My laptop died at the beginning of the month. One day it simply gave me a black screen and nothing else. I had been having issues with the battery charging properly, so I ordered a new battery with the hopes that it would resurrect my baby.
It did not.
I then remembered that I had a few issues with the power cord, so I picked up a new adapter/surge protector and plugged her in.
No go. Nada. Zip, zero, nothing except the constant flashing of lights.
My next step was, of course, google. It turns out that my flashing lights meant that the motherboard was shot, which basically means that I could either replace the motherboard or purchase a new computer. This seems to be a very common issue with the HP Pavilions. Needless to say, spending a few hundred dollars to purchase a new motherboard and have someone install it wouldn’t be all that wise since I can purchase a new laptop for nearly the same amount (barring a high-end model, that is).
And then I read that a few people have taken apart their laptops, baked their motherboards in the oven, put them back together, and presto! A functioning system once again. Far too interesting to resist.
Here’s the catch: until my recent battery purchase, I’ve never done anything with a laptop except use canned air to clean it, let alone dismantle the entire system and then put it back together and have it function properly. However, since I obviously couldn’t hurt it…
Why don’t I just see what happens… Why don’t I see if I can do it…
I watched a youtube video on how to dismantle the laptop and went to town. The tech recommended a lightly magnetized screwdriver, which I just so happened to have. Definitely handy.
Sort and label everything properly…
Bake at 385 degrees (F) for eight minutes. Allow to cool. Reassemble. Cross fingers and turn on.
I honestly couldn’t believe it worked. Well, for starters, I couldn’t believe I actually took a laptop apart and put it back together properly. I had no idea I was capable of doing something like that. Ikea furniture, yes. Laptops, no. I was ecstatic. I actually did it. And second- oven bake a motherboard? Crazy.
Now, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this method, but if your laptop is fried and you have nothing to lose, why not? I’m still on the prowl for a new (inexpensive) laptop, but at least I have mine back for a while, even if it only lasts a week or two.
This situation made me realize that more often than not, I don’t have enough faith in myself. Then I do something like complete a Tough Mudder, repair (even if only temporarily) my laptop, raise a child on my own, and it hits home that I can do damn near anything I put my mind to. We all can. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder.
And nothing to lose.
*Day two and she’s still running. Glory be.