Motherboard Repair Advice

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  1. DrMsAshley

    DrMsAshley Notebook Enthusiast

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    A couple days ago my P870DM-G went out of commission. Long story short, first time ever in my history of owning a laptop, water fried the motherboard... and keyboard. I took it in for a diagnostic and, well, the guy was gonna charge me $900 and take a month to repair it. That seemed highly suspect to me. So I looked up the motherboard and found it for as low as $360 (substantially less than the $800 he quoted me). Not sure what the keyboard replacement would go for, but I doubt more than the motherboard, and I also doubt every seller I've found is located in China as I was told.

    So what do you guys think? How hard is DIY motherboard/keyboard replacement (he charged $90)? Should I try and replace the board myself?

    Also, I've long since been out of warranty.
     
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    Danishblunt Notebook Virtuoso

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    Nah liquid damaged boards will require skills, tools and knowledge.

    Just buy a new board and keyboard.
     
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    bloodhawk Derailer of threads.

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    Keyboards are usually available for about $80-$110 depending on where you buy from / how nice your reseller is.
    Motherboards can be bought in the US through RJ-Tech. (Maybe even your re-seller, if they are willing to i.e) - https://rjtech.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=239

    Shot you a PM, i can maybe buy that dead board from you.
     
  4. t456

    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    That's a bit hard to answer without knowing your aptitude for technology and frustration threshold. I'd diy, but if it's your first mb swap then that $90 isn't too bad an alternative; it'll take you a bit longer to accomplish. Upside is knowing the system and being sure every cable gets reconnected. Mb swap also means removing heatsinks, so a repaste is necessary. With a shop you'll only find out they've done a sloppy job at that when temps and, thus, fans speed levels have gone down the drain.

    Really, all systems are basically built the same, but you could use the P870DM(-G) Service Manual for reference. Disassembly doesn't proceed as far as the motherboard (or lcd), but the Part List section has some nice diagrams with each component labeled. A large table, a quality screwdriver (!), something to hold the screws, new thermal paste and patience, that's all it needs. However, if fixing things doesn't give you any satisfaction and you can spare the $90 then there's no reason to bother; it's an ok price for a system with this many screws and cables (mb cost is indeed outrageous though). As @bloodhawk mentioned; mail your reseller (or a different one). Most of them do their own simple repairs and they'll either have a stock of components or can order them from Clevo on request.

    Don't get the new keyboard yet; these can take a lot more abuse than the motherboard, so it might still be fine.
     
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