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when fixing laptop is 1/2 the price of a laptop price

would you recommend it?
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25112Author Commented:
the example i have is
Samsung QX410

the coffee spilled and now the fix is going to take 360$ + tax for motherboard and keyboard.

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/samsung-qx410.aspx#specs

would you rather me put the $ into a new laptop?

also the tech said i could just replace the keyboard, but the chance of survival of the laptop then is so-so..  that may make it cheaper, i would think.. he did not give a quote for just a keyboard change.
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garycaseCommented:
Only you can really decide whether it's worth the cost to you, but I'll offer a few thoughts ...

A Core i5 460M is still a very nice CPU ... so that's a very nice laptop.    If you could buy one for $360 it would be a VERY good bargain -- and that's effectively what you will be doing if you have it repaired.

It's not clear that the technician has thoroughly analyzed this problem -- if he thinks a new keyboard may resolve the problem, then he's clearly "guessing".    It would be fairly simple to disconnect the keyboard from the motherboard and connect an external USB keyboard.    If it works fine in that configuration, then all you need is a new keyboard.    If not, then you do indeed require both the motherboard and a keyboard.     Has he done this test??

Bottom line:   If I had the laptop, I'd definitely get it repaired -- but I'd also be sure that it really needed more than just a new keyboard.
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alienvoiceCommented:
I agree with Gary, that is a very nice laptop for the $$. The tech sounds like he is guess on the extent of the issue. Are you able to get a 2nd opinion on the issue? Also if you do get the laptop repaired, will there be a warranty of sorts? ie:- if it turns out the MB also has to be replaced, (after the tech just replacing the kb), will you be charged another service fee for replacing the MB on top of the replacement parts?

I would get it repaired it for the price you paid for it.
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wolfcamelCommented:
also take into account that the hard drive, battery and screen will all be ok.. if you simply buy a new laptop this "almost dead" laptop will still fetch a tidy sum on ebay as someone else out there will want the part you have that are working.
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jmcmunnCommented:
I'd take out the hard drive (if it works) from the old one and then sell it for parts on Ebay or Craigslist or something.  (just be sure to not get scammed)

Then you can get a decent new laptop for around $500 from Dell or HP or even Lenovo when they have deals.  With the new laptop comes peace of mind and a new warranty.  Unless you have a particular reason for keeping the same model...always best to get a new one and just recoup some cost by selling the old one in cases like this IMHO.
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wolfcamelCommented:
you can also get a usb cradle to pop the old hard drive into to copy off any data, and to erase everything before you sell it
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garycaseCommented:
Note that if you elect to sell the non-functioning laptop for parts on e-bay you'll get VERY little relative to the value of the laptop ... certainly nothing even close to the "other half" of the value of the machine.

You simply need to decide whether you want to "buy" this laptop for $360 (or less if you don't need to replace the motherboard) ... or buy a new one for more.   Note that the "bargain basement" laptops ($500 or less) aren't going to have an i5 CPU ... they'll likely have the lower-performing AMD processors, or perhaps an i3 on the better ones.

If you're otherwise happy with this system, getting it repaired is probably your best option.
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masteripperCommented:
There is also the way of trying to fix it urself.
search for the service manual (it has all the details) and search for a replacement keyboard and motherboard.
It is a hard procedure but it would less costly.
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jmcmunnCommented:
Actually, Dell and HP quite often have laptops in the $500 range that have i5 processors in them, just check their weekly deals and they are often in there.  They are typically in the "small business" category of laptops.

Of course, with a $500 laptop you're not buying a gaming rig, but any i3 or greater (or AMD equiv) is going to be just fine for surfing the web, working on most programs, and 99% of the chores most people do.  If you're working with heavy photo/video editing a lot or doing heavy gaming etc, a $500 laptop is not a smart buy.
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CallandorCommented:
Replacing a keyboard is not a difficult task - perhaps you want to investigate getting a replacement keyboard and doing it yourself?  However, spills rarely affect just the keyboard; the motherboard is likely to have shorted if it was on when the coffee was spilled on it.  Can you confirm that nothing boots up when you turn it on?
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burrcmCommented:
Coffee spill is very common. Keyboard costs $30 - $40. Strip laptop - youtube or guides everywhere, Can of cleaner spray maybe $20. (not the hard drive - just wipe it, but hit everything else)

Example CO Contact cleaner

http://www.crctraining.com.au/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25&Itemid=33

Chris B
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25112Author Commented:
really appreciate your input..

i am taking in for a 2nd input tomorrow..

1)can you recomment a good place to buy keyboard for samsung and reasonable price?
2)do you have experience putting keyboard for samsung? somebody said it is more tricky than sony's
3)which is more powerful - 460M or i5?
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garycaseCommented:
The 460M  IS a Core i5 :-)

Here's a replacement keyboard for $46:  http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs/542204374-Replace-Laptop-keyboard-For-Samsung-QX410-Q430-SF410-NP-SF410-US-Layout-P-N-9Z-N5PSN-wholesalers.html

This site sells an original Samsung keyboard for $99 in case you aren't comfortable with a Chinese clone:  http://www.batterycentury.com/samsung-qx410-keyboard-p-340508.html
Note they also have detailed instructions on how to replace it -- read them and see if you're comfortable with doing it yourself.   [Laptop keyboards are fairly easy to replace -- replacing the motherboard is a signfiicantly more difficult task.]
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25112Author Commented:
thanks- 2nd opinion also is to just put keyboard in..

appreciate your input
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