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My laptop decided to start smoking on the same day when the TF skin was changed. Quite a while ago. :P"

Anyway, i have taken it into a local computer repair jobbie and it turns out theres been a hole burnt in the main board stopping the power from getting the the laptop. :P The rest of the laptop works fine as i was running it off the battery for a few mins. The guy at the repair shop couldn't get the connection back so i don't know what to do now really. :P I new board for a laptop will probably cost so much that i might aswell buy a new laptop. But i haven't got the money for a new one. :)

So does anyone have any ideas on how i could fix it? Or anything really i'm desperate. By the way it's past it warrenty. :P

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If it runs fine off the battery im sure you could rig something up in place of the battery supplying juice that way.

I like the way you think. :( But it is nice to unplug my laptop and move it to a different room. If i were to do that i couldn't. But cheers anyway, may use that. :(

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Maybe you can buy a 3rd party AC adaptor, thats like a mains plug with a battery shaped adaptor on the end.

So you plug in the battery shaped end and then plug it in the wall.

I don't have a clue if that sorta thing exists for laptops, but i remember having one on my MEGA RETRO sega gamegear :(

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What about simply having an external battery charger?

Becuase i leave my laptop on all night downloading stuff and laptop batterys only last for an hour or so anyway.

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It depends on the extent of the damage to the board...

I've repaired about 10 laptops with power problems - they've all been caused by people damaging the power socket by snagging the power lead.

The best way to repair it is to solder a new socket to the motherboard on a fly lead. It's not as neat as a new board, but it's a lot cheaper.

How skilled are you with a soldering iron/taking apart laptops?

Jon

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How skilled are you with a soldering iron/taking apart laptops?

Big fat 0.

I have't a clue really. But that's the type of quick fix i'm looking for really. What type of person would i look for localy to do that? Computer repair, electronical reapir etc?

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How old is it? if its less than a year you most likely have a warranty and it will get fixed for free - its definitely manufacturers fault if it burned itself out.

Yeah been there tried that. :closedeyes: Only a few weeks over when it happend aswell.

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Big fat 0.

I have't a clue really. But that's the type of quick fix i'm looking for really. What type of person would i look for localy to do that? Computer repair, electronical reapir etc?

A Computer repair shop/person (would probably have to be an independant place)

The trouble with laptops is it takes around 2 hours to dismantle one to get the access you need to the motherboard to see what sort of problem it's got. It's also a risky process taking one apart as they're very delicate.

There's no harm in asking around, especially as I'm not sure how many places would take on such a repair.

Try contacting the manufacturer directly too - I'd imagine they'd charge around £250 to fit a new motherboard.

Hope that's some sort of help...

Jon

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Try contacting the manufacturer directly too - I'd imagine they'd charge around £250 to fit a new motherboard.

I might aswell buy a new one of that price. I'll ask about a few local people i know of.

Cheers. :blink:

I think i'll go with dannys idea. Then i can take it to a local guy i did work ex with.

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