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Greg M Nov 27, 2007, 07:04pm EST Report Abuse
Hey guys (and gals).

I was wondering if anyone here does DC jack repair, or has some decent soldiering skills that could help me out. I know of at least 2 (if not 3 or 4) people around me that currently need these fixed. I have tried myself, but I do not have the correct soldering iron or soldering skills to repair them. I am certain it is the jack.

If you guys could do it (or know of a place that will / does) for under $85, I would be very appreciative.

Currently I need a gateway m675 and M520 repaired.


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Laptop Willie Nov 28, 2007, 01:04pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
Hugh,
While I understand wanting to save money, I don't know of anyone that can do the repairs you are talking about for $85. By the time you pay for the part, disassemble, the time to desolder the old part, (it takes time to do it correctly) install the new part, and check that it works properly, and the shipping both ways, you're over that limit. If you find someone in your area to do this kind of work, believe me, they know how much they are worth.

Good luck

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john albrich Nov 28, 2007, 02:16pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
If you are willing to provide the computer disassembled to the point where all that is required is the soldering job, and you are then willing to re-assemble the laptop yourself, you might find someone willing to do the soldering job ONLY for well under $85, especially if you're re-using the connector. Some of these connectors cost more than US$15 on eBay when they should cost about $5.

Since you say that all you're looking for is proficient soldering skills, if you have any friends in amateur radio or radio control hobbies you might also ask if they know someone that could help you. Some of the hobbyists still get their hands dirty and are quite experienced with current micro-electronic repair work and may help you out for free or a pizza or two.

Backup your hard-drive and either encrypt or positively remove any sensitive data before you send the computer out to anyone...professional or friend.

Laptop Willie Nov 30, 2007, 09:44am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
John, you are correct. If you are lucky enough to have friends that can solder or have a technical school near by, you might get them to re-solder the connector for you. I was thinking of having someone to blame when the thing doesn't work after the solder job. :)
Willie

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john albrich Dec 01, 2007, 03:33am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
Laptop Willie said:
...I was thinking of having someone to blame when the thing doesn't work after the solder job. :) Willie

Unfortunately, these days with some repair shops, having someone to blame still doesn't get your computer fixed. You're still out the money and You just get more upset as they keep pointing to "item X" in their repair contract...the line-item where you agreed you won't hold them responsible for basically...well...anything. ;)

There are of course exceptions, but generally if you've got an old laptop that's off-warranty then you might be better off backing-up up your data and letting a skilled friend try to fix it. If that doesn't work then migrate your data to a newer more powerful laptop you purchased with the cost partially offset with the (sometimes outrageous) money you saved by not paying to have it repaired.

With decent general-purpose laptops selling for US$400 these days, it can make more sense to spend the money there rather than on paying to fix an old broken laptop. Especially, if it's a few years old, a repaired laptop is just as likely to have some other failure the day you get it home.



edit-fix a typo

Chris McNally Dec 01, 2007, 06:15am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
I had the same problem a while ago, and the troubleI had was finding a replacement jack. Nobody seemed to sell the part (I was offered a new mobo for about $1200 - this for a laptop worth about $200).

Regards,

Chris McNally

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Laptop Willie Dec 01, 2007, 09:35am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
That is another kettle of worms! I have seen DC Jacks for the Gateway M675, the same part number, sell in one place for $2.50 and another for $25. I don't mind someone getting rich, but they don't have to do it off me. I of course would rather pay the $2.50 and pass the savings on.

Laptop Willie
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Laptop Willie Jan 17, 2008, 10:55am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop power connection repair (DC jack)
John said:
There are of course exceptions, but generally if you've got an old laptop that's off-warranty then you might be better off backing-up up your data and letting a skilled friend try to fix it. If that doesn't work then migrate your data to a newer more powerful laptop you purchased with the cost partially offset with the (sometimes outrageous) money you saved by not paying to have it repaired.

With decent general-purpose laptops selling for US$400 these days, it can make more sense to spend the money there rather than on paying to fix an old broken laptop. Especially, if it's a few years old, a repaired laptop is just as likely to have some other failure the day you get it home.
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I would agree with you John if I weren't in the laptop repair business.:)
One thing I try to do is let people know that it would be more cost effective to replace than repair, if that is the case. I do understand that there are those who don't. I'd much rather make a friend and he tell his friends than shaft a customer and he tell his friends that.
Willie

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