tosh M30X-111 problem

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bought from pcworld - year past May, Laptop good, lots of what I need but
never had so much trouble with a lappy.
Power supply went down on motherboard - took two attempts for tosh to sort
under warrenty.
Now that guarentee ran out when I switch on I get one long beep two short,
pheonix bios.
Toshiba, after getting me to use rescue cd and clear my HD now inform me
that my motherboard is the culprit and suggest a new motherboard fitting
will cost in the region of 400!!
I have now found american websites saying this model and the M35X are prone
to fragile motherboards with overheating problems.
I was wondering
1) anybody offer any advice or experiences
2) what laptops I should buy next (avoiding toshiba now)

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