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06-Feb-2010, 04:14 PM #1
Solved: Power jack failure on Dell D610
I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop computer. The power jack appears to be failing. If the power cord is moved/touched, it switches to battery power. When I wiggle the connection, it will return to AC power. So, it has all the symptoms of power jack failure, which is so common with this Dell model. I have never dissembled a laptop before. How difficult is this to repair? Alternatively, where could I go to have it repaired? Thanks in advance for your advise.
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06-Feb-2010, 05:26 PM #2
Funny you should ask that - I just so happen to have a completely disassembled D610 sitting beside me right now.

First, have you checked the plug from the charger itself? There is a wire in the center of this beastie, and if its bent, missing, or shortened (the wire can sometimes get shoved in a bit) it can cause your problem. The second I would check is the jack itself. Unlike other barrel-type jacks, Dells aren't as easy to break because of their slot-inside-barrel construction. Take a small screwdriver or a needle-nosed plier and touch the jack. If it shimmies a bit, then either you've broken it somehow, or its become unsoldered from the motherboard.

If the jack is bad, taking it apart is not what I would suggest, as it is a nightmare of iddy-bitty parts (I took this one apart because I needed a parts machine). And unless you're a pro at soldering a circuit board, I would suggest either a service shop or replace the motherboard (which oddly is cheaper than a service shop). - http://www.discountelectronics.com/i..._detail&p=4554 - If you want to replace the jack, well here it is - http://www.discountelectronics.com/i..._detail&p=3019 .

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06-Feb-2010, 07:51 PM #3
Can you recommend a good DYI instruction guide, or site, so I can get the motherboard?
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06-Feb-2010, 08:37 PM #4
I have a D600 and had my power jack fixed here: http://www.absoluteraleigh.com/inspiron_repair.html. I got half off for removing the motherboard first ($75). It was cheaper than buying a new one and it only took 48hrs. I tried to get a board on ebay but it cost me $99 and the board arrived DOA.
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07-Feb-2010, 10:14 AM #5
I have a link to a motherboard on my previous post - and johnny919h1234's link seems good and not a bad idea, as long as you have no qualms about completely removing the board from the case (Keep a small jar nearby for all those tiny screws!).

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15-Feb-2010, 10:15 PM #6
Thank you for your responses. I do have a docking station for my Dell. So as the situation deteriorates, I can resort to leaving it in there.
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