Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This is a very new Lenovo laptop and is still being sold on there website. It has the typical looking yellow dc jack Lenovo is known for. I wasn't able to locate a dc jack for this model by searching the internet it's so new.
This E520 (same power plug as the E420) came in with a physically broken dc jack. The customer reported it being dropped on the input connection while plugged in. As you can see on the picture the jack is very damaged but can be fixed. It uses a circular barrel, 7 solder point power jack. The dc jack is located on a seperate I/O board but soldering is required. The laptop also needs to be completely taken apart to access the jack.
Once the part arrives we'll be replacing the broken plug.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This Acer One D250 laptop came in with the classic hold the adapter tip in just the right way to get the laptop to power on/charge the battery. If you let the power cord go the netbook shuts off.
The D250 netbook uses a cable style dc jack that plugs directly into the motherboard. You can also buy just the tip of the dc plug and solder a new one on (that's usually where the break is).
The Acer needs to be completely taken apart to access the dc jack on this model. Once apart the red voltage wire was torn from the dc jack giving it no power. Once the cable was replaced the laptop works great!
You can watch a video of this repair here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2-9l32EZNk.
This MSI S6000 laptop came in with a physically broken power plug. The customer reported plugging the power cord in and the dc input collapsing back into the laptop. On any physically broken jack it will need to be replaced not repaired. We replace 99% of the time anyway though.
The MS-16D3 has the standard five pin, 2.5mm dc jack that Asus and MSI have used for years. The laptop needs to be completely taken apart to access the soldered on jack. Like others, the plug is located on a separate I/O board that plugs into the motherboard but it still needs soldering work done.
Once replaced the laptop works great!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
This hp 620 laptop came in with a missing/broken center pin on the power plug. The pin you plug the power cord into is completely missing and needs to be replaced. The 620 needs to be completely taken apart to the motherboard to access the dc jack. It uses a six pin, 1.65mm dc jack that is soldered directly onto the motherboard. This one would be a challenge for someone with little laptop knowledge to get apart so make sure you have the proper skills and tools before taking this on.
Once put back together the notebook powers on and works great!
This Acer 5332 came in with a physically broken dc jack. It was pushed in to the side and obviously damaged. Unfortunately an individual attempted to solder the jack area and failed. It's to bad because usually this just hinders me from doing the best job I can on these solder repairs.
The Aspire 5332 uses a five pin, 1.65 mm dc jack that's soldered directly to the motherboard. The laptop needs to be completely taken apart to access the dc jack so the proper skills and tools are needed for a good repair job.
Once replaced the notebook powers on and charges the battery again!
This Acer One laptop came in with the classic symptoms of being able to hold the dc jack in just the right place to get it to power on. The customer reported it being dropped while plugged in and landing on the power cord. If I hold the tip of the power cord in just the angle I can get it to charge and power up.
The Acer D255 uses a cable style dc jack that plugs into the motherboard. If you get the entire cable jack no soldering is required. I actually buy the tip of the dc jack and solder it on to the existing cable for this model.
The notebook needs to be completely taken apart to the motherboard to access the dc jack and replace. It falls under our standard $65 parts and labor to replace the plug.
Once replaced the laptop powers on and charges the battery again.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This Gateway P series laptop came in with a loose power plug connection. You could wiggle the tip of the ac adapter cord in just the right way to get it to power on. The dc jack has come loose from the mainboard and needs replacement.
The P-7805u needs to be completely taken apart to the motherboard to access the dc input. On this model it's located on a seperate i/o board that plugs directly into the motherboard. This board can also be replaced if it's damaged. The jack is soldered to this board so the proper skills and tools are needed for a good replacement job.
Once the jack is replaced the laptop works great and the power connection is solid again.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Toshiba Satellite L45o laptop is identical to the common L455 we see in every month. Like the L455 the dc plug is pushed back inside the laptop and the power cord can no longer connect properly.
Usually what this means is the plastic housing (bottom base of the notebook) is broken and the input jack is just hanging there. Sometimes it is the jack that's bad or both.
The L450 uses a cable style dc jack that's soldered onto the motherboard via four small pins. Sometimes you can reuse the cable and just solder a new plug in the tip of the cable.
The laptop needs to be completely taken apart to access the dc jack and requires the proper skills and tools. Like any laptop if you're not familiar with it you shouldn't try taking it apart.
Once repaired the laptop powers on and charges again.
We perform this service for $65 parts and labor.
Friday, February 3, 2012
This Lenovo G550 notebook came in with a physically broken power port. The dc jack was pushed back inside the laptop so it couldn't charge or power on anymore.
The G550 uses a cable style input that plugs directly into the motherboard instead of being soldered on.
The laptop needs to be completely taken apart to the motherboard to access the broken socket. Once inside I see the plastic housing that holds the jack into place is also broken and needs to be glued back together like we do with many toshiba laptops.
We do this entire service with a new dc jack for $65 parts and labor. Once fixed the laptop powers on and charges the battery again!
This Acer Aspire 5742 laptop came in with no life whatsoever. When plugged in the jack area felt pretty solid but no amount of wiggling or positioning of the ac adapter would get it to power up. Sometimes they are wiggled so much the jack simply stops working. If you keep wiggling and positioning the power cord you do run the risk of damaging the motherboard.
In this notebook the dc jack is on a cable that plugs in the motherboard. Its the same laptop/power plug as some the gateway NV53A.
The laptop needs to be completely taken apart to access and replace the dc jack. Once inside I saw the voltage wire on the cable had come free from the jack. This is why the laptop was getting no power at all.
The dc jack was replaced and the laptop powers on again!
I'm starting to see more and more Samsung laptops in for power jack repair. The use similar looking jacks to the sony laptops but are soldered directly on the motherboard instead of attached by a cable.
Just like the Sony notebooks the jacks are usually physically broken and the center plastic broken.
I don't really like the way they are all plastic and seem like they break very easily.
The Samsung R580 needs to be completely taken apart to the motherboard to access the dc jack. It is soldered directly on the motherboard so you need the proper skills and tools to de-solder and solder correctly.
Once the jack is replaced the laptop powers on and comes out of resume! Another successful repair.
The Asus 1215N notebook is a 12" EEE PC netbook from Asus. It uses the same small pin dc jack the 1005HA series use. Like many others this Asus came in with the missing pin from the power plug. Usually this means the cord was tripped over or the laptop had a small fall. For $65 parts and labor we can replace the dc jack and get the laptop up and running again.
The 1215N needs to be completely taken apart to access the dc jack and is soldered directly to the motherboard. Don't attempt this repair without the correct tools and knowledge.
Once the jack is replaced and put back together the laptop works great!
The Sony VGN-AW130J is a big laptop! Full 1080P screen with lots of ram and hard drive space.
It uses the same sony jacks as many other models so it susceptible to normal power plug problems. The owner reported tripping over the cord and the small plastic jack snapped. This notebook can be repaired for $85 parts and labor.
The AW series notebooks need to completely taken apart to access the dc jack that plugs into the motherboard via cable. We re-use the existing cable and solder a new power jack on the tip of the cable.
Once torn down we can de-solder the old broken jack off the cable and install a new one. After it's replaced and put back together the sony works great!