Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gateway NV50A DC Power Jack Repair

This NV50A gateway laptop came in with the classic symptoms of being able to hold the tip of the power cord at just the right angle to get it to charge and power the battery.  This means the dc-in jack isn't making a good connection and needs replacement.
The NV50a is similar to and uses the same power plug as the NV53A and some NV59 notebooks.
It uses a cable style dc jack that plugs directly into the motherboard but you can also buy the dc jack and solder a new one on the reusable cable.
Once torn down to the motherboard the ground wire was disconnected form the jack causing the failure (see picture).
Once the jack was replaced the laptop powers on and charge the battery again!