The computers that come into our operating room are worked on in a "first come first serve"
basis. If your issue requires immediate attention we offer Emergency Rush Service for an
additional fee. This services lets you "cut the line" and we work to fix you computer
Virtually every modern laptop has several USB sockets and it's easy to plug in an external keyboard, mouse, screen, webcam, hard drive, and so on. Most laptops also have a PCMCIA card socket (a thin slot on one side) where you can plug in an external modem, Wi-Fi card, or USB hub. If something obvious breaks on your laptop, the simplest, cheapest, and easiest "repair" you can make is often to switch to an external device. So, for example, if your keyboard breaks, you can use a plugin USB keyboard. If your sound card packs up, get yourself something like a Griffin iMic (a little external sound card that plugs into your USB port). If the modem stops working, use a plugin modem card in the PCMCIA port. If one of your USB sockets stops working, get a plugin USB hub and use that in one of the other USB sockets instead; if all your USB sockets fail, get a PCMCIA USB hub. You can usually buy these sorts of addon "peripherals" for a few dollars on eBay and you can fit them in seconds, yourself, without tinkering inside your computer or worrying about making things worse. Job done!