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Re: [SLE] Laptop choice
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2004 12:14:46 -0400
  • Message-id: <410D16F6.5060703@xxxxxxxxxx>
Randall R Schulz wrote:
John,

On Sunday 01 August 2004 02:19, John Andersen wrote:

On Saturday 31 July 2004 10:12 am, Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:

Perhaps you should check the above first, as 5 years down the line
you do not want to have to buy another laptop because your chip is
not manufactured any longer.

Huh?
Why would that make a difference? Its not like CPUs burn out
and have to be replaced periodically like oil filters on a car.


Yes and no. It's true if they're never subjected to overvoltage, overclocking or overheating (by being denied sufficient ventilation, usually). But processors don't always operate in benign circumstances.

I just lost a two-year-old P4 CPU in my desktop system because I neglected to clean out what turned out to be an huge amount of dust _between the CPU heatsink fins_! I'll never make that mistake again.

Unless you're capable of replacing the CPU yourself, you'll have to send it in for repair. In that case the repair will likely mean replacement of the system board, which will likely cost close to the cost of a new computer, assuming it's even available. That sort of problem exists, even with desktop systems. Try to find parts for a 5 year old motherboard. Even memory may be scarce for older systems.

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