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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 10:07 
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The charge port on my laptop is damaged, forcing me to type this on my phone... Please ignore bad grammar and typos.

Its a pretty nice MSI gaming laptop. I can access the port on the motherboard easily enough. Is this a job I should attempt on my own to repair? It is going to require soldering a new port onto the board. Worst case I torch the board and have a fairly easy 300 dollar fix replacing the whole motherboard. Or I bring it to a professional and pay them probably 150 to do it for me.

Are my odds of getting this right better than 50%?

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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 10:11 
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I can't know for sure...but I can't see the power port being soldered onto the mother board. Open her up and take a look. Either that or google the model for any docs. I know there are many you tube videos showing the sort of thing you want to do.

Good luck

edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6HyrYPxtBU like this

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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 10:14 
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I opened it up already. It's right on the board.

The whole thing opens up easily and I can access all the innerds with not much difficulty. I assumed it would be a solder job but I'll look at it closer on my lunch break and post a picture or two.

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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 10:22 
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That video is perfect. Its almost exactly the same model I'm working with.

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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 10:38 
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I'd like to give it a go... But thats a bit more than I think I can handle. To the pros!

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PostPosted: Sat 09.06.2014, 21:51 
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Best price I could find was $400. They all suggested just replacing the motherboard. Turns out that costs 550. Screw it I ordered the new plug and tore down the laptop. 8 bucks its worth a shot to save 542 bucks.

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PostPosted: Sun 09.07.2014, 23:54 
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So, did you fix it already?


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You can do this. Just make sure you have a good soldering iron. Use a solder wick to carefully remove excess old solder and flux to keep the new solder where it is supposed to go. If it is surface mount, it can be a bit tricky and takes some extra prep work. If the solder points go through the board (pins that actually go all the way through the board) it will be a breeze.


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I ordered the port. 8 bucks shipped.

Should be here this week. I have the board out, ready to go. I'll update when the port arrives. It does go through the board so no worries there.

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Up and running. Desoldering was kind of a pain in the butt.

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PostPosted: Wed 09.17.2014, 22:00 
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Mostly just took a bunch to help me with the reassembly, I can post a few when I get them off my phone later.

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Couple of tear down
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Awesome. Was it worth the savings?

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