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The Dell Inspiron series is very infamous for overheating, crashing, and having components go boom on you. (Too lazy to get a link right now. Currently [still] waiting for Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 to install, after about 10 hours of it running. )
I never have had any issues with things from Radio Shack, and Dell is often overpriced. My new computer cost about half of what a Dell computer with most of the features would cost (The dell had 4GB RAM and a not so good screen, my new computer has 8GB RAM and a touchscreen with full 1080p HD functionality.)
Don't know how old your Dell is, but I have an 2 year old Inspiron in which the motherboard recently died. I was really pissed off and I only had the standard 1 year Dell warranty, so it was 1 year out of warranty. I called Dell expecting to get nowhere with the call centre operator, and was ready to get all shouty and aggressive. However, the Dell employee on the phone fell over himself to help me and offered several options to get the laptop up and running at no cost. I ended up getting a new motherboard couriered to me, popped it in, sent the old one back and the laptop is as good as new. All for free! We'll see how long this one lasts, I have noticed a decline in quality over the last couple of years. The first Dells I bought are still running after 12 years or so. I was pretty impressed with the way they handled my complaint though.
Okay, so I just saw someone with a member ID of over 10 million and on the top of the page CP says we have (at the time of writing this) 9,831,698 members. I was like uhhhhh, SPAMmers accounts are not even deleted so they still keep their member ID but why is there a lesser number at the top.
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It's the number of active members; inactive ones or those who are deleted aren't counted. It's lower than the member number because ID numbers aren't reused, as is normal for numeric IDs. So you get "gaps" in the numbering.
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