nealric wrote:Have any of you guys tried looking for replacement parts for a 4 y/o dell?
Silly, you don't get replacement parts from Dell. They are literally all over ebay for pennies. It doesn't ever matter if the techs know what's in your machine. Laptop repair basically goes like this (subject to a few diagnostics):
Do you have a virus, or is the computer just "slow"? ---> Format and reinstall windows
BSODs? ---> New Ram (run memtest to be certain), could be software, mobo, hardrive
Mobo dead --> Get new laptop (mobo replacement is doable, but I find it to be too much of a PITA due to the 25 types of screws laptop makers use)
Screen went black --> New Backlight
Windows not booting --> New hard drive
Weird grinding noise? --> New fan
All of the above are pretty much generic parts with the exception of the backlight (which is semi-generic).Boutique firms do, typically, but I doubt they qualify under your mainstream definition
They are just parts aggregators. Every component inside will be made in Asia (with the possible exception of the processor which may be made elsewhere).
The hell I don't buy from Dell. If I need a new keyboard, I'm not going to buy one that's been jizzed all over. Same with hinges - to name a couple.