If the only way you can turn on your computer is to hold the power plug at an angle or wiggle it, you have a bad DC jack (Power Jack). Replacing the DC jack can save you hundreds of dollars over the price of a new logic board. We stock DC jacks for many popular laptop brands including Toshiba, Dell, Sony, HP, Compaq, Gateway, Acer, Asus. We can usually provide same or next day service depending on availability.
Replacing a DC Jack is very involved and not for novices. The laptop must be completely disassembled, the faulty jack must be desoldered and replaced, then the laptop is reassembled. Without the proper expertise and tools, you can cause serious damage to your logic board or other components.
Bad DC Jack Symptoms
The most common symptoms of a bad DC Jack are that:
The laptop won’t start unless the power cable is wiggled or at an angle.
The laptop will run off battery power but not AC
The laptop will randomly charge or switch between battery and AC power.
DC Jack Failure
DC Jacks usually fail from oxidation due to normal wear and tear or universal adapter tips that don’t fit snuggly, both cause the jack to wiggle around which weakens the solder joints and damages the jack. Laptop motherboards start around $350 and can exceed a thousand dollars depending on the model. Replacing the bad jack is often more economical then replacing the motherboard.