Repair or ReplaceSo, which is it? Repair? Or replace?
What Is the Root of the Problem?• Before going into that, might I suggest figuring out what the problem is first? Sometimes, it’s just a software compatibility issue and not something related to the hardware itself.
What Is the Root of the Problem?• Even if the problem was a virus, it’s not enough to justify buying laptop parts or a new laptop outright. There are numerous antivirus and anti malware programs out there; some even available for free.
What Is the Root of the Problem?If you’re unsure how to figure out ifthe problem is software orhardware related, ask a techiefriend to help you out. If you don’thave any, the internet should besufficient enough to give you whatyou need, provided you don’t have“tl;dr syndrome.”
IF IT DOES TURN OUT THATHARDWARE IS THE PROBLEM,THEN IT’S TIME TO CONSIDEROTHER VARIABLES
By How Much Would You Be Set Back?Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow:When repairs and/or laptop replacement parts endup costing more than one-third of a new laptop,most would agree that your money would be betteroff spent on that laptop.
What Can the New Laptop OfferMe Aside From Better Graphics?Another angle to consider is if the newlaptop could offer you at least twoimprovements over your previous one.
Is Your Laptop Really That Old?Most experts agree that if a laptop has beenin use two years or less, a repair is generallyworth it. And if it’s been with you for fiveyears or more, you may want to considerbuying a new one.
To What Extent Is the Incurred Damage?That is, is the laptop part that got damagedreally all that integral to overall systemperformance? If it is, like say, themotherboard, then a new laptop purchase isdefinitely in order. If it’s something that isreplaceable by nature, like a hard drive, thena simple replacement could be the answer.
What About the Warranty?Finally, find out if your warranty coversrepairs, replacements, or both; and howlong each warranty service lasts. Don’t spend money on repairs or replacements if you don’t have to.
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