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the backlight on the LCD for my laptop just died. Was working fine yesterday, go to boot it up today, and screens not responding, not a big deal, it's done this before when I've closed the lid without powering it down. I restart it after hard powering it off. Nothing, I punch in my password, let it run, and am leaning back in my chair when I notice that i can see windows in the backgound with the screen tilted just the right way. . .

I purchased an extended 2 year warranty from fry's, it does not cover accidental damage to the laptop, I have dropped it before, but it's worked fine, and it defiantely shows the wear and tear of being a mobile dj rig for over a year. I just hope they don't try to give me to much shit or we will be getting pre-paid legal involved . . . again.

Reviewing the contract now. . . looking at whether I can take it in tonight, or if it will have to be tomorrow. . .


4:15pm Called frys with faxed coy of service contract, they could no locate the invoice number in their computer system. I have faxed them a copy of the paperwork and await a callback.

4:42pm Frys' called back says I can bring the laptop in and it will pull up in the system. I'm going to run it over on my lunch, once things calm down here after about 6;00pm. Hopefully that doesnt take to long, and hopefully they will provide me with the "loaner" laptop that I can hold hostage until live up to the terms of my service contract.

6:42pm Just got back from Fry's, watch them hem and haw and cluck over the cosmetic damage to the laptop. showed them that the laptop still worked, only the backlight was out. They will be calling within 24hrs to advise whether or not they will provide a loaner as per the service contract. Will have a lawyer ready to fax them a letter if they do not. LCT Backlights can fail from physical trauma, but expect the LCD to be shattered in that case.



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Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
good luck.

damn lap tops
Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
tell me about it. . .

Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
you spin mp3s? really?

how do you find it? what rez do you rip the files at?

Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
minimum of CBR Full Stereo 192KB, I prefer 256KB or Higher. . .

With the right software (I started with Traktor Dj Studio 2.5.1 and am Now using Traktor 3.0 it is absolutely amazing and kicks the shit out of either CD's (Very Experienced) or Turntables (Barely Experienced) with a MIDI controller to control the software it makes life very very good. . .

Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
hmm i have traktor and i tried mixing.. it just doesnt come to me. i suck.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
what did you use as a controller? keyboard and mouse? the latency on those two items sucks. being in just outside Europe, they have a wonderfull little item available that is rated as one of the better controllers, that you can pick up fairly easily called the faderfox, VAT shouldnt be to bad on it. . .

I run a Hercules Dj Console and a Doepfer Pocket Controller giving me physical controll over all of the digital sliders and knobs. .

yay knobs. . . they're almost as fun a nipples. . .

Jan. 2nd, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
lol nipples ARE fun.

and.. i have no idea what you just said. maybe i'll stick to photography. >.<

the last time i tried to get into DJing it turned into bad_sex.
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Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
ooooh now that looks like a lot of fun.

i wish i had someone to actually train me in this. im more of a hands on kind of girl. i cant stare at my laptop screen and drag and drop files and try to mix them.. freaking ridiculous.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
yeah, the last thing I want to do is be that guy staring into a computer monitor hand on the mouse and a couple buttons on the keyboard. With the hardware controller it gives the same effect as working with zero latency extremely high end gear. I love it.

Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
:o) i am jealous.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm a good trainer. . . ;p

Jan. 2nd, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
you're online :o( and i have no equipment but traktor and my laptop.

sflksjrdndfnd so frustrating!

Jan. 2nd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
it's a good start, did you download the demo cd? that was all done with Traktor Dj Studio 2.5.3 and a really really cheap ghetto controller the Mixmaster Dm2. . . gives you some good ideas of what can be done with it. .

Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Faderfox DJ1

Hercules Dj Controller Mk2

both can be used to control draktor directly. . . if you want to hear what one of my traktor dj sets sounds like. . . the 1st demo I submitted for Das Bunker can be downloaded here


Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
funny my lover just went thru this
specificly a backlight going out and dealing with frys to fix it as part ov the warrenty sadly it took over a month and they wouldnt give her a loaner laptop
she just now got it back
if they give you any trouble there is a diy guide i can look up that tells you how to replace a backlight for something like $5 and in only 15 minutes ov your day
Jan. 2nd, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
**nods** yeah, luckily, I'm not above getting a lawyer involved to at least to write some letters (yay prepaid legal), and fry's will settle for a new laptop before they go to small claims court.

I've delt with them before, and there are definately ways to bend them to your will. I've the the diy backlight replacement page, i don't know how well it would work for a laptop though.

Jan. 2nd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
that and it would likely void your warrenty
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