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11-26-2011 12:36 PM
Powered on successfully. Caps Lock and Number Lock LEDs blink once, meaning the CPU is not functional.
Replaced CPU with same make/model (AMD Athlon II M300) and have same error/problem.
Is this repairable or is it time for a new laptop?
11-29-2011 03:10 AM
From past experience, I think you should attempt to replace the system. Before running to buy one, think of the price difference between a new system board and a new laptop and ask yourself it worth the time and money?. Keep me posted on your decision.
11-29-2011 06:01 AM
True CPU failures are comparatively rare. Motherboard failures are common. It is likely the motherboard, I agree. If you can install the board yourself it might be economical to do so. You can likely find one for around $100-200 and you could get another 3-4 years out of that laptop. The labor will eat you alive if you have to pay somebody else to do it, however.
12-06-2011 06:19 AM
thank you for your input.
with the prices of a new MB vs. Cyber monday laptop deals, the choice was made for a new laptop.
as much as i enjoy working on PCs, this was an easy choice.
the broken laptop was an 'exclusive' HP deal from Office Depot/Max or whatever, about 2.5 yrs ago, and i think the new make/model will be an improvement.
plus, i'll be the one setting up everything, and will be able to add/remove the necessary software, etc.