Don't buy that maker's chips. HP did not make those chipsets.
Also, why are you not keeping these things under warranty?
I have one of the known-faulty HP 6000 series laptops. It is over 2 years old, and I have already had the motherboard replaced once. It was over a year old and they fixed it out of warranty at that time cause they knew they've screwed up an entire series. However, it's crashed again - exact same problem - 3 beeps, graphics card busted, the whole deal.
My brother has the same series laptop and his recently crashed as well, but apparently when he called HP claims they have stopped fixing the 6000s out of warranty. So I'm doubting they will fix mine a second time, esp since the motherboard is crashing right at about a year after the first fix.
So my question is this: I obviously have to buy a new laptop. I liked HP in every other way - have they resolved this problem with the motherboards, or will they screw me again? Should I jump ship to Mac?