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Power Cord Slot Repair for a Gateway ML6230

I have a Gateway ML6230. I need to wiggle the power cable in the back for it to stay connected to the power source. I've eliminated the cord as the problem by trying my cord on another PC and a new cord on my laptop. There's obviously something loose. The problem I have is trying to take it apart so I can get a look at it. What't the best way to disassemble this notebook.

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First Of All.... STOP WIGGLING IT!!!!!!!!

WHat Your Doing is Shorting Out The DC JAck And Causing Further Damage Every Time You Wiggle It For A Connection....
Which Could End Up Ruining Your Motherboard....

Your Problem Is The DC Jack You Need To Have Yours Replaced... THis Involves Complete Disassembly Of the Laptop Down To The Motherboard, Then The Old-Bad DC Jack Needs To Be Desoldered and removed and a new one Soldered Into Place....


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Posted on Nov 18, 2008

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