08-08-2017 07:46 PM
I have a (hopefully) simple problem to fix. During the years of ownership, the laptop has seen some damage. It started when I dropped it on its charger cord while charging at work. This happened multiple times by the way. It suffered some quick side affects, such as blackscreen and failure to charge. I completely dissassembled the laptop, and fixed the charging problem with some (elementary) soldering skills. This was only a band-ade to a severed ligament of problems. From then, I had to call in the big guns. The screen sorta fell off. Circuitry was then very visible through the broken and slashed plastic from the repeated afforementioned drops... I tried everything to hold it together. I currently have around two rolls of walmart electric tape holding the poor hinges on, but alas too little too late!
Any suggestions on how to keep my school computer from becoming a pile of crumbled plastic?I cann't afford a new one, but I need it badly for my MySpace profile. I am constantly updating it to get lots of hits. My pic of my new Nokia flipphone got three hits! (all from my moms friends).
Anyhow, things have gone from bad to terrible, as it freezes and forces updates (possibly from the rewiring from soldering?). The updates come when they want as well, forcing the images for MySpace to load at dial-up speed. Any help would be much apreciated.
08-09-2017 08:26 AM
Welcome to the Community Forums.
Sending the laptop to a service center for replacement of parts like hinges and perhaps chassis would ensure a stable machine.Taking good care of your laptop is suggested as not to expose it to any environment that would compromise it further for a longer functional life.
Running hardware diagnostics would help identify the probable cause of freezing and slow performance as other parts may have also got damage due to frequent drops that it received.
Backup all your data as much as you can while you still have this opportunity before any repairs.
Here is the service training module for review or if you would be able to do the repair yourself.
Hope this help answer your query.
Update us how things go.
12-23-2017 05:06 PM
Thanks much for the information! I ended up sorta taking my own route instead. Money flows scarce up here in the boonies and getting a certified technitian would have drained my dwindling pile of hard earned dimes and nickels. That being said, I certified myself and now have amateur soddering skills!
I tried the diagnostics thingy you recommended, but the computer froze up, so the results were unclear. Even when replying to this message, wierd lines appeared and the screen was frozen like them mamoths in Russia. I would back-up my data, but most of the time the USB ports don't work right, and when they do, MySpace photos load upside down or diagonally (don't really know how that happens) and other crap. Oh and I almost forgot, videos have no audio, and save in reverse.
I was gunna read the service training module, but my computer could not handle the images very well. You see, I think the RAM got messed up in the computer's previous drops, so instead of saying 6 GB, it now says 512MB? Web pages have been acting terribly: Youtube looks like my grandmas Farnsworth TV. Its a mess. Its a complete mess. My most recent repair below.
Oh and another thing: more broken pieces fell out of the laptop (see attached pic). I don't know where they came from, so I ignored them and kept going. Maybe this has to do with the speakers sounding like my chinese earbuds. Why do people make crap and think they can sell it for $2.13 plus free shipping?
Anyhow, thanks for the input! By now anything would help (I already went through another two rolls of Ace electrical tape to support the screen hinges).