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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.

Written by Dave Graveline

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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