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Dell Inspiron 5558 Review

I’ve never done a hardware review before (with the exception of the odd Amazon review), so bear with me.

For those who’ve been following my rarely updated blog, I’ve been plagued with laptop issues for a while (here, here, here and here – oddly enough all LCD related) so I figured it was about time I found some sort of reliable work horse that I can just *get stuff done* rather than having to faff around with hardware every handful of months (the last post about LVDS cables covers a significant period of time, and recently started playing up again). So it was about time for a change.

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A lesson on LVDS, impedance and cheap cables from China

A handful of months ago, my laptop (Lenovo Ideapad Y500 for those wondering) started suffering with screen issues. Specifically the ones that result from the tiny wires in the LCD cables shearing in the hinges. Taking it upon myself to go to eBay to find a replacement, I found a single seller selling the part for the grand total of $15, all the way from some hole in China. Estimated delivery 3-4 weeks. *sigh*.

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Compaq CQ60 Display Woes – Part 2

So in my previous post relating to this, I’d sent the machine back twice to HP to be repaired. The first visit gained a new motherboard and CPU. The second visit gained a new LCD assembly. But still the fault persisted. It sort of worked alright-ish for around a week or so, but then gave up the ghost completely. Sometimes the backlight would come on but no picture. Having had enough of it at this point, I phoned HP technical support a third time, claiming to them it would be my last call before phoning their Customer Complaints department.

So last Wednesday (July 14th 2010), it got picked up again, and was delivered back to me yesterday (Monday July 19th 2010). What did the service report say this time? I hear you ask.. “LCD cable replaced”… Are you serious? All this for a f*cking piece of wire? However annoyed I was at what their resolution was this time, so far it’s behaved exactly as it should. Resolved? Dare I say it this time? Yes…

So, third time lucky. In the meantime, I’ve found that the CQ60 isn’t on sale ANYWHERE anymore. It’s been deprecated and replaced with it’s mate, the CQ61. Casandra has one. There’s some key changes to the chassis and port placement on the unit. The power connector is on the opposite side to the CQ60. I assume that the Graphics, CPU and Power circuitry all the same corner of the board causes somewhat of a problem. I dunno. Either way..

Compaq CQ60 Display Issues

So lately I acquired a (almost) new Compaq CQ60 laptop from the missus as she got a new one from the government (*sigh*). Anyway, we got this laptop about 6 months ago back in November ’09. When setting it up, I noticed the internal screen would take a while to switch on. I never thought anything of it as it was a first boot, then the screen came on and everything was happy. The troubles I had setting it up only become evident after more recent events. Just before she gave it up to me, opening the screen would result in a almost-white screen, one of them ‘pictures’ that show up when the LCD controller is goosed. It’s was very ‘wet’, drippy almost. But resetting the machine and the picture would come back to normal – weird.

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