Dell Inspiron motherboard is dead. Is it worth replacing?
August 30, 2007 8:03 AM Subscribe
My Dell Inspiron 9300 seems to have a dead motherboard; would it be worth getting it replaced or do I have a shiny new doorstop?
posted by zeph to computers & internet (10 answers total)
So a while back my Dell Inspiron 9300 started acting wacky, flickering between AC and battery power when it was plugged in, and occasionally flashing up a message claiming not to recognize its (factory original) power supply as an official Dell one. Due to the sporadic nature of the problem I oh-so brilliantly ignored it, until it got so bad that it would hardly ever recognize or draw power from the power adapter. I tried replacing the power cord and - when that didn't work - getting a repair store to replace the power jack on the motherboard, but I just got the dreaded call from the repair store saying that their power jack replacement has made no difference and that the only other option would be to replace the motherboard. Since it's nearly 2 years old it's no longer under warranty ("extended warranty? Why on EARTH would I need that?" =P )
As a very broke grad student I'm leery of throwing (even MORE) good money after bad, so I'd love some advice as to whether or not a motherboard replacement would even be worth it at this point. I've been googling for Dell Inspiron 9300 motherboards and coming up with surprisingly few hits; those ones I have found mostly seem to be from eBay and all cost in the $280-300 USD range - and that's for the part alone, I'd still need to pay someone to actually make the replacement. On the other hand, even at that it still sounds like it -could- be cheaper than getting a new laptop that's more than just an "uber-basic" one ... while on the OTHER other hand if all I'd be doing is putting off an inevitable junking or setting myself up for more problems along the lines of what you'd get if you started making bit-by-bit replacements in a car that's past its prime, I suppose I'd be better off just biting the bullet, planning for a few more months of the popcorn or ramen noodle diet, and finding a new laptop that might be likely to last a bit longer ...
Does anybody have any suggestions here? If it were you, would you try for a motherboard replacement or just give up and get a new laptop?