Well, Happy has kicked the bucket. The wireless went out (see previous post), and now it just won’t start up. The LED indicates that it’s charging, and the HD is spinning, but nothing happens. I can’t get to the BIOS. As best I can tell, the mobo is shot…which is as dead as a laptop can be. I discovered this a couple of days ago, so I’ve been comparison shopping replacement laptops. The interesting part is that my home laptop needs have changed. When I bought Happy, I was looking for a balance of portability and performance. That was before the netbook craze hit. Nowadays, I have a netbook that I use for travel (MiniMoo…which is also sort-of broken right now…the battery broke, so it only works when plugged directly into power…kind of negates the point).
So, I was looking in the desktop replacement laptop area. I still want a laptop so I can move it between floors of the house, but it’s going to generally be plugged in all the time (meaning battery life isn’t an issue), and I’m not going to move it very often (so weight isn’t an issue). And, I really didn’t need much more performance than Happy had…which means just about any laptop will do.
I ended up buying a Gateway NV73A17u 17.3″ laptop. It was the cheapest of the 17″ laptops that I was looking at, and MiniMoo, which is a Gateway (Acer), has worked great for me aside from the broken battery (which, admittedly, is probably my fault). Also, a quick search on eBay showed that chargers and batteries are cheap and plentiful. Other laptops in the running included the ASUS K72F-B1 and the HP Pavilion dv7-4170us. Price made the decision, so we’ll see how that works out for me. 🙂