Archive for the 'Laptops' Category

Dell laptop batteries suck.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by Maxwell

A couple days ago, I posted about a strange problem that I’ve experienced with two Dell laptops. The problem is that the computer experiences keyboard lag until the battery is taken out. Obviously, a laptop without a battery is basically a light-weight desktop, so leaving it battery-less isn’t a great option. This brings about a question: if I buy a new battery for my laptop, will it still have the keyboard lag problem, or will the new battery save it?

No more keyboard lagggg!

Verdict: The new battery fixes the keyboard lag.

Unfortunately, laptop batteries are often quite expensive. So, while buying and installing a new battery will cure your laptop of keyboard lag, it’ll also clear your wallet of your cash. Lightweight desktop or larger credit card bill… what will you choose?

Dell laptops suck.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012 by Maxwell

Okay, maybe the title is a bit over-the-top, but they’re the only ones I’ve seen that get this very odd problem.

At the company I work for, we have about 10 Dell laptops for the employees to use to do their energy audits and such. We have a few other laptops (Lenovos and Acers) laying around, but that’s unimportant. What is important is that two of the 10 Dell laptops developed a very strange keyboard lag. And one of them is just plain dead, but that’s also unimportant.

“Keyboard lag?!?!?,” you say? Yes. This is the problem: while typing, the characters on the screen would severely lag behind the keyboard keystrokes. So much, in fact, that they were practically unusable. The good news, though, is that there is a free, albeit not so great, solution to fix it.

Dell Vostro 1000 Keyboard LAGGZZZZ

Now, I’m not sure what the hardware problem behind this is, but to fix it, all I had to do was remove the battery. That’s right. Removing the battery from the laptop, and running it solely off the power supply, cured the keystroke lagging problem. Battery alone, lag. Battery plus power supply, lag. Power supply only, no lag.

Because of this cure, we now have two not-so-portable laptops at my office. Would purchasing new batteries fix the problem? Possibly. To test this, I’m probably going to end up attaching the battery from the dead Dell laptop up to the laptop with the keyboard lag, since they’re the same model. I actually didn’t think about that until just now. Once I perform this test, I will let you know the results.

And, oh yeah, the two models that are afflicted with this disease are different, and like 2 years apart. So it’s not just the model, it’s Dell.

Until next time…

I bought a netbook.

Sunday, February 12th, 2012 by Maxwell

Okay, I did it. I hopped aboard the netbook bandwagon. And what jewel pushed me over the edge? The Asus Eee PC 1000h.

Originally, I was one of those people who said, “Why would I get that, when, for the same price, I could get a full-sized laptop that dwarfs those puny netbooks in speed and functionality?” Was.

Really, what did it for me was the need (want) for a laptop. My roommates are always playing with their laptops downstairs, and I get jealous. For example, if I wanted to get in on an internet poker game they were playing, I’d have to either play on the HTPC, or go upstairs to the four-core powerhouse. The HTPC, while being quite feasible, is a bit ridiculous to play on because of the 42-inch “monitor” it’s connected to. That left me with the powerhouse — and that left me alone, upstairs.

I might post up a review at some point, although I modified it right after I bought it, so the review wouldn’t really be fair. We’ll see. If anyone genuinely wants to see a review/write-up, let me know. If I get more than 2 responses, I’ll definitely write something up.

As always: keep it real.