Back in August 2009 I stopped posting shortly after my Dell XPS m1210 broke down and Dell wanted to charge me 500+ to get it fixed. I refused and afterwards I picked up a Thinkpad T500 laptop instead.
One day out of curiosity I took the the Dell XPS m1210 to a local laptop repair shop. They provided free estimates, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to see how much they charge. Turns out, it only costs $130 to get it fixed, 80 dollars for the graphics card replacement and 50 dollars for labour. I decided to pay for the repair and it has been up and running ever since.