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IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 PC Problem

Thanks for your excellent reply to my post. I did have one quick question for you, though. Shortly before the machine refused to switch on, the USB ports on it failed. Basically the entire machine would freeze if any USB devices were plugged into it, and it would have to be rebooted.

Now, I really like the T40 and am confident of replacing the motherboard myself, however, the last thing I want to do is to purchase a new motherboard and replace it only to find that it wasn't in fact the motherboard causing the problem.

My question is; given that the USB ports failed before the machine did, do you think that this supports the idea that the motherboard is at fault or does this lead you to suspect some other device is causing my problems?

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Usb ports are very simple decices, almost like a wall socket, they rarely fail, and if they do, it's generally a driver problem or the flat plastic pin inside the port has broken. Plus the usb ports are soldered to the board on these models. So, the usb failure you mentioned leads me to believe that that is another indicater that the board was going out. I'm a big fan of IBM, they are very durable machine. They can really take a beating. I cheched out Ebay and there are several T40 series motherboards up for bid. You should be able to get one at a decent price. Keep in mind that any of the T40 series boards will work for you.

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