Dead 700m, damn Dell ...

It is quite sad to announce that I am obliged to stop maintaining Gentoo on 700m, since my Dell Inspiron 700m is dead. It just lost the power without any smoke, smell, and I could not power it on any more. It is highly probable the power module of the motherboard is burned.

  • The price to replace the out-of-warranty motherboard is: $300.
  • 3rd party service varies from 9999 - 198 + H.S, depends on how many MOSFETs needs to replace.

It is a pity that I failed to replace the deficient motherboard during the warranty period. The technician of Dell just simply ignored my requests since most of the complaints are quite trivial, and all the symptoms are not easy to reproduce. And Dell’s attitude makes things ever worse.