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02-22-2021 08:17 AM - edited 02-22-2021 08:26 AM
Blu-ray optical drive is malfunctioning. Virtual assistant is useless and sends me to dead links. No live support without paying more for the warrantee service I think I should have for another 2.5 years. I just want to replace the drive.
02-22-2021 08:38 AM
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02-22-2021 10:34 AM
Thank you, Dragon-Fur, for the run-down on acquiring warrantee service. I had done most of these things, however, much of the automated process I encountered does not currently work. For instance, after the virtual assistant runs out of suggestions, as you point out limited by its database, it offers to link to online services. Click the link...page not found. Try to access the services manually. After entering the model and serial number from the HP Virtual Assistant, it loops back to the same page with the fields again empty. (The Virtual Assistant correctly identifies my laptop and its warrantee information, which is what I use.) Try to verify warrantee information manually. Says the assistant-provided SN is not valid. Go into HP account: there is the info for this and previous PCs. It is correct. Click for additional assistance: nothing happens or it takes me back to the main service page to start over.
I finally go hold of a tech by going to the premium support page and clicking on the contact us tab. I have not been able to repeat that access since, since I am now told that I no longer qualify for Care Packs since I bought my PC last fall. (Would have been nice to know, though the idea of having to pay a fee to get warrantee services for a defective part is irritating.)
So, I am getting my replacement part, after several tries to get service and a lot of frustration over almost a week.
If this is intentional on HP's part--and I know you are not with HP--it is foolish. I may never buy another HP laptop, and a premium one at that, over this issue. And that after buying a lot of them for myself and family over the years. Penny wise; pound foolish.
Thanks for your reply, and thanks for passing any of this on that you might think will make a difference.