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I finally got an estimate on my laptop today. The video chip on the system board is slightly cracked, and that is causing instability with the video display. They were able to get video to come up a few times, but even when they did it would cut out after a few minutes. To repair the laptop would cost $625 ($475 for a new system board, $150 for labor).

So, do I authorize the repairs on a 3-year-old laptop, or do I buy a new one that I can't really afford and would thus be purchasing on credit? Being without one is not really an option I am comfortable with.


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Nov. 28th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, for $625 you can get a new laptop. But I've no idea how the laptop you could buy for that price or slightly more would compare functionally with what you have now.

I think the pragmatic thing to do if you figure you'll be spending at least $625 anyway, is to shop around for a new laptop and see if you can find something suitable in a similar price range.
Nov. 28th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
agreed. It's the holidays; a LOT of stuff is on sale right now. You might have better luck than at other times of year.

and that sucks! blah!
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
Here is a link to the Dell Laptops that fall in that range. You can also try www.pcconnection.com.

And if you are a mac fan...
799 for a factory refurb is a pretty good deal.

That's just a preliminary look.
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
Dell makes some of the worst laptops on the market. I would never buy a Dell laptop.

If I liked Apple, I wouldn't hesitate to get one of their laptops. Theirs are considered to be the best laptops on the market. I'm just not an Apple guy, though. I have all the software for Windows-based systems, so getting an Apple would ultimately be more expensive.

If I buy a new laptop, it will almost certainly be a Thinkpad. Thinkpads are the best non-Apple laptops out there.
Nov. 29th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Buy a new one! Now! Do not delay! Repairing the old one is not an option. You'll then feel you need to keep it for a while to amortise the expense. HWMBO (my honey) has a 5 year old laptop that is absolutely so slow and unwieldy that it should be chucked. However, he can't bear to part with it.

Credit is not always bad. If you're buying your weekly food shop on credit, that's bad. If you're investing in your future, by buying a tool that will help you make money, it's good.
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