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Trying to disassemble MS2274 Gateway laptop--

In short, the power/charger adapter inside the computer is not doing so well. The needle inside became a little loose. Anyone got any ideas as to HOW to take this thing apart so that I can get to it?

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You need to replace the DC Jack it will involve soldering a new part. most time the whole laptop need to be taking a part to get the it, so unless you are ready for a big challenge take it a tech.

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http://www.laptoprepair101.com/laptop/2007/12/06/dc-power-jack-repair-guide/

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