Articles tagged in dell

  1. My New Multi-Functional Printer - Dell V313W

    Dell V313W

    Got this via this Dell Swarm offer for just $23.76 to replaced my old scanner (9 year old HP ScanJet 4200C that refuses to work on Vista/Windows 7). It has got wireless printing and scanning, although I am quite a bit disappointed that it can only scan to your Windows desktop computer running Dell's proprietary software. I guess I was dreaming when I thought it could scan to a Samba share running on my NAS when I bought it.

    Well what am I to complain when it's just $24 delivered.

  2. Dead Dell Latitude

    Here's a picture of my Dell Latitude D630 when it boots up.

    Dead computer

    The random freeze started around 2 days ago. Out of sudden the laptop will freeze, and left the screen with a blue'ish tint. A power cycle is required to get the computer back to work, and it happened a couple of times a day. Last night when I was working on my talk for this Sunday on it, it just dropped dead and refuse to turn back on. The symptom looks like there's something wrong with the video card (it would sometimes boot with two Dell logos in "split screen").

    Anyway. It's my work computer so it's covered by warranty -- but the Dell guys won't be able to come and fix it until next week. Meanwhile I am stuck computer-less. :(

  3. Repairing Hinges on My Dell Latitude D600

    5 Pairs of Dell Latitude D600 Hinges How many pairs of hinges does your laptop need? You know what a hinge on the laptop is? Yup, that thing which holds the LCD screen from the base of your laptop computers. Usually you just need one pair for each computer. Then why is someone trying to sell 5 pairs on eBay?

    Probably because it is so easily broken, that people actually want to buy a few spares just in case.

    Dell Latitude D600 You see, my everyday computer is a Dell Latitude D600, which I got from work 2 and half years ago. I do almost everything on it, and I reckon it is always doing something 12-15 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. It has quite a significant wear and tear with scratches everywhere. Worst of all, it has broken hinges.

    Broken right hinge A few months ago hinge on the right broke. It snapped and broke into half. Now I know why laptops have two hinges -- when one is dead, the other one can continue to hold the LCD monitor to up-right position.

    Unless the other one snapped as well.

    Broken left hinge Two weeks ago I was typing something on my laptop, and there went another "SNAP!" the left hinge broke as well! It sucks to have both hinges broken, because the LCD screen can no longer stand by itself. It either falls flat to the back and knocks something over, or falls to the front, closes the computer, and puts the whole thing into hibernation. I have to use a book-block to hold the monitor while I am typing.

    No good. Especially when it is already out of warranty.

    Hinges However when I googled around, broken hinges on Dell Latitude D6xx models are actually pretty common. Moreover, it is also trivial to find replacement hinges on eBay. So instead of throwing out this perfectly fine laptop, I went and ordered a pair of hinges for USD$22 delivered. It came today, so I got a chance to put them on tonight.

    Getting hinges replaced is pretty trivial -- basically just open up the cover of Latitude's LCD monitor, take the old hinges out, and put the new ones back in. A few screws need to be unscrewed/screw back in along the process.

    Hinge fixed!

    Now it is back to life again with the new hinges, so LCD screen no longer requires external support.