posted on Apr, 12 2006 @ 10:24 AM
Getting back to Dell,
I work at a company with primarily Dell machines. We have some IBMs but they're on their way out due to lack of support.
Their Optiplex series is crap.
We had 40 or so Optiplex GX270 and GX280s. Dell, being the cheap bastards that they are fitted all of their Optiplex motherboards with faulty
capacitors that would burst, and cause random types of malfunctions on the machines. I couldn't diagnose the specific problem because they kept
jumping around. One machine would randomly shut down, leaving nothing in the event log. Another machine would shut down after a user had logged off,
which had me going for a while as well. Another machine would freeze, again leaving no sign in the event viewer.
After weeks of trying to solve what I thought were different problems, I opened one of the machines to swap a power supply, and noticed a cap leaking
brown goo. For all of those who aren't computer savy, that's not supposed to happen. I did some research, and found that this was the problem,
and the solution was to replace the MOBOs. I called in a Dell certified tech. I could have done it, but the machines were still under warrenty, and
I wasn't going to spend a another few weeks fixing Dells blunders.
(typed on a Dell Latitude D610)