theres a whole forum for this! bet ya didnt know.www.compaqsucks.com
Okay, so its not a forum.
I had a compaq server light on fire in front of me before. I had just replaced a board... that was an urgent fix... as the part it replaced could catch fire. Er... hehe.
I have seen alot of trouble with the older compaq models. I stay away from them, and all the big names- dell, hp, compaq, gateway- since they got hit pretty hard with the tech bubble popping, and as such have had to make significant cutbacks. Actually, compaq sucked before that...
There are laptops that are compaq, sold at my local costco, that are several hundred cheaper than anything I can offer. But, Yugos are cheap too... I dont drive one of those either.
There are enough compaq fans here to make me think that thier quality has gone up- however, I will have to hear it from alot more people before I think about looking at thier stuff again.
No offense to the compaqers out there- but once youve seen a large file server ignite, its hard to not hold a bias...