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Laptop breakdown stories from 2006 and onwards traveling overland by 4x4 truck in the Middle-East, Asia and Africa
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Sharing files and printers on a local Microsoft windows network can be hell. Specially when there are firewalls involved blocking the required local communication. Here's a few bits and pieces how to get file and printer sharing going again on an Internet connected Windows XP machine. In this case with McAfee Security Center, Firewall and Virus Scanner.

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No doubt, the 1 TeraByte Samsung Spinpoint F1 is one of the cheapest 3,5" TeraByte disks in the summer of 2009. The disk is aggressively promoted in Europe as super savers for around € 60,- ( approx. 86 US$) . After buying 3 disks, one Samsung Spinpoint disk only lasted for 10 days in a DELL Optiplex SX280 after it caused the infamous 2 beeps with BIOS message "No Boot disk found, press F1 to retry or F2 to for setup". The other 2 Samsung disks also have issue's. Time for some digging.

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There are as many reasons to PC problems as there are PC's in the world, but some really stick out and makes fault finding hell. If there's one it's random problems, one's that occur at random so now and then. So here's one, related to random CD/DVD drive failure and a PC that doesn't start. Windows or Linux OS has nothing to do with it, the randomness comes from hardware failure...but where? Read on!

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During disk defragmentation on a D610 Latitude laptop, battery charging suddenly shuts down. At first it seemed like the dreaded "ID chip failure", a design fault in DELL AC adapters. but nothing like that. Read more about temperature issue's in DELL laptop series.
 

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Suddenly the Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG WIFI card disconnects from the wireless network and the D610 latitude laptop running Windows Xp Pro freezes up. The result is a weird journey through a forest of software and hardware issue's. Surprisingly, the Intel PRO/wireless card is OK. Read on for the details about this sudden malfunction.

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Somehow, the standard DELL D610 latitude CD-ROM drive can't read CD's created by various CD burners. The CD-ROM drive spends ages roaming freshly burned CD's without being able to read any of them. The laptop CD-ROM drive came from old stock, after collecting dust for years. A dig deeper into the problem drifted to the subject of 'thin tracks' CD tracks. Read how the issue got solved.

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After 5 years of continuous operation in the machine, the ole DELL Optiplex GX110 is replaced by a 2nd hand DELL Optiplex SX280 SFF. This ultra small Pentium 4 desktop computer has the capability to operate on a 12 Volt car battery,  thus great for mobile use. Unfortunately, this SX280 lasted for just about an hour. It didn't restart after connecting a monitor and seemed doomed. Here's the story how the Optiplex SX280 was resurrected from the dead.
 

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Anyone who has fiddled a bit with USB devices recognizes the infamous Windows pop up message "This device can perform faster". This message is a result of two USB communication speeds, known as USB1.1 and USB2.0. Great! But heck, it pops up on two UBS2.0 DELL latitude D610 laptops and one USB2.0 workstation. On top of that on a LINUX UBUNTU installation in a different format. Time for a bit of digging where "This device can perform faster" Windows message comes from.
 

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Stuff breaks - it's as simple as that. This time a USB connected 1 TByte 3,5" Western Digital Caviar GreenPower - WD10EAVS died a sudden death. It took a fall from a height of 50 cm (19 inch) during full operation. It ended up as box with faint clicking sounds inside. Here's the postmortem story with an autopsy and the remaining stuff one can do to compensate the damage done.

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Stuff happens - and so it did for the ole Nokia 3110 Classic, it played submarine for 5 minutes in a washing tub filled with hot water and washing powder. Surprisingly it made a call to a friend while in the water. Unfortunately it didn't survive the ordeal and was dead after. It did it's job as a GPRS/EDGE modem for the DELL D610 laptop for more than a year. So a good time to take the Nokia 3110 Classic apart and have a look what's inside.

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