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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-13-09 11:55 AM
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17. My laptop's integrated wi-fi circuitry "failed" this week...
it's a (now "old", by today's 'waste-market' standards) HP (made in Taiwan, or nearby) crap of about 3 years old now.

So instead of having to pay (how much? $100?), I just bought a new USB (external) Wi-Fi plug-in device ("on discount") for 19.99 (+tx) and voila. A little tricky to install but, after inserting the mini-CD and let the OS load its drivers, all it needed was the WEP key, and that was it.

I can't afford purchasing a new laptop yet, so I'll use this (now old!!) crap until I will.
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  -When something breaks down, do you think about fixing it or just buying a new one? NickB79  Jun-13-09 11:27 AM   #0 
  - Thought about getting a new one but found alimony was to expensive!  jody   Jun-13-09 11:30 AM   #1 
  - It depends.  LWolf   Jun-13-09 11:31 AM   #2 
  - Many modern appliances aren't really things you can maintenance.  Marr   Jun-13-09 11:32 AM   #3 
  - When our older microwave stopped working,  pnwmom   Jun-13-09 01:23 PM   #29 
     - A microwave, washer, or dryer can be very serviceable.  Marr   Jun-13-09 04:35 PM   #42 
        - I agree. I doubt that my husband would try to fix his Blackberry, for example.  pnwmom   Jun-13-09 09:20 PM   #43 
  - I used to be able to repair just about anything electrical or mechanical but nowadays  konnichi wa   Jun-13-09 11:34 AM   #4 
  - fix it.....  Jade Fox   Jun-13-09 11:34 AM   #5 
  - I got the fix it mentality too from my Grandparents...  here_is_to_hope   Jun-13-09 11:37 AM   #7 
  - Many times the cost to repair is almost  shraby   Jun-13-09 11:34 AM   #6 
  - If I can fix it, or find someone who can, I'd usually prefer that  JerseygirlCT   Jun-13-09 11:39 AM   #8 
  - A month ago I paid a guy almost $100 to fix my lawn mower. He made it worse.  Gidney N Cloyd   Jun-13-09 11:42 AM   #9 
  - Depends  AllentownJake   Jun-13-09 11:43 AM   #10 
  - How big is your lawn?  LostinVA   Jun-13-09 01:26 PM   #30 
     - Yes, unless you own a golf course or something, you don't need a power mower  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-13-09 01:31 PM   #31 
     - LOVE the reel mower!  LostinVA   Jun-13-09 01:37 PM   #34 
     - Fuck that I'm busy  AllentownJake   Jun-13-09 03:42 PM   #40 
        - I've timed it -- it takes me five minutes LESS using the reel mower  LostinVA   Jun-13-09 04:33 PM   #41 
  - Small appliances are designed to be thrown away when they break.  kestrel91316   Jun-13-09 11:45 AM   #11 
  - Planned obsolescence  baldguy   Jun-13-09 12:18 PM   #20 
  - I just installed a new switch on my coffee maker  tridim   Jun-13-09 11:47 AM   #12 
  - The heating element will burn out tomorrow morning.  konnichi wa   Jun-13-09 12:13 PM   #19 
  - Planned obsolescence - only greedy capitalists would think that's a good idea.  CrispyQ   Jun-13-09 11:48 AM   #13 
  - If I can fix it, I will.  haele   Jun-13-09 11:51 AM   #14 
  - Buy a new one, if it's not broken I buy a another one so I'll have two, then I update them  LaPera   Jun-13-09 11:52 AM   #15 
  - I've seen some "fix or replace" charts for various items  tularetom   Jun-13-09 11:53 AM   #16 
  - My laptop's integrated wi-fi circuitry "failed" this week...  Amonester   Jun-13-09 11:55 AM   #17 
  - For most things like appliances, parts are simply not  MineralMan   Jun-13-09 12:10 PM   #18 
  - Almost always try to fix it  Hippo_Tron   Jun-13-09 12:19 PM   #21 
  - Viagra fixes me up every time!  Deja Q   Jun-13-09 12:30 PM   #22 
  - Unfortunately, it's often more expensive to fix than to replace.  Arugula Latte   Jun-13-09 12:33 PM   #23 
  - I have old crap. I "like" it, actually.  MADem   Jun-13-09 12:35 PM   #24 
  - I'm exactly the same way.  WorseBeforeBetter   Jun-13-09 10:17 PM   #49 
     - I have a blender from the fifties--it's a George Jetson-ish beauty!  MADem   Jun-14-09 12:09 AM   #53 
        - Good idea...  WorseBeforeBetter   Jun-14-09 12:36 AM   #55 
  - We try to fix things ourselves then see if a repairman can fix it for  LaurenG   Jun-13-09 12:41 PM   #25 
  - getting harder to fix things  alc   Jun-13-09 01:07 PM   #26 
  - I get it fixed  notadmblnd   Jun-13-09 01:19 PM   #27 
  - Do you take trade-ins?  BuyingThyme   Jun-13-09 01:22 PM   #28 
  - It depends. Sometimes the cost of fixing something exceeds  Vinca   Jun-13-09 01:36 PM   #32 
  - I try to fix stuff, and after I make it worse, I go and buy something new.  Evoman   Jun-13-09 01:37 PM   #33 
  - LOL!  EFerrari   Jun-13-09 01:39 PM   #35 
     - I tried to fix my vcr.  Evoman   Jun-13-09 01:44 PM   #36 
  - We had a bunch of stuff break at the same time. Computer, tv, washer & dryer, microwave, dishwasher  earth mom   Jun-13-09 02:13 PM   #37 
  - I get it fixed!  janx   Jun-13-09 02:40 PM   #38 
  - We fix lots of things  malaise   Jun-13-09 02:47 PM   #39 
  - It depends on how much is wrong with it  csziggy   Jun-13-09 09:45 PM   #44 
  - I think - however long or briefly - about the costs and benefits of fixing/replacing/making do.  BlooInBloo   Jun-13-09 09:46 PM   #45 
  - Most "small things" these days, cannot be "fixed"  SoCalDem   Jun-13-09 10:00 PM   #46 
  - both it just depends how much $, time and energy is required. nt  stop the bleeding   Jun-13-09 10:03 PM   #47 
  - I just re-built my ten-year old lawnmower last week.  Ikonoklast   Jun-13-09 10:09 PM   #48 
  - It depends on the item.  Raineyb   Jun-13-09 10:20 PM   #50 
  - We fix it  Missy Vixen   Jun-13-09 10:36 PM   #51 
  - Cuisinart makes good stuff.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jun-14-09 12:45 AM   #57 
  - some things I go and buy new  carlyhippy   Jun-13-09 11:07 PM   #52 
  - I repair everything I possibly can,same as my dad.  yorgatron   Jun-14-09 12:29 AM   #54 
  - Fix - even if I have to break down and buy another - I still try for fix.  SmileyRose   Jun-14-09 12:38 AM   #56 
  - I'm fixated on fixing things  Duer 157099   Jun-14-09 02:12 AM   #58 
  - it depends on what it is.. and the place i usually 'shop' first for a replacement is ebay.  dysfunctional press   Jun-14-09 02:21 AM   #59 
  - I think about whiskey.  deaniac21   Jun-14-09 02:24 AM   #60 

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