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Acer makes the least reliable computers
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August 7, 2010
2:15 PM
Student26
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Acer makes the least reliable computers according to a poll of IT professionals on techrepublic: here

August 7, 2010
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I have to say, I am quite happy with all of my hp products so far, despite many people telling me, “HP sells cheap stuff, get Dell instead!” I can also vouch for their great customer service, I just recently got free recovery discs from them.

August 7, 2010
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I've had an Acer Aspire laptop for nearly two years now and have no complaints with its performance. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. Who knows …

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” – Martin Luther King Jr
August 7, 2010
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From my experience, HP/Compaq are the worst.

August 8, 2010
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Well my Acer overheats all the time.  It's why I went from my awesome Acer back to my old Dell.. that and I like Ubuntu, which is on the Dell.

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August 8, 2010
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Well, FreeBSD runs fine on my Dell.  Fine, not great.  But then again, it's X's fault that my graphics card is unsupported, not FreeBSD's.

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August 9, 2010
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I agree with the poll. I had a Acer Aspire laptop. The screen went out very often. Sometimes for weeks, and when it did work, you couldn't put it at  70-90 degrees or it would flicker. I got sick of it, so I took off monitor cover(The plastic holding the LCD) and put some kitchen paper in there to hold a wire. Problem solved. Acer is one of the worst quality laptops. But when you fix them, they are actually very good.

August 9, 2010
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@someguy – be careful of that paper starting a fire.

August 9, 2010
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@ Locutus and Someguy: Now I think I really am lucky.

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August 9, 2010
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Do you have an Acer?

This is actually a really really good laptop, but it has the unfortunate design issue of the CPU being far away from the fan, the CPU having a GPU between it and the fan, and it having an AMD CPU. 

When cooled using box fan blowing on the fan (with the laptop standing on its side), it'll handle anything you throw at it.

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August 10, 2010
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@ Locutus: Yep, as I said, I've had an Acer laptop for nearly two years now. It does get hot sometimes, but not to the point of being a problem. What's a box fan? And how can you use the comp if it's standing on its side?

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August 10, 2010
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When needed I can borrow an LCD computer screen and use it as a desktop, basically.  The computer stands on its side, with a USB keyboard and a really nice USB mouse (not a gaming mouse, though) and the power cord and the monitor plugged in… all on one side.  (That you, Acer, for putting them on one side.)  Then I just play Civilization 4 like normal.  (That game shouldn't be that bad in terms of heat.  Some times, if I watch too much HD video it'll turn off!! Geez.) 

The only thing it's good for without the fan is low-quality (480p and down) video and web browsing… so most of the time I'm fine.

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August 10, 2010
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On topic: I personally have never had an Acer. But it sounds like that is a good thing. It is surprising that such a mainstream name brand is rated so low my many people. Of course I guess the poll probably just included mainstream brands. I use an Asus netbook and it works great. No real problems with heat or anything. And no complaints about the price either, got it for freeLaugh! Actually the friend I mention below does have an Acer. Will have to ask him how it works.

 

Not totally off topic:) Wow Locutus, it seems like most of the visitors to your site are from Dottech. I actually looked to see about hints on Linux, a friend just switched to it, but couldn't see any posts on the topic immediately. Will probably peruse more later. Do you have any quick hints I could give him as a new user switching from Windows? Or even what he should download that he will probably use often. He is mostly going to be using it for business. He uses an Acer.

August 10, 2010
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@ Locutus: Ah, I see. Thanks for taking the time to upload the pic. How annoying having to do all that. I'm not a game player, so I guess that's why it's not really an issue. I don't think I'd go to those lengths if I was though. I'd be looking to trade it in for another brand.

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August 10, 2010
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The paper won't start a fire because the wire is just a one that connects monitor to computer. It's not one that overheats. And a lot of people with Acer laptops are reporting same problem. So yeah, you are very lucky.

August 15, 2010
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I got an HP laptop, and I loved it, except now I hate it.  The fan was broken and I sent it in for repair several times with no luck, so they replaced the whole thing for free (A+ service)  But this one is also broken.  SO I don't hate HP, I just hate their last generation of laptops.  And this could have just been me.  It surprisingly hard to get a quality laptop nowadays, though.

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August 15, 2010
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@Pwnana: Was it still under warranty? How old do you mean when you say last generation?

August 15, 2010
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chinaguy said:

Do you have any quick hints I could give him as a new user switching from Windows? Or even what he should download that he will probably use often. He is mostly going to be using it for business.


Well there's the Ubuntu category:

http://cogizio.org/category/operating-systems/ubuntu

It simply holds all the posts I've written about Ubuntu though. 

Good things include: Ubuntu Tweak, Using Adobe Air (an application platform), running Windows apps in Ubuntu with WINE, getting Microsoft's fonts, and my initial (long) review.

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August 15, 2010
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For a second there I thought Locutus' post was spam… looks so similar to the spam often posted on these forums with so many links LOL!

August 15, 2010
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-.- Thanks for taking a second look Ashraf. But the spam here is generally a lot longer, has more pictures and less quotes… and isn't written by an admin.  Yell Wink

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