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Gateway Laptop power supply connection

I have a Gateway MX that will not charge. The power supply connection in the back is very loose and the charging light will come on if you put pressure on the connection. Local PC fixit shop says it is common problem, wants $200 to repair...is there an alternative?

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Yes, there is an alternative... go to another shop. I think $200 is too much to be fixing that problem. I have a friend who charges half of that, so I know you can find it cheaper. Other than that, no alternative. Its solder joints are bad and it needs to be resoldered.

Posted on May 21, 2008

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