Laptop repair

United States
April 22, 2011 10:01am CST
I would really like to learn how to repair laptops, but I can't seem to find anyone who teaches it. There are some courses on DVD that can be purchased but they are very costly. I have checked local vocational schools and they don't offer anything. Does anyone know of an online course or course through the mail that offers laptop repair courses?
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@smacksman (6076)
22 Apr 11
The best way is to get a few old lap tops and take them apart and put them back together. Lap tops are so cheap now and repair labour so expensive there really is no market for any major repairs and most manufacturers don't carry much in the way of spares for old machines. No market means no tutorials. A common problem is the hard drive needing to be replaced or the batteries no longer holding a charge. Both are easy (and expensive for the batteries) to replace. Replacing memory chips is also easy so long as you can source the supply of old chips. Getting the data off a 2" ATA drive will need an adaptor to fit it into a 3.5" caddy which you can plug into a USB port on your decktop. Motherboards, screens and keyboards can be almost impossible to source. In short, if the laptop is more than a year old then junk it and buy a new one.
• United States
22 Apr 11
What I'm interested in being able to do is buy junk laptops (or even collect some free ones being thrown away) and repair them to resell. I have seen many laptops thrown out for problems that were most likely simply a setting that needed adjusted. I agree that people are not willing to invest much in repairs since new ones can be bought for almost the price of the repair, but I do believe there is profit to be made in refurbishing them for resale. I can do fairly well repairing a PC, but know very little about laptops, and I have no interest in taking a generalized course (nor do I have the money) just to learn about one device. I have been able to locate parts that I need, so far, without any trouble, so I have hope that I could make a little money doing this.
@smacksman (6076)
22 Apr 11
Good luck to you. I would just jump in and give it a go, especially if you can get laptops free to repair. If you know your way around simple desktops where most of the components are built into the motherboard then you will recognise most of the other bits in a laptop. Forums are great sources of information and there are a lot of surfers online who will help you. There are no new problems on computers so someone out there has the solution. Go to it!
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 11
I took a course in Computer Maintenance and Installation, A+ and achieved the following qualification A+ Certified IT Technician. I know that classes and courses are not cheap but I recommend that you do this if you want to learn anything about desktops and laptops. Once you have this information you will have it for life and you can do your own repairs and perhaps even help your friends. This is what I'm doing. You could of course watch videos on youtube in relation to computer maintenance and installation and you will probably find tons of material on the subject. However, I think it's best to always be trained by a qualified teacher. Good luck. Andrew
• United States
22 Apr 11
Thanks Andrew. If you read a comment I posted below, you will see why I choose not to complete a certification course such as yours. Honestly, if I could afford it, I might, but right now it just isn't in the cards.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
Well I have been on a short course about computer repairs/ troubleshooting and such and they did taught me some basics about laptop repair but they told me that you need a lot of experience and a know how of the brand and how a laptop brand was made because almost all laptops are made differently.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
23 Apr 11
If you know how to repair desktops they are a lot in common except for some reasons laptop spare parts sren't much available. we can upgrade laptop memory and hard disk capacity, but then thats it.
• Portugal
22 Apr 11
I think it`s hard to find some Laptop repainring classes because they don`t really make this kind of specialized classes. You should try joining a PC hardware repair class or an electrician class.