Should I repair or trash my HP laptop?

February 20, 2013 at 11:33:47
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium
I have a HP Pavillion dv6700 Notebook PC with an AMD Turion 64 X2 2GHz processor. I had it cleanup up and serviced approx a year ago. In the past week it will just shut off. It is plugged in so it isn't a power issue. I've had it for 4 years. I'm trying to decide if I should get a new one or just have it repaired. Also, if I need a new one can you advise me on new HP model that worth spending the money on?

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February 20, 2013 at 12:29:09
HP laptops have a bad reputation for hardware faults of various kinds so I would do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a new laptop - but not an HP.

Packard Bell or Acer would be my choice. Toshiba even better if you can afford one as they tend to be priced a bit higher than most, but you're not just paying for the name. They are a real quality brand.

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February 20, 2013 at 13:12:03
It's probably overheating. Try blowing out the cooling vents with compressed air.

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February 20, 2013 at 14:19:09
Many laptops may not start with a dead battery in place. Try charging it for 12 hours or so.

Blowing out is good too. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner on it.

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February 20, 2013 at 16:02:11
HP laptops are pretty good, it is just that their batteries, charger/power cords, and even charging jacks tend to last about 4 years with normal but reasonably careful use. With a good cleaning, a new quality aftermarket battery and charging cord, it may have a couple of years left in it if you feel that it is still good for you.
For specific laptop recommendations, please list your uses, screen size, and your budget.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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