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Fixing an HP G62 with Lots of Bad Parts Inside (In valley)
This HP G62 was listed as below:
An item that does not function as intended and is not fully operational, items that require service or repair
- HP G62-220ca
- Display 15.6" LED
- CPU-2.1GHz Athlon II Dual-Core
- 2GB DDR3
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics
- No HDD
- No power adapter
Power jack is broken see picture
I contacted the seller who called himself Peter and provided the story further:
I do not know what is condition the laptop. This is my daughter’s laptop. She dropped it 10 days ago with a broken power jack I just pull out a hard drive.
This should be a simple problem for fixing. On 20Dec2013, we agreed to meet at the 33rd Ave and Oak Street that he would stop by before going to downtown. I waited half an hour, texted and called him. He did not show up but called back when I returned home to take my family to lunch with friends.
On 23Dec2013, we agreed to meet in a fast food restaurant early in the morning. He showed up but outside the restaurant. I asked if I could put in a battery to check the condition of the G62. Peter did not like this and said that if the G62 started up, it would not be $50. To respect him, I did not check.
As home, I disassembled the G62. Besides the broken power jack, I found the following were bad or broken:
1. Motherboard had video failure.
2. CMOS battery holder was broken and CMOS battery missing.
3. The screen displayed white. I disassembled it and found a burnt chip.
4. The battery was dead.
A drop should not damage so many parts. I contacted Peter. He replied that "This laptop was my daughter’s laptop also a laptop was as is for parts. I cannot sure , may be you exchanged parts and then try to return. I am no computer expert to know what has is inside. For me this a box with a screen."
I googled the phone number ***-2**-8452 with E***** Georgiev on my phone history. I found ""Appliance Repairs - Electronics Electrical Mechanical ...". I understood and hoped that he had good use of the money from this dead laptop and the parts sold out individually.
To rebuild this G62, I found and bought the following parts:
1. G62-219WM motherboard
2. Power jack
3. New laptop screen
4. Genuine charger
5. 2GB RAM
6. 500GB HGST 7200 RPM HDD
7. a new battery
I completed the rebuild on 11Jan2014 and installed Windows 7 Home Premium according to the COA label at the bottom of the G62. I ran the Windows Update multiple times until no more updates.
The G62 is working good again. For the missing rubber feet, I cut them out from a rubber ball in a mouse which I saved before giving it to recycle.
On 5Feb2014, a gentleman who has a farm in the valley took it up. He is the nicest person that I have met so far. He took an Acer laptop from me a week earlier, found the ports on the right hand side were not working but still very kind to exchange the Acer with this G62 laptop. I am sure that this laptop has a good owner, opposite to the previous one. To appreciate his kindness and accommodation, I offered discount but he refused. I could only buy him coffee.