I am setting up a new Dell laptop and making sure I like its performance before purchasing a number of them for shows. Well I just ‘discovered’ one of the worst (ie. stupidest) factory settings/features.

Turns out that Dell has a power save feature, set as the default, that disables the network port (NIC). Worse, it does not notify you of it being disabled – it’s just not there! Needless to say I discovered this gem while I was without a power supply and needed to connect the internet. Add one more to my list of factory settings to change.

– Troy @ TLC