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The plastic piece inside the usb port on my laptop broke off. I have no other available usb ports. How do I repair or replace a usb port on my acer laptop

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You will have to buy and replace the usb port ..but this will have to be done by a professional cause the usb ports on laptops are mounted directly on the motherboard ..and it is not a matter of just opening and replace ...you have to dig in pretty hard until you get to the motherboard itself ..and after that to remove the old one and replace the other ...
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=acer+USB+port&_sacat=See-All-Categories
here you can find usb ports to fit you machine ..but cause you didnt specified the exact model I had to make a large search ..
another way to fix this temporarily ...is to buy a 4 ports usb hub ...but this will involve to have at least one usb port available ...you will find such a Hub on ebay too..

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