USB ports do not work, when printer etc attached, computer closes down
For the most part yes. Sounds like there is a short in the USB ports, causing the notebook to shut down. You can get around this by setting up a 'wireless print server' for your printer, which is about 120 bucks. if the laptop is already wireless compatable, which it should be. If Dell parts are running like they used to, they're probably quoting you about 700 for the part, and another 250+ for the labor. The print server will solve the printer issue, but other usb devices will not be usable on that machine without a new motherboard.
On the flip side, you can probably find a motherboard/cpu combo for that laptop on ebay for about 300 bucks cheaper then Dell wants for it, But unless you know how to change them out, you're still looking at about 200+ for labor depending on where you live. Don't accept a quote longer them 2.5 hours from a tech, it won't take longer then that if you don't have him reinstall your OS for ya.
Oh ya, new motherboard means windows won't boot properly, it's a piracy protection issue, and since SNs on the CPU will change, windows will have to reinstalled. most likely resulting in total loss of stored data with backup not being possibly unless you have another machine to network it to, since all external HDD and Flash Drives are USB.
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