Jun 14, 2006

Laptop Troubles

(Toledo, OH) My trusty Compaq Presario laptop, which has accompanied me to a wide variety of inhospitable climes (including the October 15, 2005 North Toledo riot) may have finally given up the virtual ghost.

Not only is the power connection on the motherboard fried, but now Windows goes into a continuous boot-and-crash cycle.

Thus, my response to comments may be slow over the next few days until I get a replacement.

While we are on the subject, I am entertaining suggestions on replacement laptops. My criteria for the new machine is fairly simple: I need good memory, high speed, ability to access the Internet, a serviceable wireless card, and the ability to take the abuse of cranking out 10,000 words or more per week.

I am less concerned about luxuries like CD/DVD, high-resolution monitor, or any other goodies that drive up the purchase price.

Any recommendations?


Berserker said...

Well... I close friend of mine purchased an HP notebook computer from Sam's. I was aghast! I thought that the thing would break very quickly because of poor manufacturing quality and the fact that the guy is hard on all equipment, in general. However, over a year later, and he is still dragging it around in his truck. So, I wouldn't shy away from looking at Sam's.

Frankly, a Mac Powerbook or iBook is a great idea, too. You can ship the Macs online, and of course on Monroe Street at Mac Cafe. Powerbooks are infamous for very difficult hardware work - like swapping out a hard drive.

And, of course, the Dell Inspirons, and Toshibas are great.

George Nemeth said...

Once you go mac, you never go back.

historymike said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure if I am ready to switch to Mac; too much of my life has been in the service of the Microsoft gods.

Do said...

I bought an HP 3 years ago. It's still going strong and has never had a hiccup. It has bounced around in airports, hotels, my car and more and still works great. I even knocked it off the table once and held my breath while I restarted it. Never a glitch, just loaded up and went right on line.

I bought a new Dell with the Media Center for presentation purposes and it's also awesome. Used for totally different purposes, and has taken a good share of abuse as well.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Dell Latitude, D610. Very luggable and durable.

Anchorage Activist said...

I bought a Gateway with 512MB RAM, a 60GB hard drive, built-in wireless, and 4 USB ports back in December. I lug it back and forth between the house and the library at least three times a week. It works great.

Recommend if your finances permit get a laptop with 1024MB RAM, and a 100 GB or more hard drive. Make sure it has at least one of those 4-in-1 or 5-in-1 ports in case you ever need it. The extra RAM makes you ready for Windows Vista if you decide to upgrade from XP. Best Buy now sells such laptops for just under $1,000.

Toshiba is also good.

Kate said...

Dell is usually a great price point. The problem is there isn't any consistency to their components. They buy whatever is cheapest when they stock.

2nd problem is a historical lack of customer support.

HP is more expensive but a more reliable product. If a component fails they'll typically ship a replacement and return instructions for you to send back the defective part. Or a replacement unit.

Acer is a low cost laptop. They have a Travelmate series that's quite good. If you want a low cost laptop that'll last you a while - you might want to check them out.

Lisa Renee said...

I keep watching ebay - hoping to replace the one that was stolen when Emily's house was broken into.


Suss & The Family Stone said...

You had me at "trusty Compaq." Hilarious stuff, H-Mike.

Hooda Thunkit said...

I'd be hard pressed to recommend anything other than a ThinkPad.

They've been built by Lenovo for quite a while now and they take the abuse.

WHen I bought my Latest (T-40), I got it off of eBay from the ThinkPad outlet. Check them out!

(T-40, 1.8 GHz, 1 GB ram, 60 GB HD, etc...)