Laptop repairs

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by David Preece, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. David Preece

    David Preece Guest

    My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    laptop.

    Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.

    Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    Wellington area...

    Cheers,
    Dave
     
    David Preece, Oct 6, 2004
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    Robert Guest

    Thats cheap for a laptop repair quote.
    On most laptops you are looking at a motherboard for that type of fault.

    You didn't quote model of the Tosh!!!

    "David Preece" <> wrote in message
    news:3SO8d.6789$...
    > My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    > any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    > laptop.
    >
    > Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    > look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    > been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    > Wellington area...
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Dave
     
    Robert, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. David Preece

    Mackin Guest

    David Preece wrote:

    > My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    > any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    > laptop.
    >
    > Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    > look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    > been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    > Wellington area...
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Dave


    What model is it? Is it out of warranty? Toshiba have a 3 yr warranty on
    laptops but if it's older than that then $60 doesn't seem too unreasonable
    to me. Parts & labour will be on top of that of course.

    My Tecra S1 has just died today but fortunately it's still covered by
    warranty.

    Mackin.
     
    Mackin, Oct 6, 2004
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  4. David Preece

    David Preece Guest

    Robert wrote:
    > Thats cheap for a laptop repair quote.


    Oh, that was for *looking* at it, IIRC.

    > You didn't quote model of the Tosh!!!


    I don't know it.

    Dave
     
    David Preece, Oct 6, 2004
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  5. David Preece

    David Preece Guest

    Mackin wrote:
    > What model is it?


    Dunno.

    > Is it out of warranty?


    Almost certainly, but I'll check.

    > Toshiba have a 3 yr warranty on
    > laptops but if it's older than that then $60 doesn't seem too unreasonable
    > to me.


    Just for looking at it? Hmmm, 'kay.

    Dave
     
    David Preece, Oct 6, 2004
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  6. David Preece

    Geronimo! Guest

    On Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:24:58 +1300, David Preece <>
    wrote:

    >My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    >any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    >laptop.
    >
    >Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    >look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    >been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    >Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    >Wellington area...
    >
    >Cheers,
    >Dave




    That is very cheap, these things are not cheap to repair..
     
    Geronimo!, Oct 6, 2004
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  7. David Preece

    E. Scrooge Guest

    "Geronimo!" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:24:58 +1300, David Preece
    > <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    >>any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    >>laptop.
    >>
    >>Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    >>look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    >>been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >>
    >>Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    >>Wellington area...
    >>
    >>Cheers,
    >>Dave

    >
    >
    >
    > That is very cheap, these things are not cheap to repair..


    That's the price to look at it, not to fix it, nutter. The parts alone
    could cost more than 60 bucks if it needs them.

    E. Scrooge
     
    E. Scrooge, Oct 6, 2004
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  8. David Preece

    geoffm Guest

    On Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:24:58 +1300, David Preece
    <> wrote:

    >My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    >any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    >laptop.
    >
    >Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    >look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    >been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    >Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    >Wellington area...

    I had my laptop fixed recently, where this wans one of the problems
    (under warrenty). It was the power supply. Even though there was the
    correct voltage out the end, it wouldn't charge up. Replacing the
    power brick fixed it. Have you tried swapping them over with the other
    one?
    Otherwise probably a MB problem, and that may not be economic to
    repair.
    Geoff
     
    geoffm, Oct 6, 2004
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    JedMeister Guest

    A friend recently took her laptop in to fix an intermittent power fault.
    Billed her $140 labour, and the part was like $2.


    "David Preece" <> wrote in message
    news:3SO8d.6789$...
    > My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    > any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    > laptop.
    >
    > Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even look
    > at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never been in
    > the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer? Wellington
    > area...
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Dave
     
    JedMeister, Oct 6, 2004
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  10. David Preece

    El Penguino Guest

    On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 08:45:06 +1300, "JedMeister"
    <> wrote:

    >A friend recently took her laptop in to fix an intermittent power fault.
    >Billed her $140 labour, and the part was like $2.


    Everybody's got to make a living right ?
     
    El Penguino, Oct 6, 2004
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  11. David Preece

    JedMeister Guest

    I agree, these people must charge enough to make a good living. They are
    (hopefully) skilled technicians so deserve the cash.

    Maybe the problem is that electronics have dropped in price so much , that
    the price of repairs can be uneconomical. If that laptop was worth $10,000
    then you wouldn't quibble over a $200.00 repair bill.



    "El Penguino" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 08:45:06 +1300, "JedMeister"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >>A friend recently took her laptop in to fix an intermittent power fault.
    >>Billed her $140 labour, and the part was like $2.

    >
    > Everybody's got to make a living right ?
    >
     
    JedMeister, Oct 6, 2004
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  12. David Preece

    Geronimo! Guest

    On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 00:55:07 +1300, "E. Scrooge" <scrooge@*shot.co.nz (*sling)>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Geronimo!" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> On Wed, 06 Oct 2004 22:24:58 +1300, David Preece
    >> <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    >>>any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    >>>laptop.
    >>>
    >>>Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    >>>look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    >>>been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >>>
    >>>Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    >>>Wellington area...
    >>>
    >>>Cheers,
    >>>Dave

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> That is very cheap, these things are not cheap to repair..

    >
    >That's the price to look at it, not to fix it, nutter. The parts alone
    >could cost more than 60 bucks if it needs them.
    >
    >E. Scrooge
    >




    No you poor excuse of a person, I am in the Trade and do know what was
    stated.

    It is CHEAP..
     
    Geronimo!, Oct 6, 2004
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  13. David Preece

    Roger_Nickel Guest

    JedMeister wrote:
    > A friend recently took her laptop in to fix an intermittent power fault.
    > Billed her $140 labour, and the part was like $2.
    >


    >

    Intermittent faults are the pits. Spare a thought for the tech who could
    easily have spent all day blowing hot and cold over the thing trying to
    get it to fail and ended up booking only a couple of hours to the job
    out of deference to the customer.
     
    Roger_Nickel, Oct 6, 2004
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  14. David Preece

    ~misfit~ Guest

    David Preece wrote:
    > Mackin wrote:
    >> What model is it?

    >
    > Dunno.
    >
    >> Is it out of warranty?

    >
    > Almost certainly, but I'll check.
    >
    >> Toshiba have a 3 yr warranty on
    >> laptops but if it's older than that then $60 doesn't seem too
    >> unreasonable to me.

    >
    > Just for looking at it? Hmmm, 'kay.


    Obviously you've never opened a laptop Dave. It can take you a half-hour
    just to get the damn things open. *Then* there's finding out what's actually
    wrong with it, then re-assembling. Re- assembling can take twice as long as
    opening.

    It's cheap, believe me. Why do you think so many laptops with faults that
    are out of warranty are virtually given away? (At least I've been offered a
    few), usually un-repairable, for me at least. It's a very specialised area.
    --
    ~misfit~
     
    ~misfit~, Oct 7, 2004
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  15. David Preece

    Don Hills Guest

    In article <>,
    "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    >
    >Obviously you've never opened a laptop Dave. It can take you a half-hour
    >just to get the damn things open. *Then* there's finding out what's actually
    >wrong with it, then re-assembling. Re- assembling can take twice as long as
    >opening.


    You can actually get quite fast at dis- and re- assembly once you learn the
    tricks for any given model. You really don't want the customer watching
    while you do it though, because some of the tricks for (and the crunching,
    cracking noises generated by) releasing the plastic catches around the joins
    of laptop casings can seem quite brutal to the non-technical observer... <g>

    --
    Don Hills (dmhills at attglobaldotnet) Wellington, New Zealand
    It's ironic that people who are too smart to engage in politics
    are governed by people who are not as smart.
     
    Don Hills, Oct 7, 2004
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  16. David Preece

    El Penguino Guest

    On Thu, 7 Oct 2004 09:16:31 +1300, "JedMeister"
    <> wrote:

    >I agree, these people must charge enough to make a good living. They are
    >(hopefully) skilled technicians so deserve the cash.
    >
    >Maybe the problem is that electronics have dropped in price so much , that
    >the price of repairs can be uneconomical. If that laptop was worth $10,000
    >then you wouldn't quibble over a $200.00 repair bill.


    Totally agree. With laptop prices in the 000s , a repair can be in the
    00s and still be economical. Unfortunately, deflation is driving down
    the value of a tech's labour and means tech's wages max out at quite a
    modest level.

    Still, beats working in the foresty industry I spose ....

    I think the real problem behind low wages is capitalist exploitation,
    but that's a subject for another newsgroup !
     
    El Penguino, Oct 7, 2004
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  17. David Preece

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Don Hills wrote:
    > In article <>,
    > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    >>
    >> Obviously you've never opened a laptop Dave. It can take you a
    >> half-hour just to get the damn things open. *Then* there's finding
    >> out what's actually wrong with it, then re-assembling. Re-
    >> assembling can take twice as long as opening.

    >
    > You can actually get quite fast at dis- and re- assembly once you
    > learn the tricks for any given model. You really don't want the
    > customer watching while you do it though, because some of the tricks
    > for (and the crunching, cracking noises generated by) releasing the
    > plastic catches around the joins of laptop casings can seem quite
    > brutal to the non-technical observer... <g>


    Yep, I've opened a few, it can be noisy. Usually have a screw or two left
    over as well.

    :)
    --
    ~misfit~
     
    ~misfit~, Oct 8, 2004
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  18. David Preece

    Don Hills Guest

    In article <>,
    "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    >
    >Yep, I've opened a few, it can be noisy. Usually have a screw or two left
    >over as well.


    I hate that. I also hate the way that most of the screws will be one or two
    standard lengths, but just one will be an odd length and it isn't obvious
    where it goes. Especially when it's the one that's lying loose in the case
    when you open it up...

    --
    Don Hills (dmhills at attglobaldotnet) Wellington, New Zealand
    It's ironic that people who are too smart to engage in politics
    are governed by people who are not as smart.
     
    Don Hills, Oct 8, 2004
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  19. David Preece

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Don Hills wrote:
    > In article <>,
    > "~misfit~" <> wrote:
    >>
    >> Yep, I've opened a few, it can be noisy. Usually have a screw or two
    >> left over as well.

    >
    > I hate that. I also hate the way that most of the screws will be one
    > or two standard lengths, but just one will be an odd length and it
    > isn't obvious where it goes. Especially when it's the one that's
    > lying loose in the case when you open it up...


    LOL, been there, done that. I used to actually draw the bottom of the lappy,
    indicating all the screw-holes on the drawing, then put the screws in order.
    Gave up on that when I realised how long it was taking me.
    --
    ~misfit~
     
    ~misfit~, Oct 8, 2004
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  20. David Preece

    E. Guest

    David Preece wrote:

    > My next door neighbour has a Tosh laptop that's not charging the battery
    > any more. She knows it's not the battery because it charges in another
    > laptop.
    >
    > Apparently she went to see the laptop company who quoted $60 to even
    > look at the thing - which seems a bit rough to me, but then I've never
    > been in the market for a laptop repair before so I wouldn't know.
    >
    > Can anyone recommend a good and reasonably priced laptop fixer?
    > Wellington area...
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Dave


    Even tho laptops have an external power pack, many have an internal DC
    convertor. This is probably the problem and is fairly inexpensive to
    replace.
    $60 for a quote fee is quite reasonable.

    You should get out of it for well under $250.
    E.
     
    E., Oct 18, 2004
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