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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Computer Genius Needed

I bought a Dell laptop in the middle of 1L. It got me through law school and the bar exam, but lately its had some "issues".

By issues, I mean that for the past year or so, I've had problems with the power button. I can shut down in stand-by mode, but where I used to be able to just hit a key or mess with the touchpad, I now have to hit the power button. And even then, sometimes it just sort of refuses to do anything - especially if I've been using it for a long time (like, say, in a class.) Even more recently, it just sort of shuts down without any warning, and won't start back up for 20-30 minutes.

I won't deny that law school was pretty rough on my laptop - the constant moving from place to place, being used for long hours, being bounced around on buses and the Metro.

There was also that trip down the escalator in the Frankfurt airport when the backpack slipped off the luggage cart....

I know I have lots of stuff to delete in order to reduce the amount of memory I'm using. I need to update my virus software and run a scan. But I don't really have high hopes that either of those things will do much.

Does anyone smarter than me have any ideas? Or do I just come to grips with the fact that I'm probably going to be in the market for a new laptop soon? Do I even bother having someone look at it?

Comments:
I was having very similar problems with my Dell.

My solution?

I bought a new MacBook.
 
3 years of use and abuse for a laptop is probably the standard lifetime. You'll want to clean out the cobwebs anyway, but if you want to keep using a laptop you might want to start budgeting for one. On the plus side if you don't get one with all the bells and whistles they're not that expensive now.
 
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