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Someone tripped on the power cord to the Extensa 5430 while it was being used. This caused the power jack in the laptop to become very loose, and now it will not charge. New motherboard, try to open it up and somehow re-secure the jack (I'm A+ certified), or just SOL? Money is a VERY BIG issue. Nobody has a job right now, and this computer was the way jobs and leads are pursued, as well as staying in contact with the network of people.

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Sounds like you need a new dc jack. Go to ebay and find it. It's relatively inexpensive. Once you get it you will have to solder it. Good luck and have fun!

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