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My friend said his laptop was broken so with out consulting me first, he took it to the university's computer store. It is a gateway ( he said 2 years old). Anyway, they told him that his laptop's motherboard was fried. This was the first thing that sounded fishy to me, how does a motherboard just fry all of the sudden? The other thing that got me is that the guy at the desk told him it would be 400$ for the parts and 69$ for the labor. I don't know about you guys but I think the most expensive mobo topped out at about 240$. I told him to call a few more places and get quotes from them before he makes his decision because I think he is getting ripped off. Do you guys have any suggestions? I could probably replace the motherboard myself if that is in fact the problem... it just seems unlikely to me.
    
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Sounds risky to do because latops aren't made for that type of work. And ya, 400 dollars for a mobo? Hes ripping you off. if i were you, i would see if i could find the mobo myself, buy it, then take it to the guy for installation
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its hard to find laptop motherboards though

probably worth just buying a new laptop and copying all the files over
    
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My question is.. how do they know the mobo is fried? an replacing parts for any major name company is probably going to be expensive.

Look on thier website for the model of the laptop and see how expensive the motherboards really are, if they're not close to 400 then the guy at the university store doesn't know what he's talking about or wants to charge you an extra amount that he'll probably stash away for himself. If they are around 400$ you may beable to find a motherboard on ebay.

Another option would be to buy a "new" laptop (either used or cheapest you can find new) and just throw the HD from the gateway into it. If you wanted you could probably get one thats similar off of ebay or the likes, maybe missing some parts you could scavange off the broken one.
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I could probably replace the motherboard myself if that is in fact the problem... it just seems unlikely to me.
This really depends on the experience you have handeling this kind of parts. The most difficult would be to correctly mount the cooling system, but apart from that it's not that big deal to mount/unmount a laptop. The pieces are very tight fits so you'd better remember each and every one's place in order to properly assemble it back.

As for the mobo, I've heard that the mobos and the WIFI port are the things that get toasted the most often. Why? For ex the mobo preety much has everything integrated: vid, sound and sometimes (not always) the CPUs are soldered to the mobo. The pentiumM CPUs come in 2 forms: 479 with pins or 478 with balls (like the sk775 CPUs). The latter are soldered to the mobo. If that's the case with your friend's rig, than you'd better buy a new laptop, 'cause for 500$ you can find a decent HP/Compaq Sempron mobile that's far better than anything there was 2 years ago.
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