OT: DELL SUCKS! Re: PC Gamer, best 50 classic games issue?

From: Ethan Dicks <erd_6502_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Thu Jan 10 21:48:00 2002

--- Tothwolf <tothwolf_at_concentric.net> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jan 2002, Doc wrote:
> > And we should not fail to mention the equally notorious Dell-badged
> > 3Com PCMCIA Combo cards, that were 3Com seconds and fiddled so that
> > only Dell drivers worked.
> Seconds? That's the first time I've seen them called that. From what I
> remember, they are simply OEM versions of the same cards with their
> EEPROMS slightly changed.

I had no idea they did that. I've been mostly quiet on this topic,
since I have no strong opinions one way or the other, but all of _my_
experiences have been positive (OTOH, I've never had to call service).

I have a Dell Latitude LM that I bought factory refurbed a few years ago
for $900 (a good price at the time), and I'm on a company-issued Latitude
CPx at the moment.

I have a sufficient quantity of PCMCIA cards, but at one point, I did
get a Dell-badged 3c589C and noticed it worked better than the 3c589D
did - but that was under Solaris 7.0 for x86 (Solaris PCMCIA drivers
are far from robust).

> > You could buy them here for a while for $10 the handful.
> This would be a real bargain to those of us who don't run windows, are
> they still available? :)

We have a local computer shop that (last week) had as-is 3c589 NICs
for $5, but no dongle. I bought a couple spares, and a Xircom PS-CEM-28
(also no dongles). Hopefully the 10BaseT dongle I have for another
Xircom card will work (the 100BaseT dongles _are_ different).


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Received on Thu Jan 10 2002 - 21:48:00 GMT

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