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    Laptop motherboard repair

    Has anyone had one repaired ?
    was looking at this site
    http://www.laptoprepairspecialist.co.uk/index.html
    has anyone used them ?

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    having worked for one of those places i would avoid, no fix no fee normally involves shipping at high cost and low fix it rates.

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    I know its a motherboard fault as I have tried the usual: memory swap, external monitor, hard reset, ect..
    They seem of offer free pick up and a true no fix no fee
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    I think this person will do a proper job on a laptop motherboard. I say now I have no connection to this company and have not used their services. http://www.e14tech.com Watch his video and check his youtube chanel "reply4reply".

    I think he uses a difficult technique to "Re Ball" solder on motherboard components rather than just heating up and "Re flowing" the solder.

    I think his name is Lotfi, he has given advice on a tech a podcast show I listen too.

    Check it out to you satisfaction.

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    I think i would probably buy a new laptop myself and sell the faulty one as spares.

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    Every time I have needed a laptop with a motherboard fault repaired it has required replacement of the motherboard - I suspect the vendor will take those faulty boards and send them to be repaired, but at a proper facility with good test equipment, then use them for future repair jobs. Reconditioned parts are usually fine though.

    Even if it's you of warranty have you contacted the vendor (Dell, Acer whatever) and obtained a quote?

    Or searched eBay for the part?

    Or if it's a cronky old laptop anyway then sell it for parts on eBay and use the money to buy whatever you can afford, repairing old ones (3-4+ yrs) is often a false economy unless the repair is pretty cheap, something else will probably fail soon, then something else... etc etc. Unless it's some top of the range thing then laptops are designed to last the average refresh cycle, probably around 4 years, fan ball bearings, heat stress etc. Making them last longer makes them cost more...!

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    TBH its a 2007 HP AMD duel core thats my wifes
    It has an oem office 2007 so to replace the laptop a would need a new licence. (so a min £400) and teach her how to use windows 7 :/
    I had already done an ebay search and one £75 working ( from a laptop ) the rest were faulty
    Google had new at £250
    Normaly I would say to ppl its not worth it but TBH if its repaired for £75 it would be worth it.
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    I used to buy and reball G3 and G4 iBooks off ebay with faulty graphics and chipsets, made quite a bit doing it, and if done properly it was a 95%+ success rate, compared to some places who just reflowed the existing balls which would fail a lot sooner than the ones I did.
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    What's the exact model of the lappy?
    It might not be a "simple" case of a reball. There were quite a few HPs that had actual chip packaging issues. Excusing replacing the chip that's at fault if this is true, there is nothing you can do.

    Sadly HP are very bad laptops build quality wise. The amount we have fail at work and what I've seen from friends is terrifying.
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    COMPAQ NX6325

    It has out lasted a lot of other HP laptops
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    Golden Dragoon, how did you do the re-balling. It would be interesting to know the process and
    what stuff you used.

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    Quote Originally Posted by s3ds View Post
    COMPAQ NX6325

    It has out lasted a lot of other HP laptops
    It certainly outlasted both my HPs of a similar age - as Agent said a lot of those had chip problems. Both of mine have died with power management issues: the first one actually went whilst under warranty, then again within another 18 months or so... If I was you I'd buy something new, and avoid HP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    Golden Dragoon, how did you do the re-balling. It would be interesting to know the process and
    what stuff you used.
    I started off with a hot air rework station similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Aoyue-Digital-.../dp/B000HDG0AO and no templates or balls, and I simply reflowed what was there, quite quickly I started to realize that, that method wasn't very reliable, so I switched to replacing the balls entirely.
    For that I needed templates of the bga pattern, the correct size balls, and a lot of patience, getting the templates was the hardest thing, but I managed to get them for the chips I needed (if you want to do something like this make sure they aren't cheap templates, the first one I got was mild steel, and the solder just stuck to it, the ones I ended up using were aluminum)

    Then it is a "simple" matter of using the rework station to remove the offending chip, clean off the old balls, apply rosin flux then align you template and apply your new balls. After that prep work I always melted the balls onto the chip with the rework station, removed the template and then went about attaching it to the board. If you use a stickier flux it shouldn't be necessary to flow the balls onto the chip first, but I have always preferred the more liquid rosin flux over the pastes you can get.

    That is a rather simplified version of how I was doing it, although it will give you a general idea of how it's done, and although I haven't checked there are bound to be much more comprehensive guides online on how to reball bga chips, I understand that many people do it with a £20 paint stripper, although I wouldn't recommend that, without the temperature control of a rework station, it must be one hell of a guessing game to get things to the right temp
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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    Quote Originally Posted by s3ds View Post
    TBH its a 2007 HP AMD duel core thats my wifes
    It has an oem office 2007 so to replace the laptop a would need a new licence. (so a min £400) and teach her how to use windows 7 :/
    I had already done an ebay search and one £75 working ( from a laptop ) the rest were faulty
    Google had new at £250
    Normaly I would say to ppl its not worth it but TBH if its repaired for £75 it would be worth it.
    £75 if with a warranty, 30 days or whatever, replace it yourself. Sounds like win if you really need to get it going. It's not that hard to do if you go slow and remember where everything goes, the better manufacturers publish servicing guides, so look for that. I think HP do, but maybe not for the low end models, search the website.

    Which parts of Office does she use, not all editons are £400. If it's just Word/Excel/Powerpants then get the 2010 Home & Student. Or there is always a Technet subscription (would get you Windows XP too) ;-)

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    Re: Laptop motherboard repair

    I've had first hand experience of Microsoft OEM software and broken systems and they are very good. In the Windows EULA for example, there is a clause that allows you to take the OEM OS and put it on another machine (with limitations) is the original system has broken.

    If you install it on another system, ring them up for the activation (if it doesn't activate over the net) and be 100% honest with them, I would put money on them activating it fine. Microsoft deal with issues like this daily, and a 2nd activation with a genuine reason isn't going to worry them. They are also well aware of the HP and other issues over the last few years.
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    Microsoft always activate in my limited experience. Done so on several occasions.

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