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    Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    We've got a bunch of laptops coming up for replacement. They've been here for 3 1/2 years and they're slowly dying mainly due to age, but helped along by poorly designed NIC housings and using too much plastic in support structures.

    (no, I didn't order them - before my time)

    Which made me wonder how often other schools replace their teacher laptops (leaving aside accidents and "it was like that when I found it" incidents).

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    We have about a dozen surviving Laptops for Teachers & when they die, thats it. Most are on their last legs, although we have considered withdrawing the worst and using the memory to update the others. we just don't really like laptops here so never bothered with them, more trouble than they're worth most of the time.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Every member of teaching staff here have a laptop and nqts are bought one when they start with us.

    We generally replace a teachers laptop when it's too old to be of any further use.

    The school also has a policy of allowing any teacher that has had their laptop for 3 years or more and then leaves to keep it.

    This prevents us from having loads of 3 year old laptops kicking around.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    We replace them when they die as most just use them for Office apps which still run OK.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    2 years generally. Can sometimes stretch certain makes/models of laptops (it depends really) if we can expand the ram in them. The Dell 505/510's we got through the Laptop for Teachers scheme have been good for this.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    To put my poll in perspective, we have about 60 teacher laptops and we are going to be be replacing them ourselves now LFT is done.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Geoff
    What do you do with the old ones?

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    we have a 20% annual replacement policy on staff laptops. Some are still going after 5-6 years and we give those to LSAs ... but no member of staff has the same laptop for more than 2 years where possible ... we give the best ones to the staff that seriously use them, and then cascade their old ones to the next level.

    It may take a term to do the moving around but it means that people are used to getting something that is a little bit better than what they had before.

    At the moment we are able to give some reasonable machines to LSAs purely due to the fact that they are damaged Dell Latitude D505s ... the power socket is broken ... but we have docking stations to go with them and a few staff have the extra battery in the Multi-bay.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas
    Geoff. What do you do with the old ones?
    Broken down for spare parts. Screens, HDDs and keyboards mostly.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Until they break, which so far seems to be a long time. Got our 10 orginal Acer's from 2001 still going strong and every laptop since.

    If it is not broke, and still runs Windows XP, Office etc fine, why change it?

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers
    Until they break, which so far seems to be a long time. Got our 10 orginal Acer's from 2001 still going strong and every laptop since.

    If it is not broke, and still runs Windows XP, Office etc fine, why change it?
    Same here

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    3 to 4 years for the most part. The key is to keep away from cheap laptops

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    @Quackers

    I'm after how long they generally last before needing replacement (due to hardware failure / unreliability / damage). Not just because $teacher feels the need for $new_shiny.

    So, I'm after average mileage before they break and can't be frankenlaptopped into a working state again.

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    Replace 25% each year

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    Re: Lifespan of your teacher laptops?

    The 20% a year from my post is also to cover damage too ... each year we lose through accidental damage 2 teacher laptops and 3 chargers.

    We lose 4 more due to hardware failure of machines out of warranty ... and some we have to retire because they will not even run W2K and Office 2003 SP2 ... never mind SIMS.

    Hopefully the introduction of Sun's Secure Global Desktop as a web front end to our terminal servers will help with this.

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