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Dell Touchscreen - Mint 18.3

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  1. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    I was giving a Dell Touchscreen Inspirion One 2205 ?All-In-One several years ago. It initially had a problem where if the computer was turned off it wouldn't turn back on.
    I found a workaround by removing the CMOS battery and memory... then it would boot up just fine... at least until its turned off again. So naturally I would just put it to sleep every night to avoid it.

    motherboard.jpg

    One day it turns off and refuses to turn back on. I try all of my tricks and still nothing. After some research I found that other people with the same model noticed the video chip was over heated due to the poor Heatsink/Fan design.

    Solution?
    Remove the motherboard and bake it in the oven or use a heatgun on the GPU

    I'm not about to bake the motherboard because it would melt a lot of plastic connectors.
    so my daughter and I took the computer apart, removed the motherboard and I used a heat gun on it.

    10 seconds intervals on low and about 1 inch away from the GPU
    Slapped it all back together and BAM! booted up with the Dell screen!

    yeah... see how long this will keep... I also blew out a bunch of dust and used some Arctic Silver on the CPU and GPU.
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    well done Boo!

    Most of my efforts to revive fading hard ware fall short of your success,

    But when something actually works if feels better than getting one new! ":O}
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    It was a learning experience and definitely cheaper than buying a new one.
    Even at 10 years old, it runs pretty well with Mint on it.
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    I have mostly come to expect that of Mint.":O}
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    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Yes me as well.
    My oldest daughter is using and even older laptop (That huge suitcase one) with Mint 18 on it and she likes it.
    I think its too slow, but she's happy with it.
    I even offered to run OpenBox desktop environment, but she's happy
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    We cant always make them happy, a true blessing when we can.

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