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USB port broken on old IBM Thinkpads

Hi, I have 2 old thinkpads where somehow the little black plastic square that is part of the USB port got pulled out by some cable in the past... there is now just this hole with all the little wires exposed... If I insert any USB cable in to the port it does not work, on one of the machines, inserting something into that port causes the computer to reboot (at first I did not realize the port was broken)... Here is how the port on the I Series looks:
and here is the A31 - notice the bottom port has the piece there and still works...

Is there any way to fix this?

thank you so much for your help!


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Re: USB port broken on old IBM Thinkpads

The advice given by poohawk is sound advice, a port replicator is your best bet.

if you really REALLY want to replace the plastic piece, it can be done, a tutorial on doing it is located here.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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Re: USB port broken on old IBM Thinkpads

Thanks for providing the pictures. You don't know how much that kind of input helps!
In looking at the pictures you've sent, the only way to repair this is to replace the connector. It can be fixed, however you need to be aware that the cost to obtain a part as old as this plus the labor involved will probably be much more than the unit is worth.

One thing that you might want to try is to buy a USB hub and plug it into the working port. A USB hub is a kind of extention cord that will give you several USB ports.

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Thanks you, and have a super day!

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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