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Dell inspiron 4000 loose usb port

Can I solder the usb port on the motherboard? The usb port is so loose you need to wedge something into the side of it to make it stable and now it's only working periodically. Many thanks for your help. Sharon

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  • macgal54 Dec 13, 2008

    I appreciate your advice and will leave it to the experts. Thanks again.


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2. Make sure the power adapter is not defective. Test the output voltage of the power adapter using a voltmeter. Compare the voltmeter reading to the nominal value written on the adapter or the laptop.
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Hi there!

Yes that can be repaired!

Since you just got the motherboard replaced you can try
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You can download the latest BIOS and Chipset in

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go to the my computer icon right click and choose proporties and hardware device manager.
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one of the ports may have something in it causeing a short. check to make sure all ports are free.
wiggle gently with computer off, the ports, I know they are receeded but see if they are loose or if the solder connections have broken them free. You may have had a bad cord or bad peice of equipment that could have fried the mother board for the USB chip as well.

have you logged into the bios and made sure the ports are turned on?
some computers have things such as legacy turned off. this may or may not be your default.

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