About ten years ago I bought a new Dell Inspiron 8600 for about $1,600. and after a full year of taking crap from Dell with DVD RW hardware problems and when I sent the laptop into Dell Service, they sent me back a refurbished one. That was the last straw so I gave up and I gave the computer to the Local High School Computer Lab and I vowed to never get another Dell.
Well Fast forward to six months ago and I saw an unbeatable deal on eBay for a Used (2011 model) Dell Inspiron N5030 for $250. packed to the 9's with 15" SVGA; Pentium 2.3 GHz dual core; 1TB HDD; 3Gig RAM; and great onboard graphics BUT, BUT, BUT Once Again Terrible DVD Drive Issues!!! Come to find out "The Computer came to me with a DVD drive that never worked! (because of all my flash drives, I never had a need for it until two months ago).
With that said... I have done every Dell diagnostic test (everything passed), flashed the bios, downloaded and installed all Dell's drivers for my pc and OS, I replaced the DVD drive TWICE, but the device manager still shows a yellow ( ! ) I even went as far as buying an external USB 2 DVD and the device manager now just shows me TWO yellow ( !'s ). I cant understand how it can be like this. I am working on getting a new enclosure for my 1TB backup HDD and Windows 7 or 8 so I can save my data and wipe the HDD and do a fresh reinstall (what bitter pill to swallow since I am a disabled senior and a low income) I have all me spare money tied up in my Dell From Hell and I lost my only car was destroyed in the flood in the Detroit area last month so I won't see extra cash any time soon.
I am hoping above hope that someone can offer a working or at least a tempory solution for my optical issues to make me feel some compassion for my 2nd Dell Disaster...
Thaks Ever So Much