Friday, August 11, 2017

My Lenovo G580 died of water exposure, and I had to get it repaired!

Last week, due to bit of an accident involving a full bucket and it's broken handle, my Lenovo G580 got some water inside. It wasn't completely washed out, but bit of splash got left side of laptop where the VGA port is. When I saw what has happened, the laptop was charging, and so I quickly turned off the power adapter. The power light was ON, so I long pressed the power button to power it off.
Then I removed the battery, and opened back panel and removed RAM, WiFi card and HDD. Then let it all dry for two days. After this I put everything in and tried to start it. Nothing at first. Then I connected the power adapter and tried charging, the charging light came on. Then I tried power button. This time I got one short beep followed by three long beeps, and then again another beep and stop. No display.
So started my hunt for a good laptop repair center in near vicinity. I remembered the Acer's repair. I think I got duped off there for about 6-7thousand rupees, since the idiot got me an infirior board with only 2G of DDR2 RAM in 2 sticks while my dead board had 3G of DDR3 RAM. Plus he screwed up it's touchpad. And worse, the thing died in about a year. Shit!!!
Anyway, might be my bad luck. So this time after going through a number of Lenovo Authorised Service Center Reiews - all of them had shit reviews! - I found a guy about a km away with good reputation. So I gave him the dead Lenovo for repair. He called me in about 4 days saying it's a problem with the Display IC, and will cost about 2000 Rs to fix. I was okay with that, so he fixed it in two days and now I have the Lenovo back! Good job - Mahesh Computers, Wakad, Pune!
By the way, this october this machine will complete 6 years. My expences through this period were - keyboard and battery replacement - 2000/- for a Gizga Battery which didn't work, but the service guys were friendly and I got a replacement soon, and 1249/- for keyboard by Gizga - going good till date. These two things I got replaced in May, 2015. The original bettery went for 2Yrs 7 months- which is kind of okay. The Gizga battery is going good for last 2Yrs 3Months - and the current stats are - 42.8 Wh desinged capacity, 29.2 Wh current capacity which means current capacity is about 70% which is fine after all this time. Good job Gizga!
Next small expense is about 150Rs for thermal paste in May 2017 - I noticed that the laptop is heating up for a while. After confirming it's not some crazy software, I ordered some basic thermal paste online. Then dis-assembled the laptop after watching a youtube video. Checked the thermal paste on CPU - it was dry and cracked. So cleaned it all using a bunch of soft cotton. Didn't have rubbing alcohol at hand, but it was enough. Then dabbed bit of new paste on the cpu and ensured it's spread fine. Then fixed it all together, and checked the temps - the CPU temps came down by average 6-8 degrees which is good improvement in my books.
And after that it's this 2200/- rupees for a repair. Overall I'm happy with this Lenovo G580. Solid machine.

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