Here’s a little good news. The problem with Verizon Wireless is resolved. I got through to their real data techs. Still, the issue had us all stumped until I noticed that my old PCMCIA card was still connected. Oops. Their fancy system hadn’t disabled it as expected.
As you expected, Warranty Returns has started calling about the replacement they sent on the 8th. That’s probably the EV-DO card, and they want to know where the defective one is. Please straighten that out when you can
Now, if we can get the Media Buttons unplugged, this could become a trusty computer. I’ve already discovered that, although my keyboard template fits, it appears to be unneeded. Dell apparently finally revised the spring mechanisms under the keys, because I no longer accidentally flip the tops off them. That was the original issue I had the templates made to address.