I have 3 different laptops that are having trouble in the house. I don't know what my wife does to hers but I do think the less than gentle handling from kids is what has caused their issues.
Main issue for this post is my son's laptop. Like other laptops I've seen, some of those little metal things the screws go into have broken out of the plastic. Four or five of them now I believe. I've successfully used duct tape in crucial areas to prevent further issues for the most part. But ran into a bigger problem caused by that today.
These things seem to be worse near the hinges which makes sense but is also the worst spot for that to happen. You'd think by now they'd have better ways of holding those flimsy things together.
Anyway... Was at the store and got a call today learning that my 3 year old spilled water on my son's laptop. I had them take the battery out and put it upside down til I got home. When I got home, I found some water in a screw hole or two but, didn't see anything inside. My oldest daughter said she tipped it over and poured water out of the keyboard right away so perhaps it never made it to the MB.
To be safe, I opened it up to have a look. While messing with it the hinge metal came up off of the power button board... detaching the flimsy cable that was on it. It's just there... no good way to secure it. Was just sort of sticky on the bottom and I'm guessing something like solder holding it to the board. There's 4 little lines on the cable that line up with the board. I did my best to hold it in place and put some clear tape to hold it down. When I tried to turn it back on I had no luck. There are lights on the front of the laptop suggesting that it's plugged in and charged so power is getting to different parts of the laptop. So far I'm thinking the MB is okay.
But now it looks like I'll be ordering a new power button board.
>>THIS<< is the only one I could find on ebay or amazon. It doesn't show the connection I'm referring to. >>THIS<< isn't the power button board I need but the image shows about what the connection to the board looked like. My question is... Can I wiggle that around or find a way to secure it back in place or do I just need to replace the whole thing?
I'll need to replace the whole palm rest part of the laptop as well so I can actually put ALL the screws back in. I just bought the very bottom part a while back because the plastic lines covering the heatsink/vent were ALL busted off and my son pretty much burned himself on it a time or two. more money... yay...
The other two laptops I'm having issues with may be software related but I'll mention them briefly here and get some thoughts...?
2nd child's laptop(got 5 kids, 3 have their own laptops now)(oh, windows 8 toshiba) has been restarting multiple times a day. They do their schoolwork on their laptops so having it shut down over and over doesn't work. I've looked at it a bit. Told it to go ahead and "repair" the startup issues if it had any... which it said it did I think. I'm kind of not in the mood to look at computers anymore. HA. But I have to fix this. Any suggestions for troubleshooting this issue?
And my wife's computer... windows 7 toshiba... As much as I don't want to, I'm tempted to back up files and just reinstall windows. She can turn it on and walk away from it and maybe it will be useable after about 20 minutes or more. Til then, things freeze/hang and it's just unresponsive. I've run ccleaner, removed junk, ran virus scans, let ccleaner clean up the registry, defrag, check startup programs, etc etc... and it's still SLOW... abnormally slow. Once it gets going it's not as bad. Other than reinstalling windows, any other troubleshooting suggestions?
I used to enjoy fixing up computers from time to time, figuring out what's wrong, etc... but lately, I'm just not so excited about it. Especially when there's more than one at a time.