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    Laptop lawsuit

    Well I guess my laptop isn't working after all and I've just found a whole pile of information reguarding problems the laptop I own is going though.

    In October 2006, customers who purchased Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks filed a class action lawsuit against Dell, Inc. alleging misconduct in connection with the design, manufacture, warranting, advertising and selling of these computers. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, with co-counsel, represent plaintiffs.

    Plaintiffs’ Factual Allegations
    As set forth in the complaint, plaintiffs allege Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks are designed and manufactured with three uniform and inherent defects:

    *The notebooks’ cooling systems are inadequate to dissipate the heat generated through normal use;

    *The power supply system prematurely fails when used as intended; and

    *The motherboards on the notebooks prematurely fail.

    These alleged defects cause Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks to shut down unexpectedly or fail to boot up and/or the batteries will fail to hold a charge, or will hold a charge for only a short time, well before the expected end of the battery’s life.

    Plaintiffs also allege that Dell concealed the true defective nature of its Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks, and failed to recall the notebooks or take other adequate remedial action. Instead, plaintiffs charge Dell sold and serviced Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks even though it knew that the notebooks would prematurely fail.
    Dell Inspiron Models: 1100, 1150, 5100, 5160

    If you own a Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5160 please click here for information on a class action lawsuit

    Other Dell Computers:
    Dell Notebooks & Laptops
    Dell Dimension 4600 Desktops

    Nearly identical allegations in this class action were made in an earlier lawsuit against Dell for defects with the Inspiron 5150 notebook computer. The parties have reached a settlement in the Inspiron 5150 case. Click here to learn more about the settlement.

    Proposed Class
    Plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all individuals and entities in California who own or have owned any one or more of the Dell Inspiron notebooks, computer models 1100, 1150, 5100 or 5160.

    Relief Sought
    Plaintiffs seek actual damages, equitable relief (including restitution, injunctive relief, and disgorgement of profits), civil penalties and punitive damages.

    Contact Us
    Owners of Dell Inspiron notebooks that would like to report their experiences or wish to learn more about the class action lawsuit are welcome to contact an attorney at Lieff Cabraser by clicking here.

    About Lieff Cabraser
    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a national law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Nashville. We are recognized for our successful prosecution of individual and class action lawsuits involving defective products, ranging from faulty building and home products to defective computers and computer related products. Learn more about our firm.

    Trademark Notice
    Dell and Inspiron are trademarks of Dell, Inc. These marks are used solely for informational and product identification purposes. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is not affiliated in any way with Dell, Inc.

    I replace the power supply before because it warped but I didn't know that it was a pretty regular problem... infact most of the problems listed wrong with this computer I had. This would get HOT even when it was just idle.... Dell!? Never again!

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    My Toshiba has been trouble-free since I bought it in August '06. I love it; I just wish it were lighter so I could travel with it.

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    When I went to buy a new home PC several years ago, I actually called up Dell's 1-800 number to order my computer that way. I told the operator exactly what features I wanted on my computer, but when I got a confirmation copy of my order via e-mail I saw they'd gotten my order all wrong. They included things I didn't order on the computer; and they omitted other features I wanted. When I contacted them to try and straighten the order out, I was told I'd have to cancel that order and start all over again. Since I didn't feel like going through the hassle of doing so, I just canceled my order outright and bought another brand - an HP Pavilion 514x - at my local OfficeMax store.
    They may have improved Dell's ordering process since then, but I don't care. I'll never deal with them again.

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    Yeah, I've been an HP person for some time now... my first desktop was an HP... and i've owned 4 others and never had any probelms/failures with them (other then the normal hard drive getting slow because of lots of use, but nothing like the dell) When I can aford another laptop i'm going with an HP... my dad got a HP centrino laptop and it's great... I wish it was mine right now. Stupid dell!
    It makes me think of all those "dude, your getting a dell" commercials... then the guy would say "sweet." I'd say Not cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloud23465 View Post
    Yeah, I've been an HP person for some time now... my first desktop was an HP... and i've owned 4 others and never had any probelms/failures with them (other then the normal hard drive getting slow because of lots of use, but nothing like the dell) When I can aford another laptop i'm going with an HP... my dad got a HP centrino laptop and it's great... I wish it was mine right now. Stupid dell!
    It makes me think of all those "dude, your getting a dell" commercials... then the guy would say "sweet." I'd say Not cool!
    The only problems I've had with my HP were a hard-drive crash that occurred the December after I bought it (which meant they replaced it for free under the warranty); and a failure of the fan that cools the heat sink in the summer of '06 (that cost me about $260 to replace). Other than those two, I haven't had much trouble with my hardware. The majority of problems I've had involved software, and those were easily resolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransWarpDrive View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cloud23465 View Post
    Yeah, I've been an HP person for some time now... my first desktop was an HP... and i've owned 4 others and never had any probelms/failures with them (other then the normal hard drive getting slow because of lots of use, but nothing like the dell) When I can aford another laptop i'm going with an HP... my dad got a HP centrino laptop and it's great... I wish it was mine right now. Stupid dell!
    It makes me think of all those "dude, your getting a dell" commercials... then the guy would say "sweet." I'd say Not cool!
    The only problems I've had with my HP were a hard-drive crash that occurred the December after I bought it (which meant they replaced it for free under the warranty); and a failure of the fan that cools the heat sink in the summer of '06 (that cost me about $260 to replace). Other than those two, I haven't had much trouble with my hardware. The majority of problems I've had involved software, and those were easily resolved.
    I've been lucky enough to not even have any problems what so ever with my desktops. I had a IBM thinkpad before I got the dell... It quit running off the battery... but I could still use it unlike the dell...I trust HP a thousand times more then dell. I'm going to buy the laptop at Costco when I do buy it... they offer a great selection of HP and they give you a 2 year warranty with HP stuff vs one year with every where else that i've seen.

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    I've always sworn by my Sony VAIO. I bought my first one in 1998 and it served me well without any problems for almost five years. I bought my present laptop, a customized Sony VAIO in 2002, maxed out on every feature I could put in it. I've had it four years now, and it can still keep up with the ones coming out now just fine. The only problem I have with it is that it gets very hot, so I have to use a cooler with it. But other than that, It's been as powerful as a desktop with pretty miuch everthing I've thrown at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
    I've always sworn by my Sony VAIO. I bought my first one in 1998 and it served me well without any problems for almost five years. I bought my present laptop, a customized Sony VAIO in 2002, maxed out on every feature I could put in it. I've had it four years now, and it can still keep up with the ones coming out now just fine. The only problem I have with it is that it gets very hot, so I have to use a cooler with it. But other than that, It's been as powerful as a desktop with pretty miuch everthing I've thrown at it.
    I am a sony person... but when it comes to computers my main thing is what's inside instead of outside. That's why I made the mistake of getting a dell... because they had intel. But now that I know alot more then I did... that won't happen again.

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    the only problem I have with it is that it gets very hot, so I have to use a cooler with it. But other than that, It's been as powerful as a desktop with pretty miuch everthing I've thrown at it.
    I seem to recall a lot of laptop battery recalls a relatively short while ago--was Sony involved in that, or was it Toshiba?

    I have a good impression of Sony quality, but my understanding is that Sony laptops and electronics only accept Sony memory sticks. For this reason alone I avoid Sony products. Hey, it's the principle of the thing.

    Someone please educate me if I'm wrong.
    Why is everyone who drives slower than me an idiot, and everyone who drives faster a maniac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck31003 View Post
    the only problem I have with it is that it gets very hot, so I have to use a cooler with it. But other than that, It's been as powerful as a desktop with pretty miuch everthing I've thrown at it.
    I seem to recall a lot of laptop battery recalls a relatively short while ago--was Sony involved in that, or was it Toshiba?

    I have a good impression of Sony quality, but my understanding is that Sony laptops and electronics only accept Sony memory sticks. For this reason alone I avoid Sony products. Hey, it's the principle of the thing.

    Someone please educate me if I'm wrong.
    I believe you're right. Sony does get a little proprietary on things. But since I use thumbdrives, not memory sticks, it's not an issue with me. And in my case, it's not the battery getting hot. I'm pretty sure it's the processor.:P
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