ED Magedson – Founder
Compaq - HP - Hewlett Packard3000 Hanover Street Palo Alto, California United States of America
I have a HP Compaq Presario, I believe I purchased in 2007.
Earlier this year, when I was travelling for business, it developed a problem. The problem is that the Wireless stopped working and doesn't properly enumerate any longer in the Device Manager. I did not have the time with work to address this earlier, since the wired network still worked, I thought it would be sufficient until I had time to address this issue.
I found that there is a known problem with my device:
From HP's site on this model:
"The following symptoms apply to Compaq Presario F500 notebooks:
The notebook does not detect wireless networks and the wireless adapter is not detected in the Device Manager"
So I called on 11/27/2009 and spoke to a very friendly service representative, who conferred with his management team multiple times. The end result and I am still "reeling".
They will not repair it for free, as I have passed the warranty period. They believe it to be the motherboard. Which they could repair for what they said was a reduced rate of only $250.00 US.
I asked if I could extend the warranty. He informed me that if my machine were in proper working order they would extend my warranty for only $179.00 US, but since it has a fault, "The manufacture defect!!!!", then I am not eligible to extend the warranty.
That is amazing. If it were customer damage that would preclude me from the warranty that would be understandable, but a manufacture defect is excluding me?
So they have poor manufacturing and I don't find out until my normal warranty expires and now I am not covered, nor can I extend my warranty to get coverage.
I think this whole 24 month limit of a manufacturer defect is a smoke screen.
This should be a recall, not a call me when it is broken and then HP hopes that most don't break until the warranty expires.
It is one thing to build in obsolescence, it is quite a another to have defective merchandise and then be told, if you had called us 8 months earlier we would have fixed it for free.
Yes they now the defect is theirs, but they will only take responsibility if you contact them within their timeframe.
So much for customer service, or standing behind your product. This will be the last HP I ever own, or ever promote in any of the companies that I architect virtual solutions for, as I would not have them have to deal with shoddy workmanship and a company that does not stand behind their product with support.
Link to their KNOWN ISSUE:
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/27/2009 08:12 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Compaq-HP-Hewlett-Packard/Palo-Alto-California-94304-1185/Compaq-HP-Hewlett-Packard-Compaq-Refusal-to-repair-known-manufacturer-defect-in-prod-529813. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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