Laptop hardware component & upgrades forum: Worth it to replace motherboard on HP Pavilion laptop?

by: bigelowbkm March 20, 2009 8:24 AM PDT

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Worth it to replace motherboard on HP Pavilion laptop?

by bigelowbkm - 3/20/09 8:24 AM

Hi, everyone--I need some advice, and I'm hoping you'll find the time to answer my question. I purchased an HP Pavilion dv9005us in January of 2007. My two-year warranty expired two-and-a-half months ago. I used the Pavilion mainly for freelance editing assignments, online research, general Internet surfing, e-mail, and minimal photo storage. A few days ago, I went to turn on my laptop and it wouldn't power up. I even purchased a new power cord, thinking there might be a short in the old one. Still no luck. The only light that comes on is the blue light at the tip of the power cord adapter. None of the lights on the keyboard go on, and nothing happens on the screen. On the advice of a well-meaning acquaintance, I tried a little experiment: I unplugged the box, took the battery out, and held down the power button for two minutes. After returning the battery and reinserting the cord, the Pavilion still wouldn't turn on. Please note that the machine is out of warranty. HP says the motherboard must be replaced and it will cost $298 plus tax. Do you think it's worth fixing, or should I put the $300 toward a new laptop? Thanks in advance for any assistance! happy All best--Barbara

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