Should I repair my notebook?

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April 16, 2013 at 11:56:11
Specs: Vista , 64 bit OS/4 GB
My Toshiba Satellite with Vista (which may help give you an idea of its age) recently died while installing 11 Windows Updates. At first the battery light would blink on and off about 5 times and not start. Now it doesn't even blink and there is no sign of life. I installed a new battery a year ago and attempt to start up with AC, so that may not be the problem.

The computer was a special Best Buy exclusive promotion and had Harmon-Kardon speakers that I really enjoy. I paid around $600 which seemed like a really good value. Even thought it has some age on it, because of the speakers it fits my needs perfectly. Because of this, I'd prefer to fix it if that makes economic sense, rather than buy a new one, providing this can be accomplished for a reasonable amount of money.

Any idea of what the problems might be that caused this and what I might expect to pay to fix these various problems? I'd hate to pay for an hour of service time only to discover that it won't make sense to move forward.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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April 16, 2013 at 13:06:19
If it's not coming to life even with the a/c adapter plugged in, it's impossible to say what the problem is without some knowledgeable person opening it up and taking a look at it's internals.

Many laptop repair shops won't even look at a "dead" laptop since they prefer to see error messages on screen so that they have something to help them, although it's just possible that the a/c adapter is "dead".

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April 16, 2013 at 13:41:09
Your AC adapter failed or your DC jack is bad. The battery light blinks to indicate that the computer does not have enough charge to start. A lot of the Toshiba DC jacks are on a cable, that means they are not soldered into your motherboard, so they are easy to change. So I would say that it is going to be an easy fix.

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April 17, 2013 at 11:14:23
Thanks guys, I forgot to mention that I've tried another Toshiba cord that appears to me to be compatible (of course, that could be a flawed assumption), and I got the same result.

Any thoughts?

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April 17, 2013 at 18:50:47
Bad DC Jack then. Did you want to try to diagnose the problem here? You will need to first let me know the model of your Toshiba. I will tell you if the DC is soldered to the mainboard or if it is on a cable. Regardless, it should only cost about 100-150 dollars to fix at a shop if there is any soldering involved. Try to find a repair shop that actually knows how to solder DC jacks, and one that has a free diagnostic.

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