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My laptop's dc power port is loose and I can't charge my laptop, help?

Asked by jdogg (871points) January 16th, 2010 from iPhone

I’m almost sure that’s the problem, i’ve asked local repair shops to do it but they try to make me get a new motherboard. I’ve seen my laptop being fixed on YouTube with a soldering gun and soldering it. My laptop is toshiba satellite a205. Since I’m not comfortable doing this myself, does anybody know how to do this or know someone who can?

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LeopardGecko's avatar

If there’s an instructional on YouTube that worked out well you should try it out yourself, soldering of course is not permanent and if it doesn’t work out you can always remove it. I would do anything before seeing any kind of crook…I mean, technician.

jdogg's avatar

I don’t have soldering gun, nor do I feel confident enough with my hardware computer skills

mrentropy's avatar

An alternative is to see if there’s a docking station or port replicator for the a205. Then the power would go to the dock and then into your laptop. Does the a205 have a docking slot on the back or bottom?

BluRhino's avatar

I successfully soldered a couple of these before. It will save you a lot of money for a new MB or a new laptop ( cheaper in a lot of cases.) The biggest aspect is the taking apart and re-installation of everything; keeping track of the screws and their locations. The actual soldering is no biggie, but important nonetheless. The online instructions are very helpful; I would go for it. At some point your laptop will become non functional anyway, and you will have to remove the hard drive to get your data.

I had a customer that needed this done, but did not have soldering abilitites, so he took the thing apart (with printed out instructions) and had me come by and solder the connector (5 mins) and he re-assembled it. You coud do something like that.

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