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What is the least expensive way to fix a power cord interface problem. My local dealer says it is not worth fixing. presario v 4000

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    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    which power cord? on the DC jack socket on motherboard?

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If the trouble is that the adapter is bad, it's usually because the wires break inside the insulation from flexing at the computer. You can either purchase a replacement adapter from any of many online vendors, or you can have someone with soldering skills cut the cord back a couple of inches and solder on a replacement plug. The labor cost for the repair might be as much as a replacement adapter.

If the trouble is in the laptop, it's normally bad solder connections from the DC input jack to the motherboard. These connections can be usually be repaired. Sometimes the motherboard is damaged because of heating and arcing caused by the bad connections, and in that case it may not be fixable. If the power input jack is broken, replacements are available.

Your local dealer would probably rather sell you a new computer than offer repair. Or they may not have a repair service available. Try getting a second opinion from another shop. If the computer just needs the connections repaired, you're probably looking at a cost of around $100, with a few bucks more if the jack is bad. (I'm basing my guesstimate on what our shop used to charge when I worked at one about 5 years ago.) The major problem you might face is finding a shop that offers this level of repair. Many shops would rather simply replace the motherboard. In that case, between the part cost and labor it may be only another $100 or so to replace the computer.

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