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I have a Pavilion ZE4125 XP 1600+ Notebook that has a problem with the power supply jack. On the back of the notebook where you plug the power cord into, as long as I do not touch the cord the computer is fine, but the minute I move the computer around a little bit or bump the cord the computer goes off and I have to wiggle the cord around a bit until the computer powers back up. I tested the cord itself and it is breaks in the wire...this is definitely the power jack that is attached to the mother board (it has become loose or somehow no longer has a firm grip on the power cord so the computer loses power and goes off). Is there a way to have this fixed without it costing an arm and a leg??? I went to the GeekSquad and Oy Vey they were talking hundreds of dollars to repair it (500 to 1000 to repair...I looked at them as if they were retarded). I have replaced the mother board on my PC, but have never replaced the motherboard on my the difficulty the same?? Would this solve the problem? or is there another solution??

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First, you do not need to replace the motherboard. What you are describing is a very common problem for HP notebooks. You can buy the part on eBay for about $5.00, usually with shipping! It will take a while to take the machine apart - and you must be very careful! but it's an easy fix once you get the notebook apart. This page: will give you the info on your machine. Just download the manual entitled: Maintenance and Service Guide. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the file. I recommend that you print the guide before you begin. It will walk you step-by-step on how to disassemble the notebook to get to the power jack. It all requires is some soldering. You may not even need a new jack, but just know that eBay sellers have them.

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