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Laptop Power Problem!!!


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#1 Originallist

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:44 PM

I need advice. My laptop wont charge because the jack in the rear of the laptop i presume has gone bad on account of the charger still works (universal on other laptops). What should I do to replace this piece?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:02 PM

It is a difficult part to replace on a laptop, is it by any chance, under warranty?

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:14 PM

Well... the jack itself is usually dirt cheap, but the labor is intensive. Also, in most cases the part itself is fine and has just become desoldered from the board.

Depending on your laptop, the jack is either soldered onto a small board that plugs into the motherboard, or (more likely) it's soldered right onto the motherboard. Using the laptop while it's plugged in often causes strain on the power connector, and as time goes on the solder joints holding the jack in place break. If you know what you're doing with a soldering iron, you can fix it yourself more or less for free. I'd look for a guide on youtube or instructables or something. If the jack is on it's own small board that you can remove and replace, you can replace the whole bit (this will cost a bit more), or you can replace the whole motherboard.

Of course, you might do the repair correctly and find the board to be fried anyway. You could also just take it to a shop, they may charge you a small fortune, be prepared.

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 12:17 AM

well maybe the piece is even still in working condition because it worked up to a point if you moved the power cord around just enough, but it must have completely broke at the joints. I did find some videos so i may just crack into the beast here when i have time. It is an older laptop, and I just like to use it to learn, so this will be a good learning opportunity. Thanks!




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