Help me fix my wife's laptop
March 23, 2009 6:06 AM Subscribe
What has caused a sudden failure of my wife's laptop?
posted by gene_machine to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I bought my wife a laptop on eBay for her birthday, and I now feel responsible for managing its failure.
It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro M10. It initially failed to boot, with an "IDE #0" error, so I figured that it was having trouble finding the hard drive. Booting into Ubuntu from CD worked fine, so I opened up the HDD cover, reseated it, and then...nothing. It now refuses even to power up, either from battery alone or from mains power. The orange power LED is now blinking, which leads me to believe that it's a power/mother-board problem.
My wife assures me that the laptop has not received any harsh treatment (ie. it hasn't been dropped or subject to spillage).
Has anyone experienced this before, and, if so, what was the recommended repair route? I'm happy with opening up desktops and fiddling around, but laptops are a whole different ballgame. If it's going to be sent off for repair, how much would a reasonable charge be (I am in the UK).