Reply 16480 of 18988, by HandOfFate
I did my first component transplant between two Compaq Armada 1750. The system board of the one that looks like new was malfunctioning: IDE controller did not respond to anything (CD-ROM didn't even open) and the tiny Compaq-sized "IDE" pins were also bent out of shape.
I found an incredibly damaged 1750 for spare parts and transplanted the system board, together with it's DC-DC and sound boards and now I have a perfectly functioning 1750, with some extra RAM and floppy drive also taken from the donor.
One thing remains: bending the docking port into shape because for some reason, a previous owner managed to bend some pins and the plastic frame. But I'm positive that's fixable.
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