Does it make sense to fix a notebook? Maybe?

Crisis. My 6-year-old ASUS N61Jv Intel i-5 core Nvidia G325 with 8 GB Ram finally bit the dust. Just completely stopped working. No power, no lights. Looks dead.   I had upgraded the machine to Windows 10 (originally came with Vista) and over time added an EVO SSD Drive. SuperSpeed’s Ramdrive product Ramdisk Plus/ made the machine blazingly fast since it was upgraded to 8 Gigs of ram . Ram is about 5-10’s faster than SSD storage so this thing rocked. Even though it was almost 7 years old it had USB 3.0, HDMI, several USB 2.0 ports and was obviously rock solid until this I had no reason to upgrade.  Worse yet,  I have a huge amount of software that I still use that I acquired from reviews or helping vendors with UX or registration incentives. I have backups of data. I even have system images but you never know if those system images are going to work for you when you need them. Some are locked to the MAC ID of the machine they are on and can’t be transferred without contacting the vendors. So it’s not something I really wanted to tackle this week.

I really wanted it back. But I had attempted teardowns of some machines before and the time invested sometimes just doesn’t warrant the climb.

I’m really bad at tear down. No, I take that back. I’m really good at taking things apart, but suck at putting them back together and usually have several pieces left over.

Last week, I stupidly decided to clean the machine and turned it upside down and extended the lid a bit to far than I think I should have. ( Ever heard the line if it aint’ broke don’t fix it? It’s true.  Right after my slight of hand, it failed to light up. I checked with two power adapters, took out the battery and put it back in. Somewhere, I read to take out the RAM and reseat it. Did that. Held down the power button for 20 seconds. Reset the memory. Turned it back on nothing. Did most of the usual tricks and had no luck. Reading the web forums you would suspect a motherboard problem.  I really love this machine but just can’t see pouring any more money into a six-year-old notebook that may need a motherboard. Returned to the best place to get good troubleshooting info. YouTube.  I found the most through troubleshooting video ever. Spoiler Alert: In fact, I’m pretty sure now what happened.  I noticed my old 7 hub USB 2.0 had 3 ports malfunctioning. To my highly skilled  but somewhat dulled mind, perhaps I shorted out something in the USB port cable or maybe I damaged connectors to the screen. I learned that almost any component can get toasted and that can cause the notebook to fail to start. I recommend you watch this video. Surprisingly, if you have patience you will find that there could be no less than 7 easy to fix components that could save your computer for very little cost…except that valuable commodity. Time. Here it is. Good job. carpio01. Old video but probably excellent today.

Great notebook troubleshooting for dead computer

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