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Old 09 July 2019, 03:55   #21
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I've seen a few small "laptop repair centres" pop up but most quickly close again as computers like anything have become a consumable commodity. Once its broken just bin it and buy another.
It's their own fault for overcharging; they wanted $400 to fix a cracked laptop screen, which was more than the replacement cost of a whole new machine. No prizes for guessing what I did next...
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Old 09 July 2019, 07:05   #22
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It's their own fault for overcharging; they wanted $400 to fix a cracked laptop screen, which was more than the replacement cost of a whole new machine. No prizes for guessing what I did next...
I'm there and all I need is a new battery for my, what has proven to be, EXCELLENT ASUS S550CA.

i5. 15" touch screen (now problematic so I've disabled touch).
Came with 4GB Ram (and was quickly upgraded to 8GB)
Intel 4000
500 GB HDD.

It's a really nice machine and still runs great. Improved in fact after upgrading to Windows 10.

And this machine has to be....I dont know..... 6 or 7 years old.

But the battery now lasts 45 mins tops.

new battery replacement? With freight, close to $150 AUD.

NEW battery life is quoted as nearly 5 hours IN USE in review tests.

But do I bother on such an old machine?

That's my current first world problem.
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Old 09 July 2019, 09:47   #23
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It's their own fault for overcharging; they wanted $400 to fix a cracked laptop screen, which was more than the replacement cost of a whole new machine. No prizes for guessing what I did next...
Are you sure they were overcharging? Often, replacement screens are more expensive than you realise, especially if you go for legitimate spares and not cheap clone parts, which can often lack contrast and definition, have dead pixels etc. That's nothing to do with the shop, which will charge an hour's labour on top of the screen cost (and are well entitled to do so). It's just the unfortunate reality of the market for disposable electronics.
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Old 09 July 2019, 10:12   #24
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But do I bother on such an old machine?
A hard question, it has to be answered with both your wallet and your heart. Repairs will cost more than buying a new one. But it'll save a machine from going into a landfill. You'll have to choose for yourself what you value more
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The local computer shop death is as we all know, not a new thing, but its also clear its affecting retail in general, not just tech.
Although I personally like physical shops I realize I do 90% of the shopping online because its more convenient, often cheaper, (you sit at the computer doing research etc anyway to find the best product for your needs) I dont have to spend time to go there etc.. (We all know the positives.)
I also do 75% of my grocery shopping online these days and I get the goods delvered to my house. Saves me time and hassle and only costs a little more, so why not.

I'm also a retro collector so I'd probably visit a physical computer shop that offers retro stuff regularly, looking for good deals, but honestly, such shops that existed here were quite the oposite.. Double ebay prices making you leave with a negative feeling. And even if the prices were good, there is just no way they could compete with the range of stuff you can get on Amibay, ebay, tradera(swedish ebay), Yahoo auctions etc..
So it would be a niche within a niche..wouldnt survive long unless it was located in a very special place where enough retro nerds pass through.. (and there are such places, but not a whole lot of them).
Maybe a "hybrid" shop is the right way to go at this moment in time. i.e. the borders between the webshop and physical shop are blurred. A small(er) physical shop also functions as a pick-up place for the goods you ordered at the webshop / and/or you can browse the products from a touch screen terminal within the shop. In Sweden there's "Webhallen" that uses this concept and it seems to work fine for now.
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The retro shop in Belfast is well priced but as a retro collector for me the fun is in the hunt. Nothing beats a Saturday morning walking around car boot sales, charity shops, junk shops looking for a hidden retro gem.
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A hard question, it has to be answered with both your wallet and your heart. Repairs will cost more than buying a new one. But it'll save a machine from going into a landfill. You'll have to choose for yourself what you value more
And you know what.....

I ordered the battery.

I also took time to clean the machine with alcohol wipes and microfibre cloth so it looks like new.

New battery came, and it was dead on arrival lol. Refused to charge. (Direct from ASUS).

They've been very good and are arranging another replacement of course.

Once that's done, my plan is to swap the aging but not slow HDD for a 480GB SSD.

Have already begun cleaning up what's on the machine to make cloning easier and faster, keeping in mind the new drive is smaller than the mechanical one that is in there.

But from a price point ($89 AUD), it makes sense to go for the drive I have in mind, rather than splurge on a slightly larger, but substantially more expensive drive.

Will be one hell of a machine (again) once that's done.
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