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by SPG11 / January 20, 2010 7:04 PM PST

Hello guys, I need your advice.

My laptop - HP Pavilion dv9700
s/n: CNF8291SZD
p/n: FM625EA#ACB

After 13 months of perfect working, once it refused to turn on. Fisrt I was working from battery for a couple hours, then battery was low, it switched off and since this it is dead ( I went to the service centre and they checked it briefly and told me - it is a mother board problem. I went to another service to compare prices for MB replacement, but I was told there that it is worth to buy a new laptop than to replace this MB, because it tends to fail again and again in the future. I don't want to buy a new laptop, because I liked mine and I don't have money to buy the one I would like to, as a replacement for this one.

Could you please tell, whether those MBs are really that bad that it's not worth to replace them?

Thank you.

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By the time you pay . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 20, 2010 9:17 PM PST

for the motherboard and labor charges you can buy a new laptop. Your choice.

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I seem to recall
by Jimmy Greystone / January 21, 2010 12:44 AM PST

I seem to recall there being some well known issue with the dv9xxx series of HP systems, so you might want to try Googling it. At least a possibility HP is offering a free fix to anyone with an affected system.

If not, then I do tend to agree that out of warranty motherboard replacements generally aren't worth the money. Unless you have some kind of sentimental attachment to the laptop, the part and labor costs are probably easily going to be 75% of a new system.

And you can take it for whatever it's worth, but I wouldn't ever buy an HP system again. After HP and Compaq merged, Acer stepped up to race HP to the bottom of the quality scale. Along the way, Acer bought up Gateway and eMachines. So if it were me, I'd avoid all 5 brands like the plague. But you don't have to take my word for it, you can look around the Internet to see for yourself. Neither company has a reputation for building quality systems.

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