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Old 01-31-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
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Pissed Laptop died... damn!

I've had a Toshiba X205 laptop for about five years, which is a long life for a laptop, I suppose. Last night, the screen died. Totally black.

I'm unsure whether it's worth the cost to replace the screen, or just buy a new laptop. The Toshiba has been a great laptop, running nearly continually for those five years.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Worst part is that the cost to repair would get you a new pc that would require "upgrading" to Windows Hate.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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I had a Toshiba laptop screen go dark on me, twice.

Time #1 the laptop was accidently kicked when on the floor.
That time it was a fine ribbon cable connector near the hinge for the screen. It came loose. I snaped it back in and it worked.

Time #2 when it went black.
It was was the fluorescent back light bulb. Got them online for a few $'s.

Now installing them took some time and a quality soldering iron, but in the end it works great.

There also is an inverter that powers the lamp (very high voltage). In my online search people mentioned they go bad. That was not my case so I left it alone.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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sell it for parts, buy a google chromebook if it suits your needs.

do people really need dvd drives on laptops anymore?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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sell it for parts, buy a google chromebook if it suits your needs.

do people really need dvd drives on laptops anymore?
+1

If not I've had good luck with Dell refurbished models. Usually they are a huge chunk off new....and when they go on sale it can be up to 75% off.

If you want to avoid Windows 8 look at the small business models as many give the option to keep the old OS. I got a machine with XP a full year after Vista came out.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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That must be a US thing. A lot of lappys sold here come without an OS (I don't consider FreeDOS an OS).
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:54 AM   #7
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Open the RAM cover in the back and make sure one of your RAM chips didn't wiggle loose!

I replaced the LCD in my old Acer one time. I think I paid just under $100 for the new screen. It still works, as my secondary laptop. I'm on it now because my newer Gateway died last week!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 AM   #8
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This happened to one that belongs to my GF. It might be possible to revive it. Unplug the power supply, remove the battery and hold the power button for 60 secs. Plug it back in and it "might" work. If it does, put the battery back in. If not, do a google search for "Toshiba laptop black screen" before you give up. OTOH, you are probably due for a new one anyway. : )
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:40 AM   #9
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This happened to one that belongs to my GF. It might be possible to revive it. Unplug the power supply, remove the battery and hold the power button for 60 secs. Plug it back in and it "might" work. If it does, put the battery back in. If not, do a google search for "Toshiba laptop black screen" before you give up. OTOH, you are probably due for a new one anyway. : )
I'm definitely due for a new one, but I just love this Toshiba. In it's day, it was a screamin' demon! Even now, it's a pretty nice machine.

I just stopped by the computer shop here in town, and I'm looking at $200 total to replace the screen (parts +labor) and that's not too bad. Seems worth it to me.

I'll probably do some online comparison shopping this weekend, looking at new laptops. I really don't want a new machine with Windows 8, though.

Hmm... decisions, decisions.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:18 PM   #10
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I'm definitely due for a new one, but I just love this Toshiba. In it's day, it was a screamin' demon! Even now, it's a pretty nice machine.

I just stopped by the computer shop here in town, and I'm looking at $200 total to replace the screen (parts +labor) and that's not too bad. Seems worth it to me.

I'll probably do some online comparison shopping this weekend, looking at new laptops. I really don't want a new machine with Windows 8, though.

Hmm... decisions, decisions.
$200 seems like too much money, that's probably double the cost of what your laptop is worth in working condition.

I got a NEW 17" HP about 2 years ago and it was only $400 on Overstock, nice stainless skin (no mac but hey what do ya want for 1/3 the price) any way it was loaded up with 1GB Ram, 750GB HDD and a 2.xx Ghz AMD processor, ATI graphics, Blu-Ray, HDMI output blah blah anyway a hell of a package for <$500.

For $200 you could get an off lease Dell Latitude, which are damn good laptops. I've had them for 8 years at my Job and the first one worked like new even after 6 years. Oh yeah and if you get a new machine with Windows 8, it should be backwards compatible with Windows 7, you just have to download it and install it, you should be supplied a KEY that will work with 7 (I can't confirm this but I was just told that some new workstations we were buying at work came with 8 loaded but would have a 7 key supplied with them and we'd have to install 7 ourselves)
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:59 PM   #11
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+1 for checking the ribbon cable. My Dell did that a month ago.

+1 for refurb Dell BUSINESS class. My last one was 7 years old and is still doing duty at the non-profit I donated it to. Only upgraded because some of the stuff I do needed faster processing and firewire. What did I get? Another refurb Dell business class.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:28 PM   #12
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I checked the Dell Outlet, and there are only a few 17.3" laptops on there, all for way over $1,000 bucks. The only improvement would be in the processor. I have a Dual Core 2 now, and I'd be getting an Intel i5.

I already have 4GB of RAM. I have dual hard drives. I have two NVIDIA graphics cards with SLi1 technology. Plus all the other bells and whistles, like a DVD burner, HDMI out, six USB 2.0 ports.

Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, but I'd be paying far more than $200 for an equivalent machine.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #13
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I just stopped by the computer shop here in town, and I'm looking at $200 total to replace the screen (parts +labor) and that's not too bad. Seems worth it to me.
How "settled in" are you? Got all your bookmarks just the way you like them? All your logins saved to all your web sites? The perfect selection of apps? Got your desktop just how you like it? If so... $200 is a bargain.

Get a new laptop, and you'll likely need to start over. I've not had a lot of luck with transferring settings from a separate PC to another. Remember, your time is worth something.

Now... if you've been cursing the current one because it's slow, locks up, etc. that's different. But if you're happy with it, I'd get it fixed. Good luck!
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:14 PM   #14
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How "settled in" are you? Got all your bookmarks just the way you like them? All your logins saved to all your web sites? The perfect selection of apps? Got your desktop just how you like it? If so... $200 is a bargain.

Get a new laptop, and you'll likely need to start over. I've not had a lot of luck with transferring settings from a separate PC to another. Remember, your time is worth something.

Now... if you've been cursing the current one because it's slow, locks up, etc. that's different. But if you're happy with it, I'd get it fixed. Good luck!
Though at this stage his hard drive could go any day wiping all that out. At this age with a 200 dollar repair on the horizon I'd just replace it. Also grab a monitor from a friend and then transfer your files to the new one.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:19 AM   #15
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Well, it turns out I was wrong. I know, I know... it happens. If I shine a very bright flashlight on the screen, I can still see that everything is operating just fine. So I believe that's a cheaper fix, IIRC.

I'm going to get the laptop fixed. It's worth it to me. I'm pretty good with backing up my stuff, so if the hard drive dies in a month, I'll just buy a new laptop then.
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