06-02-2009 08:18 PM
Friend wants me to fix his laptop. I recently repaired a dc jack on a Dell Inspiron 1500, so now I'm an expert and everyone wants me to fix their stuff. He says he gets no power, no led, nothing. Replaced battery and adapter, still nothing. Will ask him to try running it with adapter only, no battery. He did say the last year or so he had problems with the adapter plug slipping out of the jack frequently. Sounds like it might be the jack? Is there anyway to tell if this is the problem ahead of time? On the Dells you could hook up a vga montior to the vga jack and that created a ground which made the unit work temporarily and confirmed the problem. Any such trick on this one? I've found the hp service manual for it (thanks hp), so I think I'm good to go with the jack replacement if necessary. Has anyone who has done it have an opinion about the difficulty? The Dell took me two hours start to finish. Not necessarily hard, but tedious to keep track of all the parts. Frankly, I prefer to work on desktops...fun rather than aggravating.