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Is An Old Laptop Worth Fixing?

Cristal in Mississippi listens on SuperTalk and asked us about fixing an old laptop

HP Laptop

Cristal asked: “My HP Pavillion G7. The motherboard went out in it and I was wondering if I replace the motherboard in it, would the computer last longer, or would I be better off just buying a new computer of another model?”


Cristal, as far as we can tell, a new G7 motherboard can cost you close to $200, that’s without installation, that just covers the part itself.

A brand new 17” G7 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive is listed now on Walmart for $500. Looking at that you might think “well, there’s a $300 difference, it may be worth it,” however the G7 has been in the market for many years now, at least since 2010.

If your G7 is a recent model, it may be worth looking into it, however, if we’re talking about something like a 2011 machine, you’re probably better off looking into getting a replacement. Computers don’t age gracefully.

If you’re thinking of fixing an old model, you’ll probably run into another problem: you may not be able to find an older model motherboard, at least not a brand new one.

If your computer is aging and parts are failing, it’s probably time to at least think about retiring it, if you can.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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