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Okay, I have a confession to make.
Since I'm a cheapass, I bought an Averatec 3250 notebook for 500 dollars. good, right? well, apparently the morons at the factory didn't know about the word "solder" and gimped on soldering the DC connector securely to the laptop board! one drop of solder was holding the thing together, and when it snapped, the current arced and sparked, making the godawfulest smell that cleared the university library seminar room. An e-fart, if you will.
I fixed the little bugger with some solder and now it works like new. And here I was looking through newspaper ads for another laptop.
what only took 1 hour of my time saved a lot of hassle. Only problem is I ended up with a spare screw. heh. now my battery finally charges.
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I bought a new Lite-on Adaptor for the notebook as the other one had melted (combination of a short in the wire+ DC problem).
So now my notebook never gets hot, and runs at ~398 MHz. The battery has been recalibrated and seems to run a lot longer now that hit is receiving a charge. Speedswitch works wonders on battery life, by the way.