Originally Posted by Fr33m4n
I know I said earlier that my WiFi card was trouble free but now after a slightly longer then normal session downloading a file at full DSL speed (1.5 MBps) for 2 h 30 min my card too conked out and I got no connection until I rebooted......................
In most cases connection problems are due to the router or your Wi-Fi card drivers. Some routers just give up under stress. You won't notice any problems until you really stress the router. "stress" also means that a specific combination of events occurs that router cannot handle. This is hard to reproduce intentionally and can only be achieved "in the long run."
There are cases where particular applications stress the router. Some P2P programs are known to really shut down/restart routers (a typical issue discussed on router support forums). World of Warcraft, in my experience, is behaving like it's making DoS (Denial of Service) attacks when the server lag occurs. Some routers just can't stand that and I lose connection.
Regadring DVD play, you realize, of course, that it's a DVD drive "issue", not necessarily laptop. What's the region code you have set on DVD drive?
Could be a problem that specific DVD title refuses to play in some DVD drives. I hear that some newer DVD will not play in any DVD recorder, you have to get pure DVD-ROM drive to play them.
Buying a different laptop may not help you at all in this area.
Finally, the battery wear is like dead pixels - you either have it from the factory or you don't. Unlike dead pixels, battery wear is not annoying. It does affect you maximum time on battery. My TM8003 had battery wear 6% from the get go. It still has it at 6% a year later. If it really bothers you, talk to Acer and replace the battery. You should be able to as it is technically a defective one.