On Fri, 03 Feb 2006 00:57:39 -0000 "Roy Beals" <slowandgo@...
> Hello All,
> I am asking anyone who has a Dell Inspiron 5150 running
> Linux/Windows, do you have problems with your a/c power adapter? My
> computer just died because of the a/c power adapter and the
> motherboard. I have found out that Dell is aware of the problem but
> won't fix it without charge unless you have the extended warranty. I
> do not have it, my computer is 2 years old and now it is dead. Dell
> wants to charge for a replacement motherboard, the same one that has
> the problem, with only a ninety day warranty on the motherboard, but
> not the computer. I feel I have been robbed by Dell for selling a
> computer that they know has a faulty design. I am looking for
> recommendations for either replace the motherboard with no guarantee
> that it will last, or buy another Dell or different brand altogether.
> Please let me hear your thoughts on this, I want to run both Linux
> and Windows XP.
I had the same problem with my 600m. It happened just a couple months
after I bought it. And I did get the extended warranty, but I think
that because it happened so soon, I might have been covered by the
default warranty (90 days?). And, yes, they did replace the motherboard
(and then reflashed the BIOS-- so I had to rejigger X after that).
When I first called tech support with the problem, but after quite a bit
of over-the-phone diagnostics, I was told that it was a known problem.
Ya know, if the Mac notebook would have had a serial port, I would have
bought that. Apple just makes solid stuff... and with them using
FreeBSD for an OS and supporting open source (pretty much), man, it's
I have to agree with you about the sleaze factor. I wouldn't be
surprised at all if Dell sells machines they're pretty sure are going to
fail. I lucked out (mostly) this time, but I'll have to think again
before I buy another Dell. I had a really bad experience with AMD a few
years ago and I'll never buy anything from them again, not in this
lifetime or any other.
As far as an alternate machine, one Linux-guy friend of mine recommended
Fujitsu laptops. Another friend, not a Linux guy, has been getting
Toshiba laptops for the past ten or twenty years and is happy with them.
Yeah, those Japanese and their annoying regard for quality. I guess
American companies still haven't learned from the bath that US car
companies took just a couple decades ago.
Thanks for your post.
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said the big noema to the little noema.