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Joined 8 years ago from Vancouver




I used laptop daily at work and had used more than 12 laptops. In 2009, my laptop at work had no sound from its built-in speakers. A technician came to my desk to fix it. I saw the whole process from taking the laptop apart, replacing faulty component and assembling the laptop back into one piece by simple tool. The process was very similar to my 2 year summer job in a factory where I assembled 110 cameras and learned the skill to handle tiny parts.

My job was testing software. I like laptops and therefore started my hobby in mid 2009 to pick up dead laptops to test and fix. Each dead laptop had unique problems which interested me.

For each laptop, I took time to clean them up, both outside and inside, test, identify and buy parts fixing the problems. I also wiped out the hard drive data for any personal data, install genuine operating system from the laptop COA at the bottom with latest drivers. I then tested it for weeks before trading or selling at cost.

I encountered various kind of people. Most were good. Around 5% were bad who either sold bad parts or traded laptops that had multiple problems not informed.

Fixing laptop as a hobby can be started with simple tool. I just used a set of screw drivers. With more experience, I spent a hundred dollars for a hot air rework station in mid 2010 to reflow GPU and to replace IC chips.

If you are interested on fixing laptop, my HUB pages can help you to start. It will save you money from buying new laptop if problem is small. Also, it is good to environment to repair laptop.

As testing practitioner, I value quality and thank for the feedbacks to my laptops in the eBay link below:

I lost my wife in early 2015 which changed my life a lot. I ended my laptop hobby and retired from my job. I recycled my broken laptops and parts except 5 which had completed. Thank our Lord that all five laptops had their new homes. The last one was picked up by a nice guy called Thomas on June 17, 2016.

From 2009 to 2014, I repaired 129 laptops.


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