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My laptop I have an acer laptop.. The battery is not working for it.. there is this little metal thing inside for the battery plug to go into.. that metal thing got loose and it fell inside the laptop...i took it out and now i lost it.. so i dont know if my laptop is fixable.. please help me and tell me if i can get it fixed and where..thanks

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  • Marcum12 Jul 30, 2008

    thank you.

  • Marcum12 Jul 30, 2008

    Another thing.. There is a big crack on the side of the laptop cover.. and My screen wont show and when it does its all fuzzy and red...and sometimes it freezes so i cant use it.. I hooked it up to a regular pc screen and it works fine.. but is the reason why my screen is like that .. is that from the crack?

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Yes that can be fixed and it is quite easy. You can just take it to any electronics shop some places might have to send it away but some will fix it right in store. They just need to solder a new connection in for you and takes about 10-15 mins.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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    Kevin Arseneau Jul 30, 2008

    anytime

  • Kevin Arseneau
    Kevin Arseneau Jul 30, 2008

    There is a cable that goes from the base to the screen and when it was dropped it may have pinch this cable causing it to not work correctly.

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