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Windows 7: Dell knowingly sold defective computers

01 Jul 2010   #11
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

I wish there was a way to build laptops like we build towers; then all we can put any hadware we want


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01 Jul 2010   #12
geeve420

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

I had a Dell Optiplex GX260 for years and never had a problem with it. That thing was a tank and took whatever I did to it, I gave it to my friend for his teenage boys to beat on. I also had a Dell d600 lappy for years and it was a tank as well. I now have a Dimention E521 that is a couple years old and it is built well as well. I used to only own Dell, however, I just bought my wife a new Compaq laptop (got great deal on it new) and I have to say the build quality is amazing, it really changed my opinion of HP/Compaq.
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01 Jul 2010   #13
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Forgot to post this earlier, this is what caused that problem with Dell,

Capacitor plague - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It wasn't just Dell, but pretty much all components at the time. It all came down to how it was handled by the parts manufacturers and system builders.
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01 Jul 2010   #14
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
These types of problems are standard for pretty much any mass produced computers. They all use the cheapest parts possible from the lowest bidders and then pass the savings along with the problems on to the customer. This is why I build my own machines.
The same issues apply to the mfrs of the components you purchase to build your own machines so you're not really immune to the problem. The problem isn't necessarily that Dell produced machines with bad capacitors, that could happen to ANY mfr. The problem is how they dealt with machines with the bad capacitors.
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01 Jul 2010   #15
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
These types of problems are standard for pretty much any mass produced computers. They all use the cheapest parts possible from the lowest bidders and then pass the savings along with the problems on to the customer. This is why I build my own machines.
The same issues apply to the mfrs of the components you purchase to build your own machines so you're not really immune to the problem. The problem isn't necessarily that Dell produced machines with bad capacitors, that could happen to ANY mfr. The problem is how they dealt with machines with the bad capacitors.
It's also possible they used lower quality materials than you would find building a machine yourself.
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01 Jul 2010   #16
silentcontrol

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The thing that worries me the most is how Dell responded to this issue.

I've been buying Dell products (laptops) for some time now, because in my experience they build quality laptops at the expense of pretty UI's. They may look butt-ugly but it's solid, right?

My first Dell laptop (Inspiron 1520 I think) went for 5 years before kicking the bucket. I'm on my second Dell laptop now (Inspiron 15 again).

I hope they rectify this kind of mentality now or in the near future, or it's choosing another brand for me.
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01 Jul 2010   #17
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

here's my 1st computer 6/1999 $3400USD
dell 333mhz / 256MBram / 6.4GBhdd / 11lbs came w/ win98SE upgraded to W2K

still running, dead batt, only good for word/excel 2000 internet still slow (pci card connection)
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01 Jul 2010   #18
silentcontrol

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pacinitaly View Post
here's my 1st computer 6/1999 $3400USD
dell 333mhz / 256MBram / 6.4GBhdd / 11lbs came w/ win98SE upgraded to W2K

still running, dead batt, only good for word/excel 2000 internet still slow (pci card connection)
Wow, that's an OLD one. Great job keeping it alive and running. Never had interest in laptops and PC's in general before 2000. God that model looks like a pizza box.

Do you perhaps clean that regularly? Maybe my neglect in cleaning mine contributed to its early demise.
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01 Jul 2010   #19
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

I still keep it in the org box when I don't play with it.

I love win7
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01 Jul 2010   #20
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
My Dimension 2400 has lasted a good number of years, but the screen of my Inspiron 600M laptop I bought in 2005 only lasted just 2 years and I had to get a new laptop. Found out later the 600M had screen issues.
If your 600M is the 15" screen I have one that is in perfect condition if you still have it. Belonged to a friend, now deceased, who had a 600M die and we pulled the parts for others that might need them.
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