If this is the Dell Inspiron 4150 with the PENTIUM 4 1.7GHz CPU then a common affliction is that most owners are blissfully unaware that our computers are much like a vacuum cleaner and the dust and dirt collects on the heat sinks.
Laptops seem to suffer this fate more often since we think of them as bricks. Here's an example deep cleaning for a laptop with pictures.
I am having problems w/my current Dell Inspiro - I think it's the 4150 or the 1150. Anyway, the computer screen goes blank and tries searching for data via the CD/DVD drive when there is no CD or DVD in the computer. I have no other choice at this point but to power down the machine and power up after about 1-2 minutes. This has happened a few times over the last few weeks, but is becoming more often now than ever.
A tech at my job looked at the computer by sight, and advised that my motherboard is shot. I checked Dell customer service and found out that a new motherboard is ~$500. I checked CompUSA and they would charge ~$150+ for a diagnostic test. I was so frustrated that I bought the Toshiba M115 for $600 (749-150 rebate). I saw that it has good reviews for the price.
Can anyone tell me by the description above if there is anything else that can be wrong w/the computer? Is it worth keeping. I need the laptop because I travel during the summer, am in school online, and convenience.
Oh yeah, the Toshiba came w/a 1yr warranty. I was thinking of investing the the 3yr warranty, about $200. Is it worth it?