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Fix my Dell Studio 1747 ($150) or buy used laptop/PC?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zep123dmc, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. zep123dmc

    zep123dmc Junior Member

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    I bought the laptop about 4 or 5 years ago for $1200-$1300 and it's in the shop right now and they said it'd be about $150 to fix (although I'd lose all my own files on the hard drive). Before it wouldn't access the desktop. Would I be better off getting a used laptop or PC for $150 or less (or more) or just fix the 1747?
     
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  2. wizard04

    wizard04 Elite Member

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    Doesn't make sense!
    Why would you loose all your files? If your HDD is damaged the the cost for replacing will me like $20-30.

    I don't know what is wrong with your PC but for $150 its probably few things, like the VGA, CPU or the motherboard...never the less you will sill have your files.


    Can you give me more info on it like what is exactly wrong with your PC, becouse they must tell you what is damaged and what needs to be replaced.
    If I know what is it I might recommend you some parts and how to fix it easily.
     
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  3. zep123dmc

    zep123dmc Junior Member

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    I just got off the phone with them and with the labor and getting the hard drive up and running again it's actually about $250 for the cost. He said it was overheating and the hard drive was failing. If they would be able to save the files it would be another $150, so that total would be around $400.

    I'm not interested in saving my files, but $250 seems steep (installing the hard drive, and mentioned they'd clean it- the fan I'm assuming etc).
     
  4. wizard04

    wizard04 Elite Member

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    lol they are robbing you.
    Take the laptop back you can clean in 10-30min

    Just buy a thermal paste for the CPU and VGA.
    Also you can dust the laptop carefully with a vacuum cleaner and if you want you can clean the inside cooler its just 4 screws.

    Total cost $5
     
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  5. JustUs

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    While there may be more wrong with it a can of air will fix the overheating problem. You do not have to take the unit apart to blow out the fans and coolers, you blow through the vents. If you choose to go the entire route, then you would remove the coolers from the CPU and GPU, clean both surfaces with alcohol, apply thermal paste to both surfaces on the CPU and GPU and remount the cooler. At the same time, you would also blow out the fan with a can of air. Because you would most likely have to remove the RAM and the WIFI as well as the HD to disassemble the laptop, you would have to reseat them when reassembling. Total time for the whole shebang is about an hour. You most likely will find disassembly instructions on the internet. Your drive may have overheated. In most cases, you can just replace the drives daughter board and you will be fine. I would just replace the drive and ghost over any files you may need. Your total cost (USA) for doing it yourself is about 15 dollars if you buy thermal paste to remount the coolers.

    One trick, use a piece of Styrofoam to push the screws into in the rough place and order you remove them. It is a hell of a lot more reliable than memory alone.
     
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