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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CD/DVD -- problem prevention is key
by benali72 on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 00:59 UTC
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With CDs and DVDs I start with the assumption that the disc is the bad component until proven otherwise. Also I'd emphasize that prevention is your main goal. Treat them gently and you won't end up rubbing them down to read them. With increasing USB memory stick capacities, I wonder how long it will be til CDs and DVDs go the way of the dodo.

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