This post marks the end of the “My Voodoo” series. Why? Because, after less than two years, my laptop is dead. And not just in the “died peacefully in its sleep” way, oh no, in the “I’m going to screw Andrea over as much as possible before I go” way. I haven’t been happy with this laptop (except for its awesome pink-ness) since the beginning, so in some ways I’m glad that the saga is finally over. But, then I think about how much money I blew on this piece of crap that didn’t even make it to half the current lifespan of my (still working!) Toshiba Portege and I just get angry again.
I. Problem 1: You didn’t need that screen, anyway!
This one isn’t entirely the manufacturer’s fault, but worse shit has happened to my Toshiba and the worst it has is a few dead pixels. What happened, you ask? Back in April 2007 some asshole dropped my laptop — I was going through airport security and some random guy (not airport staff) was looking at it (or trying to steal it; I never quite figured out which) and dropped it on the floor when he saw me. I probably should have yelled at him to stop, but I was so horrified that my laptop was on the floor that I rushed over to it and checked to see if it was okay first, and by that time he was gone.
Fast forward to July of that year. The screen started having problems and, after about a month, it quit. The warranty is gone, it would have cost me about $1,000 to ship it both ways even if the warranty was still good (because of the living in Japan thing), and the computer shops won’t touch it because it’s not Japanese and not even from a Japanese company. Since I’m not going back home to the States until December, I did the only thing I could do: I bought a cheap-ish LCD monitor and started using it.
II. Problem 2: Fail to boot
With the screen thing under control for the time being, I went back to using my computer. Which worked just fine until today when I went to boot it up and it froze before Windows even had a chance to load. Since then I’ve been able to get it to boot up to Windows maybe 1 out of 3 times and have been trying to get all my irreplaceable information off of it, but it isn’t working that great.
Frankly, I think when I had that problem last year (detailed in this post) they didn’t actually fix it. They didn’t tell me what had gone wrong, either. I say this because the two problems are strikingly similar, except that this one is much much worse.
While, technically, this might be a fixable problem, the truth is that I’ve had nothing but trouble from this laptop since I bought it and the only money I’m willing to sink into it at this point is if I need to pay someone to help me get the rest of the info off of the hard drive.
I just keep thinking what I could have done to avoid this. I mean, did my research on the damn company before I bought from them, but nothing like the various problems I’ve had turned up in any of my searches. Of course, if I had known that they were being bought by HP I would have avoided Voodoo PC like the plague, but it would have required psychic powers to know that during the time that I was in the market for a laptop.
The only thing that comes to mind is: don’t buy from small companies, buy from the large ones with good reputations. Which is why I’m looking to Toshiba and Sony for my new laptop. I’ll need to verify that they haven’t gone to shit in the time that I’ve been out of the loop, but chances are whatever I purchase from them will be a thousand times better than the Voodoo that crapped out on me.
What a waste of my fucking money.