Well done Hewlett Packard
Today Kim decided to get around to hooking up the computer we got Sarah for Christmas (the Ninetendo DS seems to have went over a lot better with her). We both suffer from major procrastinators syndrome. Anyway, she called me in to see if I could get it to power up. I asked all the normal questions like "Didja check the power chord" and she cut me off with "I tried ALL of that stuff, it's not coming on". So I decided to give it a try. Read through the instructions and self assuredly tried each approach. Nothing. So after about a 20 minutes, I gave up. Kim called tech support and they couldn't help other than directing us to an authorized partner (http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=compusa_sucks).
We pack it up and head over to good old http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=compusa_sucks . My expectations were low but it was between them and the geek squad and so it was a no brainer. The dude behind the counters looks, well, exactly like you'd expect him to look like. He makes a few stupid jokes and said "I'll take a look at it." Immediately upon opening the case he saw the problem "Yep, they never hooked the mother board up." I felt like a total tard at that point and used what Freud called "Rationalization" to deal with it "It would have voided the warranty, that's why I didn't bother to look." The guy had the computer up and running in no time.
So I notice a sign mention the Vista launch. He saw me looking at it and said "Yep, some people are going to be stupid enough to try to install that" right as I was about to say "I guess tomorrow I'll bite the bullet and install Vista on my tablet". I feigned interest into why he said that and his responses were comic"
"The managers asked us to name 5 good things about Vista. ____ , one of the guys that works here said "Well, I can think of one, we're going to made a shitload of money fixing it." He went on about how there will be a service pack coming out in 6 months and until then, you're basically taking your life into your own hands.
I've been running the CTPS since they've been around. I'm an early adopter on damn near everything under the sun so am used to dealing with the issues that arise from it. And idiot or not, as soon as I get some free time tomorrow, I'll be installing Vista on the rest of my machines. No matter how bad it goes (and I really doubt I'll have any problems at all), one things for sure, I'm not taking it to Comp to get fixed. My ego can't take being one of those "morons that tried installing Vista and broke everything." ;-)