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Is there some way to save my laptop?

Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships)Registered User regular
edited November 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
My seven year old Sony Vaio took a tumble off the counter, landing right on where the AC adapter was plugged in. This cracked the socket, but worse, the little cylinder inside the power supply socket is now AWOL, leaving just the two internal pins hanging out, and nothing to plug the Adaptor plug into. Short of finding a very small plastic cylinder, is there anyway I can fix the power socket so I can plug it back in? Someplace I can order a replacement cylinder from? Anything easier than performing frankensurgery and ripping out the old socket and soldering in a new one?

Picture for reference: what got lost is that cylinder right in the middle.
laptop-power-jack.jpg

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    PirateJonPirateJon Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Short of finding a very small plastic cylinder, is there anyway I can fix the power socket so I can plug it back in?

    Directly wire it up.

    Someplace I can order a replacement cylinder from?

    Only the manufacturer.

    Anything easier than performing frankensurgery and ripping out the old socket and soldering in a new one?

    Pay to have it fixed. Buy a new laptop.

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    -AKIRA--AKIRA- Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You might be able to fiddle around with the appropriate adaptaplug to get it working. See if you can't figure out what type it is, take a shot of good scotch, and grab a soldering iron. There's always the option of finding some cheap device with the same plug type and swapping out parts. Since the plug itself isn't doing any "work," it doesn't matter what voltages the source device works with.

    Adaptaplug is just a brand, I don't know exactly what the general term is.

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    Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I actually got it to work by fiddling with the pins on the power socket so that they'd be contacting the ac adapter plug when I put it into the socket. There's nothing holding it in now, so it's extremely loose, but if I leave it sitting on the counter it'll charge up just fine.

    And getting a new laptop is one my list of things to do, but so long as I keep this one functioning, that's money I don't have to spend. Maybe I should put it on my Christmas list and hope I get lucky.

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