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Buy new internal power plugin or just get a new laptop?


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#1 my laptop hates me

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:38 AM

Okay, so here is the deal. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and I can no longer get it to charge properly. I recently took it in since it crashed (had nothing to do with the power cord) and spent $80 to get it running. My battery has not been charging well lately. The screen flashes, says I need to plug in external power source. Well, I have the power plug in and unless I hold on to the damn thing at an angle it wont charge the battery. The battery itself is fine and charges still with a lot of effort (mainly monkeying with the power cord until the charging light comes on). The guy at the pc repair said it would be another $150 to get the internal part that the plug goes into and replace it. Is it worth it to fix this or should I just get a new laptop? I would appreciate some advise. Thanks

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:45 AM

I repair those a lot.

On Dells the internal charging connector/socket breaks, sometimes it gets pulled loose and the solder cracks, but usually the socket will crack first. A new socket is about $10-15 plus the labor to R&I motherboard and solder on a new socket. Once in awhile (its rare) the motherboard traces burn/delaminate under the socket.

Most places charge about $120 parts/labor for the job. Sounds like whoever is working on this is pricing out a new motherboard instead of repairing a socket.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:38 PM

150 for the part installed is not unreasonable. The jack alone is 45 bucks. Figure in the bench fee and a few hours of labor thats prety cheap.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:40 PM

Now if that $45 is the whole job, then great(it says marked down from $99).

If you just need a jack: http://cgi.ebay.com/OEM-DC-POWER-JACK-DELL...=item5ace09cb6a

Bought from that store numerous times, no complaints, no parts failures.

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 04:29 AM

Hello---

Thanks for the feedback. I don't need a jack. It works fine and I actually have a few of those. I just wanted to know if the price quote was a fair one and if it was indeed worth the repair, or time to get a new machine. I seemed silly to ask the repair place for advise since they wouldn't exactly be unbiased.




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