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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RE[2]: Best trick
by DonQ on Tue 1st Jan 2013 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Best trick"
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That sounds exactly like the urban legend that has been circulating around for atleast ten years now, and therefore I'm gonna call bullshit on that.

It sounds like urban legen, but does the trick often. My colleague has restored many video cards and motherboards this way (although some of these have lasted only few weeks afterwards).
Some causes:
1. tin whiskers, sometimes building up between (and shorting) contacts, will melt
2. heat may fix cold solder joints
3. heat may restore lost contacts in some chips (old NVidia 8400/8600 mobile GPU chips come into mind)

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