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Laptop repairs in NYC?

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I dropped my computer a while back and since then my usb ports constantly disconnected while in use, and I've already gone through 2 bluetooth mice that have stopped working on me. Would take it in sooner but my warranty is already expired and I really can't afford to ship it in, as my desktop is in los angeles and I work on my computer 6 days a week, hoping I can only spend one day away from it. Any recommendations are appreciated!
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i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
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OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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You have two options: re-solder which most large companies wont do because of solder failures in the future, and a new board. Depending on your laptop and how much your willing to spend will determine what the better choice is. Realistically you should almost always go for a new board.
Theres a microcenter in yonkers and long island. I used to be a tech there so i know how they handeled stuff at my store. If you are going for a new board you can order it online and bring it in and they will do it within 24 hours, should be within a few hours, but the VA store was always one of the best. Alternatively you can bring it to them, have them find the board number, order the board, and you can take your laptop back until it comes in. (3-5 business days as all orders are shipped that way). Depending on how they run the store they may ask for a deposit for the part.

Microcenter will be your repair option unless you find a non shady local company or do it yourself. (Ive done hundreds of motherboard replacements on every age of laptop, most arent that hard even with no teardown guide or previous experience, you just have to take it slow and remember where things went.

(If microcenter is an option, call them ahead of hand, they are a private company but run more like a franchise where every location does things a bit different)
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Motherboards if ordered from the manufacture are sky high expensive. You can take your chances locating one on ebay or another retailer but if you paid 3-400 for your laptop, your better off purchasing another and swapping the hard drive. As S-X stated, on off connection with the usb ports is a result of the connections coming loose from the motherboard. Cost to repair it either way will be expensive as either soldering on new ports or installing a new motherboard requires the entire laptop to be disassembled.

You could save some cash if you opt to do it yourself( motherboard swap that is ), ifixit usually has tear downs for most models of laptops.
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Motherboards if ordered from the manufacture are sky high expensive. You can take your chances locating one on ebay or another retailer but if you paid 3-400 for your laptop, your better off purchasing another and swapping the hard drive. As S-X stated, on off connection with the usb ports is a result of the connections coming loose from the motherboard. Cost to repair it either way will be expensive as either soldering on new ports or installing a new motherboard requires the entire laptop to be disassembled.

You could save some cash if you opt to do it yourself( motherboard swap that is ), ifixit usually has tear downs for most models of laptops.

It depends, if its new and an acer, gateway, toshiba, and under $500 odds are the motherboard will cost $100-200. If its a dell 15R or similar, they have daughterboards that handle all of the USB ports, which should be a lot cheaper. If its a sony, put it up on ebay and never buy a sony again. They often charge more for parts then they do for a new laptop. Ive seen $1000+ screens and way more for sony ultrabook motherboards. Look up your model on ebay and expect to pay roughly 50% more if you go somewhere to have it repaired + $100 in labor.
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It depends, if its new and an acer, gateway, toshiba, and under $500 odds are the motherboard will cost $100-200. If its a dell 15R or similar, they have daughterboards that handle all of the USB ports, which should be a lot cheaper. If its a sony, put it up on ebay and never buy a sony again. They often charge more for parts then they do for a new laptop. Ive seen $1000+ screens and way more for sony ultrabook motherboards. Look up your model on ebay and expect to pay roughly 50% more if you go somewhere to have it repaired + $100 in labor.

Tell me about it, I just finished assembling a macbook laptop for a client, motherboard was $800.00.
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Thanks all/repped, i found a place near me that'll do it for $100 bucks labor if I get the mobo. It's an Asus g74sx, if the mobo is too expensive might just replace mobo myself. Though I do like microcenter and would like to support them since I feel like i'm stealing from them buying CPU's there all the time =)
First build
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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