All right. I have a laptop computer. I’ve had it for less than a year, and for the first three months that I owned it, it went unused, as I wasn’t in college yet. Back in November–right before Christmas break as I recall–the fan stopped working. As a result, I couldn’t use my computer without it overheating. So I took it in to Best Buy, they sent it out to HP (it’s a Pavillion laptop). They determined that the problem was the A:\ drive (How, I don’t know, they just did; it had something to do with the wire coming loose or something), and they replaced that. Lo and behold, my fan worked.
Yay, I figure, the defective part of my computer has been replaced. Surely it will work well now.
And it did for four months or so. Then, yesterday (right after I finished my 9 page paper thankgodthankgod), guess what happens. No, really, guess.
Yep. The fucking fan stopped working again.
Now, last time, I was able to take my computer to Best Buy over break, and wait at home (using my home PCs) while it was being fixed. This time, I have no such luxury.
I need a computer in order to complete the 15-20 page paper due in the course. The lab computers, although reliable, are in the lab. I hate being in the lab because people keep on bothering me. Not to mention the fact that I no longer have access to my recent work, which is saved on my computer which will overheat and break even more if I turn it on. I have to take it to Best Buy to get it fixed, the nearest Best Buy is 15 miles away, and I don’t have a blasted car.
Not even to MENTION the fact that I just took it in for the EXACT SAME PROBLEM.
So I call up Best Buy and ask them if they give out loaners. This one doesn’t. They said that I could buy a computer and then return it when it got back. Right. A college student is going to be able to afford basically a five-hundred plus dollars worth of hardware (monitor, keyboard, hard drive. It doesn’t MATTER if I can return it; I don’t have the money. And my credit limit might not be high enough, because I just had to charge meal card money on it because, guess what, I ran out.
And nevermind that they say it can take up to three weeks for it to get fixed. And that I can’t get a replacement (permanent) until I’ve gotten it fixed four or more times. And that this thing is new and I’ve already taken it in for the same problem, and I can’t always get a computer in the lab.
Stupid stupid stupid. I’m getting a real computer this summer. I love my laptop most of the time, love the keyboard, love the size. But I can’t deal with the breaking. I can’t.
HOW DO I GET THIS BLASTED THING TO STOP BREAKING?
It’s not like I’m abusing it. I give it rests, I don’t leave it on all night, I don’t drop it, it never leaves my room, I clean it (gently), I don’t get food in it, I even keep the fan intake on the bottom clear and open.