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Old 07-14-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
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Default Fried Laptop, what do i do with it?

I have an alienware m7700 and it died while I was playing Halo 1. I took it in and the guy said it was fried but when I power it on the cd drive still opens and the leds on it still work. Could I buy just a couple of parts and get it working, or is it done?
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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It's probably he motherboard, in which case you could replace it, but it will be pretty costly.

'fried' can mean a lot of things. Get a more specific answer.
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I'm sure you could probably buy a new motherboard, power supply, etc, but for the money you would have to spend on that you could buy a brand new laptop. What exactly are the symptoms? I've found fixes for a few laptops by googling the model with the symptoms. If it don't work now, taking it apart couldn't hurt.
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I'm sure you could probably buy a new motherboard, power supply, etc, but for the money you would have to spend on that you could buy a brand new laptop. What exactly are the symptoms? I've found fixes for a few laptops by googling the model with the symptoms. If it don't work now, taking it apart couldn't hurt.
When I turn it on the 3 blue leds turn and and the alien on the back of the screen turns blue as normal. The cd drive makes a noise and I can open it by just clicking the open button. But that's all it does.
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I would make a note of every noise it makes (count the beeps, if any), anything that is displayed on the screen and every light that comes on and google it (or I suppose you could post it here) along with the laptop model name/number. Be as specific as possible. It could be something as simple as reseating/replacing the memory. Most likely it is a motherboard issue, though. Good luck...
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