Last week we had a power spike chez smog (in fact the power was out at our apartment for nearly 3 hours, which is a first for me). The only consequence was that my monitor just played dead.
So I bundled it up and took it down to Wanchai Computer Centre to get someone to fix it. Much to my amazement I couldn’t find anyone in any of the so called “repair & service” shops who had the slightest interest in having a look at it. They all simply said “throw it away and get a new one – they are only seven or eight hundred dollars”. I offered them $500 if they could fix it. They refused.
This pissed me off immensely: firstly I had a strong suspicion that there was just an internal fuse blown (because there was no light on the front panel or anything, so it probably wasn’t the backlight gone), and secondly I have a real problem with simply throwing something like a monitor in a landfill without even trying to fix it.
So somewhat stressed up by this I brought the monitor back home and got my tool out (oooh er missus). The biggest problem was the usual one of trying to work out how to get the clip together case apart without breaking all of the clips. Once I had done that a few screws to undo a shield and, as suspected, an internal fuse was revealed. A quick test showed that it was indeed blown, and, fortunately, my odd jobs box held something that could replace it.
And that was it – put it all back together again and for about 20 minutes work (most of which was getting the case off) I had saved myself $500. Are the guys at Wanchai Computer Centre so well paid that it isn’t worth 20 minutes of their time for $500, or are they just so stupid that they can’t get a real job?
In any case I guess this is a great example of how environmentally unfriendly this town is. And there are a number of shops in Wanchai Computer Centre who won’t be getting any of my business in future.