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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2008-07-22, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Learning how to build and repair laptops?

I have built desktops before but have never attempted to build a laptop. Where would someone learn to do this?

Does St.Claire College or the U of W offer courses in this? I'm very interested in learning to build and repair laptops but don't know where to start.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2008-07-22, 12:35 PM
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Devry offers an Electronics and Computer Technology program that may or may not be what you want:


Their Michigan campus is just outside of Detroit:


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 2008-07-22, 01:33 PM
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Short answer: nowhere.
They just don't make the parts available to the public/retail..
Laptops tend to be a very OEM-dominated market.
IF you find a case/parts/supplier you'd be lucky to not spend twice the cost of a better spec'd one from an OEM.
I looked into this about a year ago and found a whole zero suppliers to Canada, and one to the US. And it would've cost double to make the laptop than it would have cost to order it from Dell/HP/etc.

Repairing is different - as stampeder suggested, a course in Comp tech would probably help you out there.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 2008-07-26, 03:34 AM
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Building a laptop is not feasible. The parts are not available for a reasonable price. Repairing is another issue. Find a few broken laptops and rip them apart to see how they are built. If you can fix them, you have a career. OTOH, most people will purchase a new laptop rather that pay for labour and parts to fix an old one. There is probably more profit in selling new laptops than fixing old ones.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 2008-07-26, 10:01 AM
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Actually, there is such a thing as a barebones laptop available on the market. http://www.directron.com/laptopdiy.html Unfortunately, there's absolutely no cost savings whatsoever. In fact, it's still much cheaper to buy a completed laptop than to build one yourself. Laptops aren't quite at the DIY stage yet.
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