Help needed: Best motherboard repair service for Thinkpads?
Well, my long-time loyal R50p had an issue the other day. The kind that involves clouds of grey smoke and burn marks on the motherboard. Seems to be component failure, something related to the power system, since it had been refusing to charge the battery earlier that day--I'd chalked it up to the age and poor condition of the battery, and hadn't thought much of it. Now though it's nonfunctional, with a burned area near the DC jack, and I'm trying to figure out if it's practical to try and make it operational again, or if I need to sell it for parts. I'd like to know what recommendations people have for the best motherboard repair place to send it to. A small up-front fee isn't a problem, so long as it's not outrageous, and they'll send the thing back if I don't like their estimate. It's not been under IBM warranty for six months, of course, or I would be availing myself of their service again.