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power adaptor keeps falling out of notepad

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sabby, Nov 17, 2004.

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  1. sabby

    sabby Thread Starter

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    the little hole in the back of my notepad (a HP Pavilion) which the power adaptor connects to has a little pin in the centre of it. however, somehow the pin has bent or has been squeezed too far into the hole and now my power adaptor lead wont connect to the laptop...has anyone had this problem? please help cause i can't use it without power....
     
  2. shadowcat

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    If the laptop is still under warranty, call HP and have them service it. Or, have a laptop technician fix it.

    I don't recommend trying to fix it yourself because laptops are much harder to fix than a desktop and the parts are integrated and proprietary. (And opening the laptop yourself usually voids the warranty.)
     
  3. JohnWill

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    First off, STOP trying to plug in the power adapter before it's fixed! I just scrapped a Compaq laptop motherboard where the power socket was broken. Seems that they kept trying to use it and wiggle it around, finally it shorted and really made a mess of everything within a couple of inches of the power connection! You have 19-20 volts at 3 amps on most laptops, that's enough to do serious damage when you get a short!
     
  4. sabby

    sabby Thread Starter

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    hi johnwill, i haven't touched the thing since i realised there was a problem. how did you get the problem fixed. i don't think i'm covered by warranty so do you have an idea of how much it might cost?
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I've fixed the power connection on a couple of laptops, basically I solder it back down, then epoxy the connector together if the housing is cracked. If the MB is beyond repair, it's usually cheaper to buy a new laptop. Obviously, if it's under warranty, send it back. If it's not under warranty, I'd either open it up or find a repair shop that can tackle the job.
     
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