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Old 01-16-2018, 7:11pm   #1
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Default Dell Inspiron, 8 months old, bit the dust...

Just chatting with tech support. THANKFULLY under warranty.

I use this thing literally once every two weeks to fill out my work timesheet and email PDF's to my boss. It's a completely sterile machine, I don't use it for ANYTHING but those menial work tasks.

Tried firing it up to email my boss a PDF of Hobbs numbers for the airplane. Got the "7 Beeps of Death" - which apparently indicates CPU failure.

Customer Service in India confirmed Motherboard Replacement Necessary.

8. Months. Old.

Don't have these problems with my MAC's. Just Sayin.

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Is that a home or a business model?

I have three OptiPlex's which were refurbs and they have given me great use for years. I did need to replace a power unit in my Optiplex 760 a few months ago.
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Don't have these problems with my MAC's. Just Sayin.
Don't be scared to say Mac's are worth the money.
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Is that a home or a business model?

I have three OptiPlex's which were refurbs and they have given me great use for years. I did need to replace a power unit in my Optiplex 760 a few months ago.
It's a home model. I bought it at Staples, and it was the cheapest computer they had in the store. I didn't care as I only needed it for very limited work tasks...still shouldn't die in less than a year of extremely light usage.
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Don't be scared to say Mac's are worth the money.
I bought my iMac in 2008, and outside of a memory upgrade, this thing chugs along perfectly. Completely stable, and 10 years old.

My Macbook Pro I bought used, and it's the most wonderful computer I have ever owned. Everything about it is just fantastic. I baby that thing.

Mac's ARE WORTH THE MONEY.
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It's a home model. I bought it at Staples, and it was the cheapest computer they had in the store. I didn't care as I only needed it for very limited work tasks...still shouldn't die in less than a year of extremely light usage.
I check with my friend Barry when it's computer time for me. I get refurbed business machines. They are usually two years and were top of the line at the time so they are fine for my use.
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Maybe a dumb question, but why can't you perform those tasks on one of your Macs? If you need to run Winblows for those tasks, you could run it in a virtual machine.

Look up Parallels, VMWare Fusion, and Oracle VirtualBox (free). All of these products will allow you to install Windows as a virtual machine on your MacBookPro.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:43pm   #8
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If you buy a Dell, buy from the business model.
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If you buy a Dell, buy from the business model.


I've carried around only Dell and HP laptops and they've all been pretty reliable considering it's anything but light duty.
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Stay away from Inspirons..
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Dude you're getting a broken Dell! lol.

Seriously, I had similar happen with a lenovo I purchased ~4 years ago, crapped out 10 months in, motherboard failure. Lenovo was great to deal with, sent me custom packaging and a prepaid label and had it back to me in about a week
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So 1 el cheapo pc motherboard goes belly up and all PCs are inferior to macs?




Here, I've got an 8 year old Thinkpad T61 that's running win10 pro like a champ, that now balances out your el cheapo dell issue and all is right in the world again.
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Maybe it is a Staples problem.

We bought an HP laptop last month. Within 3 weeks, the cooling fan starts making horrendous noise. Official word from support: It's FUBAR.
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Maybe it is a Staples problem.

We bought an HP laptop last month. Within 3 weeks, the cooling fan starts making horrendous noise. Official word from support: It's FUBAR.
it's a "buying low end laptop" problem.
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My Lenovo came from Staples
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