View Poll Results: Age of notebook in years, living or when it died?

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Thread: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

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    How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    Provoked by a statement in another thread; I'm interested in how long different brands of notebooks are lasting.

    Unfortunately it is not possible to make a poll that has brand's, models & age.

    If you could post what model & any other details of interest that would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    [Edit:] I may be helpful if people say what make & model the notebook is?
    Last edited by handy; March 9th, 2009 at 09:06 AM.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    I'm surprised at the lack of interest in this thread.

    I thought that all of those who have or do own notebooks would be interested to see just what kind of average lifespan the things have.

    The posts even have the potential to demonstrate what makes & models are consistently living into their greying & balding years instead of dying prematurely like most do.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    I'm surprised at the lack of interest in this thread.

    I thought that all of those who have or do own notebooks would be interested to see just what kind of average lifespan the things have.

    The posts even have the potential to demonstrate what makes & models are consistently living into their greying & balding years instead of dying prematurely like most do.
    I missed it actually

    Toshiba Satellite 3005-S303, P3 850mHz, 384MB DDR RAM.
    -Fine for 3 years....random invertor card getting fried under warranty....never found cause...but repeated shipping and replacement and continually frying invertors led to Toshiba basically giving me a new laptop over the course of 6 months....all in all 4 or 5 invertor cards were fried under warranty with cause never found-8 or 10 rounds of overnight air shipping footed by Toshiba.
    -After this went I was a MacFanboi for a while, and gave this machine off to a friend...partyl due to rep, also because after 3 years of WinME-I had had enough of Windows.
    -3 years after the above, keyboard has dead

    Apple UnderPoweredBook G4, Alu 1.5gHz 15"
    -Just under 3 years of use....b0rked thermostats leading to erratic and random shutdowns.
    -The death of this machine led me to install Linux on my tower

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    Same here, didn't see this thread till now.

    Dell XPS M140 (from '05) is still working perfectly no problems whatsoever, there aren't even many scratches on it, maybe just 1 or 2. But other than that, it's perfect and running fine. No broken parts, repairs, nothing.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    I have a Toshiba 100CS with netbsd. 16mb ram 75mhz cpu. 15 years old. It runs FREEDOS and win95 very well too. No OS has crashed on it yet. I also have a macintosh powerbook 3400C with 32mb ram 240mhz cpu and MAC OS 8.1. About 10 years old. Then my IBM Thinkpad is 4 years old with decent specs.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    Quote Originally Posted by OutOfReach View Post
    Same here, didn't see this thread till now.
    This thread is Handy's way of doing an OH SNAP.
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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    I was trying to come up with an answer for this thread, but it's trickier than it seems. At home, I've only had one notebook die, and it was second-hand bought off ebay so I have no idea how old it actually was.

    At work, I've retired some ancient notebooks (Pentium 166 and Pentium II 350) that worked just fine, but were just too old to do anything with (they aren't interested in running puppy linux at my office, unfortunately). Then again, we've had newer equipment than that die, but they were doing duty in a police car so you can imagine the beating they were taking (physically and electrically).

    Then of course, "die" is a relative term. Anything short of a mainboard failure is usually reparable if you care enough, so retiring a laptop is usually more a question of when it stops being worth repairing.

    Anyway, those are my lame excuses for not answering your poll. That, and the dog ate my homework.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    My Compaq Presario C501NR is now just over two years old and working fine. The only problem I've had with it is the power adapter, but I've had this problem with every laptop I've had.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
    This thread is Handy's way of doing an OH SNAP.
    lol, very interesting chart there.

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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    my first notebook an asus z70 never really worked right, failures, POS; traded it in for a Z71vp and it has been going strong for 4 years, but doesn't look at nice as the Z70 did.

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