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GATEWAY ta6 WAS DROPPED ON THE CONNECTION FOR THE EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY (ac adaptar) AND IT MADE THE PIN LOOSE ON THE LAPTOP. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE COVER OFF AND REPAIR THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PIN CONNECTION(INTERNAL CONNECTION). ANOTHER MODEL NUMBER ON THE COMPUTER IS CX2720. THANKS

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Try here - detailed photos for same problem on different model Gateway:
http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-gateway-nx570x-laptop-disassembly-guide/

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If you are going to pull the laptop apart, I suggest replacing the plug entirely. Here is a link to purchase the power connector. http://cgi.ebay.com/OEM-DC-POWER-JACK-CONNECTOR-SOCKET-GATEWAY-CX2720_W0QQitemZ120338596034QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

I have repaired many laptop power connectors. I've never used a service manual. It take a little patience, and determination. Just start pulling out screws and feeling around for clips. You'll eventually get it. Just think, all these laptops were put together with the intention of being able to pull them apart, whether it be in the field or at a repair facility. "You Can DO IT!"

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