Geek Squad or Staples?
Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:15 PM
So, in your opinion, Geek Squad or Staples?
Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:24 PM
1) Loose wires that connect between LCD and motherboard (either power or VGA)
2) Bad GPU/onboard graphics chip
Laptops don't exactly have video "cards." So if pressing down on a part of it helps resolve the problem, either it's contact issues between a capacitor/chip (and you're lucky that it isn't a critical contact for the upkeep of the whole system), or contact issues with wires (could be that a related set of wires have come partially loose from the plug-in socket, or that the wires themselves are needing replacement/repair).
It could also be that the wires powering the LCD have contact/plug/wire-integrity issues.
If the laptop has warranty, I would do it through warranty (if I were you). If it doesn't, I would take it apart (not if I were you ) and check out what the diddly is going on around the part you press to "fix" the symptom. But if you can't find someone that would be confident enough in what they're doing when disassembling laptops and such (like me), then you'd be better off taking it to a computer shop.
If you take it to Geek Squid or Staples, you might be taking a risk to the incompetent lunatics that will deal with your laptops.
Also, look up the horror stories and positive stories on both Geek Squad and Staples: http://consumerist.com/
Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:32 PM
Posted 08 September 2010 - 03:49 PM
"ou do not need a Best Buy or Geek Squad Service Plan to take advantage of our in-store repair services, and we can even repair most items that were not purchased at Best Buy. Software repair pricing starts at $199.99. Hardware repair/upgrades start at $29.99."
Well, since I don't need any software installed, looks like it's just going to be $29.99. Let's just hope they don't decide to install Windows Vista out of "policy" and then charge me $200 for software service, then $100 for the OS, and then $30 for the video card like I've seen in some of those horror stories. Lol.
considering this job would probably take me 4 hours, the $30 is well worth it.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 04:14 PM
Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:40 AM
Note the "start at 29.99" as everything in a laptop is propitiatory odds are any major components will be costly.
Any way to get a quote before they do the work?
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 09:31 AM
If I had to, I would go as far as resoldering stuff, or even baking teh laptop motherboard.
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