Broken Laptop

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hirei

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Hi I'm new to the forum :)
I was wondering what the prospects are of buying a laptop on ebay and fixing it. There are tons of listings where people are selling laptops that don't boot and they don't know why. Are there some comman reasons why this happens? Would it be likely to be less expensive just to buy a used one than repair one? -Given the LCD works?
I guess since I'm possing this question its clear I'm not a computer expert, but I think I could replace a broken component in a notebook. I built the computer I'm using a couple months ago for gaming. I want a bargain laptop I can use for shcool.
thanks!
 
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How can I put this, the cost of repairing the laptops you're looking at is why the owners are selling them instead. I would not recommend buying a used laptop at all, let alone one that you know doesn't go. The previous owner might have spilt coca cola all over the keyboard, destroying the motherboard, and replacing that will cost you megabucks. It's not as simple as building a desktop computer.
 

JohnWill

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I gotta' agree with Arcadion here, used laptops are generally a bad deal. A broken laptop is a real crapshoot, with new models running $600 and up, it's not worth the risk.
 

dustyjay

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I have to agree with arcadian and JohnWill. You can get a real decent Dell laptop right now for $599 after instant rebate. and it will include the OS and I believe a printer as well as other assorted software.
 
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