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How do you replace the power jack ?

I know what is wrong with my computer it's the power jack and I have found the replacement part jack with a much cheaper cost and I need step by step instructions on how to install it I thank you and I hope you can help me.

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Re: How do you replace the power jack ?

Im not exatly sure what you mean... Are you taking about the whole unit where the cord plugs into (the power supply)? Or just the cord? Define PowerJack plz

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I have confidence in you, I believe you can.
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1) Remove ALL Power to the laptop. AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.

2) It would behoove you to buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap. (Electro Static Discharge)
Connect the alligator clip to a good ground source.
I connect to the metal frame of an empty desktop computer case.
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You can use a clean egg container, (Or two) in a pinch. label each egg holder.

4) You may want to take photos, and make notes as you disassemble. Makes a real handy guide for reassembling. Also nice to have if you get interrupted in the middle.

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You might check Ebay. Sounds like advertising, but it isn't. Just one of my sources.
Also check Laptops for Parts on Ebay.
Some sell a laptop that has a broken LCD screen as the only fault.

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