June 29, 2007
After much hemming and hawing and researching and going back and forth, I finally ordered a new laptop.
For the last year or so, Our Dell laptop (which is only 2 1/2 years old) has been a nightmare. It’s been overheating, causing the processor to overload- not to mention burning up my legs while I’m working. Last summer we had to replace the motherboard twice and Dan basically had to rebuild it- and we didn’t even own it yet! (we were leasing it rather than dropping 2 grand on a computer back when Dan was still in grad school) So it’s been a long year dealing with this thing. In between Blue Screens of Death and randomly shutting off and not recognizing the memory at random times, it’s been running soooooo slooow (it will sometimes be 10 words behind me while I’m typing an email) And apparently it’s a known issue with the model we have- there’s even a class action suit about it.
So since we finally paid off the lease last month, of course it started acting up even more! GRR. Note to self, and all of you: Beware of Dell. Not only did they sell gazillions of these knowing they had issues with the fans and overheating, but they were IMPOSSIBLE last summer when we first contacted them about it. We talked to about 10 different support people who DIDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH. Then some lady called Dan back trying to convince us that it was our fault, because we didn’t buy the extended warranty. Yeah- that’s what made their product crappy. Not buying the warranty. Then she hung up on him. !!!!!!
So it’s time to move on. And since I need to start getting work done efficiently (like, in between Maggie’s naps and feedings!) we decided to break down and get a new one. You know, “For the business!” (that’s what Dan kept telling me, at least) We’ve had an HP Pavilion desktop since college and it’s been great. We replaced the hard drive in January for less than $100 (the old one was amost 6 years old which is ancient for hard drives) but other than that, it’s been fine. So I’m giving the HP laptop a try. Hopefully it’s awesome. It looks like it! It’s pretty and has a number pad and a webcam and a LightScribe DVD burner! It doesn’t take much to please me… and hey- we got a free printer scanner copier too! I’m in nerd heaven!