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08 October 2009 @ 12:50 pm
So, I took my ailing computer to the Apple geniuses a couple of weeks ago, because it wasn't seeing its battery, though it works fine when plugged in. They looked at it, tentatively diagnosed the battery connector, and said it would take a few days to fix. At the time, I was working on some things that made it a bad time to be without it, but this week was better, so I took it in and left it with them on Tuesday.

Yesterday, they called to tell me that it's also the logic board. And it'll be a $755 flat rate to fix it.

This makes me sad. I can't really see spending that much to fix a 3 year old computer, either, which also makes me sad.

But it still works fine as a very portable machine as long as I keep it plugged in, which makes me happy(ier). Though, obviously, I suppose the logic board itself could fail at any time. I'm kind of inclined to stick with this for the time being, with frequent backups, 'cause I don't really feel like spending gobs of money either to repair or replace it.

*sigh* Stupid computers.
I'm feeling: blahcheap
Chance: dork tower number 317miss_chance on October 8th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Is it worth getting a second opinion?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Could be! I'm kind of exploring options atm, I think.
coorr on October 8th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)

humm. I just had my logic board in my Mac Book Pro replaced because it went to sleep and never woke up. They were unable to do the work in house due to being busy, but they contract with another company who replaced the board for $325.

I think you should call and ask about this. I got the impression that on site repair was more expensive than sending it away, though on site repairs take them less time. What amazed me most about this was that the board itself, if you bought it online would cost about $700 (I was considering doing the work myself).

Exactly what model is this? if its possible to get it repaired for $325 you might want to consider it. If not, frequent backups are a must.

Good luck.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
They told me this would be the flat rate for sending it off elsewhere. Interesting, though! I should explore other companies. Thanks!
coorr on October 8th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)

Wow. Maybe its a different model where its more time consuming to install the mother board. My Mac Book pro was a little newer than yours (and I foolishly didn't get the Apple care even though I always tell other people to get it) and if its an ibook, or one of the non aluminum Mac books those might be harder to take apart.

I get the feeling that there were some quality issues with some of the early Intel Macs, there seems to be a rash of issue with power control on them and unfortunately, on a laptop, that means replacing almost all of the guts.

lazyz: citylazyz on October 8th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
These recommended folks i used when i dropped myne. Seemed good in bad circumstances.
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ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
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ruthless compassion: stabbyaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
porpurina: brains: tastybloodstones on October 8th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
But applecare runs out after three years - so it sounds like it wouldn't have helped anyway?
Antarctica, Winter 1982ivorjawa on October 8th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Not that this will help you now, but if you can afford it, it's always worth it to get AppleCare on Mac laptops.
And it's always worth it to replace them before they're three years old. Macs hold resale value well, so you can still get a good bit of money out of a machine that's nearly three years old.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know a lot of people are big fans of AppleCare. I usually opt not to get it, and this is the first time it's come out costing me money, so I'm actually about even on it, I think, and that's if I go ahead and do the repair at this cost.

Which is to say, I may think more about it when I buy my next laptop, but I still don't know which way I'll decide :)
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on October 8th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
$755 will almost buy you a brand new (refurbished) macbook, so I'd definitely NOT pay that much for a motherboard. $850, and you can add applecare on it so who cares that it's a refurb?

That said, the part on an old laptop is likely to be the majority of the repair cost. If you can find someone to do it significantly cheaper they're likely buying a parts laptop off ebay (one with a dead screen for instance) and giving you that motherboard, not a brand new one like Apple would be.

Repairing laptops is rarely cost-effective, unless it's an external or easily swapped part (Cd-drive, keyboard, battery, hard drive.)
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on October 8th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Right! Thank you for confirming my instinct not to fix, and for the heads-up about parts. Food for thought.
shiny object detector: whammo!penk on October 8th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
TOTALLY what he said.
Chance: dork tower number 317miss_chance on October 9th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
Do you have a recent back-up or clone, just in case it dies before you get a new one?

I hear it whirring beside me now, as if it doesn't shut down properly, and that's what my old one was doing before it got to the point that I couldn't run the back-up software because the length of time it took to make a back-up was longer than it could run without overheating and shutting down mid-process.

Also; *sigh* sorry about the frustrating computeryness!

Edited at 2009-10-09 05:23 am (UTC)