Wow, just destroyed my laptop

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I was carrying a bunch of things, and my laptop (which was open)
Started losing it's balance, and went soaring.. Crashed, totalled.
Now on my wife's computer.
So here's my track record.
Makita LS1013 trashed garbage Asus K55 I5 trashed garbage. Hopefully the disk is good because it won't recognize it right now.
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woodchucker wrote:

Last one I destroyed I had taken it into the kitchen to charge and was bringing it back with the charger in my left hand and holding the computer with both hands. The charger cord hooked on a drawer knob jerking that hand and I dropped the computer. Didn't hurt the charger.
Sorry for your loss.
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On 5/18/2014 3:59 PM, G. Ross wrote:

Thanks,
That's how I lost my Sliding compound miter saw.... the cord hooked something and I started to fall down the stairs, and the thing went, and I grabbed the handrail... That was about 2 years ago.
Now I have a freaking history... :-(
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woodchucker wrote:

--------------------------------------------- And your wife will let you anywhere near her puter?
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He just isn't allowed to pick it up! ;-)
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Question is, why was it open. Let me guess... You did not want to have to wake it up or reboot once you got to where you were going with it.
Do yourself a favor and set it up so that closing the lid does not put it to sleep or turn off the display for 3 minutes or 5 minutes, or something like that. It might have survived a drop if it had been closed.
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On 5/18/2014 4:37 PM, Morgans wrote:

Kind of like that. But this laptop has instant on. When it sleeps it comes right back up... maybe 1 second. An ASUS feature.
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On 5/18/2014 4:37 PM, Morgans wrote:

Yea, that's the last time I move it without closing it. I learned my lesson... an expensive one.
Strike two... One more and I am OUT... someone will have to put me down.
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On Sun, 18 May 2014 16:37:53 -0400, "Morgans"

+1.
*Never* move a laptop without closing the lid. With the lid closed, they're remarkably resistant to damage. Not so much, with it open. I have mine set to never go to sleep on it's own, when on AC power (after a half-hour or so on battery and "hibernate" on low battery). It does lock after five or ten minutes of inactivity. It's no big deal to press Fn-F4 to put it to sleep, even with it locked.
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wrote:

When you replace it, look for a Panasonic Toughbook. Some versions are made for the military and if you can find an equivalent commercial version you'll have an *almost* unbreakable computer.
Not cheap, even used, but less total investment than buying multiples of some other brand.
I put a solid state drive (SSD) in my older Dell laptop and bought an equivalent unit with power problems on ebay for $35. That's pretty cheap if I ever need a new screen...
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------------------------------------------------ SFWIW, was talking to a guy who runs his business from a laptop.
His suggestion:
A rebuild of the IBM unit from the Chinese and lots of AAA bateries for the mice and keyboards.
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On 5/18/2014 7:30 PM, Lew Hodgett wrote:

IBM doesn't make laptops anymore.
They sold to Lenovo. My son has one and has had to replace the drive 3 times and had another issue... don't know what it was. Lenovo is not what IBM was. Not as good QC as IBM had.
Also $$$ for very little power.
I'll do another ASUS, used to hate their motherboards as I had problems with them when I built systems. They had a bug that they never fixed with a bios upgrade... Someone eventually did a class action lawsuit... by the time I got fed up enough and built a new unit.
But now ASUS is the standard.
And their laptops are very good. My only wish was a lighted keyboard or light from the screen. Sometimes I can't find the keys in the dark... but I just deal with it.
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On Sun, 18 May 2014 16:30:58 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"

The local LEOs have toughbooks in the trunk of the cruiser that do all the communications/computing etc with remote screens and keyboards in the cab.
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Their headquarters is in Beijing, China. That about says it all. I worked technical support for Thinkpad/IBM 1997-1999. Quality control was pretty substantial then. Thinkpads were built pretty tough. One reason why I think QC was better then was because of the amount of metal that went into their construction. They cost more to build. These days, everything is plastic and the quality control has slipped along with the build quality.
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On 5/18/2014 8:35 PM, snipped-for-privacy@none.com wrote:

You have to remmeber that the weight has substantially dropped too. So it's a good thing. They are also quieter and cooler, thanks to new cooling and chip design.
I think QC is where the Chineese are seriously lacking. Build it get it out the door, when they catch up on that it will be hard to compete against them.
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wrote:

Does it reconnect to the WiFi immediately? That's the problem with mine. It comes out of sleep in a couple of seconds but then it'll take a minute to find the WiFi again.
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On 5/18/2014 8:47 PM, snipped-for-privacy@attt.bizz wrote:

Sometimes it's about 30 seconds behind, sometimes immediate.
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wrote:

I have had IBM, now Lenovo, Thinkpads for years. I prefer them for several reasons, including a fairly significant retiree discount (though I get a Dell discount through my current employer). I had problems with the disk on one but it was always at my brother's place, so it may have been the 12h trip in the car that did it in. Note that none of the computer manufacturers make their own disk drives. They're all coming from the same two or three manufacturers.

Disagree. Again, they all use the same parts.

My current laptop is a "convertible" tablet PC but its screen is too small (and low res) for some uses (CAD) and it's much too heavy to use as a tablet (3lbs.). It is nice to read when used as a *lap* top, though. The touch screen is really nice. Not sure I'd do it again. The M$ Surface looks promising, though. Light, both a laptop and tablet, and really good on trips.

My laptop has lighted keys. After having it on this computer, it's a requirement.
I have an ASUS netbook. Pure junk, though I understand that ASUS has much better. I used to use nothing other than ASUS motherboards on desktop systems.
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On 5/18/2014 8:59 PM, snipped-for-privacy@attt.bizz wrote:

For the same chip and chipset, Lenovo is way higher $$ Asus way lower $$
So you can buy more power for less.

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"Lew Hodgett" wrote:

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