Our family of five currently has 6 running computers. This one, unfortunately, is the stinker. It is not even the oldest, but has had BY FAR the most problems. First I should point out that it ran great for almost 2 years I think. It was somewhere around that 2 year (maybe year and a half?) mark when the first problem occurred. I plugged a headphone jack into the speaker out. In my defense, the pictures saying which was which was long rubbed away. Why should it matter anyway? Well, apparently it does. I smelled something burning immediately and of course, my computer was dead. I found out later that Dell had poorly designed a short circuit in their board if you do this... So I had to replace the motherboard. Not cheap or easy... but I did it. Next, it seems like only a couple of months later, the speakers started to go out. I found out that Dell also had poor wiring in this model for the speakers and they commonly go out with repeated opening and closing. THEN, the mousepad went out. Now, we keep it for emergencies only.... Got no working speakers and the mousepad is busted. Ah well. Sorry Dell, I usually love you guys.