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Cord port on my laptop

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  • Started 1 year ago by Shorah
  • Latest reply from BobJam
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Shorah
Posts: 2

Hello,

I have a Toshiba Tablet laptop with Windows XP on it. I have problems with its cord port. It seems that the shaft in the port is either loose or has moved too far back. Because I have to keep my laptop in such positions that it won't be disconnected with any move. If it does, my laptop screen cannot stay bright and on, then in less than 5 minutes it will be off. Its battery life does not work, this is why I have to keep it plugged in (into the power) at all times. I wonder how can I fix its port problem?

Shorah

Posted 1 year ago
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oldgeezer
Posts: 211

You don't mention which model of laptop you have but the it almost certainly needs to be dismantled and the mounting, which is on the motherboard, will need to be secured and re-soldered. It's not a job for the inexperienced, especially some of the older Toshiba laptops which were absolute pains in the butt to take apart. There are a couple of specialist companies I use (in the UK) who undertake laptop motherboard repairs - do a Google for 'laptop motherboard repairs' to get an idea of what they can do and cost.

Posted 1 year ago
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Shorah
Posts: 2

Thank you very much Oldgeezer for your reply!

I have no idea about the model of my laptop; but as you correctly guessed it is an old one! I bought it 6 years ago, only because it came with the Tablet feature that I needed to draw my medical illustrations. The free hand drawing (using its pen) on the tablet is still my most favorite feature on this old laptop. This is the only reason I want to save it. I will try the local (London, Ontario Canada) repair shops and am hopping to get some luck with it! :)

Thanks again,

Shorah

Posted 1 year ago
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G41M
Posts: 902

Shorah, Are quite positive it is the power connector and not the adapter power cord? Sometimes a broken adapter power cord would exhibit such a behavior. You can check this by using another known good adapter (same specs of course), if available. Or, simply connect and hold still the plug (using your fingers) to the power connector and wiggling the cord a bit and observing whether power light come on/off.

Posted 1 year ago
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BobJam
BobJam
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Do you plug and unplug that thing in frequently? The reason I ask is because what you are reporting is symptomatic of a lot of wear and tear.

If it turns out that indeed the AC port is out of line, then if you get it replaced I'd suggest that you consider leaving it plugged in permanently (to the computer that is, not the AC wall outlet.) Otherwise, if you continue to stress that connection out, it's only going to happen again sooner or later.

If that's not practical for you to do, then perhaps whenever you plug in the adapter, you can try and make sure you're plugging it straight in . . . 'cause every time you plug that thing in at an angle, you're stressing the connection. Probably good if you move the laptop so that you can see the port when you plug it in. Doing it "blind" increases the risk that you're going to shove it in at an angle.

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