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Total failure of IBM Thinkpad R50 after connecting sony clie PDA

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I have a IBM Thinkpad R50 and a Sony Clie PDA. The sony clie, as usual, was connected to its power supply to charge the batteries when I also connected it to the laptop via the USB Cable. In the moment when the USB connector touched the laptop, the whole laptop went dead and there is no way to switch it on any more (I tried with batteries and with docking station, but no way). My colleages at work say the motherboard is blown and the repair costs would be too high. Is that so, or would it maybe be sufficient to replace only the power supply components on the motherboard ?
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Hi,
Your colleagues are correct, the problem with laptops is that the motherboard and powersupply are integrated,
if there is a seperate powerboard, usually the mains inlet runs through the mainboard itself to get to it. As it,s located under the touchpad. ( On certain Models )
What you,ve actually done is put an input current into your motherboard via the USB.
These are designed to output 5v pos And 5v negative. + 2 x Data transfer/signal in/out.
If you take this in for repair, you,ll be looking at £75+ Or $150+ Depending where you are. Just to Be Looked At.
For them to possibly charge you an additional £200+ Or $400 for a new motherboard.
Sorry for the Bad-News but i,d advise looking into buying a replacement laptop, and put it down to experience.

Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted @ 09.20 AM ( G.M.T )

Posted on Mar 05, 2008

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