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I posted a question about my Dell computer. The prong that connects to the elect. has broken off inside the computer. Can I fix that? Can I melt the plastic back together and attach it to the motherboard. I have the thing apart all the way to the motherboard.

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  • snowlake Mar 11, 2009

    let me wait till tomorrow and I will get to it.. I really need some help. I will take a picture and send it to you how do I do this.?? let me know.

  • snowlake Apr 19, 2009

    I am really scared to use the soldering iron on the computer. not that good with it.. I wish someone else could help me with an solution to this .. maybe I just need to take it to someone who can order a piece that they can solder into the motherboard.. what do you think..??



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Yes u can try such things but there is always a risk u might spoil something else so plse take enough care while doin it.or else tale technicians help.

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I wouldn't recommend this at all. if you are good with a soldering iron and solder, this would be best.

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Could you take a picture for us?

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  • Ekse Mar 11, 2009

    You can email me at

  • Ekse Mar 12, 2009

    Let me know when you have emailed the picture to me, just to make sure it doesn't get stuck in spam or anything else.


    Generally you can't melt the broken part of the board back together. but we might be able to wire the power connector or fix it if its just that, if a bigger part broke of the board we may not be albe to fix this.

  • Ekse Mar 13, 2009

    So things that you will need.

    1. Soldering iron and related a multimeter is recommended
    2. Some wire
    3. Connectors for the ends of the wires that will be outside the laptop.for example you could get your hands on a male molex and

    a female molex connector. pictures below.

    There are many other possible connectors, just make sure it has 2 connectors that cant be accidentally wired the wrong way.

    You only need two wires from the 4. so take the yellow and red wire for example, or yellow and the other black, doesn't matter that much. Take the ones you prefer and cut the other two off from the connector.

    do this on both plugs and make sure when you attach them together that you didn't cut the wrong wires.

    now you have the connectors ready.

    4. Identify the + and - on the charger. It reads on the bottom I found a general picture of the charger used with your dell. I can see that the outside is - and the inside is +.

    But we can't really use the round connecor here. So you could cut the connector off from the charger, then cut some cover of the wires so you can get to the wire inside. Here you can use a multimeter to check which wire is + and which is - (dont let the wires touch if you plug the charger to the wall, if those two touch long enought it could blow the charger.) So if you put the multimeter on 20v or higher. DC, then plug the charger to the wall and use the multimeter to test which wire is + and - todo this just plug the multimeter red wire to the other wire and black wire to the other, if the display shows the voltage with a - infron(example -19v)then the two wires are wired as in reverse. so if you swap the red and black connector on the multimeter it will show 19v now you know which one is positive and which one is negative.

    Wire them to the male molex connector red to the positive and yellow or black to the negative.

    We are half done.

    Next take two wires and wire them to the female molex connector on the appropriate slots so that they match with the other connector and that you get + on the red and minus on the black or yellow, now you should be able to connect the two molexes together and the wires should match and if you use a multimeter you should get the same voltage from the right wires, red + and black/yellow as - minus, it should show the same 19v if it show with a minus infront -19v are you sure you wired the + and - correctly? possibly they are the wrong way around.

    Last step is to solder the two wires into the laptop motherboard.

    looking at the picture if the charger I was able to find out that the outside was minus and the inside was plus (please confirm this in the bottom of your charger you will have a picture like this, similiar, black and white that has - on the other and + on the other, this should be also in the bottom of your laptop, double check it before you make a solder)

    If the inside is plus and the outside is minus.

    look at the motherboard and the connector, see where the inside was connected to the motherboard, if that is plus then solder the red wire there, then find where the outside connector goes on the motherboard, that will be where you solder the minus -black/yellow wire.

    That is one way of fixing this problem, there are multiple ways, and if you don't feel that you can do this, I would suggest to get some assistance. The laptop wont like it if the wires are wired the wrong way or touch the wrong spots on the motherboard.

    instead of a connector you could use some plugs on the two wires.

    Or you could try melting the old connector back into the slot but that may be difficult.

    I'm still available via email if you need more help.

  • Ekse Mar 13, 2009

    I hope this made sense to you? I was lucky and I learned the basics when I was very young Thanks goes to my father. so this comes very naturally for me.

  • Ekse Mar 13, 2009

    Also ofcourse you could get a new connector for the motherboard and solder it in place. I'm not sure where to get another connector for it but I would suggest to look around for power plugs etc.

  • Ekse Apr 19, 2009

    You can take the laptop to a local tv or video repairer they can do the solder job for you, they might also be able to order the connector for you.

    Try calling around local repair shops and see if they can do it for you.


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