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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arkenzor View Post
    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.
    The meaning of my questions is for how long a notebook lasted before it became an uneconomical repair, or how old a notebook is that is still functioning.

    We don't want any projected life expectancies in the poll please; be they imagined, supposed, desired or required age estimates.

    Please, we don't want to give statistics a bad name.

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

    I have had two Toshiba Portege 3440CT laptops, one I sold to a friend, it still works, the other is used by my wife.
    Both are in their tenth year I think.

    In their day these were very high quality high-spec items designed "for the road" with all metal casings, so I'm not at all surprised they have lasted well.

    When new they were £2000, the first one I got was £150 on eBay some years ago, the second one was £35 on eBay last year.

    IMO Many modern low end laptops are unlikely to last as long if transported a lot due to cheap and nasty plastic construction.

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

    My wife and I both had Dell Inspirons and the plug for the power cable was ripped off the motherboard and had to be re-soldered. That was becoming more expensive then they were worth so I sold them to a local pc repair guy (who was a window$ fan) but they were at least going to be repaired and given to people who couldn't afford a computer.

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

    I just sold a Dell 5000e that I bought in 2000.

    Was working fine (Windows Me replaced with Xubuntu).

    Even the original HD was still going. I had added an additional 128MB RAM to it at some stage.

    My brother's similarly aged Toshiba (uncertain model) had its hinges break after 5 years, essentially makinng the LCD screen a separate part (and useless). Gave that away after salvaging the HD and RAM to someone who needed the PSU.
    Last edited by ugm6hr; March 8th, 2009 at 11:29 AM.

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

    HP nx6110 purchased May 2005.

    Still going strong, not a scratch on it and the hinges are still tight.

    Upgraded RAM in 2008 from 512MB to 1.25GB.

    I suspect the lifetime of a laptop is determined by how well the owner looks after it as with other things in life.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    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.
    HP pavilion dv4000 (1500 Euro, 1900 USD, 1300 BP!!!!).

    Died after 1.5 years. Went to the factory, got completely new motherboard, hdd, cpu, ...

    It died 5 months later.

    It's out of warranty and I'm not putting a penny in it any more.
    Last edited by billgoldberg; March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 PM.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post

    I suspect the lifetime of a laptop is determined by how well the owner looks after it as with other things in life.
    If only that were true.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by billgoldberg View Post
    HP pavilion dv4000 (1500 Euro, 1900 USD, 1300 BP).

    Died after 1.5 years. Went to the factory, got completely new motherboard, hdd, cpu, ...

    It died 5 months later.

    It's out of warranty and I'm not putting a penny in it any more.
    Ow! I'm sorry to hear that one.

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

    Cheap 2.5 years-old Toshiba Satellite. Turned out to be very solid computer, working perfectly with Linux. The hinges are wicked! So tight I can't open the lid with one hand only. The keys and the wrist-rests are starting to get shiny (worn out) from the usage.

    Sadly, just yesterday I scratched the lid very badly on some staples while it was in my bag.
    I hope it lasts 1 more year.
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    Re: How old, or how long have the notebooks you know of lasted?

    I find it interesting that people speak of the hinges being tight as a positive, as I've known an acer notebook that broke it's lid due to the hinges being too tight.

    Maybe a little silicon spray could have given it a longer life?

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