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HP Support Blog: Day 14


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Happy two-week ‘anniversary’! Yep, it’s now two weeks since I first reported my faulty laptop for a next-day repair with HP, and it’s not fixed and not here.

Yesterday, I was sort of hopeful that the HP Support Blog would pull into the fixed-laptop station for the very last time, but it appears to be rumbling on, out of control. I contacted ICM Computers, HP’s subcontractors, this morning, as I’ve heard nothing since Friday. I was told that the machine had (as planned) been wiped and reinstalled from scratch, but (unsurprisingly) that hadn’t fixed the problem.

So in a somewhat surreal turn of events, they’ve decided to replace the system board and screen. They’ve done that twice before, you’ll remember, and it didn’t work. But clearly, they think it will this time. Problem is, they’ve not got either. So they’re awaitinf parts. My man from Warrington assures me that the repair has been escalated to a senior level. That’s nice, but it doesn’t seem to be making an awful lot of difference so far.

I’ll post an update tomorrow, though I’m not terribly hopeful that it’ll contain much. Remember that you can follow HP Support Blog posts specifically on this page, or with this RSS feed. Have fun.

This 947th post was filed under: HP Support Blog.

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What I’ve been reading this month / December 2019, 12 minutes long

Some random old posts

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Crafty / February 2005, 1 minute long

Sandgrounders can’t understand a simple sign / October 2011, Less than a minute long

Plagiariser gets her comeupance / March 2005, 1 minute long

Pope meets Hand of God? / March 2005, 1 minute long

62m Americans wanted this guy’s finger on the button… / November 2005, Less than a minute long

Comments and responses

Comment from Anonymous

by Anonymous

Comment posted at 17:41 on 31st August 2006.

If they’ve been replaced before and they didn’t fix the problem, why do you think they won’t this time? It’s not unknown for replacement parts (which are often refurbished/repaired) to be DOA, it happens. I hope your bedside manner improves before you start dealing with real people, you’ve got a real attitude problem.

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:06 on 31st August 2006.

Thanks for your comment.

The parts may well have been DOA, that’s a valid point. But if two parts were DOA twice, then that suggests a lack of rigor in HP’s testing process, which is clearly a cause for concern. I didn’t suggest that the parts wouldn’t work this time, merely expressed surprise at the fact that a third set of parts was thought necessary.

Dealing with “real people” is what I do day-in, day-out, and even at the end of 14 hour days, I’ve yet to receive a single complaint about my “bedside manner” (though many, many kind compliments).

At this point, I could deliver some cheap jibe about your professional competence, but you’ve chosen to post your confident assertions and insults anonymously – and besides, I’m somewhat above that.

Comment from Geomac

by Geomac

Comment posted at 14:57 on 1st March 2010.

My HP laptop developed a major problem some 15 months after I bought it direct from HP UK. Fortunately I’d take out an extended warranty and HP cmae to collect and return to their UK repair shop (Flextronics?). Initially I was promised a turnaround of 5-7 days, then that became 7-10 working days (despite warrantly documant saying “target of 7 working days from first intervention (contact with HP). Talking to their complaints department is so frustrating and useless. Responses to when I will get my laptop back get “I’ll find out and get back to you” – NOTHING! Then it requires 3 new parts which are on order but with no ETA” Latest telephone contact (Friday 26 Feb 2010) “your laptop required 7 new parts – 5 have been delivered and we are waiting for 2? The two they are waiting for are the main processor and the motherboard!!!!
They will simply not answer the question – When will it be returned?” and there is no hierarchy/manager system so I cannot escalate my issue.
All in all – PATHETIC!

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