Do not buy from HP
Over the past 4 to 5 months, I have had an HP (Hewlett-Packard) laptop. It worked fairly normally for a couple of weeks.
Then, the wireless card started not working some of the time. Then within a few days, it rarely if ever worked. Many people on the HP support forums seemed to have the same problem. Apparently there was a problem with the laptop motherboards in the summer, because of which major devices (e.g. the screen) would just fail. HP then fixed the motherboards… for all devices except the wireless card.
So, I got a USB wireless adapter. It wasn’t perfect, and didn’t get the greatest reception, but it sufficed until two days ago. Just two days ago, my laptop wouldn’t boot. I don’t mean that it got to the Windows loading screen and told me there was a problem. I don’t mean that it got the the BIOS loading screen and told me that it couldn’t find the OS. I mean that the screen stays off, not even on and black, but completely off. The lights on the keyboard light up, the DVD drive does its power on self test, and then after about 20 seconds, it resets and does the same thing again. Then yesterday, it would stay on for about 1 second. Today, it won’t turn on at all.
A friend of mine had the same issue with his laptop not booting, but with a brand new HP laptop. He sent in his laptop to get fixed, and they told him that nothing was wrong with it, then sent it to the wrong person. In all, it took over a month to get his laptop back, and when he finally got it back, although it would boot, HP had installed Vista, and didn’t give him the registration key for it.
Now I’m going to have to send mine away to get fixed, and so I may lose much of my work on the screen saver. I got the neurons with a pulsating glow. Hopefully I can recreate that once I get my laptop back.