My son's 3-1/2 year old Dell Studio laptop (out of warranty) was having automatic shutdown problems. This model is known to have heat issues, and we took a few simple steps to mitigate the problem.
The best thing I did, though, was to replace the laptop with a nice Toshiba model. I was able to get the Dell running long enough to transfer files to the new laptop, but I wanted to play around a little to see if I could fix the problem.
Unfortunately, the laptop got more and more unwilling to start, going from occasionally booting to not even chugging before trying to boot. It won't turn on at all.
My naïve guess is that this is a power supply issue. Agree or disagree?
I was hoping to be able to guess what a repair would cost, but I can't even find a power supply part online. My searches keep turning up AC adapters, which they call power supplies.
Part of me says I should junk the old laptop, but part of me wants to give it a chance as a device to use in an emergency. Any idea what replacing the power supply (assuming that's the problem) would cost? Should I use the laptop as a doorstop?