Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad R51 Notebook ?

I have a 4 yrs old IBM Thinkpad (Model R51) and its USB port is not working. There are some lines on the screen as well. What is the cheaper way to get it sorted out. Somebody told me motherboard has to be changed which costs around Rs12,000. Is there anyway I can get an external USB or get some chip replaced? If yes, then where should I go. Pls help. It's urgent.


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There are several PCMCIA USB ports available, I have an IBM T20 and I bought a Belkin USB 2.0 card from ebay for under $20, it has 2 USB ports, (and I've seen them with up to 4) and most electronics store should have them. They also come with Firewire ports if you choose to go that route
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