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Old 08-16-2009, 09:53 PM
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Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestions regarding this problem.

For a couple of weeks now the power cord on my Sony VAIO laptop does not stay connected unless held in place with my (right)hand. And even then it only charges for a few seconds at a time. It seems like every time I breathe the connection is lost and I have to struggle and spend the next ten minutes trying to find that "one" single position in which it will actually work.

I spend more time trying to hold the power cord "just right" than actually doing any work on the computer itself. It is extremely frustrating not to mention all the time wasted and the inconvenience of having to type and move the cursor with my left hand only. Also,the point where I hold ther power cord gets extremely hot!!

Does anyone know any solution other than having to send my laptop all the way to California(which is what the Sony people want me to do)? On top of that they will not tell me up front how much it will cost to have it repaired OR how long they will need to keep the laptop.

I am not sure if the defect lies at the end of the cord itself or the pin inside the laptop where it actually connects. Does anyone have any similar experience trying to get the power cord/or the internal pin repaired from somewhere other than the laptop manufacturer? How much should it cost?

As an aside, are there any places I can rent a laptop?? I need something to work on even if I do decide to send it to Sony factory for them to look at it.

Any ideas or solutions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:22 AM
Location: Golden, CO
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I had a similar problem with my hp laptop. long story short, it cost about 200 dollars, part (40) and labor to do it. kind of expensive, but this was about 2 years ago. I can take apart a computer, but for the life of me, i just couldn't figure out how to reach that little connection part, so with not time to fix it, i took it to a place around the corner that does laptop fixes.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:25 PM
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You need to determine if it's the power cord or the jack on the laptop. If you have a competant local shop (not best buy) in your area see if they do that type of work. The jack itsef runs around $20-50, labor should be an hour or so. Some of these jack replacements are very tricky, some Dell's have 9 different solder points for the jack, I won't even do those as they are on the very difficult end, but many sony's have a jack that's seperate from the logic board and is easy to replace.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:59 PM
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Well, if it's the outside of the barrel that's loose, you could put a tiny piece of electrical tape on the outside of the barrel, just a tiny piece, then when you plug it in it should stay from the friction. This is temporary only, and you run the risk of it jamming in the plug end. The other option is to have something to push against the plug to keep it in, maybe a velcro strap or something.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:15 PM
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I'm having the exact same problem, well actually it has happened to me twice. A few years ago it was the actual cord so all it took was a new power adapter. Happened again these past few months and is steadily getting worse. Bought another power adapter and it is still doing the same thing so obviously it is on the ocmputer end, not the power adpater end. I'm not bothering getting it fixed. I'm personally not going to spend $1-200 when I can just get a much better computer, although not a high end computer, for ~$500.

But my computer is a 4 year old dell. I'm not sure how long it is going to last anyway.
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