About four years ago, we bought a Compaq Presario R3000 series laptop at Office Depot. It was pretty well stacked out for the time period with a price tag to match. Don't think I've spent that much on a computer since. We also got the extended warranty. It was a great computer for a good while.
Right about the time the extended warranty ran out, it started having problems. The biggest issue is a commonly documented problem with the a/c plug. A couple of solder joints on the motherboard are cold from the factory, which causes an intermittent connection, leading to battery charging problems and shutdowns with little warning. Also, the screen has several large blobby places where the display is darker than what surrounds it. It still works, but the problem is rather distracting.
A little over a year ago, I got into the computer and resoldered the a/c plug pins, and it worked fine 'till recently. So, I got back into it and gave it another shot. Problem is now that the computer won't turn on. The battery charging light comes on, which indicates that at least something is working right. But no power.
Should I take this machine somewhere to have it repaired, or part it out and scrap it? We don't really *need* it, but being the cheapskate that I am, I'm not yet ready to just throw something out that cost so much new, but don't want to go bankrupt getting it fixed either. I was hoping to wipe the hard drive and turn it into a portable Ubuntu machine, but that's more of a fun thing rather than a much-needed addition to the computer stable.
Anyhow, would like to know what you think. Thank you.