GW2K or Dell?

Vladislav S. Davidzon davidzon at
Tue Dec 9 19:26:51 EST 1997

Yes, I second this one.  When you're buying something from a local, small,
unknown company, you're buying a cat in a bag.  Unless you specify what
motherboard you want, and ide control, and what brand hard drive, and what
brand RAM, you have no clue what you're getting.  Most people specify
EXACTLY what they want as far as sizes of RAM, hard drive, etc, but yet
very few order specific brands, which is very important.

Does anyone on this list know by any chance what motherboards does Dell
use in their M200A series (which is their new desktop line of P200's) 
I am considering upgrading my home machine, ( slow 486 dx/2 66 w/ 48 megs
ram) to a P200, and I really want to buy a high quality part, which is
what I believe Dell's parts to be.


On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Lori A. Schwabenbauer, Camden County Library wrote:

> [Sorry if this is a repeat post - I don't know if it went through the first
> time]
> There is a problem: it's still a craps shoot, only the nameless clones can be 
> even worse.  We bought 5 PCs in 1996 from a small startup vendor.  The machines
> were shoddy, components not fitting tightly, and we've had umpteen 
> hardware/software problems ever since.  On the other hand, a clone-built server
> we bought from someone else is working beautifully.  
> We've had problems with vendors who want to give us the low quote but are
> offering very questionable clones, and we've never found a good way to write
> specs so things we buy work the first time, as opposed to having to be fixed
> over and over.  This is one of the reasons we decided to exclusively buy 
> Gateways under the New Jersey state contract, so we don't have to get 
> competing quotes and buy from the lowest bidder.  We've been happy with our 
> Gateways and NOT always happy with the Compaqs we bought last year, especially 
> their dreadful blurry monitors.  
> *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
> Lori A. Schwabenbauer               609-772-1636 x3336
> Supervisor, Automation Services     fax 609-772-6105 
> Camden County Library               lori at  
> 203 Laurel Road           
> Voorhees, NJ  08043  USA            Opinions/ideas/gripes are mine.
> *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
> >Vladislav S. Davidzon wrote:
> >> The point that Ms. Lindh makes is a very important one.  It is VERY
> >> important what brand parts you have in your machine.  What type of RAM,
> >
> >This being the case why buy named clones, where you may well pay for the
> >name,  have no control over the parts used, and which often cause
> >problems with their proprietary solutions. I'm sure a local dealer would
> >be glad to make your machines, and you can meet the people who assemble
> >the computers and make sure you're getting the best components. They are
> >also just around the corner when it comes to servicing.
> >
> >Is there a problem with this, apart from the difficulty a small shop may
> >have in quickly meeting very large orders?
> >
> > 
> >John Williams, Technical Services Librarian
> >Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center
> >Via Belmeloro 11, Bologna, Italy.  
> >Tel.: (051) 232185 - Fax: (051) 228505

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