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    TF300T won't boot up - ASUS says new motherboard $200 - used little - options?

    I bought THREE TF300t transformer pads with keyboards for my daughters and I for Christmas 2012. They've been using theirs and except for crashes and freezes, they like them. I never got around to really using mine, as it was intended as a travel device, so maybe used less than a dozen times. Suddenly wouldn't boot up. Called tech support, and they gave me the usual factory reset, etc. No results. Gave me RMA to send in. Never got repair reply, so they cancelled my order surprised to get tablet returned in mail after a month. Re-communicated and resent, and was told $184 for motherboard replacement, $15 labor, and shipping. $200 repair for a $300 tablet, after buying 3 of them and using so little, just didn't sit right. So I rejected the repair. My daughter's offered to give me hers, because she has a new iPad mini, but I hate to take it. I've seen used ones on line for around $150. I've also researched a motherboard replacement and seen some instructions and how-to's online and youtube Not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm willing to try, if not technical. Think a repair shop can replace a motherboard in my TF300t for less than $100, or maybe I can pull it off, . . assuming an eBay purchased motherboard is a good deal at $50-$80?

    Everyone else having any problems or still like their TF300t? I just want to use it as a travel computer for email, online access, watching movies, taking pictures. . but don't want to get into too much $. I have a laptop and netbook, but this would be more compact and functional. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toohip View Post
    I bought THREE TF300t transformer pads with keyboards for my daughters and I for Christmas 2012. They've been using theirs and except for crashes and freezes, they like them. I never got around to really using mine, as it was intended as a travel device, so maybe used less than a dozen times. Suddenly wouldn't boot up. Called tech support, and they gave me the usual factory reset, etc. No results. Gave me RMA to send in. Never got repair reply, so they cancelled my order surprised to get tablet returned in mail after a month. Re-communicated and resent, and was told $184 for motherboard replacement, $15 labor, and shipping. $200 repair for a $300 tablet, after buying 3 of them and using so little, just didn't sit right. So I rejected the repair. My daughter's offered to give me hers, because she has a new iPad mini, but I hate to take it. I've seen used ones on line for around $150. I've also researched a motherboard replacement and seen some instructions and how-to's online and youtube Not sure if I can pull it off, but I'm willing to try, if not technical. Think a repair shop can replace a motherboard in my TF300t for less than $100, or maybe I can pull it off, . . assuming an eBay purchased motherboard is a good deal at $50-$80?

    Everyone else having any problems or still like their TF300t? I just want to use it as a travel computer for email, online access, watching movies, taking pictures. . but don't want to get into too much $. I have a laptop and netbook, but this would be more compact and functional. Thoughts?

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    Yes, as Gtanner00 says, don't assume a hardware problem because Asus said so. They make a lot of money installing surplus mobos in obsolete machines. What, exactly, does it do when the power button is pressed? Let's start from there.
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