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    Fixer-upper guy

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My teacher bought 2 new laptops and gave me his old, problem-filled laptop. I solved the overheating problem with Speed Fan and I solved the "clicking" hard drive with Spin Rite. But the touchpad and the speakers don't work and I can't figure out how to fix them.

It can't be a virus, since I reinstalled Windows. It can't be a software problem, since neither work when I use a Linux Live-boot CD. The sound card works fine, since I get sound when using an external speaker. It can't be the BIOS, since I've upgraded it and the problem remains.

The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 8100. Running XP Profession now, but it was Home edition before I formatted it. My teacher used it about 8 hours a day for about 5 days a week. And who knows how long the overheating issue was going on. This thing was getting up to 60 degrees celcius.

I think that fried the speakers and touchpad. What do y'all think?
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