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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Well, if you are unable to trace the power/gnd lanes on the motherboard far enough to find the culprit then your solution is similar to what I would do. I would possibly throw out the optical drive and wean the power from there instead of USB-ports, though. (I don't know if your laptop even has an optical drive or an mSATA-port.)

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