When something of value breaks, you have three options. You can try to fix it yourself, you can send it in for professional help, or you can replace it. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which option is best for you. This is especially relevant for laptops as they are a big investment. The wrong decision can cost you a lot. This article will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of each choice.
Fixing it Yourself
Unfortunately fixing a laptop yourself can be a bit of a challenge. Unlike a desktop, everything in the laptop is organized perfectly so that it will fit into its shell. You can’t just open it up and replace the part that is broken. It requires in depth research on the specific laptop. However, this method is the most cost effective way as it only costs as much as the parts cost.
If you decide to take this route, the only thing you need to do besides replace the part is determine which part is broken. Here are a few bullet points that will help you diagnose which part is causing the issue.
- Hard Drive : You won’t be able to access any of your files, but the computer should work fine otherwise
- Power Supply: The computer will not be able to turn on
- Motherboard: The computer will attempt to turn on, but fail
- Graphics Card: The computer will turn on and you will hear the windows start up, but nothing will display on the screen
- RAM: The computer will attempt to turn on, but will fail. (The only way to tell whether the RAM is broken vs the motherboard is by replacing it)
Sending it to a Professional
This option is by far the least risky. You don’t have to spend a ton of money and you will for sure have a working laptop. The only down side is that it may break again in a short amount of time. If you were to just replace it, it would be less likely to break soon after.
If you decide to send it to a professional, look up reviews online before you trust them. Other people have had the same experience you are having and should have some useful comments that can help you decide if they are the right company for you. You can check out a laptop repair service at http://www.laptoprepairs.com.
Replacing your Laptop
Replacing your laptop is probably the most common answer. Most people don’t want to have to deal with the process of getting their laptop repaired. However, this option is only suggested if the repair of the laptop would cost over 50% of the original value of the laptop. If it is over 50%, it is safe so that it is worth it to get it replaced.