"It started with the hints of death of my Dell XPS 1330, a
pattern I found discussed in a few forums online … the
pattern is, first the adapter no longer is recognized as serving
the appropriate wattage. (Which powers the laptop, but at a lower
CPU rate and will not charge the battery. Bought a replacement
adapter, and it worked for nearly a week, when it, too, failed with
the dreaded message upon boot up. The next pattern is overheating,
then motherboard failure.
"So, I began my quest for a replacement.
"I really liked my XPS, and the smaller display form factor, but
I wanted to do something different this time, order a laptop
pre-installed with Linux, or at least not loaded with any OS. Dell
makes mention of an offer of installing Ubuntu, it isn't the
easiest search, and the only laptops so noted were either 10" (too
small) or 15.4."
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