Does anyone have experience repairing the power jack on a laptop? My wife's old (circa 2006) Dell laptop won't charge, due to what seems like a loose power jack connection. I've repair found tutorials, and it doesn't seem that bad, does it? (More details inside)
My wife got her Dell laptop around December 2005/Jan 2006, and it's worked wonderfully for us. The only issue is that it's never been great on battery life. She's played , so we've always had it plugged in, and we've knocked the jack around a few times while it was plugged in.
A few weeks ago, the power adapter wouldn't always make contact with the jack (or the internal bits), because the laptop would go into battery-use only mode (dimmed screen) if we shifted the laptop. We'd hold the power plug just so, and it was fine. But then it no longer worked. Since this has been the only problem with it, and it's served our needs for a laptop, we wanted to repair it rather than replace it.
Searching about, I found a few repair tutorials (generic
, Dell Inspiron-specific
). It seems fairly straight-forward, and I've built desktop systems before, but laptop repair and soldering are things I haven't done yet.
We went to BestBuy and asked their repair desk folk what it would cost, and the guy said around $250, not counting parts and time, so in the end we could buy a new laptop for that Price. A friend of mine has a soldering kit, volt meter, and experience with it all, so we could possibly fix it for the cost of some solder and maybe a new DC jack.
1) Am I oversimplifying the process?
2) Should I try to salvage the existing DC jack, or buy a new one?
3) If I should proceed with this, any tips?