Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 31st Dec 2012 20:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Last month, I explained why I use generic desktops and laptops running open source software. They're reliable and inexpensive. But this presumes you can fix them. I believe that even those with no hardware training (like me), can identify and fix most hardware problems. To prove it, here's a quick guide. Feel free to add whatever I've missed.
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The Bane of Laptop Repair ...
by softdrat on Tue 1st Jan 2013 01:13 UTC
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I recently needed to replace a dead fan in a Thinkpad laptop. Finding the right part was interesting, but found it on Ebay. Finding the repair manual was straightforward. The repair itself was also relatively straightforward except for one issue - the wires running to the built-in antennae for the wireless radios. For some reason these are draped in a somewhat untidy mess across the motherboard, held down with bits of tape. Kind of spoils the intricate workmanship of the rest of the hardware.

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