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MuffyTheVampyreLayer
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Part needed for an Acer

I need a new part (power socket) for my laptop. Acer will not let the part be sold without sending the computer in for servicing, which will cost me lots and I see it as a waste of money for something I can do myself. Apparently they have the copyright on the part, and I have not been able to find anything similar enough to do the job elsewhere.

Any suggestions where I could look for the part...or......would I get away with sticking a different socket in if I replace the socket connection on the power cord, or would this cause my computer to blow up?

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Dingle
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hmm, is that legal?

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MuffyTheVampyreLayer
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umm...er....technically speaking - no. But the sales guy did suggest that I buy a second hand laptop to butcher, which isnt techically legal when associated with the power supply either. I doubt anyone is going to charge me with grand computer conversion

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Dingle
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no, what i meant was is it legal for a company to sell you an expensive product, then refuse to sell you parts to maintain it after it craps out.

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MuffyTheVampyreLayer
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Oh - yes. They do it all the time. It SHOULD be illegal in my opinion though - They get away with it because it is a safety issue - fucking around with the power supply can cause electrocution (if you are a complete moron)...etc.

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One thing to remember when working on laptops, is that some pieces are made to fit only specific models. I don't know about the specific model of laptop you have, but if its an older model, it might be better to look around for one to gut parts off of. Naturally you'd get the most out of finding the same model you have now.

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MuffyTheVampyreLayer
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Yes...it isn't that old unfortunately, and I think I would pay as much for a second hand one as I would to send it in for servicing. (servicing will cost $120.00 - the part is only worth $2.00 though! - But an essential part nonetheless) I'm not terribly worried about the part beings slightly different, as my puter has currently got two wires from the power cord jammed directly in to the mother board and held in place with bluetack. - I might be playing with fire - but it seems to be working (and has done for the last 4-5 months - just means it is no longer portable)

Surely I must be able to find a better/cheaper solution than this though?

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Still the blue tack huh?

The principle is simple enough, it's no more difficult than a flashlight, positive to negative and all that.

You just need someone who's a bit handy with a soldering iron, and a couple of connecting plugs type thingies.

$2, tops for parts, a six pack for labour.


Sidenote, I bought a slightly rodgered lappie for $50, Compaq. Video card was a bit knackered, price from Compaq for the parts after trying to insist that they had to take the thing apart first? $1700 for a new motherboard.

Try to advoid going down that road.

Sidenote #2, prices in NZ dollars.

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Blennidae
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I misunderstood, I thought it was a bad power supply. If its just a cable that came off, then soldering is definately the way to go.

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MuffyTheVampyreLayer
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Still the blue tack huh?

The principle is simple enough, it's no more difficult than a flashlight, positive to negative and all that.

You just need someone who's a bit handy with a soldering iron, and a couple of connecting plugs type thingies.

$2, tops for parts, a six pack for labour.



Yes, still the bluetack...that and number 8 wire eh... It has taken me a while to confirm that no bastard (locally) will give me the damn part.

Cheers skalie...I thought I could get away with someone soldering a new one in, but the wanker I spoke to tried to make out like it was only something an elite (acer) part would work for...but that kind of runs contrary to the jerry rig I'm using at the moment.

If I get fried I'll blame you

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