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19 February 2006 @ 07:13 pm
My computer is phuxx0r3d. Fmeh.

It came back from the manufacturer and worked for about... say, four days. Now the HD has a bad sector, the thing crashes and constantly reboots, it won't make it through chkdsk, and if I CAN get Windows to load up, it's literally a several-minute wait between clicking an icon and having it open.

Fuck eMachines. Fuck them hard and sideways.

So I just bought a new notebook. HP Pavilion dv4000, customized a little from a bare-bones system, one of ZDNet's top 5 computers of 2005. With rebates (and tax, feh), it's costing me about $900. Oh, and I get a free printer, too.

I can actually afford this because I came into a small inheritance last month. Not enough to quit work for life, but enough for a few treats. And given the amount of my life I spend online, this is a necessary item.

It won't get here till early March, because they have to build it. In the meantime, we're back to the one computer. GAH. Wait, Rob just said he's going to try formatting the eMachines's HD, so maybe that'll work again soon. (Even if it does, I give up with them, and I will cling to my new computer with love and joy.)
Mary Lewys: Relaxmlewys on February 19th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I have a spare 10 Gig HD for laptops at work, if you need.
Elletheletterelle on February 19th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, that would be cool if the reinstall doesn't work out. I could put the HD in and give it away to someone. :) Thanks, babe!
Mary Lewysmlewys on February 19th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
Let me know!
Elletheletterelle on February 20th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
It did not work. Gah. The HD is completely fucked.

So now that I want something from you, when are you coming over? Are you too tired after work on Friday? We're free Friday night. Oh, and Saturday night too, I think. smolder is arriving very early Sunday morning, so it's conceivable I'll stay up all night Saturday. :)


Also, maybe you can look at the notebook. Rob can't get the thing open.
Mary Lewysmlewys on February 20th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Okay, this weekend is a no-go, unless we can figure out a way from family duties to go to Megacon. Next weekend, I have a friend visiting from San Diego.

What kind of computer is it? I mean, is there a model number on that e-Machine?
Elletheletterelle on February 20th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
It's a 5310, but never mind. Rob took the HD out of his fucked-up laptop, tried it in my computer, and nothing. It works in his, so clearly the problem is somewhere else with my computer. I think there's no saving it.

But you still need to come over sometime. :)
Mary Lewysmlewys on February 20th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
I know! I should call you as well. I need help finding subculture.
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on February 19th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
OMG. You bought a computer from eMachines?! Don't buy a home computer from Dell, Compaq or eMachines, but particularly not eMachines, ever again!

I usually recommend PCClub. Their worst fault is that they usually stuff their custom-built machines into cases that are a bit tight, so one thing to get customized is a bigger case. (Yes, I've found out the hard way.) Their customer service is superb.
Elletheletterelle on February 19th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Dude, I KNOW. Never again. I didn't research before I bought-- I know better now.

Why not from Dell? I had a Dell desktop for years, and had no problems with it. Are their notebooks bad? A couple of them were on the recommended list.
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on February 19th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
How long ago? Dell now has a reputation for some of the most godawful customer service you will ever find (their service for business servers is supposedly marvelous, but apparently to do that they basically tell their home user customers to go to hell). According to wind_runner, their machines are also cleverly designed to make them almost impossible to upgrade except with Dell parts (if at all).
Elletheletterelle on February 20th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh, long, long ago. Um. I think I got it for law school graduation, so 1997.

Dude, I can't BELIEVE that's almost 10 years ago. Fuck.

Very well, then, no Dell for us right now. This HP looks really good, anyway. I can't wait!