My first one was a VPR Matrix. Had serious overheating and screen problems within the first year. Almost completely died by two years.
It's actually been functional since. The screen is broken and cannot be shut or else it would break off, and it needs to be adjusted just right to work, the fan is super loud and it can still overheat, but it's actually pretty good as a test computer. It's currently broken because I messed it up with too much Linux.
My current main laptop is four years old. The screen is starting to go again (has been replaced thrice before, but not since 2 years ago...)
I was hoping to get an extra year out of it, but it looks like that's not gonna happen.
New ASUS EEE 900A currently has Eeebuntu on it
I have an old Toshiba Satellite P3 750mHz, 256MB DDR RAM. It's still working, after 10+ years of (ab)use. I'm amazed by it's resilience. Currently running Xubuntu.
I've had my current Dell Latitude D820 for at least 2 years now and it's still good as new, maybe better now that it doen't have XP on it.
I also have a Dell Latitude D600 it got to be close to 7 years maybe more. The only problem it has is that the battery is no longer good and I don't want to invest $100 in it so will only run as a tethered laptop now. Wife uses it everyday,
Thinkpad 600, Pentium 2 @ 300MHz. I've had it since 2006, but it's seen a ton of use before I got it. Its CD-ROM drive died last year, hard drive's seen an upgrade, and it's survived various OS reinstalls. Otherwise it's still running like new.
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Desktop: Custom - AMD Athlon X4 Quadcore 4.02GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 500GB HDD, Win7 x64/Ubuntu 14.04 x64
Laptop: Thinkpad T61 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz, 4GB DDR2, 500GB HDD, Win7 x86/Ubuntu 14.04 x86
I'm using a Compaq Presario v4310r with a 1.6Ghz Pent M. that I bought new in early 2006. Hard drive died last year, and the ram was upgraded in Jan, but no other problems at all. Ubuntu runs perfectly on it out of the box.
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Yes, it's good when only the easily replaceable components need attention.
Once the motherboard & usually any daughter boards die that finishes them.
The screen hinges on many notebooks are weak, I've seen quite a few where the stiffness causes fractures in the plastic case on the lid around the hinges.
My wife had an Acer notebook years ago, that I had to sandwich the lid around the area of the two outer hinges with light stainless steel plate, in an effort to reinforce it to extend its life as long as possible.
There was no way it was getting sent back to Acer, the repair would have cost far more than the notebook was worth, even in those days.
Dell Inspiron 1520
--> Almost at 2 year.
Intent to keep it for about 5.
My mother bought an HP laptop in ~99 and only got rid of it last year.
My own "old" Dell latitude was acquired in September 2006 and is still kicking. I had some hardware worries after I took it went camping in Scotland with it last summer, but it seems to have made a complete recovery. I'd expect it to last 2-3 more years still.
The Eee PC I got last August probably won't live that long, I entered "3 years" for it in the poll but that might be too optimistic.
2 x HP NX6310 laptops, 3 years plus and both still going strong, never had a fault or issue with either of them. Paid 299GBP each for them.
HP nx6310 laptop, CeleronM 1.46ghz, 1.2gb DDR2 PC4200 ram, Intel graphics chipset, Mint 8.