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Time for a new laptop?

My HP laptop has been really great, but I've been using I think I bit more than it was intended. Recently, a few keys have become hard to depress (most annoyingly the space bar), plus the port into which the power cord is plugged seems be be wearing out; I have to wiggle it around sometimes to connect to the power source.

Still, I kind of hate to part with it. I'm pretty sure the guy at the pc shop will try to talk me into getting a new one, but I just wanted to get other opinions as to whether having this one fixed would be cost-effective

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How old?

I've taken many of our office laptops and bumped then with SSD and if the OS is W10 (not here to debate but for the office and family this has meant less work for my brother and I) we tidy them up and put them back into service.

Now the power port is a common thing to replace but unless you have a great repair shop, it will be time to move on.

If you give the forum some idea of use, members and I will share ideas.

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What is this laptop?......make and model

How old?

Get an estimate on repair cost.

Armed with that number shop for a new one.

Get some numbers.

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re: How old?

It's an HP EliteBook 2540p. I'm not even sure how old it is because my mom used it for a few years before me; I guessing it's maybe 7-8 years old.

As you may have guessed from my first post, I'm somewhat of a novice with computers - certainly when it comes to hardware. At the moment I've been using the laptop daily for surfing the internet, and occasionally for more advanced things like subtitling. I guess I should really have a desktop for that sort of thing. That's on my list of things to buy when I can afford it.

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Looks like that machine is about 8 yrs old.

Get an estimate of repair cost for the keyboard and power jack.

Once you have a number then it's your call if you want to spend the bucks.

Keep in mind that in about 1.5 yrs msft will drop support for w7.

At that point your looking at buying a new OS so that's another $100.

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Small world.

Through groupon.com my brother and I filled some desks at his office with some Probooks and such. These are well built and for office work, surfing, YouTube and card games are fine.

We paid under 200 for most of them and cut the budget by 5 times doing this. We are a year out now and all is well. No gamers in the office as that's not what he does at the office.

A new power jack would be a cheap thing if you can find good techs. Change the HDD to SSD if you want it to feel like a new machine. Or go shopping.

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It is possible that your keys were affected by small insects like ants. In some cases, I have seen in the small spaces between the keys of the laptop they (ants make their hole and live inside). Therefore, I would request you without wasting any time just go to the nearest repair center to get rid of this issue. Else you can see Facebook for troubleshooting methods.

Link to Facebook removed by moderator.

Post was last edited on January 28, 2019 1:17 AM PST

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