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What are these guys that sell flat rate laptop
repairs on ebay for $100 doing? They claim to
do chip level repairs and will fix anything for
that same low price. I don't understand how they
can repair those boards let alone for $100. Does
anyone know what is going on? Are these places
typically reputable?
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What are these guys that sell flat rate laptop
repairs on ebay for $100 doing? They claim to
do chip level repairs and will fix anything for
that same low price. I don't understand how they
can repair those boards let alone for $100. Does
anyone know what is going on? Are these places
typically reputable?


I keep seeing ads in the local newsgroup from people looking to
buy broken laptops (and Ipods too for that matter), so I suspect
they are transplanting. Either that, or they are hoping the problem
is insignificant and they can get it cheap enough that the time spent
fixing the problem provides a profit

Michael

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What are these guys that sell flat rate laptop
repairs on ebay for $100 doing? They claim to
do chip level repairs and will fix anything for
that same low price. I don't understand how they
can repair those boards let alone for $100. Does
anyone know what is going on? Are these places
typically reputable?


Surface mount technology requires a rework station; for repairs at a
professional level. Disassembly/reassembly is a PITA with laptops. Chips
are not always easy to get.

Given the three points above, I doubt their claim.


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What are these guys that sell flat rate laptop
repairs on ebay for $100 doing? They claim to
do chip level repairs and will fix anything for
that same low price. I don't understand how they
can repair those boards let alone for $100. Does
anyone know what is going on? Are these places
typically reputable?

yah it sound like they are frankensteining them in other word taking
pull out bgoard and transpalanting them to your unit
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"fggfgf" wrote in message
nk.net...
What are these guys that sell flat rate laptop
repairs on ebay for $100 doing? They claim to
do chip level repairs and will fix anything for
that same low price. I don't understand how they
can repair those boards let alone for $100. Does
anyone know what is going on? Are these places
typically reputable?


Surface mount technology requires a rework station; for repairs at a
professional level. Disassembly/reassembly is a PITA with laptops. Chips
are not always easy to get.

Given the three points above, I doubt their claim.



A hot air rework station speeds up the work, but it can be done by
hand under a stereo microscope, with the proper training. I did surface
mount rework by hand on almost every board I worked with at Microdyne.
It was faster to do it myself, than wait for the rework dept. to do it,
then have it inspected. I did the repairs, tested the board, had it
cleaned, then inspected after I finished. They intentionally
"misplaced" some custom embedded CPU boards for 10 months

My guess is that most failures are either damaged connectors or
failed electrolytics, so most of the work is in the
disassembly/reassembly.


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