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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Laptop just got struck by lightning... Will be posting less often.

My DELL Inspiron 510m laptop got struck by lightning 15 minutes ago. Heard double "click" from my Voltage Regulator then, laptop emitted a soft "Boom". After that, cannot power on anymore. Is it a blessing in disguise? Is it time for a new laptop? I asked myself since the Laptop is already 5 years old.

But the WEIRD thing is that my Linksys AM300 ADSL modem is still working fine. Ie. NOT HARMED. Wonder HOW? and WHY?

Well, no use crying over spilled milk... Will try to repair the Laptop. In a meantime, I will be posting less often this month.

Now using dad's old 2005 laptop "CHINESE WINDOWS XP" IBM Thinkpad R51E Celeron Laptop. Very BULKY (3.5kg) and SLOW (256MB RAM only). Hey, it's a challenge for me as I dunno how to read and write "CHINESE BIG5". Yes, there's English keyboards but very annoying... Typed 1/2 way (English) automatically switched to "Chinese Big 5".


  1. Update 13 April. It's Motherboard problem. RM700+ for a recond one (RM800 incl. workmanship).

    No point fixing a 5 yrs old laptop. Time to change notebook. What do you think? Change or fix?

  2. Hi Jeff,
    I love your writing and the website. I don't think it is worth repairing the laptop as you can get a acer or compaq notebook for about 1.5 to 2k RM. Alternatively, you could spend rm 50 to update your dad's ibm ram memory to 1gb. windows xp needs that much ram to confortably run at full speed.

    warm regards

  3. I am Considering either lightweight 2kg Compaq Presario CQ20 (RM2690) Intel Core 2 Duo - with 3 yrs extended warranty and Windows Vista Home Basic. 12.1" WXGA display,
    3kg AMD Equipped Compaq Presario CQ40 14.1" Display. (RM2098 - with extended warranty).

    What do you think?

  4. On the other hand, a Used Dell Motherboard costs RM450 only via lelong (W/o workmanship). Add RM80 for AC Adaptor. Decisions, Decisions...