If you have a Clemson recommended laptop that is more than four years old and you did not purchase an extended service contract, here are some repair options / ideas:
1) If your hard drive fails, you can purchase a new hard drive. It can be purchased from an office supply store or website, but for your convenience, some are also offered in the Clemson Computer Store. For a fee, the CCIT Support Center can install and image the new hard drive for you - and try to get data from the old one (depending on how 'dead' it is).
2) If you get a 'fan error', first try blowing out the fan with some canned air (which can be purchased in any office supply store). If that does not fix the problem, you can bring it to the CCIT Support Center (PC Repair Desk) for a new fan. The cost of the fan plus labor will be around $100. You may call PC Repair at 656-4454 for a current price estimate.
3) If your power supply breaks, you can buy one directly from the vendor or from a third party online store.
4) If your battery will no longer charge and you may want to purchase a new one on-line or contact the laptop vendor.
5) If your laptop will not turn on (even though you have a working power supply attached), it is likely that your motherboard needs to be replaced. We do not recommend having that done - it will cost over $600 (at the time of this article). You can purchase a low-end new laptop for less which will be better than your laptop (since it is more than three years old).
6) If your wireless card, ethernet card, modem, or ethernet ports do not work we recommend purchasing a PCMCIA card or USB device to replace that functionality (rather than replacing the motherboard or giving up on the laptop). All of those devices can be purchased rather inexpensively from an office supply store.
7) If your screen breaks, you can attach the computer to a monitor and turn it into a 'desktop'. There is a port for a monitor on every Clemson-recommended laptop. A new laptop screen is very expensive and not generally recommended for a three year old laptop.
8) If your software 'breaks' or you're not sure of what is wrong, bring your laptop by the CCIT Support Center and we'll be glad to image it or help diagnose the problem.