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Power in socket Amilo Pro 2010

Postby gnome » Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:36 pm

I have managed to trip over the mains lead, pull the laptop off of the desk and onto the floor. This idiocy has resulted in the power in socket becoming very loose, it will still take power from the AC adaptor but has to be in just the right position. To make my grin even more fixed, this happened 2 days after the warranty ran out! Does anyone have a strip down sequence to get at this component please?
This is a great forum, only joined today and have already found out how to upgrade the memory, brilliant, thank you. Any help with my problem will be greatly appreciated.
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Postby aspettl » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:18 pm

Even if you had warranty: this is an actual fault, so you it wouldn't get repaired for free.
Unfortunately it isn't easy to fix this problem, but I'm not a hardware freak and can't give you much information there ;-)

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Postby xray » Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:38 pm

Unfortunately I can't give you an exact how-to either but I can suggest this:

See an electronics store and find a socket just like the one in your amilo. With that socket go to a decent computer-store (or something similar shop where they repair your devices) and give them the socket to change for the broken one...
Maybe you could even do this yourself, depending on your "skills" ;)

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Postby gnome » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:39 pm

Thanks for your replies, I think that I may be able to get at the affected part by following the strip down sequence for changing the memory. It looks as if the plug is behind the CPU fan. You would not believe how many times I moan at people for not putting power leads out of harms way!!
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Postby gnome » Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:12 pm

I have followed the excellent strip down sequence from the German Amilo site. Once the keyboard is out and the cover over the memory has been removed it is quite a simple matter to move the CPU fan out of the way. then I can see that I have managed to break the solder connection between the AC adaptor input and the PCB. Should be fairly simple to mend it from here on. I do recommend more memory than the 256 factory fitted option. I had a spare 128 and even that has helped tremendously. I reckon I can get 1Gb for about £70, as stated on the German site, that makes it go like it is on rocket fuel!! Happy Easter everyone. :lol:
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Postby gnome » Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:31 am

Hiya
Found the input jack on e-bay, here is the URL for anyone who is interested

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fujitsu-AMILO-Pro ... dZViewItem
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Postby mamatembo » Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:55 am

Hi, I have a quite similar problem with the power connector (mine broke in two pieces, but still is soldered to the mainboard). The question is: is any manual available where is explained how to open the case? I ask that because the space left after remiving the cooler seems not to be enough for a successfull soldering.
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Postby Lost Heaven » Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:23 am

Glad to know you seem to have the situation under control!

Just to let all of you know that this type of situation is what I call the "laptop cancer". I had a similar problem with my first laptop, except I didn't trip on it, the power socket just got looser and looser with the time. I had to lean the power jack the right angle, otherwise it wouldn't make contact. Until the day that it simply wouldn't make contact anymore. My local Compaq repair store (it was the laptop's brand) informed me that this type of situations can rarely be fixed by replacing and soldering the power conector, only if you act in time or get really lucky, otherwise, a full motherboard replacement is necessary, and this is way too expansive to be worthed.

My advice is: be VERY carefull with your power socket, don't play with it, don't twist it, don't have anything around it, and don't have the power cable on a place where one can easily trip on him and violently pull the cable out.
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Postby mamatembo » Thu Nov 02, 2006 2:24 pm

Thanks for your message. Unfortunatelly I'm not in the total controll, as I said, I needhelp for removing the case of the notebook. I really need access to the mainboard where that connector is soldered. Fact is that I soldered it two days ago and it broke again. I suspect that only a small part was sticked together and that's why it didn't resist.
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  Topic is solved

Postby gnome » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:16 pm

I have already posted a site which sells d.c. input jacks, the hard bit is indeed taking the whole laptop apart and then soldering the jack to the motherboard is simple. The point is this, there is absolutely no need for a new motherboard. There are sites where d.c. jack replacement is offered for around £120. I managed to take an Amilo Pro V2010 apart inside 90 mins and replace the broken input jack. Don't be ripped off by anyone who insists your laptop needs a new motherboard ! !
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