I spoke too soon, though. As I was using it I got a message to connect my power cable as I only had 7 minutes left. Sometimes it falls out but on checking it had not fallen out. I took it out and reconnected it and made sure the outlet was working but nothing, deader than dead.
Oh, No. Oh, yes. I took it to Office Depot to see if they had another power cord, that's where I bought the computer. I was hoping it was just the charger cord but nope, he showed me where the pin was loose in the middle of the port. They said they could mail it off to be fixed, would take a couple weeks. I could deal with that BUT it would cost $250 (seems it is their standard price for whatever the problem is). So I think its a middleman deal, everybody gets a cut of the proceeds. I told him I didn't think I wanted to spend that much on it not knowing if there might be some other problem. They had the same computer on close out for a really good price ($319 for a 17-inch laptop on closeout). I wanted to think about what to do as buying a new one would be a real bite just now. So i'm considering all my options what to do.
Has anyone ever fixed such a problem. I read a review on a local company and it seems the person posting said they had her computer forever but it was the same thing, the power port. She got frustrated and just asked for her computer after 4 weeks or so. She mentioned it to a friend who is (unlike me) apparently handy at figuring stuff out and he was able to replace it but had never done so before so I thought, allowing for the different brands etc., that maybe it is not a huge deal. I think she said she paid her friend $3 for the part. I wish to have such a solution - $3 plus labor for whoever) wouldn't it be nice not to have to come up with the cost of a new one just now. Obviously the difference between mailing it off for $250 repair and paying $319 for a new one, the more attractive and sensible idea would be to buy the new one (my other is about 16 months old.) but the best case would be I can fix the one i have and save it from the electronic scrap heap plus get my stuff off the drive.
Has anyone replaced an electrical power connection port? If so - what is the degree of complexity to fix?
Thank you much.
Edited by kcsummer, 10 November 2011 - 04:33 AM.