oldlostsoul wrote:So are you saying that HP laptops are the tops for having hardware problems? I can attest to that! I have an expensive HP DV BRICK in my closet. It also fried itself. The guy at the local repair shop rolled his eyes as he pointed to the shelf with 5 or 6 HP laptops from just the past week or so which came in with fried motherboards. The owners just abandoned them in place.
HP fixed one heat related problem under warranty, only to let the computer fry itself a few months later - just out of warranty.
I've sworn off HP laptops forever.
Yup, I suggest to my customers that they sell their HPs for parts if they are dead, or dying. HP consumer laptops have terrible cooling solutions, with a fan that is too small and easily blocked. Also, HP laptops do not have a thermtrip enabled out of the box on the mobo(been told this is because many will, and are set up to give false readings to appear to run much cooler than they do. Put a temp gun on the back of an idle HP with an amd turion DC, and it was sitting at 85*c idle avg. Hot was 105, low was 65, but the hardware sensor said 45 in the bios), this causes them to overheat, and fry, instead of shutting down. Having dealt with HP failures many times, I suggest avoiding them like you would the plague.
Personally, I would recommend Asus laptops. I have only seen 1 asus laptop that failed, and it came down to user error(seen many out of warranty come in for thermal grease replacement. Asus is the only mfg that will send you the assembly/disassembly manual). Asus even offered a free replacement on it for him(after he tried to OC a gfx chip and fried it, could not find OEM replacement, called asus for help, as they are great with support for me(asus VIP member since 2006, all calls and emails answered 24/7)
They were even kind enough to send me the disassembly manual to replace the old card with the brand new one they sent for free( lappy was past warranty, but they offered to repair it for $50, or send me the replacement card. Took the card, easy as pie to put in). Asus has always been great with in and out of warranty support, at least for me.