[CS-FSLUG] Laptop Power Jack

Josiah Ritchie josiah at josiahritchie.com
Mon Dec 19 07:34:55 CST 2011

Some people have used hot plates and toaster ovens to reflow solder on
boards like that. The solder is already there and will tend to go
where you want it due to the solder mask on the board so simply
heating it and letting things fall together might help. I suppose
you'd risk other problems. Also, since the board likely has components
on both sides this may be a bad idea, but might be some information to
plan an approach the problem.


On Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Ed Hurst <ehurst at soulkiln.org> wrote:
> davidm at hisfeet.net wrote:
>> Might be a silly idea, which you have already checked, but I once
>> struggled with the ame thing on a laptop with a totaly dead battery.
>> Eventually I found that the plug I was using fit just fine on the outside,
>> but the middle connection wasn't making contact simply because the middle
>> pin was a smaller diameter. When I got the right adapter on the brick it
>> worked fine.
> Well, two bricks from other Dell laptops, all the same spec, don't work any
> better than the original with this one, but work fine with other Dells.
> Thus, I think the bricks are fine.
> The machine was working until the battery discharged, and it did so at the
> normal rate. Battery appears fine for that reason. So I'm pretty sure the
> jack is either unseated, dead, or something on the board is broken
> elsewhere.
> I've decided to wait until I get a chance to confer with my brother, who has
> fixed quite a few laptops in the past few years. He can do that precision
> soldering stuff which I tend to bungle.
> Thanks to everyone who has offered advice and links.
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