchpad and a left and right button. The new one doesn't have  
buttons and the "tap" response isn't that good. I'm still in the process of
 transferring data from the old to the new and loading apps. It's really fa
st and the video resolution is great.  

Hope I don't have any problems. I got the 3 year extended warranty.

Re: Dell laptops are junk...
On 12/4/2018 7:48 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Best of luck with yours..

I got am old eMachine E627 I use for work.

bought it second hand, but is a work horse..



even got a thumb drive with "Rufus" i use for all old DOS programs..

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started once a week for updates and such..

bought it back in 2016, within the first 6 months it was back at the  
factory shop, had all the guts replaced twice..

and even had the extended warranty, (which today they told me, it ran  
concurrently with the factory warranty)

so was actually just 1 year long.. (thanks Office MAX)


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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:15:05 PM UTC-5, RTS wrote:
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ing panels, starlink connect programing, Ubiquity access  points, Home thea
ter remote control programing, CCTV NVR programing etc for all those years.
 Replaced the hard drive once as preventive maintenance and the standby bat
tery once. the figures are just about worn off of the keys after all these  
years.
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 I realized that the screen was too small for these weary eyes so with the  
90 day return policy, I retuned it and for $100.00 more I got a laptop with
 a 17 inch display. It's big and heavier than the notebook but still fits i
n my case and I only use it for work. New Laptop has a built in DVD record/
playback and a couple of more USB ports. Had to get the wireless mouse thou
gh. I couldn't get the touch pad adjusted to respond like my old one. The o
ld laptop had a touchpad and a left and right button. The new one doesn't h
ave buttons and the "tap" response isn't that good. I'm still in the proces
s of transferring data from the old to the new and loading apps. It's reall
y fast and the video resolution is great.
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Yeah, I got caught with that concurrent warrantee scam on something I bough
t a long time ago and so now I always ask if it's concurrent or not. If not
 ?.. I don't get it.

Costco is an additional time after the factory warranty. It was just a $100
.00.

I'm hearing some good things lately about Costco.  
I went to Costco with one of my customers who is building a sports media ro
om with three TV's, a 6 channel Tivo and four Tivo mini's through out the h
ouse.

He purchased an 65 inch LG OLED TV for $2600.00. about a month ago. Last we
ek he noticed that the price had dropped $300.00. He brought his receipt ba
ck and they credited his account for the difference.

If you have a Costco near you, you may want to take a look at what they hav
e. Here, in my area they have a lot of HP and Dell.  

ANNNNNND What the hell are you using that still needs DOS ?????  
If you tried to use DOS on that Dell maybe that's the reason it broke down  
?. out of disgust! BUT ..... Bill Gates would be proud of you!  

Doesn't that eMachine have a windup key on the back instead of a battery? :
-)  


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On 12/5/2018 12:27 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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I don't usually get those warranties, but this one was a gift (at the  
time) for the wifie..





upload/download software for

FBII's, Moose, even a few DSC's, and a couple of Summits from Israel..

After 45 years we have quite the selection of equipment still working  


(even got a few Ademco 612 dialers around) (try finding replacement tape  
cartridges for those) (LOL)



I did notice the hole in the back for one..



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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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I always wondered if anyone in our industry used or still uses Alpha4
or Alpha 5. Been using A4 since the mid 1980's and A5 in the late
90's.  I use A4 for customer info, zones, billing, service calls. I
use A5 for printing forms and reports.  I can pull up service calls
for customers going back to 1995 or as recent as yesterday. The A4
software was a good product, enabling me to create my own forms, etc.
Of all the many technical manuals that I have seen, read, and groaned
over in my 55 years in this business, the A4 manual was/is the best;
the index at the rear of the book is tops , bar none. If I have a
problem, I go to the index, and then to the page to get my answer.
Alpha Software is located in Burlington MA, ten minutes away from me.
They no longer support A4 and A5. They cater more to developers.

I admire technical writers who are able to present in printed form
instructional material that is clear, well indexed, makes sense, well
ordered, and KNOWS everything about the product. I get the feeling
sometimes that manufacturers don't  invest much thought and money in
their technical writing departments. Some of it is obviously
outsourced to China, or some other country where mangling English is
the norm.

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On Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:44:05 AM UTC-5, RTS wrote:
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I was going to say that I still use my Radio Shack Commodore with punch car
ds and tape transport memory storage system so I can still play Pong  ?
??? but I know you wouldn't believe me. :-)  

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On 12/7/2018 7:08 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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HaHa

well I had a paper tape ASC machine I used in the AirForce,

then we upgraded to the new ASC II machines

then right before I got discharged we upgraded again to the IBM  


My first personal machine was the VIC-20.. sweet machine but had to  
write all the software.

That 2K limit was a little restricting.

Not like today with Giga bit and Tera bit systems..

and the old 10 bit communications was just a tad slow..

even the comm stuff we used on early internet of 24,000 was nice

but the 80 gig links we use now a days is damn near instant  


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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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On Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:49:59 PM UTC-5, RTS wrote:
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 cards and tape transport memory storage system so I can still play Pong  
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Yeah, I got a "sign of the times" alert awhile ago.  
I thought it was time to change the hard drive in my old Dell laptop so I b
rought it up to the local computer store to have them transfer all my data  
from my old hard drive to the new one, just because I didn't want to muck a
nything up by doing it myself. While I was there talking to the young man b
ehind the counter I mentioned that I use an external modem a about 300 Baud
 to up/download my alarm panels. The old guy siting at the work bench says.
  
"He's going to give you a blank stare" " He hasn't got a clue was a Baud is
"  
I got a chuckle out of that. He was right.  

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On 12/9/2018 7:01 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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I ask a supplier of modem parts for a Hayes compatible chip set one time,



Then asked what was so special about the "Hayes chip set".

Well trying to explain it was a waste of my time..



RTS




Re: Dell laptops are junk...
Bad power supply???  That can ruin any electronic equipment. Are you still  
using the original, or did Dell replace that?

Just because it reads the correct voltage, does not mean that it cannot spi
ke or have other frivolous happenings.

I get all my tower computers from customers who decided to buy a new one. M
ost of them are Dells. They do have a greater failure rate than other brand
s that I have gotten for free. For laptops, I usually buy Toshiba or Acer.  
I would never buy Dell. But hey! They're free. I probably have a dozen or s
o towers on the shelf quietly waiting for the 'Day of Powering' when the pr
esent ones die out. I just move the drives over, since they are all similar
. Also, Dell's tower power supplies seem to go out every few years. That mi
ght be due to the fact that I never turn them off.

Make sure that you always use a UPS battery backup- not to be mistaken for  
the UPS' delivery driver's beeping backup signal. When your a/c goes out in
 the house, that can cause havoc with anything electronic, especially when  
it powers back on.



Re: Dell laptops are junk...
On 12/6/2018 12:10 PM, Hogan wrote:
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I never did like those "switching power supplies"..

a little AC always slips in and with micro voltage data pulses strange  



(knock wood)



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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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