I came home from work the other day to find that my 3y/o nephew had dropped my laptop on the floor breaking the screen. I'm confident that I can get a new LCD panel for the thing, but when I start it up (via a monitor) it says that the SYS32/LOG file is corrupt and will not start or boot into Windows. The DVD Rom won't take a disk, it just makes a strange sound, like it is reading the disk but it isn't in reality. Is this lap-top had-it? BTW it is a Dell Inspiron 500M.
It doesn't sound good. You might be able to look inside and see what broke but I hate to screw with my Thinkpad and I fixed computers for 30 years. Those laptops use tiny plastic stuff and it is like taking a watch apart to get at them. Desktops are a lot more electrician friendly. You can use your normal tools and you don't need a magnifyer.
No I agree Greg, this laptop has been the work-horse in the last couple of months. I'd hate to see it go to the dump just because of a broken screen. But the SYS32 error might take a bit of working around. Most people would throw a lap-top out, I'm not like that!.
The most expensive part of a laptop is a screen. Mine has the problem too, but it runs perfectly with external monitor. It would cost 1000 EUR to change the screen, but thats still not 100% that it will fix all the problems.
Cheaper to get a new one. Remove the harddrive and use it with the new one..
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I kept my wife's Thinkpad on IBM maintenance. It was about $350 a year but she broke it far more than that. (a keyboard a year on avearge, a system board, a display and a bunch of cables over 6 years). I dropped M/A now that it is safely out of the way just running my weather station. http://home.comcast.net/~gfretwell/weather/esteroweather.jpg
I have a Dell Latitude D610, For $60 (US) I got a 3 yr you-break-it we-fix-it warranty. Covers if I drop it, run over it, or any damage within three years. Does not cover thief, that was $120 for 3 years with LoJac installed. Robert
The IBM deal was pretty much the same thing. They never questioned anything she did to the machine. I actually had 1-800-IBMSERV service (on site repair) but it was really easier to use the FedEx deal. They would turn it around in a day, maybe 2. IBM actually did the repairs in Memphis next to the FedEx depot. It might come in one evening and make the next morning sort. I am not sure that is even available anymore. I know they cancelled the onsite.
My Laptop Lives!!!. Spent the last couple of days nursing it back to health. Got the HDD working Windas wasn't going too well, so I formatted the HDD and stuck Red Hat Linux on it, looks pretty good although I have to replace the screen, just using my other monitor at the moment. 14" monitor on the laptop and the specs aren't that great for a Dell Inspiron 500m, but I like the thing. I'm going to order a new LCD panel next pay-day. That'll fix ya!!.