Pardon me for SHOUTING, but I've had a pretty hard run lately with technology.Â my faithful Winbook is trying to die and I am trying not to let it. In the last few weeks, I have had to restore the system from scratch twice. Which is never fun because I'm an incurable tweakaholic when it comes to getting my computer system just right.
My 100 GB notebook hard-drive failed without mercy. It would have taken all my data if I hadn't been faithful about backing up! So I restored Windows XP and all of it's patches, etc. ran another chkdsk /v/r and, found out another HD failure!
So in installed a new Hard Drive (actually an old one laying around). Restored the system again, and this against the back drop of a monitor that kept burning out. So I slapped a second monitor on the dual output port of my Winbook. Finally I got fed up with my main monitor fuzzing out and going nuts and I disassembled the notebook (Details coming) Have you ever disassembled a laptop? It's not for the faint of heart and I've built more than my share of custom computers.
It's my theory that there are as many screws in a given laptop as there are circuits on the motherboard; mind you; it is just a theory.
Having disassembled the laptop I noticed that the connector plug into which the monitor cable was to be inserted was "wobbly." So I grabbled my Wal-mart cheapo soldering Iron and proceeded to melt some solder trying to get the connector to stick down. At this point the computer had already crashed again so I figured if I really messed it up for good I was due a new system anyway.
Being satisfied that the job was good, I reassembled the laptop and pushed the start button. To be honest I half expected the "Magic smoke" to escape but it didn't.
For those of you wondering what I mean by magic smoke: All modern technology is run on magic smoke. If in the process of applying electricity and faulty repairs you see a puff of the magic smoke coming from the motherboard, it will never run again. So whatever you do, don't let the magic smoke out of the motherboard.
However after just a few hours the connector worked loose again and I had to repeat the process but provide much more solder to the problem this time.
After two hard drives, two solder jobs, two system rebuilds I now am working at an old laptop using two monitors and wondering why I never did that before. Trust me, working with dual monitors is definitely the way to go.
Best of all: I didn't have to spend any money in the process since the parts were laying around. Seems like I've got some good arguments next time my wife tells me to "toss out that old computer junk!"
More on that another day.
Now it's time to get back to discovering truth…