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    Quote Originally Posted by slarty
    LOL go SFF thats good too for PCI card but I found PCI card popped for me hence getting all on onboard stuff and going down the C134 EPIA.

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    popped? how do you mean? doesn't sound too good.

    Well space isn't that much of an issue so if I was to go for a full pc I would probably just get a standard size motherboard. Still, laptop route is still in favour!
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    Well rough roads or sharp high speed bumps made the graph card and sound card move slightly causing many many blue screens of death, apart from that it was great... when it was stationary . I have seen alot of people here with PCI cards and they seem to be ok... its probably my driving . Just my experiences of PCI/AGP slots and car PC's

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    popped? how do you mean? doesn't sound too good.

    Well space isn't that much of an issue so if I was to go for a full pc I would probably just get a standard size motherboard. Still, laptop route is still in favour!
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    a dab of glue on the short edges of the slots will fix that.

    In the olden days (2-3 years ago) PCI cards poppong out was a big problem here, and glueing the cards in fixed it--just make sure you dont get glue on the contacts.
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    nice one.. heh I may just start again, we'll see



    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    a dab of glue on the short edges of the slots will fix that.

    In the olden days (2-3 years ago) PCI cards poppong out was a big problem here, and glueing the cards in fixed it--just make sure you dont get glue on the contacts.
    Lilliput 8", C134 EPIA-M 900 (Black), A1-ITX, 256 Mb RAM, 40 Gb HDD, DVD, 802.11g, mini keyboard

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    On a couple of old IBM laptops I have had in the past the unit that charges the battery is seperate from the motherboard itself and could be replaced. If it's an IBM product call them and explain your problem and they should be able to tell you if they can ship you a new part or not. I've had great experiences with IBM where I call and someone literally picks up the phone on the third ring and it is a live person. None of this phone menu crap... of course with them shipping jobs overseas I don't know if it's like that anymore.

    Also, don't worry about if the product is in warrenty or not, even if it isn't they will still take the time to at least tell you what parts your looking for and if it's replaceable or not. I even had an IBM guy call me back after he dug up some information on a monitor that was probably 5 years old at the time.

    Anyway, hopefully IBM hasn't screwed up and fired their excellent technical support staff. If they are still like they were when I had to deal with them they will help you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamis
    On a couple of old IBM laptops I have had in the past the unit that charges the battery is seperate from the motherboard itself and could be replaced. If it's an IBM product call them and explain your problem and they should be able to tell you if they can ship you a new part or not. I've had great experiences with IBM where I call and someone literally picks up the phone on the third ring and it is a live person. None of this phone menu crap... of course with them shipping jobs overseas I don't know if it's like that anymore.

    Also, don't worry about if the product is in warrenty or not, even if it isn't they will still take the time to at least tell you what parts your looking for and if it's replaceable or not. I even had an IBM guy call me back after he dug up some information on a monitor that was probably 5 years old at the time.

    Anyway, hopefully IBM hasn't screwed up and fired their excellent technical support staff. If they are still like they were when I had to deal with them they will help you out.
    I have also heard a few good things about IBM support. I gave them a try and rang them today. Got through to an actual living speaking person near enough straight away which was nice. I got passed about a bit and basically nothing came of it. I was asked for the serial no. this brought up that the warranty was out of date so they gave me some silly amount (about 150) for them to just have a look at it

    Doesn't look good
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    I would just look on ebay or other similair places for a laptop that has a busted screen or something and buy it and swap in the parts. Even if it costs 150 bucks you now have a parts laptop that you can swap out parts if needed. Hopefully you wrote down the IBM part number that they were going to sell you and do a search for that number on the internet. There are a lot of companies that part out laptops and probably have the part you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamis
    I would just look on ebay or other similair places for a laptop that has a busted screen or something and buy it and swap in the parts. Even if it costs 150 bucks you now have a parts laptop that you can swap out parts if needed. Hopefully you wrote down the IBM part number that they were going to sell you and do a search for that number on the internet. There are a lot of companies that part out laptops and probably have the part you need.
    I didn't get that far.. Basically she said I had to pay for a quote (to speak to a proper techy guy). So I'm still not knowing which part I need, if not the whole motherboard?
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    removing the back up battery located under the same cover as the ram will wipe out all settings currently stored on the eeprom, quite possibly getting arround your seemingly bios related problem.
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    Dang, pay to talk to a proper tech guy? IBM has gone downhill since I dealt with them. It might be worth it to call them back and see if you get a different call center, maybe you could get lucky and get someone who is willing to help you out. If that doesn't work I "think" IBM has some pretty descriptive part's listing for their laptops with even diagrams and stuff. Check on their support pages and see if you can find something their. I did a quick search and came up with this.

    ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs...df/62p9631.pdf

    Not sure if it's for your exact laptop so you can specify more at this website:

    http://www-306.ibm.com/pc/support/si...id=MIGR-4UYM3F

    Hope that helps, that manual should have everything you need and then some.

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