Originally posted by c_ro11
Thats the problem with Dell, Compaq, ect that have computers build by them with their own parts! There almost impossible to upgrade as they usually dont accept parts that wernt made by them, Stay Away.... far far away from those computers!
Hey easy there. Let's not get rash with the generalizations.
In my Dell 4100 system that i bought a few years ago, I have upgraded the following with no problems.
- CD burner
- new 200 GB HDD
- and added new RAM that I bought from Crucial.com.
And yes they all work fine and have been for the past 1 1/2 years.
Neither Dell or Compaq actually "makes" their own parts. They partner up with an outside vendor that assembles/manufacturs components for them and then they slap their sticker on it.
I know from talking with other techs that Comcrap was notorious for using propriety parts in the past - particularly the RAM. I do not know if that is still true considering it is now owned by HP.
Just based on the fact the these companies use proprietary parts, I would not make a blanket statement to tell someone not to buy Dell. In fact, Dells have a high reputation for making excellent laptaps and PCs. (Their customer service/tech support is another story however). If you are a home user that doesn't know much about PCs and don't care to build one, then Dell is absolutely fine - there's nothing wrong with it.