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“Dell Wars” Episode VI – Return of the… Sith?

I've chronicled my disastrous flirtations with Dell computers in the past, and thought that my struggles were over. Alas, here is episode VI...

Every computer I own is a dell. Why? Because they used to be good. After a year of fighting with dell, they finally sent me an xps 410 (to replace my crappy xps 400).

I upgraded my RAM a while back because the 1GB just wasn't doing it.

So now I'm playing through Half Life 2 Episode 2 with the developer's commentary on. I'm going after the larva in the chapter where the antlion gaurdian chases you through the tunnels. Just after you have to break through the boards to escape him and you drop through the floor. As soon as I run down the hall, at the exact moment I am approaching the medic passing the hall light on the left side the game freezes and there is a memory error. It happens every time. I have done everything short of uninstalling my antivirus program to try and fix it. It has happened at the exact same moment every time for the last 12 times.

This is not happening to anyone else, just me. Why? It has to be something to do with my stupid freaking dell. Probably the built in (to the motherboard) sound-card. At least now I'm not getting the blue screen of death, it just quits the program.

I am never buying a dell again. Ever. Yes, this is the billionth time I've said that, but this is just a nail in the already soldered shut coffin for dell with me.

dell == hell.



“Dell Wars”: Episode V – The Dellpire Strikes Back

After boxing up my old computer and sending it off to Dell, I began playing Half Life 2: Episode 1.

The third day I went to play it, It started crashing. It would crash every time I played after playing for 60 seconds.


So I went in search of the answer hoping beyond hope that it was a simple driver update.

I did all of the windows updates, downloaded the latest DirectX drivers, and downloaded the Steam Crash Client. The steam crash client was very helpful in that it told me that I had a VERY SEVERE problem with my video card drivers, and gave me a link to download the new ones (I was using v.6.14.1... and the current ones as of 8/21/06 were 8.282). Let's hope this isn't an evil trap by Vadar to lure me in, and that this will actually work.

After installing all drivers and updating windows, the game seems to be working fine...


“Dell Wars” Episode IV: A New XPS 410

Some of you may have heard about my Dell Wars saga to date. But if you have not, I will sum it up here:

Dell sent me a lemon.

Episode I - The Phantom Menace:

I get the Dell. It''s stats are off the chart. I am astounded. Yet there are some foreboding signs I ignore lurking in the shadows. My computer freezes randomly sometimes...

Episode II - Attack of the Cloning Sounds:

While playing HL2:E1 the computer begins crashing with looping sounds. Whaaaaa??? Dell sends me a new video card, and I put a new sound card in it and disable the on-board sound.

Episode III - Revenge of the System Board:

While playing WOW my Dell starts crashing and giving me "Blue Screens of Death". I calmly call dell and scream at them, and they tell me it is the ram and system board. Oh and the processor. And they come and replace it. The RAM goes bad, and they send me new RAM. Then the system board goes bad AGAIN... All seems lost. I rise up screaming "NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!"

This brings us current with:

Episode IV: A New XPS 410

My old computer (An XPS400) has gone over to the dark side of the force. However after a year of dealing with my darth dell computer, A new (free) XPS 410 has just arrived in it's place. Could this new hope be the answer to all my problems? Will it play HL2:E1 without crashing even at full resolution and max fps? Will I counter strike with impunity? We shall soon find out (I just took it out of the box)...

Stay tuned. Hopefully there will be no Episode V in which the evil dellpire strikes back and turns out to have sent me another hopelessly crappy computer...