Originally Posted by KRP
But we said enough was enough after the E1705 cheapskates decided to buy $1,000 laptops and try to purchase the high-end graphic cards and make ghetto XPSs instead of paying our high cost premiums.
It's not like we're upgrading from ATI x1400's, or even integrated graphics motherboards, but from 7800 Go's that continuously face problems to 7900 GS's that became priced identically within a week or two of its release. Would you rather have had me return my laptop and buy a new one off of Dell, re-configured with a 7900 GS for the same price? What a pain in the ass, to wait for Dell to finish building it and shipping it. And what would've happened to my old laptop? It most likely would've been sent to Dell's refurbished outlet, where they would've eaten an even bigger loss. Or maybe stripped for parts, meaning someone would've received a defective 7800 Go (the one that came with my laptop failed within a week), and Dell would've had to find a use for all the parts, rather than simply replacing my graphics card. Of course, some people are getting full system exchanges when going through this process, so this point is kind of iffy when you take those into accont. We're not scamming Dell. We're not lying to them about anything. I think Dell is a great company. The support is great, ignoring the occasional computard on Dell chat. Their products are impressive, I love my E1705 despite its little quirks and I'm a big fan of their Axim line. But the 7800 Go is really a strange card, and it's really that much easier to fix any problems we face with a 7900 GS rather than a 7800 Go, with its high probability of facing the same problems. EDIT: just checked again... the 7900 GS is now cheaper than the 7800 Go was. Within a month after its release, the price has dropped below what the 7800 Go cost at the end of its life. Allow me to point out what I said in the original thread we posted this in:
Originally Posted by stigmata
Also, I know this is likely to start a firestorm of "OMG you don't deserve it you're freeloading off of Dell" but in my opinion, the Dell E1705 equipped with a Geforce 7800 Go was NOT up to the standards Dell set for it. If you want to see a similar story, go read about Dell's Axim. The X50v runs Windows Mobile 2003SE natively, but Dell released a Windows Mobile 2005 "upgrade" for it, which runs horribly without massive amounts of tweaking, and even then can be extremely buggy. Dell promised that the X50v would run WM2005 well, and it didn't, and so now Dell offers free upgrades from the X50v to the X51v, which is pricier but runs WM2005 natively and extremely well.
Here's a link to the Aximsite thread about this: http://www.aximsite.com/boards/showt...4633&highlight
= I myself have an X50v, and I guess I could go spend $5, buy the WM2005 upgrade CD for my Axim, and get Dell to upgrade me for free to the X51v, which has double the ROM, eliminating the need to use RAM as permanent storage and therefore more safety for your data, as you don't need to keep your batteries charged to protect whatever is stored in the RAM. But I don't. Why? I'm perfectly content with my X50v, and buying the WM2005 just to get a free upgrade, although I still wouldn't consider that a scam per se, would be manipulative and ethically wrong.