The perils of technology

I hate these kinds of dilemmas.

My laptop has a cracked power supply. As a result, the AC cord doesn't always connect properly, and so my laptop, despite being plugged in, is draining battery power.

Trying to get the cord to connect to both power the laptop and charge the battery results in the kinds of cord and body contortions that make it difficult to actually operate the machine (as it is difficult to type on a keyboard that is at a 90 degree angle to the ground and being held 3 feet off the ground, as that is the only way the battery will charge. Not to mention, my arm gets pretty sore).

I called a couple of repair places yesterday and the options are paying to get the cracked power unit reconnected - which doesn't always work - or going with the sure-fire motherboard replacement.

The problem is this: replacing the motherboard would cost three-quarters of what it would cost to buy a new laptop that's about 50 times more powerful than my current one. And replacing the motherboard would be about 50% of the cost of a new laptop that is about 80 billion times more powerful than my current one.

So I'd be sinking the money into a unit that's literally not worth the money it would cost to fix it (despite the fact that, despite the major power issues, it works fine. Which, I know, the equivalant of saying beyond the heart attack, he's quite healthy).

Or I could spend twice that money to buy a new, state-of-the-art machine.

Guess I'm going laptop shopping this weekend.

Oh ... and the keyboard on our desktop computer died today. I'm really going shopping this weekend.


Jim Whitelaw said…
This kind of issue is why I think the extra-cost replacement warranties that the big-box salescritters are always pushing are actually worth it for laptop computers. In almost all other cases, they are a waste of money, but laptop repair costs are so unreasonable that the warranties start to make sense.

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