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The laptop was dropped on that side with a cord in the usb connector. Has not worked since. Think the connection worked loose or solder join failed.
Yeah if you dropped it you most likely did break a pin or the dislodged the connector from the solder. Re-soldering it isn't that hard, taking the laptop for someone inexperienced would be.
Posted on Jan 11, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: USB port loose
Unfortunatley, there isn't an easy way to fix something that is physically broken. Your only options are:
1) Replace the motherboard of the laptop. (would need to be done by a professional, and may cost as much as a new laptop depending on the model)
2) Learn to deal with it. :)
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
Here are step by step instructions on how to remove the motherboard from a latitude D600: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd600/sm/sysboard.htm#1000473
The instructions seem easy to follow, but let me know if you need any more assistance with this.
Posted on Apr 09, 2009
SOURCE: Broken touchpad connector
I suggest you replace the motherboard. A recent search on ebay turned up three ranging in price from $18 to $85. Soldering a motherboard by hand has a very high failure rate. It's easy to bridge or scratch something and fry the board. You could of course try to do it and if it fails get a replacement board.
Posted on May 28, 2009
I know you've either fixed your problem, or thrown the laptop out(still a "fix") but for posterity, and for anyone with a similar problem...
There are two answers, depending on your laptop.
First, NO, there is currently no way to charge your laptop battery by putting power into the usb port.
There ARE commercial external batteries. sadly, they will connect to your failing power-socket.(see http://www.laptop-battery.org/Power/External-Batteries/ENB003L.html)
If your laptop has a external battery charging dock, for spare batteries.... you could go that route.
you'd probably still want to follow the last suggestion.
GET IT FIXED!
Seriously... anyone with fairly good soldering skills can probably fix that powerjack. It probably pulled/pushed the traces off the main board and will require superglue, solder, and maybe a bit of fine wire, to fix. The biggest obstacle will be the dissassembly, and proper reassembly of the laptop case. It'll take a while, but once fixed, should return your laptop to 100% functionality.
I have saved 3-4 laptops with this technique. One, I even swapped the power jack to a more common size. This was to allow the use of a non-proprietary power brick(the original had fried itself).
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
Sorry to hear that you are still having trouble. The only other thing to try is your battery on your buddies notebook. If it works there then it is the charging mechanism on your notebook and this would mean replacing the motherboard.
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
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