Laptop died... damn!

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  1. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    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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  2. Tmaximusv

    Tmaximusv Long timer

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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.

    sigh
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  3. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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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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  4. HighFructose

    HighFructose Banned

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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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  5. gonerydin

    gonerydin Been here awhile

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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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  6. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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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.
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  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    +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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  8. Grreatdog

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    I second the Dell refurbs. I have been using one for five years at home and my wife for four years.

    But I also second the screen replacement. When my even more ancient little Dell laptop bit the dust I simply ordered a used screen from eBay for about $25 and stuck the thing on myself. It is still working five years later. Or it was last time I bothered to turn it on.
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  9. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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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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  10. BHW

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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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  11. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    I had a laptop screen go bad. Found an identical unit on fleabay that had something wrong with the keyboard.

    Bought it and did a screen transplant. Easy to do- all the connectors are plug in.

    Good luck.
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  12. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    Laptop screens almost never die unless damaged. It's usually just the inverter for the backlight, which is a ~$30, 30 minute DIY fix.
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  13. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    yep, probably the inverter board.

    hold a bright light up to the screen, I could still ( faintly) see the windows logo and stuff when the backlight on mine went out.

    took about an hour to replace it ( I had never done it before), be careful with the screen they crack very easily!
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  14. Mr_Gone

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    I'm pretty sure it's not the inverter board. The screen is completely black. I will double-check, though, when I get home tonight.

    The laptop has been running almost continuously for five years. I just never turn it off. Something was bound to go out.
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    Mine started with vertical lines running through it, and they just got worse as time went by.
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  16. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    $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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  17. josjor

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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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  18. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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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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  19. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Or maybe I'm just holding on too tight. I have an emotional attachment to my Toshiba.... thousands of hours of porn watched on that laptop!!! That will stay with a guy, you know? :lol3
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  20. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Really?

    I just checked and they had this for 450:

    Inspiron 15 - 3520
    Processor: Intel Core 2nd generation i3-2350M Processor (2.3GHz,2C/4T, 3M Cache)
    Genuine Windows 8 Home Edition
    Dell Outlet Inspiron 15 - 3520 Laptop
    500 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz
    8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Though that's not a good deal, I got mine for less than that with way better specs.

    Costco has a decent deal up on a refurb HP ultrabook:

    http://www.costco.com/Refurbished-HP-ENVY-4-1043cl-Ultrabook%E2%84%A2%2c-Intel%C2%AE-Core%E2%84%A2-i5-3317U%2c-1.7-GHz.product.100016545.html
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