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1 If you make it to the end, STH tried out 3 different video cards, from a 1050Ti to a Quadro, and several different nics, including a 100GbE, a quad 10GbE, and a dual 25GbE, as well as a variety of SSDs including Optane drives.
One forum I read--supposedly a hardcore one--has a bunch of people griping about how expensive it is, and I'm kind of boggling.  Welcome to the world of boutique/high-end hardware, guys!  Seen the price of a 2080 Ti lately?  The high-end NUCs have always been expensive.  I wound up buying my Skull Canyon before the big price drop.  It was a lot more expensive than the regular ones.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 17 2020 01:04 AM (Iwkd4)

2 I wonder if HP's gotten any better at fixing defective laptops, or if they just keep round-tripping them until your warranty runs out.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 17 2020 01:05 AM (Iwkd4)

3 So far mine haven't so much as hiccupped, so I've had no occasion to find out.  Probably because I paid for the extended warranty.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, April 17 2020 01:21 AM (PiXy!)

4 I think I've mentioned mine before?  I got a Pavilion. I forget where I bought it--probably either Best Buy, Micro Center, or Fry's.  Bought it in January, and sometime around July it started intermittently not booting.  By early August it wouldn't boot at all.  Actually it wouldn't even post.  Push the power button and you got a beep code (actually the caps lock LED blinked) indicating CPU failure.  I sent it back to HP for repair--took about a month round-trip.  They indicated they replaced the CPU, but within a month it started failing to post again.  So I sent it back--another month--and they claimed to have replaced the CPU AND the motherboard, but, again, it almost immediately started failing.  The third time I called them I tried to get them to replace it, but they wouldn't...so I sent it back and they "replaced the motherboard" again.  You guess it--it didn't last long.  By then it was probably November, and I had a one-year warranty, so I just said the hell with it--I wasn't going to pay $200 to extend the warranty so they could jerk me around longer.
That was 2010 or 2011, and they've lost me as a customer, and anyone I can convince.  For contrast, in 2000 I bought a Pavilion desktop that died after a few months, probably the same kind of failure, oddly enough, because it just stopped powering on, and once I got them to understand I couldn't run the self-test they were asking me to do, because it wouldn't turn on, they immediately *cross-shipped* me a new one.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 17 2020 01:34 AM (Iwkd4)

5 I had a second-hand HP, which I think was a pavilion of some sort.  2010-ish sounds right.  It had the nvidia graphics that overheated and broke free of the bga mount (speculation, I never tried reflowing it, though, so I can't be sure).  Anyway, it worked okay as a machine to ssh into, but the screen was always dark, so not much use as a laptop.  I think I was using it as a gateway when we used the neighbours's wireless.  Yeah, HP made a lot of really crappy laptops back then.  Hopefully they've improved, but I'll probably never buy one again.

Posted by: normal at Friday, April 17 2020 03:55 AM (obo9H)

6 I had a Dell Inspiron from 2005 that did that.  I took the card out of the laptop and reflowed it in the oven and it worked fine for another few months.  That seems to have been the most common failure mode for a while.
But yeah, they lost me as a customer.  And it really annoys me because my Pavilion laptop was really nice, more stylish than a Dell, etc., and I'd buy another one if they hadn't mistreated me.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 17 2020 04:03 AM (Iwkd4)

7 That Nvidia problem was a plague.  Apple still refuses to ship Nvidia graphics over that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, April 17 2020 08:53 AM (PiXy!)

8 Come to think of it, it was an nVidia 6800 or 6800 Ultra that was in my Dell.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 17 2020 10:26 AM (Iwkd4)

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