Its worse than I thought!  

Peche85 31F
828 posts
6/23/2006 1:20 am

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Its worse than I thought!

I finally took my computer in to the shop today since I had a car over in Hamilton. I told him what was wrong with it and he took it out of the bag, took one look at the back and said that the pins in the power plug on the computer have been snapped off and thats not covered under the warranty.

And its gonna cost $1000 to fix according to them!

My Dad is taking a look now, but I think I will end up getting a new one if its really gonna cost that much.

bulging_boy 49M

6/23/2006 1:30 am


and what was the *bad* news?


Peche85 31F

6/23/2006 1:35 am

    Quoting bulging_boy:

    and what was the *bad* news?

At least a nice, kind guy offered to fix it for me hehe.

slightly_geeky 54M  
16 posts
6/23/2006 1:54 am

That sucks.

A friend of mine who is a real expert got one of these a few months ago (for several hundred dollars more) and she is very happy with it. An awesome deal for the price (Acer Aspire 3623WXCI, Celeron M 1.5 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB disk, wireless networking, 10/100 ethernet, DVD play/CD burn, all for NZ$94. And a new machine with a new warrantee!

chasingfun27 38M
1108 posts
6/23/2006 2:30 am

A stinkin' eletrical connection is going to cost that much? I may be ignorant of such things but a few copper pins are not that expensive.

Like every aspect of life, some is making a burn - wankers!

LIBlonde97 40F
1028 posts
6/23/2006 6:24 am

That's crazy!!!!!

I have one shameless plug today, but it's not for me. Seeing as it just turned Saturday in by you in Auckland, it's officially my baby's birthday! He just went to bed, but I would love for him to wake up to a bunch of happy birthday wishes from everyone even though I can't be there today.
So if you could join me in saying

Happy Birthday Bulging Boy!

I'd so love it!



vrec_dawn 39M

6/23/2006 4:39 pm

Actually, that happens a lot to them these days. I almost wonder if they're doing it on purpose.

Some are worse than others at fixing, but usually if you look around you can find a technician willing to fix it for a lot less. It's not such a difficult repair, it's just that usually you have to disassemble the whole darn thing just to get at the solder points.

I wish I could help more, but my resources are in America. Good luck though.

slightly_geeky 54M  
16 posts
6/23/2006 5:33 pm

The problem for the technician isn't just time to disassemble it's that when she gets in there she might well find that one or more layers from the circuit board has been damaged or that they can't fix it for some other reason, and then they have spent all this time and you still don't have a working computer.

SirluvsStorms 46M
684 posts
6/23/2006 6:24 pm

electrical connections for power are a lot easier to fix then board level cracks and stuff that makes the motherboard go quacky.. I am so not understanding why it is so much!!! A new power supply should be only $45 dollars. let alone just the connector! I think some one is trying to sell you something yep and it smells fishy!

Peche85 31F

6/23/2006 11:34 pm

Well my Dad has taken my laptop completely apart to try to fix it himself. He went looking for the part today but couldn't find it. People at the shop I got it from told him the name of the computer repair company they use but they aren't open on the weekend so on Monday he will see if they have one.

It will be interesting to see whether he can actually put it all back together again lol.

slightly_geeky 54M  
16 posts
6/23/2006 11:38 pm

SirluvsStorms, a new power supply is cheap for desktop/tower computers, for sure, but Peche said "he took it out of the bag, took one look at the back". I could be wrong but desktop computers aren't usually carted around in bags, unless you're talking maybe an ancient Mac Plus/SE or something like that. So I assumed it's a laptop, where the power socket is usually soldered directly on the motherboard and if it gets a violent force on it it can easily damage motherboard tracks.

ExpTruePleasure 49M

6/24/2006 12:56 am

Isnt it great! Dads and helpful humans who are always willing to help a lady in distress!!!

Dildo_replacemen 38M

6/24/2006 8:46 am

There is no way that replacing a power connector costs $1000.00, at most I'd expect $100.00. $50 if he has to take it a part and re-solder a new connector on, and $100.00 if he had to send it back to the manufacture for repair. There is on exception, if he could tell that the motherboard had been fried... actually that shouldn't cost more than $200-300 to replace, which probably was his default solution. But very fishy if you ask me.

- Never pay more for the repair of a product than it's depreciated value, unless it has sentimental value.

sassybelle21 32F
13313 posts
6/30/2006 6:08 pm

Get a new one. Better one!

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