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Abnormal shutdown, can't restart

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.

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  • sintwister Aug 07, 2008

    Thanks for all the information. I notice in the cost breakdown the battery is not included and I assume labor would be added for all these repairs, plus shipping and handling if not repaired locally, It makes more sense to opt with a new laptop, I do believe. Any suggestions on reliability and durability of different brands? I'm not ******* laptops but this Dell has traveled 6 months in extensive automobile travel across country and back. I don't anticipate subjecting another one to that kind of use, although I anticipate frequent usage. Thank you again for all your assistance.

  • sintwister Aug 08, 2008

    Okay, I'm starting to look at new computer deals. The Dell Inspiron 1000 had close to enough CPU speed, internal memory and hard disc size so almost any laptop these days has that much to offer. I see a Circuit City ad for a Toshiba L305S5885 for $599 after $230 instant cash back. Reviews look like battery life is not really good and keys flex somewhat. I have a question about battery life......if it is used exclusively with AC adaptor, does the battery lose life after time, should it be used ocassionally, should it ever be drained and recharged and, is so, how often. Also I visited our Sams Warehouse store and I was talking to the salesguy there and asked about which come with recovery discs and he said not many brands do any more but that you can make your own and this is fine as long as you do it immediately after set-up. Is this okay in your opinion and would all the computers on the market today have this function available? Would all the driver and utility discs be listed under software included. I notice many do not list much or anything in the way of software. I really appreciate your continuing help, I keep coming up with probably dumb questions but I do want to make a decent decision with this. Anything more you think I need to know?

  • sintwister Aug 10, 2008

    When I rated this solution I wanted to give it a 10 star rating. I did not try the solution sugggestions due to the probable cost of multiple problems and have opted instead to purchase a new unit. But I do want to say I really appreciate all the time spent to help me be able to evaluate all aspects of these problems and the patience and effort in helping me sift through it, for the promptness of replies to all my comments and questions. I have been extremely pleased with the website and the expert advice offered. It has been extremely helpful.

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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.

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  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Aug 07, 2008

    Sorry, forgot to factor in the battery, about $100. Also, the labor for hard drive replacement isn't factored in, I figured you could do this yourself. As far as a new machine, I always recommend Dell. They are the most durable, and overall best machine on the market for the price, with a tremendous amount of support, user friendly website, and a fairly good warranty. The Dell's are a bit more pricey than other machines, and you can expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $1000 for a good one. I also highly recommend IBM/Lenovo. They make a great machine, but are very pricey, and you can rarely find any type of deal on them. I have both an older Dell and a newer Lenovo, paid $1600 for my Lenovo new in Dec. 2006. Another machine that I would recommend is a Toshiba. They're well built, fairly durable, decent support, good website, and a decent warranty.I've seen that Bestbuy has had some very good deals on Toshiba's lately. You want to stay away from Gateway, their machines have the most fragile motherboard on the market, even the smallest drop can damage them, and the warranty is horrible. HP/Compaq, a fairly nice machine to use, but a lot of problems with hardware failure. Their warranty is better, but if you use it, there is generally a 3 to 6 week turn around before they get the machine back. They also use refurbished parts for repairs, so, you may have the same problem within weeks. You definitely want to stay away from the Everex, Walmart's affordable bottom of the barrel generic laptop. Horrible all the way around, warranty, service, support site, etc... The other definitely stay away from is Acer. Not quite horrible, but terrible all the way around. This machine has the most problems of any machine on the market.



    So, to recap,

    Good machine: Dell, IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba.

    Bad machine: Everex, Acer, Gateway, HP/Compaq.

    Good luck, let me know how things work out, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Aug 08, 2008

    O.k. On the battery life. It is, after all, a battery and they do wear out. The power management system and the battery both have built in features to keep the battery conditioned, even if always on AC. I always recommend to my customers that they keep their machine plugged in when possible, laptop batteries are no different then flashlight batteries in the fact that the more you use them, the quicker they wear out. On the software, many companies are getting away from the included software and going to the preloaded machines, in hopes that the customer will purchase the recovery discs from them. You can still get machines that aren't preloaded and come with software packages. The operating system, drivers, and utilities discs may not be listed on the software included list, because these are essentially part of the machine, and may not be considered as extra software. If in doubt, open the box, or ask a clerk to open the box to check if everything is there. A machine that is not preloaded will come with an operating system disc, and should come with the drivers and utilities disc. Some may not,because the drivers are easily accessible on line. Preloaded machines should be marked on the box as preloaded. Don't bother trying to make your own recovery discs, they're complicated and don't work half the time, as long as the machine comes with an operating system disc you'll be fine. The drivers and utilities can be downloaded on line.

    I was looking around on line at Circuit City, Bestbuy, and Walmart, and right now you can get the Toshiba Satelite A205 for $498 (good machine) and the Dell Inspiron 1525 for $598. The Dell 1525 comes in four or five different colors and is a great machine. It is preloaded, but I wouldn't worry about that too much, you can get Dell to send you an operating system disc, and Del's support site always has the latest drivers for their machines. With the drivers, you can save the download to the desktop, then burn them onto a disc for future reference.



    Two things to keep in mind that will save you money, only if you have a little patience.

    1- Order the machine on line. This way you don't have to pay sales tax, which will save you approx $50. In some cases, you can order and pay on line, then do an in store pick up at your local store. Save $50, and have the computer in the same day. Some stores won't let you do this, but the ship time is usually within three days, depending on the day of the week ordered.

    2- If you can wait a few more months, until the after Thanksgiving Day sale. The prices are very good, almost unbelievably good, on the laptops. You have to get up early, and check out the different stores, but you will save a ton of money. Last year, Bestbuy introduced the "brand new to the market" Toshiba Satellite A45 with an accessories pack that included a printer, case, cooling pad, wireless mouse, and a few other knick knacks for $348. After the sale, the A45 was on the shelf for $898 alone, $949 with the accessories pack not including the printer. My partner and I bought three, and sold them for $700 in December at my shop for Christmas. We're planning on doing it again this year. So, if you can wait until Friday Nov 28 2008, you can get a great deal, especially if there is a new machine being introduced to the market.



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