Question about Dell Inspiron 1000 Notebook
I appreciate the time you're taking with me on this. I am still unable to find the operating system disc, and since I'm fairly well organized I must believe I don't have it. I had my brother-in-law do the initial set-up then filed everything together. So my first step is to obtain a new disc. I haven't researched ordering a new one yet because here are things I need to consider before investing in this laptop. Already I've repaced the AC adaptor twice the last time before I really needed to. The battery needs replacement, I'm sure, since the unit is 4 years old and battery power is enough to run only a few minutes before it's down to 50%. The other thing is when I connect to AC power, which is pretty much how it stays, the connection into the computer is not always good, and requires some wiggling to maintain the connection. This happens with 2 adaptors, so I suspect a loose connection into the computer. When I put all these component costs together plus the labor charges, since I really know nothing about computer function and/or repair, how much money am i talking here for an old computer. I may be better off springing for a new one, if I can justify that expenditure.
O.k. Let's figure up some costs, then you can decide on fix or new. An operating system disc will run approx $100, you can get one at Walmart or Bestbuy. If you find that the hard drive is bad, you can figure in another $50 at least, depending on the size. *IMPORTANT* Having to wiggle the power cord to get it to work, tells me that the jack in the machine is loose or broken. This will need to be fix ASAP. A loose or broken jack can create an electrical arch, resulting in major damage to the machine. Jack repair or replacement will run a minimum of $125, the machine has to be completely disassembled in order to get to the jack. So, at this point you're looking at $275 minimum plus tax. Also keep in mind that the jack may have already caused damage to the machine, if so, then all the effort and money to this point was useless, and will be more in order to get it up and running. This is worst case scenario, but possible.
So, you're looking at approx $300 minimum for the fix. I've seen that Bestbuy has had some good deals on their laptops for around $399 after in store rebate, so, for a hundred or so more you can have a brand new machine, and if you purchase the machine on line for in store pick up, you don't have to pay sales tax. If you go this route, be sure that it comes with all the recovery, driver, and utilities discs. Do not buy one of the preloaded machines that doesn't come with the discs, or an in store preloaded machine, that they want you to purchase a set of recovery disc that they make. If you ge with a new machine, I can do some research and find the best prices for you. Let me know what you decide to do.
Posted on Aug 07, 2008
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