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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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Loud rattling noises and other signs of impending computer failure
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I wasn't really budgeting for it, but it looks like it's going to take a big chunk out of my pay now because I don't have much of a choice. At least my father is willing to give me a loan, because I don't have enough credit for a bank to offer it to me; I'm getting a new portable computer.

It's a bad sign when the hard drive makes wheezing and rattling noises. (The fan has been doing that for a very long time.) It's significantly more worrying when the computer actually tells you that it expects its own hard drive to fail soon because the diagnostics are looking worrying.

I've backed up my most important files and now I can only hope that the computer I ordered today will get here in time!

My father is financing me on it, though, as I said; I'll just mentally deduct $500 from each of my remaining paychecks and I'll pay for it handily, which is how I'm budgeting. As my current "burn rate" leaves significantly more than that anyway (even with all the recreational spending I've been doing), I shouldn't have any trouble taking on that extra debt. But still, it's annoying.

If I'm going to pay in excess of two kilodollars on a computer, I want it to be right for me, so I did it as a custom order. That means I do get the features I want (yay high-res tablet!), but it'll take a month to get here for construction time. I just hope my computer will last that long!

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Not to try to talk you out of getting spiffy new hardware, but is there something else seriously wrong with the computer aside from the hard drive that makes it so you can't just replace it (for about .1 kilodollars)?

It's a laptop, not a desktop machine, so double your price estimate for a replacement HD.

That aside, the computer overheats extremely easily. My "CD plus anything else" is not an exaggeration and is actually understating the case somewhat; just keeping my computer busy for 45 minutes straight will have the temperature sensors in the red and throttling the CPU to about 50% of its real clock rate.. meaning that the majority of the time, I have a 0.5Ghz CPU here, not a 1Ghz CPU. On XP, that hurts. Especially if it's having to swap a lot with only 512 MB of RAM.

This computer is on its second battery now, and even with that its battery life is around forty minutes. That's better than the eight minutes I got with the old battery, but not even in the same order of magnitude as the two and a half hours advertised, or the four hours I should get from the computer my father placed an order for a few hours ago, making this conversation slightly moot.

It's a laptop, not a desktop machine, so double your price estimate for a replacement HD.

When my laptop's hard drive crashed last year, I got a new one (from Western Digital) for $120, so that's where my estimate came from.

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