Thank you. I'm hoping you have a moment to indulge me a little more. I'm frightfully ignorant when it comes to techie things with the computer.
I took your suggestion and contacted a local repair guy. I requested an estimate. I emailed him what I believed is wrong. I included the following link. From what I was able to ascertain while trying to figure this out myself, I liked this solution to what I've come to understand can be a reoccuring issue.http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/2006...jack-workaround
The response I received from the repair guy indicated that I'm talking about the ac jack not the dc jack. That the only way to fix would be to remove the motherboard and this would be costly and beyond the worth of repairing. He did offer to transfer files from the laptop to a new one for a fee.
This just doesn't seem right. The jack that is out looks like the one pictured and the symptoms are identical to what my son was experiencing prior to the thing breaking.
My feeling is trying the fix listed in the link is better than trying nothing. I'm curious to see if you have an insights.