Hi guys, first time poster :]
I'm really diggin this M6N, and plan on saving $$$ by buying the parts seperately and assembling the unit myself. Some questions that go along with that though-
1. How does that affect Asus' global 2yr warranty? Like, does the warranty cover just the chassis, or chassis + other things, or what? And would my assembly of it or b/c the components may not be what typically ships with complete units have any effect?
2. What components are 'standard' things I can safely buy elsewhere, and what needs to be model-specific. Please correct any of the following if I'm off or should have additional info.
I'm pretty confident the CPU, HDD, and memory are standard things; just shop seperately for a Pentium M CPU, 2.5" (9.5mm) notebook harddrive (does a 7200RPM drive work ok?), and 200-pin PC2700 SO-DIMMS, great. :]
Not so sure about the minipci module; I've read some reports of other notebooks' status lights not working properly unless the 'official' centrino minipci module is used- anyone have or heard of that with this model?
Very iffy on the optical drive, at least aesthetically; from what I can see from the pics here the model-specific optical drive has a silver band that runs across it to make it integrate seamlessly with the chassis. Not that I'm planning on ruining my M6N's good looks with a mismatched drive, but does anyone know, just for my info, if the optical drive is 'standard' as far as function? Or MUST it be the model-specific drive to even fit in the chassis?
Changing tack, any recent N. American buyers of the 15.1 SXGA+ have the wonky LCD issue?
Thanks in advance for answers and please help me fast- my dinosaur lappy is driving me insane! ;p
P.S. I'm proficient at building PC's but this is new territory- anyone know a good reference/guide for assembly of this model? Or a similar model at least, thanks again!
P.P.S. A tentative search for components gets me:
15.1 SXGA+ model chassis $859 http://www.abestpc.com/laptop/centri...config-m6n.htm
1.4 Pentium M CPU $217 http://www.pricewatch.com/
256MB PC2700 $40 http://www.pricewatch.com/
20GB 5400RPM HDD $85 http://www.pricewatch.com/
model-specific DVD/CD-RW $109 http://www.abestpc.com/laptop/centri...config-m6n.htm
b + g 'official' centrino WLAN $59 http://www.abestpc.com/laptop/centri...config-m6n.htm
for $1369 US. Maybe less b/c the chassis seller won't be assembling anything, or if I can catch a break outside pricewatch. If anyone knows of better deals please post em! :]