Hoping someone can make a recommendation for the situation I'm in:
I was given a Lenovo G570 notebook from a family friend who works at a small private school. She gave it to me because a student had "dropped it" and it had since "stopped working", and she was going to "junk it". Naturally, I wanted to see if this computer could be, if nothing else, used for parts.
Upon receiving it, I found that the only problem with it was a dislodged/loose DC jack. Took the computer apart, reset the jack, and we had lift off. In perfect working condition now that it accepted a charge, and no visible damage to casing.
A few months later, the right side hinge (next to the DC jack) froze up. Every time I would open the lid, the top of the case would separate from the bottom where the hinge was. This would displace the DC jack, but with some tinkering, could get it to accept a charge.
When I first took it apart after the hinge issue, I noticed that the screw on the hinge that is supposed to be secured to a threaded base on the bottom piece of the casing, was slipping out. Wasn't sure how to proceed, so unfortunately I didn't do anything at all.
That threaded piece on the bottom part of the case that is supposed to receive the hinge screw has now broken off completely, and the dc jack looks damaged (the pin won't stay in the dc jack enclosure).
Here are my assumptions (please correct me if I am wrong):
- There's no hope for that laptop casing, and it needs to be replaced if I want this computer to work.
- If I were to purchase a replacement laptop casing, I may need to buy a new hinge? (I'm thinking this is doubtful, as it seemed that the hinge itself wasn't the problem)
- I'm 80% sure that I will have to replace the DC jack, regardless of anything else.
Here is my question:
Is it worth the money, given the potential overall cost to repair? (I'm thinking it will cost, at worst, $200)
I have seen my case on eBay, but they are all being sold from China. I'm just a little concerned about buying a replacement OEM case. Is there anywhere else I could get the casing from other than eBay?
Thanks in advance for all of your help!