Repairing a laptop (techie guys get in here)

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  1. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    How hard is this to do? My parents had a Compaq laptop, which they just recently managed to spill coke or water in, can't remember which. Needless to say, it stopped working. They sent it back to Compaq and they wanted $1200 to fix it, which is outrageous, so I configured them a new Dell notebook, and they bought that for less than $1200. So basically the broken laptop belongs to me now and I can take it as a project. So how hard is it to replace parts in a laptop? I would assume it needs a new motherboard at the very least, but can anything else likely be salvaged or do I need to open it and look? I am pretty familar with building desktops, I've done quite a few, is it a similar deal? Can I find generic laptop components that I can put in the Compaq case that will work, or do they need to be brand-specific?

    I know that's a lot of questions, but just trying to get an idea. :)
     
  2. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    parts can be costly. motherboards ive seen upto $500 for older models (harder to get). u may be able to salvage something out of it though.

    usually they have to be specific unless otherwise stated.
     
  3. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Hmm, that's sorta what I figured, I just wondered if I could somehow get the parts and do the labor myself, and then basically have a nice laptop for a really cheap price.
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

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    I would try cleaning it first, and if it still didn't work, toss it.
     
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    And if you have to toss it, keep the LCD.. You can use it for any future projects you have..
     
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  7. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Yea, so basically the internal components can't be replaced with generics, or they could but it would be the same cost as a new laptop?
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Pretty much - you can probably replace the HD but that's about it. On top of that, Compaq has a habit of using custom parts even in their desktops, which is just one more reason why they suck ass. Some alcohol, cotton swaps (Q-tips) and patience is your best bet.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Alright, I'll give it a shot, I don't even know what the exact problem is, I haven't seen the laptop yet.
     

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