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The connection for my internet cable is loose.

Basically says it in the title. I have pulled it too much and it shifts around which causes me to only be able to access the internet while i holding it in.

I need to know if there are any panels i can take off to access this easily.

Labtop is a dell inspiron 1200

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The internet jack is soldered onto the system board. Usually the whole board needs to be replaced. Here’s a link to the service manual for you laptop. You can decide if you want to attempt to repair the jack yourself:

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If you are referring to the ethernet cable that goes to your modem/router you might try purchasing a new one, may not be an issues with the laptop.

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