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Offline stevey

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As some of you mafia players know, my laptop (graphics card and/or GPU melted) broke on Friday. And after sending it to best buy to get it repaired under the pretense that there is a slim chance that I'll would lose my data, they tell me now that there's a 50/50 chance of losing all my data after replacing the motherboard and if I want them to back it up with them it will cost me 300-1800$. So, should I take the risk (if any) or stomach the $80 to ship it back and do the data back up myself. 

side note: if I ship it back would my old USB 2.0 Enclosures for a 3.5'' drive work with a laptop drive(s) or do I need to get another one for 2.0/2.5 drives?
« Last Edit: September 18, 2009, 03:14:18 PM by stevey »
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Do the data backup yourself.  Hopefully there's another computer around you to faciliate the file transfers.

It probably won't work with the 3.5" enclosure, but you should take the laptop HDD out and compare it to make sure you know what it needs.

I use a USB 2.0 HDD adapter for these kinds of situations.  It can read 3.5" IDE, 2.5" laptop, and SATA drives.  A $15-20 purchase.

If your original laptop problem also severely affected the hard drive, it's not my fault that it blows up when you perform the backup.  Tho I couldn't tell if there's any immediate danger without looking at it/trying it anyway.
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Laptops don't have graphics cards, but GPU/graphics card...are essentially the same thing, or at least they're interchangeable terms. You don't *need* an enclosure, especially if you're just going to clone the drive, or back up some stuff. If it's SATA, and you have a spare SATA port in your PC, just stick it in your PC - if it's SATA and your PC doesn't have SATA, then get a SATA to USB adapter, or SATA to IDE. If it's IDE, then get a 2.5>3.5 IDE adapter and...stick it in your PC. Then dump the drive/back up your data, and be on your way. On another note, you need to speak to some higher ups, because if your laptop is under warranty (especially one that they sold you), then you shouldn't be paying a goddamn penny to protect your data.
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...Best Buy, so Geek Squad? Better read this, Stevey (and everyone)...

Geek Squad Insider Speaks Out
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another...
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here are a bunch of other articles from the Consumerist.

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Sometimes the repair center wipes the hard drive. Always maintain current backups of critical data.

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...Best Buy, so Geek Squad? Better read this, Stevey (and everyone)...

Geek Squad Insider Speaks Out
and
another...
AND
here are a bunch of other articles from the Consumerist.

FUN TIMES!

CompUSA and Circuit City are closed now so I really have no where else to go. (Keep in mind that it's HP fault for selling me a defective GPU and not extending my warranty, so I'm not giving them my money :@ ...)
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...Best Buy, so Geek Squad? Better read this, Stevey (and everyone)...

Geek Squad Insider Speaks Out
and
another...
AND
here are a bunch of other articles from the Consumerist.

FUN TIMES!

CompUSA and Circuit City are closed now so I really have no where else to go. (Keep in mind that it's HP fault for selling me a defective GPU and not extending my warranty, so I'm not giving them my money :@ ...)

Well, then, the answer to your question is YES, do the back-up yourself before you take it over there.
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>> Dont forget - Best Buy Geek Squad will probably have fun looking at your personal data

Does stevey want Best Buy to steal all of his hard-earned hawtness?
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Damn it, I've already sent it to best buy you know. and didn't bother to do much hiding because the problem was solely to do with the GPU.... :faust:

Oh well, my HAWTNESS folder is vast and they can't possible view all of the 1.5 million files or find them all in time :3
« Last Edit: April 23, 2009, 09:10:00 PM by stevey »
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That's an interesting deterrent.
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Pros: They just easy drop into my torrent client and that was enough to sacre them away from looking at my other files

Cons: Son of bitch; less that a month after the repair the graphics card melt again! DO NOT BUY nvidia EVER!

Oh well, back up my data now before sending it off tomorrow (E3 is just 11 days away :'( , it never make it back in time...)
« Last Edit: May 22, 2009, 10:10:56 PM by stevey »
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sounds like you got a cooling issue.
Do they sell fans for your laptop?
Is there liquid cooling for laptops?

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It would end up costing more than the laptop is worth,  I'm better off just suing Nvidia.
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Sue away then. Hope you get more than enough to buy a new laptop... with the latest Nvidia grafx card inside

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My laptop has an nVidia GeForce 9800M GTS...it kicks ass, no melting over here. They must have sent you an old refurbished model that didn't have the BIOS update to increase the fan speed - or the "fix" just doesn't work like it should.
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no! no! no! no! no!

It's about to happen a third time. I starting to get corrupted screens and random black and white bars; tomorrow it will be completely broken! :'(
I got a English paper due the day after tomorrow, why god?!

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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2009, 11:49:16 PM »
Does nVidia supply Nintendo with graphics chips?

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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2009, 12:19:15 AM »
nVidia is the market leader, they make the best GPUs, period. If it keeps happening, obviously it's a serious defect and you need to get your laptop replaced with a different model. Also, turn it off, let it cool down, and use a cooler in the meantime.
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2009, 01:07:36 AM »
Interesting thread.  I just bought a laptop from BB yesterday and considering getting the new Asus w/ the Nvidia GTX 260m.  But in the end, I went with a Toshiba for half the price and just an Intel Accelerator as I don't do much PC gaming.  I'd have been pissed too though if my Nvidia card went down.
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2009, 02:21:34 AM »
nVidia is the market leader, they make the best GPUs, period. If it keeps happening, obviously it's a serious defect and you need to get your laptop replaced with a different model. Also, turn it off, let it cool down, and use a cooler in the meantime.

A good portion of nVidia chippery out on the market and possessed by consumers are flawed, and nVidia has done a poor job of addressing customers, sellers, and manufacturing partners.  The main lawsuit is still gearing up.

In short, it's like an RROD issue of their very own, and stevey's been bitten twice by it.

Way to go, market leader.
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2009, 03:59:26 AM »
I hate it when market leaders ignore their core audience.
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2009, 01:06:48 PM »
And it's dead

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nVidia is the market leader, they make the best GPUs, period. If it keeps happening, obviously it's a serious defect and you need to get your laptop replaced with a different model.

Sony is the market leader, they make the best Game Systems, period. I :heart; PS3

Microsoft is the market leader, they make the best OSs, period. I :heart; Vista

USA is the market leader, they make the best Products, period. I ... well you get the point
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2009, 01:48:43 PM »
Console market share is more about quality of games and fanboyism though, nVidia actually does make the best GPUs. Your situation sucks though.
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Re: nVidia GPUs & graphics cards are a piece of CRAP!!!
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2009, 02:08:39 PM »
Maybe a couple of their GPUs can be considered best.  The rest fry on stevey.
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