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need help with laptop

by vytrevino / December 16, 2007 6:06 AM PST

Hello I have a Toshiba laptop that has one of those volume buttons that spins around. well while I was changing the volume the button fell into the laptop and now I cant hear anything. I took it to best buy and they said I had to replace the motherboard and were going to charge me 650. If someone can please help me out I need this laptop for school and thankfully its christmas break so I have time to fix it.

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That's the usual fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 7:22 AM PST
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need help
by vytrevino / December 16, 2007 9:50 AM PST
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Thank you... but how would i go about fixing this...

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(NT) By buying the USB device.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 10:01 AM PST
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$650 for a motherboard? wow
by Ck87.JF / December 17, 2007 2:39 AM PST
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I know it's a laptop, but that's a pretty hefty fee for parts & labor.
My desktop motherboard was only $65 (but yeah, I'm cheap too)

Another suggestion; look up your laptop on ebay, and look for motherboards - you may get lucky.
have a tech-savvy friend install it for you, or maybe give the laptop & board to Geek Squad or similar ... probably save some money that way.
And you get your volume knob without extra stuff hanging off your computer.

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by vytrevino / December 17, 2007 10:05 AM PST

thanks ill check and ask around to see if someone can install it, if i find the part, because im not exactly sure what im looking for...not tech savy at all lol

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re: thanks
by Ck87.JF / December 17, 2007 10:08 AM PST
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you're welcome ... what kind of laptop is it? brand, model?
both of these should be labeled in sight, usually on the edge of the keyboard or screen.

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re info
by vytrevino / December 18, 2007 10:30 AM PST
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I have a toshiba satellite m45-s355.

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If it's just the wheel that fell off why not attempt to put
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2007 10:14 PM PST
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even obvious fixes...
by Ck87.JF / December 19, 2007 2:36 AM PST

... sometimes aren't so obvious.

however, that does seem like a logical course of action before buying a new board.

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by vytrevino / December 21, 2007 3:19 PM PST
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If Im able to fix and put the wheel back on, will this bring back my volume and if it doesnt what should I do? by another motherboard? thanks everyone for answering me

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Yes it should.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2007 11:14 PM PST
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It's like the steering wheel on a car. Take it off and you can't steer. Put it back on and you might be able to control it.


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(NT) good analogy, "Bo." ;)
by Ck87.JF / December 22, 2007 2:12 AM PST
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by vytrevino / December 23, 2007 1:54 PM PST
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Thanks ill try that as soon as i have time

Happy Holidays

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