Saturday, February 04, 2006


Last night, I maxed out my credit card and bought one of these:

Dropped the other two computers off with The Geek Squad to see if they can do any data recovery.

Gateway told me that Blue Screen of Death + Clicking Sound + inability to restart past the "Gateway" symbol page meant my hard drive was truly fucked. The other computer has a dead screen and is perpetually restarting, and after dropping $317 useless dollars on "fixing" the Gateway only to have it explode two hours later, I wasn't dropping another $500 on the other computer only to see it, too, die in some horrible way as soon as it got back home.

For the same amount of money ($700 +), I could buy a whole new system (This was $999. I paid the extra $200 cause this had a more comfortable keyboard than the one for $749. Since I spend anywhere from 4-12 hours a day typing on my laptop, comfortable keyboard was priority 1, followed immediately by how good the screen was).

So now I've got a new baby and a 3-year warranty. And I'm getting myself a back-up data storage service or an external hard drive, because this ordeal has been massively ridiculous.

Sometimes I have to learn my lessons the hard way.

Back to work.

5 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Sam said...

It's coming with a bluetooth headset?
Thats pretty cool - you don't by chance used it and can comment on the sound quality?

Just asking since I bought myself a Sony Ericsson bluetooth headset for skype, and the sound quality of the micro is abysmal, even though it is very good with a mobile phone.
Wonder if my bluetooth adapter is to blame... 

Posted by Sam

a rose is a rose said...

i will say this much, the warranty is THE most important part......... believe me i know

Kameron Hurley said...

Nope, no bluetooth. That was just the best picture I could find of the model I had, and it just happened to include that headset..

Jeremy said...

Good thing on that warranty. I had to send my vaio in three times for weird power issues after the warranty expired. Not cheap. I will never buy another laptop vaio.  

Posted by JeremyT

Kameron Hurley said...

Dammit, Jeremy, *now* you tell me!

Frankly, though, I'm at the end of my rope. Because of the issues with my Dell and Gateway, I was running out of laptop manufacturer options. They only had one brand of Compaq (my parents bought me a Compaq when I graduated from high school - it still works), and I didn't like that keyboard.

I think I'm screwed no matter what brand I choose.