- Continue propping it open against a wall or books, or holding it open with rubber bands and string.
- Repair it myself.
Option one got old very quickly. So looking at the problem logically, I decided that if I didn’t do anything, my computer was broken. If I tried to fix it and failed, my computer was still broken, but if I tried to fix it and succeeded, my computer would be back in working order. I would be able to keep the machine I have become accustomed to, and save some money as well. I had nothing to lose but the price of the parts.
I checked out Ebay and found that I could order both latches new, not reconditioned, for 2.99 plus 3.99 shipping and handling. I was willing to risk $6.98, but the low price made me suspect that this job was going to be a nightmare. I read over web sites and copied directions as I waited for the parts to be shipped from Hong Kong.
Armed with far more tools than I needed, a digital camera, and a case of the nervous jitters, I began a job that I was sure would take me three days. Taking photos along the way, I began removing one part at a time, placing every screw on a piece of tape and marking where it came from. Once I got the machine open, I was amazed at how simple of a job it was. In a little over an hour, my laptop was reassembled and in perfect working order. I had even taken time to clean her up some while she was apart. My savings? $393.02.
The moral of this story is: If your computer is out of warranty, and the computer experts want almost as much to repair it as the price of a new computer, check out the tech sites, and the technical manuals offered on line by the manufacturers. Find a safe place in your home (free of pets and children), and try fixing it yourself. Just don’t forget the camera and the tape. They’ll come in handy.