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Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby zeropoint » Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:08 am

Hi all--

I'm having what I believe is a power issue with my ASUS laptop. I was wondering who you guys suggest locally for affordable repair. I'm not a student,so I can't avail myself of any services available to them. Thanks!
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Huckleby » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:51 am

I just had some great work done by a guy with an office on the square:
http://www.remachines.com/

Had a Windows 7 laptop with a dying hard disk. Wanted to resuscitate very cheaply to avoid "upgrade" to new laptop with Windows 8. He was the only guy in town who had a solution under $150, and he used a new hard disk. Reloaded OS with smart choices for free software (libre office, virus protection, etc)
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Igor » Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:45 pm

I have had good luck with Mad City Techs.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Beaver » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:23 pm

How old is your Asus?
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby jonnygothispen » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:21 pm

If you're on a budget, Banjo Kyle is really good at it, believe it or not...
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Bludgeon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:06 pm

zeropoint wrote:Hi all--

I'm having what I believe is a power issue with my ASUS laptop. I was wondering who you guys suggest locally for affordable repair. I'm not a student,so I can't avail myself of any services available to them. Thanks!


There is no such thing as affordable LAPTOP repair because the parts are all proprietary. With laptops you just want to buy the longest, maximum warranty they offer and buy the laptop from the place with the best warranty, because the amount you will pay for repair is money you might as well put into a new laptop. The only work you ever want to have done on your laptop is work paid for by the warranty.

If you're having a software problem rather than a hardware problem, you should pretty much be able to fix it yourself. If you're having a hardware problem, I say get out while the getting's good. Laptops go obsolete so fast they're not worth the labor.

Why do you say it's a power issue?
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Huckleby » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:18 pm

Bludgeon wrote:There is no such thing as affordable LAPTOP repair because the parts are all proprietary.
The most like part to fail on a laptop is the hard drive, and they are generic, can be easily swapped out.

Bludgeon wrote:With laptops you just want to buy the longest, maximum warranty they offer and buy the laptop from the place with the best warranty, because the amount you will pay for repair is money you might as well put into a new laptop. The only work you ever want to have done on your laptop is work paid for by the warranty.


I don't think service contracts are a good idea, you're paying for an insurance policy for a $500 item. The house wins in any casino, and insurance is really just gambling against the house. Only buy insurance when you can;t handle losing.

I tend to agree that laptops mostly have to been seen as disposable, but not always. Technology seems to have slowed down a bit with computers, three-year-old laptops work very well.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Bludgeon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:38 pm

1. If one thing goes wrong with your laptop, fixing that alone is almost always going to be more expensive than the most expensive warranty out there.

2. Anybody can change a hard drive but A). You still get it replaced for free with the warranty and B) What happens if something besides the hard drive dies?

3. The hat trick for buying a good laptop is to buy a machine that's got the graphics and processing power to handle the basic needs of next year's software applications, plenty of memory options, a well designed internal layout, and no architecture bottlenecks like the 32 bit CPU's still rambling out there. Then you get a good warranty and you know that it's going to survive for at least 3 years AND be viable for that time. Then you might as well keep using it until it won't run the programs you need anymore.

I say that only as applying to laptops, I wouldn't put a warranty on a tower for anything. Anything that happens on a tower you can fix yourself. But since everything inside a laptop is fairly unique to that machine, almost nothing is worth fixing unless it's a hard drive.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Huckleby » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:39 am

Bludgeon wrote:1. If one thing goes wrong with your laptop, fixing that alone is almost always going to be more expensive than the most expensive warranty out there.


Of course. By this logic, you should buy any and every insurance policy that is ever offered to you.

On average, more people lose money by buying service contracts, and by a wide margin. Maybe a service contract is worth acquiring for peace of mind, like donating money to the church.

Bludgeon wrote:Anybody can change a hard drive

most people will need help, but that's ok
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Huckleby » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:45 am

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/200 ... make-sense

Well, at least in the 2004 era of laptops, Business Week says laptops are a rare product where service contracts make sense. I find today's laptops more reliable, but maybe bludgeon is right on this. Wonder if this is still true, you can buy an excellent PC laptop for $400 today, an entry level quality laptop was around $900 back then, methinks.

Ahh, I ain't buying no stinkin service contract, I'll get another $400 laptop if this one fails after factory warranty.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Bludgeon » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:27 am

Don't take this as argument, talking about computers is just a fun thing for me. Other than the technology itself I would actually say that yesterday's laptops were more reliable in terms of raw materials, because of the economy. The MS Windows of 2014 is more reliable than the MS Windows of 2004, but even just ten years later I would take the industrial grade copper in 2004 machine, over the same in 2014 when manufacturers are more likely to build their product with lower grade materials.

Personally I think it depends what you want to use the machine for. If the $450 machine is going to do it for you, don't bother with a warranty - it might break, but it won't matter. I need a machine with lots of graphics and processing power with a big enough screen for comfortable use of audio and video editing programs, which is in the price range that you would want a $170 warranty.

I agree with the article though - only for laptops. I hate warranties.

It's funny that guy with the broken computer is splitsville lol.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:49 am

Speaking of warranties, I posted the following in 2011:

Ms VIlas has a Dell laptop whose motherboard failed only a couple months after her three year warranty expired. The UW Do-It Center said it was a know problem (overheated video chip) and it would cost nearly eight hundred bucks with labor to install a new motherboard. She declined.

At first she was going to email Dell and ask for an extention of the warranty, but the tech center reply forms on their website seemed inadequate. She considered phoning their call center, but speaking to someone in Mumbai didn't sound like it would be productive. So with little googling, I found Michael Dell's email address.

She wrote a firm but polite explanation of the problem and sent it off early one morning. Within a couple hours a Dell representative called and said they would take care of the problem, at no cost. They actual sent a tech right to our home. He just left and the laptop has a new motherboard and is working fine.

Moral of the story, start at the top.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Huckleby » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:22 am

Bludgeon wrote:Personally I think it depends what you want to use the machine for. If the $450 machine is going to do it for you, don't bother with a warranty - it might break, but it won't matter. I need a machine with lots of graphics and processing power with a big enough screen for comfortable use of audio and video editing programs, which is in the price range that you would want a $170 warranty.


Toshiba makes a budget laptop that is an awesome value. I got two of them three years ago (for other people) and they have been solid. The hard disk started failing in one, got it replaced for $140 (including OS reload.)

I just bought latest edition for myself at Best Buy. 8GB ram - which makes video editing practical - acceptable 2.5 Ghz processor, and best of all, a bright 17" monitor. 750 GB hard dive. $380 + tax. They are sold out now, but it is in Satelite C75D-A line.

A budget machine won't be adequate for a gamer, or heavy duty video editing. But otherwise, why spend more?
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Bludgeon » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:52 am

Henry Vilas wrote:She wrote a firm but polite explanation of the problem and sent it off early one morning. Within a couple hours a Dell representative called and said they would take care of the problem, at no cost. They actual sent a tech right to our home. He just left and the laptop has a new motherboard and is working fine.

Moral of the story, start at the top.


I'll bet Ms Vilas is one of those gals who writes really great letters. Sounds like a heck of a lady.
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Re: Affordable local PC laptop repair

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:55 am

Yes, she did a great job. A year or so later, she bought a new laptop and gave me the repaired one. I'm using it right now.
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