Can you recommend a repairer, John? It would seem a shame to just junk an
otherwise mint laptop. Even although I'm going to buy a new one from an
impeccable source. ;-)
I did ask the one who advertises on Ebay about whether they'd fix it if
sent with no HD. But haven't had a reply.
*Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
If you are just going for a reflow, then I would be inclined to give it
a go yourself. If you have a hot air paint stripper then you can use the
technique I posted earlier. You have not got much to lose, since it does
not work now, the worst that can happen is it stays that way.
I have not paid to have a commercial reball, so can't really recommend
Well they certainly make all the right noises regarding their process...
so might be worth a go.
I would guess on some laptops they could do the whole job in 20 to 30
mins, and so could turnover several per hour perhaps. Having said that,
there are others which are a right PITA to work on!
 e.g. Dell are often ok to work on, but the other day I had an
inspiron to fix that had suffered a fairly serious hard drive problem.
It was the most complicated hard drive removal I think I have ever done.
On some machines, you undo one screw, pop a cover off and there is the
HDD. On this you one take all the screws out of the bottom (remembering
those hidden under rubber feet). Then take the keyboard off, take all
the screws out from under that. The undo all the flexi connectors that
encircle the KB tray. Now you can remove the base plastic and see the
motherboard. Then take the display connector off, and unscrew the screen
and remove that, then unscrew the motherboard, disconnect it from its
daughter boards and another bunch of flexi connectors, and finally,
screwed to the underside of the board was the HDD!
His feedback is interesting if you just count the positive and negatives
relating to that type of job.
I can't remember which machine it was, probably an old IBM, but I
decided that a certain voltage regulator chip was the problem. I
purchased a couple of spare chips and decided it needed more skill than
We have a local place that did that sort of repair on mobile phones, so
I paid them a visit, watched and was impressed by what they did.
I showed them the laptop and the chip, but they talked me out of letting
them do the job. I think their main argument was the chance of damage to
other components and connections as the board was multi-layer and more
delicate, they said, than the phone internals of the day.
It may, of course, have just been that they didn't want any hassle.
I'd be very interested in results if you did go ahead, but personally,
I'd still go for a new or good used business machine.
I've not seen any real evidence on that reliability question.
Nope, some of them do. The problem is identifying which ones do.
Even just checking the net like you did with the Acer isn't really
all that useful because you can never work out what volume
they were sold in originally, so can't factor that into what
you see now on the net with those whining about it dying.
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