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Buying Laptop Motherboards from the internet and eBay

  • by Reballer on Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:58 pm
Hi guys, I wanted to give my tips on buying motherboards from ebay.
Most common boards are for HP laptops such as the DV series. a large number of these motherboards on ebay have been reflown "reflow fix is the heatgun trick, the oven repair, the heating up of the chip" the reflow fix
is a delay time bomb on any motherboard for the gpu problem to return usually in 1 month if not 3 months.
To avoid customers coming back to you here's what to do

THE RIGHT SELLER:
The right seller is a powerseller with thousands of feedbacks, look out for negative feedbacks and see if they relate to a bad motherboard after being used for a while, it's difficult to find those because buyers leave a positive feedback straight away unaware of the problems later but a powerseller is most likely ready to help or exchange the board for you than a private seller who might not have an exchange in stock.
Never buy a motherboard from Hong Kong no matter how cheap or expensive it is, even if its the only one for sale.
Always buy from a seller in your country so you can be sure you can chase them up later or even take them to court.

THE RIGHT KEYWORDS:
The keywords you want to stay away from are in the description or title. the evil words are as follow
REFURBISHED, REFLOWN, RECONDITIONED. Low warranty days like 15 Days or 30 Days or when the seller doesn't describe or mention the condition at all. Motherboards that have been described as "used, pulled" are usually better because they haven't been messed with at all.

ASK BEFORE YOU BUY: ask your seller if the motherboard has had any reflow before, any repair or refurbishments
so incase it turns out the opposite you have evidence in hand and in writing.
INSPECTION:
Now you have the board in hand, inspect if it had a reflow job by using a magnifying glass around the graphic chip and look for signs of burns, dark spots, melted plastics or covers, if the colour of the fan's port has changed or darkened.

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