From: Max Eskin <>
Date: Mon Jul 20 15:00:09 1998

These hinges are metal, and there's no pointing device of any sort.
Do you know the pinout of the power connector or not?
>I have seen more broken hinges on Compaqs than any other machine. In
>fact, I challenge anybody to find a used Compaq Concerto that doesn't
>broken hinges. There's a thriving third-party industry in Compaq
>repair. As a result of this, it's fairly easy to find replacement
>for them (but often at high prices).
>As far as ergonomics go, I give you 10 minutes of trying to use that
>screen-mounted track ball before you throw the machine across the room.
>> have to agree with. Unfortunatley, the docking station was being sold
>> for more than the portable. But, hey! You use one too! Hipocrite ;)
>I use Compaqs to practice my repair technique. I got a couple of them
>recently in which the hinges had become degreased and stiff, so the
>broke the displays off trying to use their laptops. I haven't found a
>good replacement for the hinges yet, but re-greasing and reinforcing
>hinges with metal plates gives me working 486 laptops at around $10
>I put them to work as dedicated controllers and linux servers since
>power consumption is lower than an old desktop.
>-- Doug

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