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Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

Would it be legal on this forum to discuss users' recommendations for specifically named repair shops they've used?  For example, I have two TPs that need motherboard service.  I looked around online and found several repair shops that sound promising and legitimate, but would like other users' reviews of their work and/or prices before I would consider shipping a unit to be fixed.
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

I suppose that Mark has the final say on this but if it is out of warranty I don't see what would be wrong with discussing third party repair facilities.
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

OK, I'll wait for Mark's input...
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

Roger,
 
I'm fine with members sharing part sources and information on repair alternatives for out of warranty systems, so long as everyone agrees that:
 
Per the terms of service on this forum, Lenovo provides no endorsement of these services or vendors (which may be discussed) and assumes no liability for the consequences of using them.  
 
That the discussion remains true to the spirit of members offering part and service sources, or experiences having used them to the end of helping other members with out of warranty systems to find cost effective and reliable ways of maintaining those systems.    
 
As long as everyone is reasonable, I'm good with it.    :smileyvery-happy:
 
 
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

OK Mark, thanks.
 
Has anyone used Laptop Rescuer Co. (in Santa Clara, CA, USA) before?
 
Sounds like they do repair at the specific component level.  I have a couple laptops that might fit this type of repair...
 
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I have used Arndt Computer Services. I have had them replace a couple of backlights for me and they did a great job. Currently they have a T41P planar board of mine with the loose GPU problem that they are going to reball for me. I'll let you know how that goes.
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Another happy user of Arndt Computer Services: two backlights (both on A31p units) and two re-balling procedures (A31p and R50p) later and I couldn't be happier...the very highest recommendation I could possibly give goes to them.
 
And another A31p and R50p are going there in the morning...one backlight, one GPU...
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

On the Lenovo web site, under "Related Links" on the left edge of the screen,
click on "Find a Service Provider".

That's how I found a shop (I've happily used twice) in Louisville, KY.
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Well... I've had a laptop into Arndt Computer since the end of May.  Terrible followthrough, no service.  I had to continually prompt them for updates via e-mail over and over again.  A different story each time.  I finally called them today and asked for my laptop back.  I'm going somewhere else.
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Re: Out-of-Warranty/Aftermarket Repairs

Arndt Computer is a family operated business..

two brothers who, when they wanted to advertise on my site, seemed businesslike..

but they seemed to want free advertising..

 

if they have failed to communicate that is a really bad sign..

 

this is not an uncommon problem with a small business..

good work = more work than the original people can handle and getting help is tricky at best and impossible at worst..

 

YMMV but for my favorite T60p i extended the warranty and made it on-site.. BEFORE problems presented themselves..

and if i were out of warranty i would select a lenovo dealer who specializes on thinkpads..

 

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