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Poll Results: What to do?

Poll expired: Apr 18, 2011  
  • 23% (3)
    Salvage P6860 FX
  • 76% (10)
    Buy P7811 FX
13 Total Votes  
post #11 of 24
fix it, pray that it last for 2 years.. upgrade when it dies.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
@cyanmcleod: Thanks for the clarification on that. Unfortunately I don't actually have much more than $400 to play around with. Trust me, I'd love to get my hands on a new $1200 Laptop. That would make my day, but the cards are not on the table atm.

@jammy4041: Thanks, but if it doesn't die for another 5 years... expect a PM in your inbox.
post #13 of 24
Buy a New one!

I hate it when electronics get wet, I have had cellphones in my pocket when I have been "Persuaded" to suddenly enter the pool, and even if you can get the thing to work, it likely will not work the same or for very long.

However, I have a 8gig mem stick that has been washed and dried in my pants pockets on a couple of occasions that still works fine.
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post #14 of 24
well then just deal with it the way it is. i would not put 1 single dime in a 6860 unless you can get it back out (cpu, ram, hard drives...) because its a ticking bomb and will die on you one day if you actually game on it.
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post #15 of 24
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@cook: It currently works, just without a monitor. The thing ran consistently for a few months.

@cyanmcleod: I have no need to deal with it the way it is, my desktop beats it hands down. I need mobility. How long on average does it take to kill a 6860 while gaming?
post #16 of 24
i don't thin its worth it to fix your old one for that much
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post #17 of 24
My mother had a Sony Ericsson V630 that got saturated when she was at work (she worked outside at the time). After about a year of non-use it powered up fine, and is my second phone now.

Same story with my PSP only it got 3 years in a drawer, works, and was sold the other day.

So dry everything out thoroughly (try the rice method, it might work, but not sure if you'd find a tupperware box big enough for laptop parts) and see what happens.

You can't break something that's broken already.
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post #18 of 24
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@Markeh: The laptop currently works, but it's without the top half... rendering the mobility of it useless. When my friend was using it, it was in service for about 6 months. Before I let him use it, I had used it for about 8 months. It's not between attempting to fix something that's unsure of workability, it's whether or not it's actually worth fixing. And from some of these posts, it's pushing towards the no side.
post #19 of 24
We stress test our laptops (Alienware) every few months and I think you're underestimating the real damage.

Soap damages the PCB in ways I can't even begin to explain but, if any got in the area of your motherboard, you're done.

I'd reccomend you get the new one...
post #20 of 24
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We stress test our laptops (Alienware) every few months and I think you're underestimating the real damage.

Soap damages the PCB in ways I can't even begin to explain but, if any got in the area of your motherboard, you're done.

I'd reccomend you get the new one...
The motherboard was spared. The shampoo only came in on the left side with the VGA Heatsink. The shampoo did a really great job of junking up and rusting out various portions of the side. Luckily the motherboard sits too far away from that side.

I'm beginning to see that the risk to cost is a little high. Even if I did slam $200 or so into this computer, I could be faced with the same problems that plague the model to begin with.

However, I do not have the funds available to purchase a whole new system. If I was able to purchase a system, it would be used... and that offers the same risk as anything used. I got an offer on a P-7805u where the GPU went out for $200. That will replace all the parts currently needing replaced on my system, plus give me an extra HardDrive, CPU, and a few other things I can attempt to sell back to make a little bit of cash back.

I do appreciate the posts, but the way I see it... I'm attempting to get more use out of a laptop I already own, instead of just chucking what I spent on it out the window. If the motherboard was the problem, trust me I would have gladly taken a hammer to it.

If it fails and you guys are right, trust me I'm going to be the one who feels stupid. I just hope that I am fortunate to get a couple more years out of it, or it can at least hold me over until I have the money to buy me a new one.

I did however choose to not go with the 7811 because if it failed I would end up just throwing that money away. If this fails, I'll have somewhat of a backup.

@cyanmcleod:: BTW, can you point me somewhere that details how to "bake" the motherboard. If this 7805u just has a soldering problem, it's worth attempting.
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