Decent repairer required please; Asus UL30a

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  1. Dazzor

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    Where shall I start:confused::suicide:

    Our darling 2 year old has learned how to climb in a very short space of time and last week managed to scale our dinning table and take Mummy's laptop for a quick wrestling match:(

    It was bought used on here for £175 and was in pretty decent nick...not now though. It's still working fine but the screen/keyboard/hinge area on one side is a bit unwell. The hinge on that side looks to be kaput

    I've contacted Asus direct and basically it's going to cost me £45 just to get it dispatched there before they will even quote on it. Basically they are being about as helpful as a fart in a space-suit. (I can't use my own form of courier or delivery)

    Can anyone here recommend a decent, independent repairer? I'm located in Herts, EN7 and work in Central London, EC4 area...but can pack it up for insured delivery if need be.

    I'd be so grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction rather than me taking pot-luck with a google search

    Here's a couple of pictures of the damage (The second image is once the wife pushed it all back together but you can see it's still not right at`all)

    Thanks for reading

    Darren

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  2. hlpmeimdrowning

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    If it's just the hinge assembly and the back cover / bezel AND you can find replacement parts it's entirely feasible that it's a DIY job. Save a pound or too that way!
     
  3. Dazzor

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    Thanks.

    Yes, I was wondering if this could be DIY affair.

    Don't suppose you know where I should look for such parts? eBay seems like a bit of a lottery.

    Cheers

    Darren
     
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    Do you really want to spend money on what is already a fairly cheap laptop?

    Does it really matter to you how it looks as long as it works?

    I do some fairly heath robinson repairs at times but if it were mine I'd look into drilling a couple of 1mm holes either side of the hinge and tie it together with some twisted 1mm copper wire or the like. If there's room for a larger hole then a small black cable tie or two may do the job?
     
  5. Dazzor

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    Agreed; throwing money at a repair would defeat the reason for the purchase in the first place.

    Maybe I can patch it up...worth a shot:smashin:
     
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    Update (Because I'm so pleased with the repair)

    Managed to find a local, independent guy working from home. He was superb!

    He dissuaded me from the costly affair of ordering new parts and ended up putting it back together by cunning use of melting the surround plastic back onto the hinge and some gluing too.

    He also installed some anti spyware, tidied up a retro-modded back-lit keyboard effort that was impeding airflow/cooling and cleaned out the fan....

    All for £30!


    The laptop is as good as, possibly better, than the day I received it. :clap:

    Thanks to those who posted.

    Darren
     
  7. NiallCon

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    Hi Darren,
    Just wondering how that repair is holding up? I have 2 of these laptops with the same problem. If it's still holding then maybe you could PM me the repair guy's contact details?

    Kind Regards,
    Niall
     
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    I have a similar problem and would be very grateful if you could PM me details of your repairer.

    Regards
    FF99
     
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    Bump - Still looking
     

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