posted on Jan, 20 2015 @ 11:16 PM
The updates are microsoft, not dell. They do cause trouble sometimes.
It costs more, but always buy business class computers. There's a reason you can't buy a good shovel at a hardware store these days- because people
won't buy the good one when the cheap one costs half as much and appears to do the same job.
Dell desktops come in many flavors- XPS is a consumer grade. Get a dimension, or for a laptop, a lattitude. Business class machines use better
components- and more importantly, microsoft actually tests their driver updates on them before releasing them.
Business class gear is owned by businesses- they have to pay professionals (150-300 an hour) to deal with little problems like this- so they'll
gladly pay 1500 for a workstation over the $499 best buy offers one for when it lasts twice as long and needs half as much costly support.
I understand not everyone has the cash- shoot for used business gear. Once the warranty expires after 2-3 years, offices ditch old computers. Bigger
companies sell them off by the pallet. You can buy them by the pound, even- and they're still better than the crap you can buy at best buy- although
I don't really suggest keeping a machine past about six years. At five they're questionable.
Last year, I put in an order online for a pallet of small form factor dell dimensions for a client. Came to less than $90 per computer, not including
keyboard/screen. Almost all of them are still used every day.
Try and pull that off with anything you buy at retail stores. Gift cards probably have a higher failure rate.
Good luck getting it going- bringing home the work laptop is a decent test.
Most laptops only have a VGA connector (cord with blue ends)- screens these days almost all have VGA and DVI (white ends) or HDMI (looks like usb, but
bigger and funky shaped)
Depending on the laptop, you might need to enable the port to test the monitor. Windows key + p on most modern machines will show you some options.