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Guys, my new laptop has **** itself

Its just gone past the 1 yr warranty, yes i was a cheap ******* and didnt pay the extra $200 for extended warranty

Its a Toshiba something with the gloss screen

Basically my battery wont charge, and i have to fiddle around with the AC power cable going into the back of the laptop to get it charging, its driving me crazy. Im pretty sure the power connection has broken off the motherboard and just needs some loving with a soldering iron, but im not keen on ripping it open........thats where a skilled laptop man would come in

Rather than taking it to a Toshiba dealer just yet and getting charged a hefty $600-800 for a new motherboard and a pry into my prized porn collection, im curious to see whether it is fixable at mates rates
 

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If I recall, your issue is the "Wafer" outlet on the motherboard. This is a layered & sodered connection which will require an authorized dealer to get the Motherboard replaced - there is a slight chance that this is a daughter board assy, but very slim.

US Toshiba Support

You can find tech manuals with partnumbers and it will also let you know how to order the parts.

good luck.
 

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Most modern laptops will have a separate daughterboard, as buZam said.

If the notebook still charges if you fiddle around with the AC adaptor interface, its probably just broken loose or something. Its one of the first things to break since the plug sees so much "traffic" (physically, I mean, with people plugging and unplugging it, and not always gently).

I probably wouldn't recommend doing it yourself, since notebooks tend to need to be disassembled and reassembled in a certain order for everything to fit.

If you can....erm....locate a service manual it'll give you a rough idea of how hard unscrewing it will be, and order the daughterboard yourself. It should be a simple "plug-in" card, like any PC card or memory stick, so installation itself should be a breeze if you can get at it. The difficulty is in trying to get all the bits to fit together again. Its like a 3 dimensional puzzle.


Alternatively, if its just out of warranty (like, a few weeks) you'll find that most support desks are pretty negotiable about it. They'll refuse at first, because that's their procedure, but if you kick up enough of a stink and assert that it started to occur just before the warranty period ended...but you couldn't get through because you couldn't wait on hold long enough to get through to their customer service or you spoke to so-and-so who for some god-awful reason recommended you do a firmware update that did nothing.....they might still fix it under warranty.


You've probably got no call records, which would assist you with the case, so go for the "too long on hold, and got fed up or had to work" angle.

As an ex Compaq/HP warranty support pleb, I've seen how fast middle management folds if customers kick up enough of a stink.
 

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agreed laptops are all proprietary for the most part its easy to break somthing when you take them apart.. I try not to deal with hardware issues with them as I am in the IT field
 

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Hey Sam - the reason why your laptop **** itself is because it's sick of being taken into the men's room with you.

If your computer was your employee it would take you to VCAT for unaceptable workplace conditions...
 
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