this is a thread revival, scroll down the page for the new post
so I’ve had this Dell computer for about two years now and its given me nothing but constant splitting headaches. The system has died in some way or other 3 times in the last two years!first instance was within a week of opening it, which should have been a clear enough warning sign. got shipped a whole new computer after that. Then the hard drive dies in the middle of my midterms week. just kept onbluescreening.I get that replaced.
The hard drive fails again and is replaced again.
then it starts making noise, which I thought was the hard drive grinding, but is more than likely the PSU fan getting stuck or something,
now its just dying, not even a blue screen, just up and dies randomly. didn’t even start booting. For some reason, sticking an ubuntu live cd in, and then telling it to boot from hard drive seems to start XP finally. So right now I’m rapidly backing up my files to an external drive and hoping it finishes before it dies again.
I’m thinking that it may have overheated and one of the fan’s are not going so I have the case open and a vornado going full blast at it.
bleh, not really anyones business, but…
I am really, really sick of dell, and dell computers. to be fair, they were very prompt at replacing broken parts (no charge). that doesn’t help too much when everything they send me seems to fall apart. also, the entire system seems to be incompatible with every possible RAM, PSU, and graphics card I want to buy.
Win XP doesn’t really have anything to do with it but I’m getting pretty sick of that too.
anyways, continue your normal lives people. I just needed to vent a bit.
I really want a new box, preferably a core 2 duo, and dual boot to linux and win XP (for some apps I need). built from the ground up this time. That would have been my choice for the last system, but that decision was not in my hands. hence, why I ended up with an overpriced, overheating (idles at 40-55 celsius and jumps to 80-100!!), noisy, poorly designed (front usb ports are on the bottom angled downwards, an underneath a flap), block of plastic and metal…
okay, backup of important files complete (most were already backed up) so I’m not so nervous anymore. It seems to be working stably now, though I don’t know how long that will last. still, I’ll be really happy when I can get a new system and not have to worry about this constantly. seriously, the monitor (19’’ LCD) is the only nice thing about this system.
nope, it just died again. I am really, really sick of this. work files are backed up now though. (i’m posting from a laptop)