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    laptop repair

    A long shot this but is there anyone in the uk who is aware of a reliable laptop repair firm who don't charge the earth. A friend is having problems with the on/off switch of his laptop and no local computer shops seem interested. I have Googled "Laptop Repairs" and the list is quite extensive (nearly half a million pages) so would appreciate it if someone has experience with a firm they can recommend. Sorry I do not know the make of the laptop but I suppose that is not particularly relevant. Regards
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    Re: laptop repair

    > Sorry I do not know the make of the laptop but I suppose that is not particularly relevant.

    The first place I would try is the manufacturer of the laptop, some of them offer fixed price repairs which can be very reassuring if you don't know what's wrong with the laptop.

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    Re: laptop repair

    Hi Stuart. Since sending the post I have talked to my friend who tells me the laptop is a Dell Inspiron and the fault seems lie with the on/off switch. Cheers.
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    Re: laptop repair

    First place I would look is the Dell web site, I didn't see fixed price laptop repairs when I just looked, but it is worth asking them what they would charge.

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    Re: laptop repair

    Thanks Stuart.......will pass on the comments to my friend... Regards
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    Re: laptop repair

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by peterg on 24-Oct-08 08:45. )</P>You might try this tack. Some places offer computer tune-ups for a fixed price. They might find a few more things to fix or at least check while they're at it, all covered by the single price.

    I have had an additional thought worth considering, and that is that an official dealer may have one on the shelf, but if another repair shot needs to order it in you may pay much more UNLESS you specify that you have no objection to used parts that are in working order and that you are both notified and charged appropriately. An unscrupulous shop might slip one in without telling you, but places are awash in perfectly good junk that is destined for the garbage, which is a crisis in itself. If you can find (or open) a reputable Computer Junke Shoppe a good time might be had by all.

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    Re: laptop repair

    The Inspiron 600m had a terrible power switch. I had mine replaced twice and it didn't really help. Basically you have to press and hold it hard and long. Sometimes pressing it at an angle helps. If your friend does order a replacement part, that happens to be an easy one to replace. You just unplug, pop out the battery, lay the screen flat, and "pop" that top panel with the power switch out with a screwdriver (carefully!) or a plastic pick.

    I've never had any problems with the power buttons on other Inspiron models.

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    Re: laptop repair

    Thank you gentlemen for your responses. I phoned a dealer in a nearby town and quizzed him about the kind of charges that might be incurred relative to this problem and he suggested a fee of about 10 if the switch was of the kind that is not soldered to the chassis [or something like that] and about 25 if it was. So we paid him a visit and whilst we waited he simply prised off the plastic trim that covers the various switches and suggested that the switch plunger seemed to be slightly lower than a similar one close by but on depressing it with his finger the laptop booted straight up. His conclusion was that besides this apparent difference between the two switch plungers, the underside of the plastic button (a sort of protruding cross) showed signs of wear thus necessitating it to be pressed hard down to operate the switch. For the benefit of any others who might have a similar problem it seems the simple answer is (from a self adhesive label - the type that one would affix to an envelope- ) cut a few pieces about the diameter of the end of a pencil, and stick them one on top of the other on the underside of the button. This means the button will make contact with the switch immediately it is pressed rather than having to press it hard down. Seems rather a Heath Robinson approach [as we would say in the UK] but it solved the problem..... and the cost! Nothing, which made my friend's day and assures the technician that we will certainly recommend him to anyone who has a computer problem. It's so satisfying to encounter professional people who are willing to offer a service without exploiting ones importunity by ripping them off. He even suggested that if need be he would fit a switch salvaged from a used laptop thus minimising the cost. All in all, a successful trip out. Regards .
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    Re: laptop repair

    You are now the most envied computer owner who needed a repair in the whole wide world. That's a great story, and a shop you can recommend.

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    Re: laptop repair

    Hi.....respecting the rules of the lounge I appreciate that advertising is a NO NO but for any reader who lives in the north of England I can [I hope without treading on any ones toes] give a little clue. Setting ones sat nav to TS18 1TW & keep your eyes peeled for an inconspicuous little shop that does not sell fish and chips or news paper. By the way Peter, though the lap top was not mine I was just as delighted to have been the one to recommend the establishment which again, I had never visited but had simply been handed a price list of goods for sale by the said shop from which another friend had had a computer built to his specification. Having said that, Yes, I agree I indeed am very fortunate in that last year after spending over 80 at a local computer shop upgrading my computer I noticed a whole row of computers on the floor and learned that the proprietor had purchased them at an auction [School refurbishment - just over a year old] & that they were being sold for just 125 complete with XP Proff. I just happened to say, I wish they had been available before I had spent almost as much on my old one and he offered to give me one if I just paid for the XP package. Into the bargain he transferred all the stuff off my old machine for free. SO, yes I count myself a fortunate chappy to have such a considerate businessman on the doorstep. I hope I have not crossed the ethical line with these remarks, it is just a treat to be able to mention something pleasant in this age where there is so much doom, gloom & exploitation. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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