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Topic # 29299 2-Jan-2009 09:02
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Heya,

My Tecra A6 died... death was so swift that the graphics card did not get the memo and the last frame was left displayed.
On reboot nothing. Everything dead except the 'external power' led and when turned on the 'on' led.

I tore her down, checked over everything for something obvious.. found nothing. Reassembled and turned her on again but this time got 4 beeps. That, so says some websites, indicates a dead system clock.. which is footnoted as meaning the mainboard needs repair. *sigh*

So... I'm looking for either a dog cheap tecra a6 mainboard or a repair shop in wellington (or.. nationally). Know or recommend one? I am thinking one of these places: http://www.laptop.co.nz/ http://www.serviceplus.co.nz/

Thanks,
Fred


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  Reply # 186980 2-Jan-2009 10:06
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From the Toshiba site

http://www.isd.toshiba.com.au/servicecentres/servicecentres.html#NZ

Ring a few and get an idea of pricing/competence. I have used The Laptop Company in years past and nothing good or bad stands out. Just seem to remember everything about laptops seems to cost $$$$$$$.

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  Reply # 187023 2-Jan-2009 14:32
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I'd recommend The Laptop Company as well. Might not be the cheapest, but they do a good service. 




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  Reply # 187038 2-Jan-2009 16:58
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Unlesd it is a new laptop the cost of a mainboard for anything over a few years old will set you back nearly the price of a new one!

Had a look on Ebay for a second hand one?




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  Reply # 187061 2-Jan-2009 20:18
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Yeahhh.. I'm scared of the cost.
Laptop cost $2200.. i expect its going to cost all up $800.

I have not searched ebay.. will do later today. Nothing on trademe.

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Reply # 188034 7-Jan-2009 16:35
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Well... just to tie this thread up.

I took the laptop into the laptop company (laptop.co.nz) and they were great.
My first contact by email was answered over the weekend (new years weekend no less) and then on Monday I was contacted by a great service tech'.

After a most informative chat on the phone I was asked to bring it, the dead chunk of plastic, in. Frown

Assessment was made within an afternoon and... as given advanced warning of, it was likely the graphics card (mainboard). Cry

So.. at $800 to replace I might as well pick up a 2nd hand laptop that has higher specs! (2 years is a lonnnnng time in the laptop world). I might get a Tecra M100 as it is basically the same as the Tecra A6 but better spec (the corp' modile of the A6).. then I will have spares (mind you.. why keep the old unit when I could chuck it on trademe for a few dollars).

So.. I highly recommend the laptop.co.nz company for all your laptop needs!   Laughing

Fred




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