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Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

I hope someone can give me some help with this one.

My laptop has died and after some troubleshooting I am pretty sure it is the motherboard.
However, I am having a hard time finding where would be the best place to get a new one (my company's web filter isn't helping me either).
The computer is Acer Aspire 7551G and if Im not mistaken the motherboards part number is JE70-DN MB

If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 15.08.2012, 13:45
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

Ask for a quote first,

http://yellow.local.ch/en/q?what=Com...urich&rid=PPQS
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

You are asking for a lot of work. taking apart and putting back together is not for the faint hearted. but check ebay.com. lots of people sell slightly damage units with intact MB's.

i have repaired a lot of these, and truthfully, it's almost not worth it. new ones are cheap locally here in zurich and come with 2 year warranty. look for office supplies stores etc.
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

Is it true that you can buy motherboards, processors, memories, hard disc drives, etc from Germany without taxes in customs? You have to pay the 8% MwSt. but nothing more?
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

ebay is the best place for replacement laptop motherboards. The problem is they often aren't that cheap either.

Jonesy, you pay 8% VAT/MWSt plus whatever the courier or the post charges for handling the import (I think the Post charges around CHF 20, some rip-off couriers even CHF 30).

That said, the courier handling charge is not really legal as there is no contractual agreement between you and the courier. I have always refused to pay courier bills on this basis (I only refunded the VAT/MWst to the courier) and the courier companies have never taken this further (I guess they know they will lose if this goes to court and then this would get publicity in the media which they don't want as they would lose all the extra income from all those people who pay the charges without questioning them).
With the Post you always have to pay the handling charge as they request it upfront, the above only applies to couriers who send you a bill after the delivery.
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

Get a working one from ebay.de and let it deliver to a PO-box in Germany.
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Acer-Aspire-7...item3a78719a81

Then, throw away the packaging and just carry it over the border.
If it's less than 300 CHF, you don't have to pay tax on it.
But I don't think anybody at customs will make a fuzz over a used Acer laptop that you got over ebay.
A 60inch TV would be something different...
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ebay is the best place for replacement laptop motherboards. The problem is they often aren't that cheap either.

Jonesy, you pay 8% VAT/MWSt plus whatever the courier or the post charges for handling the import (I think the Post charges around CHF 20, some rip-off couriers even CHF 30).

That said, the courier handling charge is not really legal as there is no contractual agreement between you and the courier. I have always refused to pay courier bills on this basis (I only refunded the VAT/MWst to the courier) and the courier companies have never taken this further (I guess they know they will lose if this goes to court and then this would get publicity in the media which they don't want as they would lose all the extra income from all those people who pay the charges without questioning them).
With the Post you always have to pay the handling charge as they request it upfront, the above only applies to couriers who send you a bill after the delivery.
Interesting..................
Incredible what the couriers do. I heard from a freund who bought cosmetics in Germany and she received a bill with the 8% + almost the same cost of the cosmetics as courier taxes... weird. (She paid it)
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I hope someone can give me some help with this one.

My laptop has died and after some troubleshooting I am pretty sure it is the motherboard.
However, I am having a hard time finding where would be the best place to get a new one (my company's web filter isn't helping me either).
The computer is Acer Aspire 7551G and if Im not mistaken the motherboards part number is JE70-DN MB

If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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I go there a lot for hardware stuff. They also have a great staff for hands on work if that is necessary, though I have not used them
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

How old is the laptop? A new/replacement MB *might* cost almost as much as a new laptop, and with the new laptop you'll also probably get:

*more RAM
*a faster processor
*a larger HDD

etc. etc. etc.

Gutting a laptop to change a MB is not easy. Why go to the trouble? Is there something special about this laptop I missed?
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

With a modern laptop that's outside it's warranty period, then, as much as I hate to say it, it's for all intents and purposes beyond economical repair.

If the laptop is critical to your work and/or social life the you'd be better off buying a new laptop.

Sure you could get a second hand board from ePay, or a non functioning unit, but the problem is you don't know exactly what your getting. For instance I've come across several examples of boards that were almost certainly functional until the owner, not knowing what they were doing, decided to rip the computer apart for spares, and ending up damaging the components through pure ham fistedness.
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

Thanks for the info everyone.

It only took about 20min to take it all apart (found step by step instructions online).

I managed to find a used board for about 200CHF.
There is nothing special about this laptop at all and I was actually never that happy with it.
Now I am considering getting a new one and just buying an adapter to retrieve the data from the harddrive (costs 30chf).

As you point out, guess its safer to get a new one (with warranty) rather then getting a used MB and it might not even work or last that long.
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

You could still sell your defective laptop for spares on ebay or ricardo (better then just dumping it).
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Thanks for the info everyone.

It only took about 20min to take it all apart (found step by step instructions online).
Did you use a grounded wrist strap and a grounded work surface?
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Did you use a grounded wrist strap and a grounded work surface?
I have taken apart and built dozens of computers and never needed those.
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

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Did you use a grounded wrist strap and a grounded work surface?
Actually I did, but I agree with magnum_pi, I think its overrated.

Like putting on a seat belt, 99% you dont need it but you do it for that 1%
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Re: Where to buy motherboards for laptops?

What is the best online shop in Germany or China with these things?
Is it worth?
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