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Opening Gateway MX3228

The power jack on my laptop has broken, I assume soldering point broke. I am comfortable buying a replacement and soldering it but I cannot for the life of me get the laptop opened all the way to do so. I have taken all the screws off underneath that appear to hold it together but still cannot open it. Does anyone have a link to a guide to open this laptop up properly? Any help is greatly appreciated. I can also be emailed at synapses11@gmail.com

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  • synapses11 Feb 06, 2009

    TY very much, my problem was that I wasnt taking the keyboard off. I was able to get the dc jack out which isnt connected to the mb but rather a small board connected with wires which makes it vastly easier to get out. Unfortunately saw no broken connections. Will have to wait for replacement piece to come in the mail.

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Ok here is instructions on removing to get to the motherboard. It is for a different laptop but removal is exactly the same.
http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/ToshibaA75/satA75_1.htm

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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    Jeremy Reddick Feb 06, 2009

    Ok understand. Well best of luck to you and have a good weekend

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I am assuming you mean the DC jack on the motherboard in your laptop?
You can repair it yourself, or take it to a repair shop and pay to have someone do it.
To repair it yourself, you'll need:
1) A new DC jack (though sometimes you can fix the broken one)
2) The disassembly guide to your specific model of laptop. Google the phrase "laptop make/model disassembly" and one should come up pretty quickly. Guides are generally step-by-step with pictures included, and putting it back together is just the reverse of disassembly.
3) A soldering iron and solder. 15-30 watts for delicated boards like a motherboard. Once you've pulled your motherboard out, You can de-solder the broken DC jack from the motherboard (if necessary) and solder the new one on. DC jacks are generally 2-4 solder points and fairly simple to press back on.

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I concur with what Diegotech stated.

To iterate further;

1) The DC Power Jack (DC IN), may have cracked solder joint/s on the motherboard connector, (Female), where the DC Power Jack plugs in.

Resolder

2) The DC Power Jack may be broken.
Center Pin mount, and/or body of DC Power Jack, and/or Outer Shell mount.

Replace DC Power Jack.

3) Wires from the DC Power jack plug to the female connector on the motherboard, may be bad.

Replace DC Power Jack.

Two examples, of a place to buy an IBM ThinkPad T41 DC Power Jack,

1) http://www.buy.com/prod/dc-power-jack-connector-socket-for-ibm-thinkpad-t40-t41-t42-r50-r51-r52/q/sellerid/23962916/loc/101/215782035.html

2) http://www.machinaelectronics.com/store/buypart/IBM_Thinkpad_T41/DC-P001

Past this point it's a bad DC sensor on the motherboard.

Replace motherboard.

IBM ThinkPad T41 Service Manual, (Free),

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-ibmlenovo

On this page go down to the 8th line.
The one that starts with > ThinkPad T20.

Go across, and click on > T41

Takes approximately 2 seconds to see the first page, and additional time to fully download.

Page 142 for 14.1 inch LCD screen
Page 151 for 15 inch LCD screen

(PDF file page number box at top)

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6. Inspect the solder points connecting the DC jack to the motherboard. Make sure that none of them is loose. If any, re-solder them.
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