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A couple weeks ago, my laptop started acting up. The keyboard would randomly stop registering key strokes and then suddenly register dozens of key presses at once. After some trial and error I found that the problem occurred most often when my palms were resting on the laptop while typing instead of hovering in the air (as recommended by most ergonomics guides, though I personally disagree).
On top of that the battery was starting to die. At 100%, the battery would only last 40 minutes, and that's with wireless turned off and the brightness turned all the way down. If I use the internet, that time drops to 30 minutes and if I used the DVD player that time drops to about 20 minutes. I got the battery in April when I last had computer problems but it may have been used so it could be 2 years old (when they rolled this HP Compaq nc6400 model out) but I suspect it to be younger than that. Even if it was 2 years old, it shouldn't die that quickly.
So I went to IT to see if I could get it fixed and the guy decided to give me yet another laptop shell (all shells have an identical setup so they swap hard drives and usually they're done in less than 10 minutes). That makes this my fifth laptop since February. Pretty pitiful.
I got a new battery too so hopefully that will last a decent amount of time. I heard two other people requesting new batteries as well so I asked the support guy if it was a common problem. His response was, "I think 100% of these batteries are going to die early." Good job, HP. Good job.
Posted 09/26/2008 03:00 PM in Geek Stuff, Ramblings, Work | Total Comments: (2)
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So HP officially sucks, and everyone's modern Dell seems to crap out with a fierce consistency. Any laptop brands you'd recommend? Consumer Reports says that brand reliability is about the same across the board, but I find that hard to believe (unless you're normalizing over many years of product service... like they do).
Submitted by Dan on 09/27/2008 00:44 AM
It is up to you BUTIf the power goes off then your laptop will also go off and there is where your perlboms can come many foldFirst of all you are running your OS which will not like being shut down is such a wayThen the DVD program will also not like being shutdown is such a way.So if you accidentally knock out the power cord or the mains goes off there could be data errors left on your hard drive because the read arm is not stopped in the park position' also the chip set may be hot due to driving the video and sound devises and then suddenly not having a cooling fan the residual heat could end up damaging those chip setsI NEVER run without my battery installed I do conditionally use my battery thoughAs I said it is up to you
Submitted by jwsSCwtsFJheEd on 01/04/2013 05:52 AM