This could go in general technology, but I'm not looking for help or advice - I just want to rant... About 3 years ago now, I bought myself an HP 17" Centrino laptop and talked my boss into 6 HP desktops. All have been a joy to use. My laptop, especially, is a thing of beauty. But they all have technical problems that are now becoming terminal. My laptop just threw its 3rd (I think - the first two happened at the same time) hard drive. This last one died with a screech, taking my last couple of months of astrophotos (fortunately there weren't many of those) and quite a bit of other stuff with it. Now, a week after I spent 8 hours reinstalling all my software, the laptop seems to be dead. I'm chatting with HP tech support right now.... About 6 months ago, the desktops started killing power supplies. It looks to me like HP picked crappy and/or too small PSUs, but when they die they sometimes take other parts (ie, the motherboard) with them. Strangely, the PSUs appear good to a testing device I have, so I sometimes have trouble diagnosing them. I've probably fixed about 4 and currently have two down. And today, my machine threw a stick of ram. Fortunatly, that one didn't take too long to fix (at home in front of the tv) since I now have a workspace spread out on the floor in my family room, complete with plenty of spare parts... HP says I need to take the laptop to a service center - there is one down the street. If its going to cost more than a few hundred to fix, I'll probably just get a new laptop. And we're going to start buying Dell's to replace the HP desktops at work.