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prefect
03-12-2012, 02:27 PM
Its a L500D its got a 15" screen, cost $1,100 pretty highly speced at the time. Bought it new about 4 years ago. When it is turned on it seems to hum as if the HDD was spinning but the screen is black. Thought it might be the screen so plugged in an external monitor but alas still nothing. No sound other than the hum.
Bought a new battery for it about 6 months ago.
Is it worth getting it repaired or best to throw it in the rubbish? Since its died I wont be buying another Toshiba, what do you experts recommend as a replacement? I have Samsung phone, net book and tv what are their lappies like?

Nick G
03-12-2012, 02:59 PM
ASUS.
Don't know what samsung lappies are like.

pctek
03-12-2012, 03:12 PM
Since its died I wont be buying another Toshiba

The fact that it died doesn't mean it's crap.
The failure rate is what you go buy....that's measured by several 1000 and how many of those fail. Under 3% is what you aim for......
But if you really want to avoid them again, then ASUS.

prefect
03-12-2012, 05:36 PM
Never said was crap, but any brand gets only one chance with me. Same with people.

wainuitech
03-12-2012, 05:43 PM
Laptops and it doesn't matter what the brand can and do fail at anytime. 4 years for a laptop before failing is not uncommon, many dont last that long.

Seen it hundreds of times, laptops wont last as long as a desktop PC. It depends on several things, how they are treated, if they are consistently being moved around or sitting on a desk and never go anywhere, if they are always put on soft surfaces ( carpets, beds etc) and suck in all the fluff, dust , blocking off the cooling causing components to over heat thus reducing their life, the list goes on.

1101
04-12-2012, 03:17 PM
Never said was crap, but any brand gets only one chance with me. Same with people.

better find out what brand the internal parts were then.
Or you risk the new lappy will having the same brand of parts in it.
After all , its just assembled with parts made by many other companies .

Just a bit of sarcasm :rolleyes:
:-)

Poppa John
04-12-2012, 08:00 PM
better find out what brand the internal parts were then.
Or you risk the new lappy will having the same brand of parts in it.
After all , its just assembled with parts made by many other companies .

Just a bit of sarcasm :rolleyes:
:-)


"After all, its just assembled from parts made by many other companies"

You could ay that about people as well. But mainly started by two. PJ

gary67
04-12-2012, 08:13 PM
But mainly started by two. PJ

I disagree

paulw
05-12-2012, 08:58 AM
Its a L500D its got a 15" screen, cost $1,100 pretty highly speced at the time. Bought it new about 4 years ago. When it is turned on it seems to hum as if the HDD was spinning but the screen is black. Thought it might be the screen so plugged in an external monitor but alas still nothing. No sound other than the hum.
Bought a new battery for it about 6 months ago.
Is it worth getting it repaired or best to throw it in the rubbish? Since its died I wont be buying another Toshiba,

Why not?? You got 4 years out of it and these days for a laptop that's not too bad. I bought my wife a Toshiba about 4 years ago and it's still going fine compared to the IBM, HP and Compaq that she has had over the years all of which have had some major problem within the first 2~3 years.
At work we have given up on the HPs, Compaqs and Lenovos as they all have short lives and have gone to tosh. I have a new Toshiba C850. Seems to go well..

1101
05-12-2012, 09:50 AM
I think the bottom line is every Brand sells a few duds/lemons. Some so shockingly bad they should never have been allowed on the market (my mother bought one of those, didnt want to listen to my advise)

The faulty laptop should be repairable, look for a company that gives free quotes. Some of the Chinese laptop repair specialists
can work miracles(pretty cheaply), even doing board level repairs (chipset replacement etc)
Unfortunately you need to consider : what is the value of a 4 year old laptop ?

SolMiester
05-12-2012, 11:23 AM
Why not?? You got 4 years out of it and these days for a laptop that's not too bad. I bought my wife a Toshiba about 4 years ago and it's still going fine compared to the IBM, HP and Compaq that she has had over the years all of which have had some major problem within the first 2~3 years.
At work we have given up on the HPs, Compaqs and Lenovos as they all have short lives and have gone to tosh. I have a new Toshiba C850. Seems to go well..

We have 8 HPs, some over 5 yrs (NX6320) still going strong, but thats the difference between enterprise and consumer class...

prefect
05-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Thank you for comments. I will drop it off at lappy repair place this afternoon. Chinese and quote for repair as per instructions as it turned out. Noticed some saying $60 to check it out, reasonable I guess but free much better, I do free.

prefect
05-12-2012, 03:39 PM
Meh its the motherboard, $180 to buy plus labor $250. Will buy new one. Noel Lemming cost plus 5% with NZMCA card.
Anyone want the old one for free? I can drop it off anywhere around West Auckers.

KarameaDave
05-12-2012, 03:58 PM
Shoot it, mate, shoot it!

The Error Guy
05-12-2012, 04:27 PM
My advice, depending on what you want it for is to avoid chain stores for tech gear (unless they have decent sale on, even then... be careful!) The reason being is the quality + price for the goods is usually rip off. Noel lemming isn't *that* bad though.

I usually check out products on the international market but Asus is fairly uniform across the board (HP are awful, their NZ site doesn't even work and it's 2x as expensive in NZ at it is in the US) although there are a few models missing from their NZ site. Once you choose a model be sure to check pricespy or the likes to compare prices. I got my laptop for $1500 from itxpress, current time it retailed for around $2000 instores. That being said it would have cost $1200 from that states, incl shipping and GST.

Try these out for size from the asus lineup at computerlounge:

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=18122
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=17325
This one has a touchscreen (very nice for windows8) - http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=17786
If you liked the look of that touch lappy try this out, comes with Office on it so you save a bit there, won't run normal windows apps though, so maybe not - http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=17818
Also this - http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=16926

These aren't all out there, just a few from one site.

wainuitech
05-12-2012, 06:05 PM
Didn't you knock it off the table when you tripped over the power cord then it wouldn't go - Thats what some have told me when the insurance asked. :p ( just saying)

pctek
05-12-2012, 06:38 PM
Didn't you knock it off the table when you tripped over the power cord then it wouldn't go - Thats what some have told me when the insurance asked. :p ( just saying)
Hmmm.
I had one bought in with tyre marks on it.
Apparently as they were putting it into the back of the SUV, it fell out and got run over.
Several times.
Tut but I couldn't prove anything, other than it sure was damaged and did have the tyre marks on it.

paulw
05-12-2012, 07:11 PM
Meh its the motherboard, $180 to buy plus labor $250. Will buy new one. Noel Lemming cost plus 5% with NZMCA card.
Anyone want the old one for free? I can drop it off anywhere around West Auckers.

If it's got a SATA hard disk that may be worth salvaging and buying a 2.5" USB housing for it.. The rest is chuck material. The same thing happened to my daughters 3 year old Compaq,

PS. Don't get Windows 8.

prefect
06-12-2012, 08:15 AM
If it's got a SATA hard disk that may be worth salvaging and buying a 2.5" USB housing for it.. The rest is chuck material. The same thing happened to my daughters 3 year old Compaq,

PS. Don't get Windows 8.
Too late! Its got W8 Samsung 355V5C-S03 amd Dual Core, 750gb hd

paulw
06-12-2012, 12:00 PM
Too late! Its got W8 Samsung 355V5C-S03 amd Dual Core, 750gb hd

Ok . Go here http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ and install Classic Start menu. I did it to my Win 8 partition in my laptop at work and it works fine. Also did it to the Win 7 partition as well..

prefect
06-12-2012, 09:59 PM
Ok . Go here http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ and install Classic Start menu. I did it to my Win 8 partition in my laptop at work and it works fine. Also did it to the Win 7 partition as well..
Thanks for that Paul will pass it on to boy when he comes back from school camp. The computer is still unopened in its box. Be a surprise for the boy when he comes home.

SanChippy
06-12-2012, 10:27 PM
Samsung Lappys are generally hard to find down here in Wellington. I have only seen one.

However you could get your son a Samsung Chromebook for much less than the cost of the laptops these days, but you need to remember that with the recent advent of Windows 8 the lappys you see in the circulars, generally have a lower clock speed than their Windows 7 brethren, and smaller HDD/SDDs, but go for premium pricing. You must also remember that if he is going to use Windows as his chosen OS, it is recommended that you get a Lapppy with a touch screen or a hybrid, such as the Surface RT; or Surface Pro, but I wouldn't recommend it, as the Surface Pro's going price is apparently going to be more than the MacBook Air.

If your son hates W8, you'll have to factor in the cost of Windows 7, or a free Linux Distro, when browsing for a lappy to get the most out of your money.

Yet, if you really are desperate, build him a desktop.

I would also like to point out that Toshiba is a well respected brand among that of the general enterprise and home users because of their durability.
However I have managed to eke out seven-eight years out of my Lappy, which is an Acer, but nowdays the general reliability of Acer has fallen in recent times...
I am running Windows 7 on this ancient Lappy!

As 1101 said you have to factor in the worth of your 4 year old Lappy.

The Error Guy
06-12-2012, 10:37 PM
Given chromebooks are net reliant and won't support windows apps then I'd not be *hugely* keen on them, although if the Internet is stable + fast and it seems like he can do all his work via web apps then it should be fine. Agree however that if you are going win8, get a hybrid surface like table OR something similar to the Lenovo Yoga (http://www.slashgear.com/lenovo-ideapad-yoga-13-review-08256226/)

If you go win7 then most decent brands *should* do