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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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.
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 main pc power supply is failing, this is an easy fix with any generic pc power supply.
most competent persons can do this themselves with a little caution and a photograph before you remove the old one...!
good luck !
the switching power supplies are fun, by 2 pin plug is that from the AC side or computer side?
from AC side its easy enought to go buy another plug thought it should have come with one.
i cant remember any 2 pin plugs on the computer side and i have taken quite a few of these apart. there is a four pin plug...
yellow 12 volt
red 5 volt,
if the old supply was any of those colors you can desolder from the old supply and re solder it onto the new supply. if it was another color then i would suspect a random signal wire or cutout, keep you from frying yourself with the case open... try plugging up the new supply and turning on the computer if it runs why worry about it?
you can purchase a power supply from any computer store *********** board supports both standard IDE and Serial ATA connections, so you want a power supply that does SATA power as well. Unplug the power cord from the back of the computer. remove the cover from the case and verify that there is no green LED on the board that is lit up (if there is, there is still power on the board). unplug all connections from the current power supply, including all drive power and the large 24pin plug (actually a 4 pin plug that is combined with a 20 pin plug) on the board, then unplug the 4 pin plug near the processor. careful that the 24 pin plug and the additional 4 pin plug near the processor have latches on the side. Remove the 4 screws that hold the power supply in and remove the power supply, install new supply and reinstall the 4 screws. first plug in the 4 pin plug that connects with the 20 pin, the 4 pin plug has no latch, it is held in place by the 20 pin plug. then plug in the 20 pin plug and the 4 pin next to the processor. then plug in the drive power to all of the drives. Install the power plug at the back of the system and you should see a green LED on the board when you insert the power. replace the cover and power the system up.
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.
I have spent hours trying to figure out how this damn thing works since the instructions require the user to have way more computing skill than I. First, the thing comes apart, one part being the interface and additional power supply and the other being the power supply that may connect to the Coolmax or your HD power supply if not operational through the Coolmax. If your old HD is larger than 3.5", you may have to connect the power plug to the HD 4 pin power source. otherwise, connect old HD to the Coolmax CD 350 adapter and then connect the Support USB2.0 to a USB interface on your new computer. If your old HD is a 2.5 SATA , do not connect the red power plug to a USB2 interface on your new computer unless you are positive the old HD operates over 5V. Connecting the red USB power source to your new computers USB2 interface may cause the old HD to shoot sparks and smoke, and you will not need the device any more.