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Laptop strikes back

This morning, when I booted the laptop, it beeped and displayed Dell Error #M1004. I pressed F1 to continue booting, brave soul that I am, and all seemed fine, except for two things:

  • The computer was running at about half CPU speed.
  • The laptop's fan went into hyperdrive, blowing papers all over the office as the laptop started to take off from my desk.

Both of these problems were evidently the fault of my ancient BIOS which didn't know how to recalibrate the temperature sensors.


In my experience, Dell laptops have the most problems out of any other computer. I've seen at least four different people with dead harddrives and even more with other misc. problems.

Just let it take off, they're evil.

Posted by: Ed at January 9, 2004 11:14 PM

What laptop do you recommend?

Posted by: rkc at January 10, 2004 6:45 AM

Depends... if you want to stick with XP, I'd go with Toshiba or IBM... those seem to be the most reliable with regards to harddrives and overall quality.

Posted by: Ed at January 10, 2004 6:56 PM

I've heard many good things about IBM -- maybe I'll look into that. Of course it has to play DVDs for those plane trips.

Posted by: rkc at January 11, 2004 7:37 AM

Tell me about it just blew my dell laptop drive, all i did was run a routine fsck

Posted by: Rohit at January 11, 2004 3:41 PM

I'd stay away from Toshiba. We have one for EN120, and I've been wanting to drop it from the top of Brookings for a while now.

Posted by: Ro at January 12, 2004 11:32 AM


Posted by: Nathan at January 13, 2004 9:38 PM

::cough::I second the powerbook if you're willing to stay slightly behind the latest JDK::cough

Posted by: Charlie at January 15, 2004 1:58 AM