The power cord for my laptop stopped working yesterday.
The battery had started fading last fall. Not a big deal considering I always have it plugged in, right?
Well, it became a big deal because I had a dead power cord and only 30 minutes of power in the battery.
Right away we tried the power cord for Gord's laptop (he also has a Dell) and the power cord for my work laptop (a Toshiba) but neither were compatible.
I looked online and power cords were priced from $20 (plus taxes/delivery) from a distributor to $90 (plus taxes/delivery) from Dell ... and it would be here within two weeks.
This morning, after giving some thought to it, I decided it was time to buy a new laptop. Besides the battery and the power cord, the modem was dying and the laptop was shutting down if it had been on for a while. I had gotten the Dell over three years ago and it had served me well.
I had today off so I went to Future Shop. Ricardo was very helpful. I told him my needs and he showed me three laptops. I bought the middle one. I had them format it and put a security program on it; plus I bought a three year warranty that covers everything.