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Posted at 14:40 on Thu, 28th December 2006 in hardware.

Trials and tribulations with a Dell laptop purchased through Ebay.

The Dell notebook I purchased a few months back off ebay, had some issues with it, i.e. the video card component was different to the advertised card (ATI x1300 64MB instead of ATI x1400 128MB), and hibernation mode seemed to be stuffed. So after a few emails and doing some tests, the seller agreed with me, to send it back, and fortunately he was able to refund me (minus the courier costs of course ~$100).

So anyway, last week, after getting the money back, I went direct to Dell and got what I wanted, specifically. It ended up costing me almost double, but I got a hec of a lot more, plus warrenty, and service etc.

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 Ghz Processor T5600
  • Windows XP Professional with Vista Upgrade free
  • 120 GB Sata HD
  • 15.4" Ultrasharp Wind Screen SXGA+ TFT Display (1680x1050)
  • 1GB 667Mhz DDR2 Memory
  • 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
  • 8X DVD +/- RW Drive
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet, Intel Wireless Dual Band 802.11b, Bluetooth Module, 56K Modem,

According to the Dell Order status, the notebook is on its way, and will get here next week.. I really can't wait !! And I'm actually looking forward to NYE being over, so I can get the notebook.

When it arrives, I'll probably do what I did to the ebay one - that is, install Ubuntu, ZDE, and a few other things, and then start moving all my work onto it, and selling my current Desktop computer. Will also get some HDD enclosures for my existing desktop disks, so I can store data, etc.