My mother should not own laptops. She likes them I guess because she doesn’t need a separate desk for them and she doesn’t need to figure out the extra wires on the back of a desktop. Whatever the reason though, she is incredibly hard on them. Broken displays, broken powerconnectors, liquid damage, crush damage, drop damage, power adapter shorts, and lots of dust, pet hair, and cigarrette smoke. I get a laptop from her to repair every year it seems. She recently broke the power connector on the HP Pavilion ZE4xxx laptop she had repaired a half dozen times and got a Lenovo something or other to replace it. She promptly ruined it with a cup full of some sort of driink.
She gave me the poor Pavilion though. She had taken it to some other local guy who tried to repair it by DESTROYING the motherboard in various places. Ugh. For whatever reason she just hates sending these things to me to repair first, even though I’m ultimately the one who ends up with them. Repairing the power connector would have taken $4 but since some other idiot wrecked it before I could fix it the right way it’d cost $210-$250 to replace the mainboard. To make matters worse, the damn asshole didn’t give her back the power adapter. So I’d have to spend on another one of those.
It might be worth fixing if I needed an old laptop. It’s not siginificantly better than the Dell I have and I’m going to be getting a new one for myself anyway so I assume it’s just going to sit in a box. This happens a lot to me. I end up with things that could easily be made to work with a small investment of cash but it’s really not worth fixing these things to sell and I personally don’t need it myself.
I wish there was an easy way to interface a laptop LCD to some sort of video input standard. It’d be nice to use a laptop screen for other things. What they really need to do though is build laptops a bit more modularly.