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The problem is taking the laptop apart. IBM's are typlically plug and play when it comes to DC jacks, you simply by another one and plug it into the motherboard. There are many resorces for disassembling IBM laptops but my best advice would be to take it to someone to have it repaired. It should be less than $100 including the part. IBM often have screws hidden under plastic disks so finding them can be a pain. http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-42308.html
This is a link to the hard ware maintence manual it has details on how to dissasemble the laptop.
If I were doing it, I would buy pill containers from the dollar store, then use one container for each section (top, bottom, keyboard etc) This will keep you organized. Then make sure the same screws go back into the same holes. Also buy the part ahead of time if at all possible. It will eliminate guess work once you get into the system.
i took apart a dell and was having the same problem. on mine it turned out to be double sided tape and it pulled right apart. but you should check, check and recheck for screws before you just yank it apart
Generally, the optical drive can be removed without taking the casing apart, just one screw holds it in under the laptop. If yours is one of those that does need to come apart, you will need to make sure that the two screwsat the rear of the laptop are undone. When you take the bexel off where the power button is, there will be two more screws holding the hinge in, they need to come out too. Then you need to remove the LCD screen before the rest of the case will come apart.
Ya, my 7330GZ has been having this problem. I did end up taking the screen apart.
Removing the little black nubs around the screen allow you to remove the screws, then you just use a flat headed screw driver to unclip around the edges (some can be stubborn, especially along the bottom).
The screen is glued to the casing along the top and bottom, so you have to gently separate the two.
After you have it opened up the screen has 3-4 screws along the left and right side (the right side is a pain to unscrew since the wireless antenna casing runs right along it).
Once you remove those screws you can take the screen out and get access to the ribbon cable running along the back.
I have a toshiba satellite p105-s6024, and have had to take it apart multiple times. I have also taken apart the a105 series, and they both presented me with this problem. i finally found the solution when i took off the top panel that houses the power button (P105), or the panel with the speakers (A105). It can be snapped off with a small flat screwdriver at about 4-5 snap points along the border of the F-keys and the black trim of the top panel. under there you will find 3 screws for the keyboard, and four screws for the monitor hinges (2 per hinge). I hope this helps! if you need pics, i'll be taking it apart again soon, just e-mail me at cytokinesis55@Yahoo.com