Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Out with the Old, in with the New

At the beginning of the summer, our computer (a Dell XPS M1710) started giving us the following message:

So we begrudgingly ordered a new charger and cable from Amazon. That cleared things up…for a few months. Then we started getting the message again. We didn't believe that it was the charger again, so we tried ordering a new battery. That didn't fix anything. So we asked around and finally determined that it must be the motherboard that was bad.

Since buying a new motherboard and paying someone to replace it cost nearly half as much as a new computer, we just made a trip to Best Buy. Our new computer (a Gateway ID49C07u) has five times as much hard drive space, four times as much RAM, and one more processor than our old computer, yet it cost only 2/3rds as much. Nice!

The mouse pad is giving us fits, though. And it's hard adjusting to the much smaller screen. But since Dells will actually run as long as they're plugged in, even if the battery is dead, we haven't actually recycled the old computer, yet. I keep it in the lab so that I can listen to iTunes or watch something on Hulu when I have tedious work to do.

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