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Motherboard faulty, repair, scrap machine, or replace motherboard ? What is the cost and complexity to have fitted a new motherboard fitted to a acer as 5101wlm computer?.is ths repair durable and worthwhile Have I any come back as the machine is around 18 months old the retailers Watford Electronics went into recievership, the item was bought by credit card. Thank you

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Firstly, check to see if your manufacturer's warranty is still active. As long as it is not a custom-made machine, you should still have warranty repair service if you bought a service contract. Most of the time, a service contract comes with the purchase. at 18 months, most contracts will still ship you replacement parts but you will have to put it together.

If the retailer sold you their own custom made computer, then you have very little choice. The repair costs are going to vary according to where you live, but here's a general rule of thumb to go by: If the repairs cost more than 3/4 of that what a comparable replacement PC would cost, then go get a new one. Some stores will give you credit for exchanging old PC's. look around for stores doing that, as this will be the only way to recoup some of your costs.

Altrnatively, you can donate the computer as scrap to local charity who will take it apart and sell the parts. you will get full retail value as a write-of on your tax returns at the end of the year. Of course, this is only helpful if you file itemized deductions.

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There is no such thing as a "compatible" laptop motherboard. Only a genuine, original motherboard, exactly the correct size and shape, with all the correct cable connections, exactly the correct spaces for internal devices and exactly the correct port geography to match the size poisition, orientation and shape of the portholes in the chassis and frame will fit AND work.

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You can source and order this part from your nearest authorized HP (current owner of Compaq) stockist, who has the genuine replacement part product in stock, by looking on the underneath of the existing motherboard and entering the full, correct part number of the motherboard here (guidelines are available on the website):

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