A helpful hint for anybody that has to repair the power pin is after you repair the pin make sure you use a CRD (Cable Retention Device) to keep from causing the problem again. I use and recommend the JerkStopper. Even some Mac (MagSafe) Users are using it these days. We have three in use in our household (2 Fujitsu laptops and 1 Mac).
AVERATEC IS FIXING THE POWER SUPPLY PLUG UNDER WARRANTY REGARDLESS OF THE AGE OF THE LAPTOP. MINE WAS 4 YEARS OLD AND I SENT TO TEXAS AND IT WAS REPAIRED AT NO CHARGE. THE PART WAS DEFECTIVE IN MANY UNITS. CAUSING THE MACHINE TO OVERHEAT OR NOT CHARGE. IF U CANT FIND THE NUMBER TO CALL SEND ME AN EMAIL.. TOPAGENT@YAHOO.COM PS I NEED A COPY OF THE INSTALL DISKS THAT CAME WITH THE 3200 AVERATEC
Hi I am a new guy here and someone helped me out. Now it's my turn. 2 years ago my Averatec 3200 power jack broke. I ebay searched an Averatec 3200 power board replacement. This replaces the little board the jack is mounted on and includes a very solid external screw down connector for about $50.00. It's the best power jack solution out there except for Apple's magnetic connector. This is the latest link. good luck.
Of course you can fix it. The power jack on my Averatec 3200 laptop shattered as well. You just need a new jack that fits the power supply connector, some thick stranded wire, and some basic soldering skills.
Unfortunately I was unable to find exactly the same jack they used, so I couldn't solder it straight into the motherboard like the old one. It was also a pain to disassemble the laptop, keep all of your screws in a dish!
Once you get your laptop disassmbled:
Take *careful* note of where each terminal (the inside pin and outside conductor of the jack) are soldered in on the motherboard first. They're probably still soldered in, but the plastic case is broken.
Desolder the pieces of the old jack and solder some stranded 12 AWG wire it's place. Use wire that's between 2 - 4 inches long.
Using black and red wire, solder the black wire to the location on the board where the outside conductor of the jack connected. Solder the red wire to the location where the center pin conductor was connected. Bring the wires out through the power jack hole and screw your laptop back together.
Using a replacement jack that mates snug with your external power supply connector, solder the red wire to the inside pin conductor and the black wire to the outer conductor of your new jack. Use some heat shrink sleeving or electrical tape to cover any exposed copper.
Be very careful to get the +/- polarity right with your wires, I
don't know if they have polarity protection built in to the motherboard. If they don't you could do some serious damage if the polarity is backwards.
This will look ghetto, but my laptop has run great for over a year since that fix (until it recently started overheating). If you can manage to find the exact same power jack that they used, bringing wires out to a different shaped jack won't be necessary.
I'll be taking my laptop apart again soon, so if you need some pics let me know.
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Try taking the battery out, plug the computer in, and see if it turns on. Press the "Power" button for at least 20 seconds (and press hard). If that doesn't work, put the battery back in, and do the same thing. I assume no lights appear like its charging (as you said). If this is the case, then you might have a dead charger (wire broke inside, power surge broke the adapter, etc). You may want to try a different charger of the same model (either from your local Best Buy or from a friend). If it does look like its charging, then your laptop's power supply has died (or the motherboard has died). This is a much bigger hardware problem and should be under warranty (or time to buy a new laptop). All data should be recoverable, however.
Might simply need cleaned. Try canned air and then wipe away any dust or debri with a soft cloth. I hired a pc guy who charged me 150.! and still didn't fix my problem so after he left I was broke and frustrated but decided to try fixing it myself using the above steps and it worked!
You need to contact Acer before your warranty runs out. Tell them your problem and they will advise you on how to proceed.
Here is the Acer support website, start by choosing your location: