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Mainboard dead again ?

The mainboard has been replaced in this pc 4 times under Acer warranty and once by cyber test under walmart extended warranty. Now is going out to cyber test for mainboard # 6, think there may be a problem with this model-( MB.ABE02.001)

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  • mrob394 Dec 14, 2008

    I tried that and they told me 2 more MB's that will make it 8 I will be offered a buy out, either my money back or a new pc ?

  • mrob394 Dec 16, 2008

    Well here is a little update,I was told and also read on the website that Acer Warranty does not count against the extended Walmart Warranty, and there is a no lemon policy. If the unit requires a fourth repair it will be replaced with a unit of equal or greater value, or they will refund the purchase price including tax. So all I have to do is wait, I have 13 months left on the warranty and odd's are it will happen again, only time will tell.

  • Dan
    Dan May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a major problem. I n't know if the lemon law applies to computers, but after the 3rd MB replacement, I personally would have started trying to get a new replacement laptop, not just parts.



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Hope this helps and best of luck.

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