Replacing Laptop Motherboard

Jt00

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I've got a Toshiba Satellite L855-S5280P that I got in 2012 and the motherboard has gone dead. I can't even get a power LED to turn on when it's plugged in, and after having tested it myself and had a friend who repairs computers for a living confirm, the issue is definitely with the motherboard. I'd like to replace the motherboard, but my friend warned me that the only replacements I would be able to find would either be used motherboards or would come from China. He said that the latter tends not to work most of the time and that I would probably be better off buying a new laptop than repairing this one.
Buying a new laptop wouldn't be an issue for me, but I would like to save money if possible and I hate to throw away a computer that's perfectly good except for one broken part. In your experience, is there much of a risk involved in buying a replacement motherboard for a laptop?
 

USAFRet

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Refurbished by whom?
By the manufacturer? Sure, no problem.
By the seller? Yeah, all he did was blow some dust off.
 

Jt00

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Right, I understand that you can only use that specific motherboard. There are a lot of replacement motherboards marketed as refurbished, are those worth looking into?
 
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