Saturday, March 10, 2007

My name is CQ and I own a Dell

I have been a bit quiet this week. There is a good reason for this. I have suffered Dellitus.
Dell has a terrible reputation, but MB organised the purchasing of my laptop, so I didn't worry too much about it. My laptop is lovely, and I love it.
Then I suffered the common ailment of Dell users, my drive packed up. I have a combi drive which plays (or should play) both CDs and DVDs.
Surprise, surprise, I played a DVD the other week and then, when I went to use the CD drive it didn't work. This is a highly advertised issue with Dell users. One of the lasers has failed in the drive.
Two big problems with this.
One was that the CD I wanted to use was my new Security Suite - protection is *so* important! Of course, as per the instructions I had removed the old outdated protection, so my laptop was totally vulnerable.
Secondly, my Dell cover lasted 90 days (3 months) and the drive failed at four months......a bit suspicious how often that happens reading the forums.
MB has spent all week poring over my laptop and the full size computer trying to fix the problem and has offered to pay for the new drive my laptop needs.
In the meantime he has scanned for problems and installed some basic protection so I can surf the net again.
So I'm back!
And to entertain my readers - the Honda advert that blew us away....we didn't buy a Honda, but we were all very impressed and still speak of this commercial in hushed tones of awe....



carli said...

I had a Dell, and yeah, it was a piece of garbage. I finally gave up and bought a Mac Mini--which is a "bring your own peripheral," so I still have my Dell monitor. It is a reminder of what a horrible computer it was. But the monitor works just swell.
Good luck with yours.

rashbre said...

Shouldn't be necessary, but a DVD cleaner disk may sometimes fix the problem. It has little brushes and you pop it in like a normal DVD for a couple of mins.

They are available from most CD shops - get the DVD version though. Normally only needed after a DVD with jam or marmite has been placed in the player.

Here today via Michele's - Hiya!


Princess said...

Hi :D
Here from Micheles.
I hope you have a great weekend, and your laptop sorts its self out!!

CyberKitten said...

One of my all time fave adverts....... though I didn't buy a Honda either... [grin].

Carolyn said...

Hi, here from Michele's today :)

Good to know about the Dell's. I need a new pc, but maybe not a Dell, lol!

We have a Honda car and love it! I didn't know they made hot air balloons though, *wink*

Bob-kat said...

It's weird but I posted a Honda ad today too!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's a Dell for you!

Thumper said...

:::wanders out into the garage to hug my Honda motorcycle:::

ribbiticus said...

what rotten luck. :( i also recently purchased a new car and was debating on a honda. eventually went with a mitsubishi...;)

Mr. Althouse said...

I haven't heard that about Dell, but I have had other issues with them in the past... overseas customer service and the like. I have been a Macintosh devotee for about three years now. Not only does Apple build a superior product, they stand behind it 100%. You couldn't ask for better customer service.

Cool commercial, I have a lot of respect for Honda.

Michele sent me,


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So sorry about your computer problems...Dell---BOO!
That Ad is just fabulous! You have such wonderful Ads there in the UK, my dear CQ...this is so imaginative and funny, too! Bravo!
I am having a Blogger problem detailed on my most recent post...pergaps you have a suggestion, my dear...

kenju said...

My daughter has a Dell and until recently, she hasn't had trouble with it. Hers locked up for a month and then began working all on it's own again. Odd.

That is a great commercial! we don't have it over here - at least I hadn't seen it. Michele sent me, and I'm glad!