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HP Laptop charging jack problem

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Big Dog Dad, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Big Dog Dad

    Big Dog Dad

    Jun 4, 2000
    S.W. Pa
    I've got an HP laptop with a changing jack in the laptop itself that is going bad. If I just plug the charger in, it won't charge, but if I put some sideways pressure on the plug, it will charge. Does anyone know if this is something that can handled by the average computer tinkerer? I called Best Buy and they want about $130 to replace the jack. I live in the Pittsburgh area (south hills) if anyone knows a fair, reasonable, and most of all, competent repair shop that I could take this to if it's not something that I should attempt.

  2. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001

  3. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    I agree with Indy on this 100%!

    You want to pay a fair price to get it fixed once and for all.... an inexperienced tech may not have a problem soldering the powerjack... but may bugger up the re-assembly!

    That's gonna make a difference, especially with re-applying the thermal paste effectively.

    Good Luck with this!
  4. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Does $130 include parts and labor? If so, that honestly doesn't sound like to bad of a price. I'd find out what type of guarantee you get, etc.

    I know you said its out of warranty, but have you contacted HP and asked them what they would charge if you ship them the laptop for the repair? You might find the price is similar, and I imagine the factory would have competent people to complete the repair.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  5. Remember that nerd with thick glasses you used to bully in high school? He could fix it. :supergrin: