Ive taken the laptop apart and removed the power / usb unit and noticed that the pin where the power supply plugs into is broken completely off. Is there anywhere I can buy just that part that unplugs from the motherboard? The part has the power port and two usb ports connected to an "L" shape green board that plugs into the motherboard at the top of the "L" shape.
The pin assembly is available online and usually runs between $10-$20. A quick Google should find you multiple sources for the part. It's not a hard job to do, just be careful when you are soldering the new assembly to the motherboard. And get a decent cable retention device after you fix your system, that way you won;t have that problem again.
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Remove the main battery and try again, have the power supply charger checked to make sure it is working properly, if okay the DC jack in the laptop is a common source of trouble. The unit will need to be taken apart to assess the motherboard.
Most people today with careers on the go have a laptop. With this mobility comes great sacrifice and that's because of the risk of hard disk failure thorough dropping or mishandling. When this happens the only thing on their minds is if they'll ever see their data again. This wouldn't be such a crisis if they recently made a backup but then again how many do. So if your laptop has broken or stopped working then here is what you can do to retrieve the data yourself.<br />
<u>We're going to assume that the hard drive survived and is still functional.</u><br />
First of all you're going to need to dismantle the laptop to remove the hard drive. As there are so many different types of laptops out there I can't give you a universal way to dismantle it, if you want the dismantling instructions just type <b>How to dismantle Your laptops model name here laptop</b> for example into Google or Yahoo!<br />
We want to be able to access the data on the hard drive so you'll need a IDE to USB cable (for older drives) or a SATA to USB cable (for newer drives). This all depends of which connector your laptop's drive has. You'll need a 12 volt source for the hard disk which can be obtained from a molex power cable in the PC.<br />
Plug the power from your power supply to the required power connector on the drive (normally a molex connector or newer thin power connecor on more recent power supplies that use SATA technology) and then plug the data cable USB into one of your free USB ports and boot up the PC.<br />
Look around in my computer and you should see the laptop hard disk listed, it should be seen as an external hard disk just like a flash drive when you plug it in. <br />
Copy over all the files and information that you want recovered to the desktop. Depending on the situation, you may want to format the hard disk, re-install the OS, and then re-use the hard disk.<br />
When you purchase a new laptop you can then copy the recovered data onto it and there you have it just like before. Remember to make regular back-ups of important files in the future as the hard drive may not always be working if the laptop fails.<br />
<b><u>This is what a IDE drive looks like, notice the many pins in the IDE connection.</u></b><br />
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<b><u>This is what a SATA drive looks like notice the large L shaped data connection and the smaller L shaped power connection.</u></b><br /><img src="slasher_x_52.jpg" />
The power supply is not ment to be taken apart, if you know someone with a digital meter they can test the dc volts coming out of the plug, and if faulty! go to www.ebay.com Type: make and model of laptop and refine search to power supply.
The power supply will need to be checked with a digital meter, if okay! remove main battery and power on, sometimes it will load everything down. If no change! the DC plug in the laptop breaks free from the motherboard "common issue" computer must be taken apart and DC plug checked, clean and resolder points, a tricky repair.
This is a common problem, these adapter go faulty all the time, you need to test with a meter, or get a replacement Power Adapter... You need to take out battery and plug in adapter all laptops should work, with just the Power Adapter connected, if it doesn't then it is faulty.. well that OR laptop.. When you get a new charger you will need to leave charging at least overnight to recharge the battery.
You may have a broken power jack in the laptop. Inspect the power jack and see if the center pin moves at all. It should be fairly solid. If you find a bad jack your local repair shop may be able to repair it or you can get a jack from Ebay and solder it yourself.
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Sounds like the DC jack on the motherboard is broken. The jack is very inexpensive, but difficult to replace as it's surface mount soldered to the board and the laptop will have to be disassembled or the plastic case cut/modified to replace the DC jack.