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I have posted this question with less details in other forums, but I thought I would give more info and ask you. I don't know if I should fix what I have or buy new.

Even if I purchase a new laptop, I will have XP put on it ( I have someone local who can change it out from Vista).

The laptop I have currently is a Dell 5160. It has a P4 3.2 Ghz processor. I have 512Mb memory in 2 slots so I guess I have a gig. I do have wireless and a CD player. And a 30Gb hard drive. I can replace the cracked motherboard with a Dell refurbished one for less than $250. I don't know what it will cost in labor.

Part of me wants a NEW laptop, but I want to be practical. I would rather spend $1100 on a new E1505, with an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB), and a 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM memory, than waste my money on something that really isn't good. And I know so little that I just need a little help. Thanks.

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I have dealt with Dell and nonfunctioning motherboards in canada. In my case I was told that by the time everything is shipped, motherboard replaced and labor paid for, your looking at 500$, the motherboard cost 250$ as well. I almost died when I was told this over the phone, I was doing the call for a business who weren't thrilled with what they had to say either. Once the motherboard is gone in a laptop it's time to move on, it makes no sense to replace it when you could put that money towards a new laptop, [bleep] that'd pay for 50% of a pretty good laptop.

Edited by james_8970, 21 April 2007 - 08:30 PM.

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