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Damaged USB ports

3 out of my 4 USB ports are damaged (if you plug anything in them or even touch their outside part) the system get shortcircuited and only the fan continues to work. I would like to have them replaced. Can it be done? Do I have to go to a specialist or I can do it myself? Do you know how I can find a reliable and trustworthy repairman (I live close to Bridgewater, new Jersey). Thanks!

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You need to goto the nearest service center...

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