Laptop Power Port issue

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revcrab

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Hi all, I'm running a HP Pavilion xt155 and Windows XP. The power port on the back of the laptop is going bad. The central pin hasn't broken off (yet), but it seems loose. My wife's Compaq has the same problem. The power supply seems to be fine when I checked it with a voltmeter, so I'm suspecting a short in the port.

Now, what are my options? BB and Circuit City said it'd be about $300 to send it off and get the port replaced. Too much $$. I've thought about opening the case and soldering a jumper wire to the port connections and installing a Radio Shack plug for my PSU, but I've also heard horror stories about opening HP laptops. Finally, there are some odd looking contacts (?) on the bottom side, could they be power contacts for a docking port or something? I checked them with a voltmeter when I had good power and got nothing, so I don't know what they are.

Any ideas, suggestions, thoughts, or comments? Thanks a bunch!
John
 
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