I finally got my replacement
As you can tell by looking at my new sig, I got it, yesterday afternoon :
Its beautiful... with no flickering screen on this one happy to say. Also no dead pixels on the screen or apparent scratches or damage anywhere on the lappy, this was guaranteed by the supplier after ordering a pre-delivery inspection. The sevice costs £49, it also checks for common hardware faults, sets up windows user account, updates windows and applies patches and installs any antivirus programs ordered with the laptop. If a fault arises within 7 days the laptop will be swaped at no extra cost to me. I think it is well worth it especially with the problems I had with my first one and others are having with the this model. Also the lack of any dead pixels is a great bonus on screen of this size.
I also get a deteriating WLAN connection, its starts at 54Mbs with my Netgear ADSL router and drops to around 24Mbs even though i'm within 10 meters of it. I'm gonna try some of the solutions mentioned on this forum like installing older Intel ProSet drivers, but I never actually get a connection loss
I'm a little dissapointed in the sound level coming from the stereo speakers, it fails to output a full range of frequencies espcially in the lower bands, i know its not supposed be a sub woofer but there is a noticible lack in low sounds, but i'm happy with the positioning of the speakers at the front which means I can listen to music with screen closed. With the headphones in, i'm happy to say, it gets much better, a nice, even level of sound coming from the S/PDIF jack, no noise either which was apparent in my first 8104, although that was probably cos of a setting as I had the same problem on my desktop before I tinkered with it and it finally went away.
Although the touchpad gets warm I wouldn't say it is hot and not unconfortable to use. I used a Sony DVD-R to make the recovery CD at the beginning, It also detects all my other CDRW, CD-R's even my 90min CD-R's which my LG CD-RW doesn't so i'm quite happy with the DVD super drive on that note.
Installed Halflife 2 yesterday and went through the first level with 1680x1050 resoloution and graphics set to high -simply unbelivable graphics, with smooth gameplay, I didn't want to stop at the first level, wanted to complete it all! playing deathmatch was amazing, the speed and qualtity was on par with my All-in-Wonder 9800 pro -Amazing-, next up I gotta install Farcry and Halo. Im also planning to run the 3DMark series tests and some of the PCMark benchmarks soon so i'll have the results posted up soon. Also i'm planning to take some pics which I may also post up.
I'm over the moon with the replacement, its outta this world
, Acer obviously absolutely made no compromise on the performance front.