Jerry bought a MacBook Pro and the motherboard has gone bad. Is it worth taking to Apple to repair it? Leo says that Apple is the only place that can repair it. Is it worth it? Well, that depends. If it's not out of warranty, of course. But if it is, then he'll have to decide if the age of the laptop makes it worth laying down money to repair it when the cost may be as much as half or more what he paid for it. But if it's just out of warranty, then it probably is worth fixing.
Kimberly broke the screen on her high-end Dell, and the fix for it is about $490. Leo says that is an expensive price. Kim could just hook an external screen to it and use it as a desktop. She could also hook it up to a TV screen if she was traveling. It seems like a lot of money just to fix a screen. Leo says a third party laptop repair could save Kim some money. Dell is definitely over charging her.
Jennifer has an HP laptop and the screen is broken. She could just use an external monitor, but she wonders if she can replace the screen herself. Leo says she might be able to. He advises going to iFixIt.com. However, being a 4 year old computer, it may just be cheaper in the long run to get a new Windows 8 laptop. Since Jennifer has done it before, it may be easy for her to fix.
Lee recently bought a Vizio 55" TV. However, frequently when he turns the TV off, it will either stay on or turn back on again. Leo says the TV probably senses the signal loss and then just stays on. It's perfectly normal and Leo suggests going into the TV menu settings to make sure it's set to turn off when the cable box goes off.
Lisa's Sony Ericsson smartphone won't hold a charge and wants to know if she can easily repair it herself. Leo that phones are so cheap now, that it would be a better idea to just get a new phone for $1, or even free. It isn't worth blowing up the battery by trying to wire a different charger to it.