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    My daughter is at IU Bloomington. She called a bit ago and said she had dropped her Lenovo laptop and it appears something broke in the power port. It will not power up or charge the battery. Can anyone offer help??? (BTW...she's a senior and quite attractive if I say so myself).
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    Default Re: Laptop help needed (Duke are you still around?)

    If the computer won't power up at all, the drop may have jarred the motherboard loose.

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    Any place in B-town to get this fixed?
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    My daughter is at IU Bloomington. She called a bit ago and said she had dropped her Lenovo laptop and it appears something broke in the power port. It will not power up or charge the battery. Can anyone offer help??? (BTW...she's a senior and quite attractive if I say so myself).
    I was going to offer my expertise for free, but then I realized that you haven't introduced me to her yet . I was even going to call you dad.

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    If the computer won't power up at all, the drop may have jarred the motherboard loose.
    This. It probably will require a new system board.
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    This. It probably will require a new system board.
    Hopefully it just came unseated with no actual damage. If the board is indeed broken though, it may be more cost-effective to get a new laptop, depending on its age/specs.

    The board can be a real ***** to get to on laptops sometimes, too.

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    I don't know how Lenovo manufactures their laptops, but if its like Dell IIRC, the power component is part of the board. You have to replace the entire thing to fix it.
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    I was going to offer my expertise for free, but then I realized that you haven't introduced me to her yet . I was even going to call you dad.
    Um, well you're a Pacer and Colt fan so you have your head on straight sooooo you have my permission to marry the girl (after you fix her computer) PS....she's 5' 5 1/2" and blond hair with green eyes and a 24 inch waist.
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    She says it looks like something plastic flopping around in the power port.
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    Um, well you're a Pacer and Colt fan so you have your head on straight sooooo you have my permission to marry the girl (after you fix her computer) PS....she's 5' 5 1/2" and blond hair with green eyes and a 24 inch waist.
    Alright well I guess I'll be over to watch the game with you Thursday night! Hopefully Mrs. Geezer can cook something delicious.
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    Um, I drink bourbon but am now pretty much vegetarian. But she cooks for other people....just not me. Geezerette though, LOVES to cook.
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    Sounds like the dc power jack came unseated and possibly even unplugged. If it hit with that much force there's a high likelihood that the motherboard is damaged, if not other things.

    Someone will need to open it up to make sure nothing's loose, then test the power jack. If it still works, it'll need to be put back into place (possibly with glue, depending on whether the bracket is damaged or not).

    It's really kind of a crapshoot without actually looking inside.

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    Hmm whats it cost to replace a 3.5 yr old Lenova compared to repairs (the screen has been replaced once----I believe Duke did that).
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    Hmm whats it cost to replace a 3.5 yr old Lenova compared to repairs (the screen has been replaced once----I believe Duke did that).
    Depends on the specs of the computer (memory, hard drive storage space, etc.) and how much damage was actually done to the computer.

    If the motherboard was damaged at all, getting a new laptop would probably be the way to go. But again, there are a lot of variables at play here that make it hard to give a definitive answer.

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    It could be something minor or something that it would be more cost effective to just buy a new one.

    Computers are a lot like cars in that sense, you can tell a mechanic that there is a strange sound, and he can make a hypothesis as to what might be wrong, but without actually seeing the car and fiddling with it he can't give a definitive answer. Continuing with that metaphor, the mechanic could find that it was just a rock stuck somewhere, or that you have completely blew your engine.

    I would suggest to just have it looked at, not necessarily by a computer repair shop as they may charge you a fortune just to tell you you should buy a new one, but just someone kinda tech savvy.

    Sorry I can't give any sort of direct information on it, but I hope that helps in some way.
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    There could also potentially be multiple issues. There could be damage to the board, the RAM, the fan, the hard drive, etc. There's just a lot that can go wrong with a computer.

    Or, the port may have just broken loose and need to be reseated, which is no big deal. But without being able to actually see it it's really difficult to diagnose.

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    OK, now let's all sit around in a circle and touch our thumbs to our middle fingers while chanting AAHHHMMMmmmmm. Now, visualize a 4 year old Lenova (grey case) and tell me what's wrong with it and what it will cost to fix. AAHHHHMMMmmmmmmmmm..............
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    Bite the bullet and replace it. The odds of it being worth fixing is next to abysmal. In all likelihood the HD will be salvageable so she won't lose her files.
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    Bite the bullet and replace it. The odds of it being worth fixing is next to abysmal. In all likelihood the HD will be salvageable so she won't lose her files.
    Based off the info we have, I agree with this.

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    Mmm some people are not thinking "happy thoughts"
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    Here Geez I found you this. 100 bucks off!

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-ma...7&kpid=8897529

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    Gee thanks....but no.
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    Default Re: Laptop help needed (Duke are you still around?)

    What is this laptop primarily used for, and what's the budget to repair/replace it?

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    She's a college student. I dunno., what do they use them for (not math or science....prolly lots of document writing as an English and German major)

    Budget? You mean like in "spend some money"?
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    Yeah, how much money are her/you willing to spend?

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