Computer Trouble

We finally got around to taking my laptop, which has not really been working properly since November, back to Fry’s on warranty yesterday. The prospect of getting it repaired to my satisfaction, however, appears fairly poor. There were apparently some defective sectors on the hard drive and lots of dust buildup inside, but the fans seem to be working properly. This whole warranty thing seems to be essentially a big scam to me — I still have to pay for the repairs (although I don’t have to pay to get defective parts replaced). They want about $110 just for cleaning it up.

However, my desktop, which was nearly useless in Santa Barbara and booted up only very sporadically, is working just fine here, so not all is lost.

About Simon

Hi. I'm Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I'm a mathematics postdoc at Dartmouth College. I'm also a musician; I play piano and cello, and I also sometimes compose music and study musicology. I also like to play chess and write calligraphy. This blog is a catalogue of some of my thoughts. I write them down so that I understand them better. But sometimes other people find them interesting as well, so I happily share them with my small corner of the world.
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2 Responses to Computer Trouble

  1. deviantq says:

    That’s weird. My mom has used her Fry’s warranty to get her laptop fully replaced three times, at no charge at all.
    And the desktop thing is just freaky. I can’t imagine what could cause that.
    You should probably learn how to reformat/reinstall Windows/etc. sometime… it usually fixes these kind of things. *Shrug*. If you don’t know already.

    • Simon says:

      Actually they didn’t charge us. They told us their (very confusing) policy, and I thought it seemed that they were going to charge us for what they did, but perhaps I misunderstood.

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