How to Replace a DC Jack in a Laptop

Two Parts:Dis-AssemblyRe-Assembly

These instructions tell you how to replace a faulty plug-in type DC jack. A novice laptop repair person or someone who has a little knowledge can greatly benefit from using these instructions with some experience replacing hard drives and RAM cards. Within these instructions are steps on how to disassemble the laptop, pulling and installing the new jack, and finally re-assembling the laptop. Read the instructions once before starting to make sure you have a feel for how the repair is to be performed. While taking the laptop apart, take a lot of pictures. This repair is for the computer repair novice, someone who has little experience replacing internal laptop components.

Part 1

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    Turn off the laptop.
    • You never want to begin repairing a laptop or any electrical system while the power is still on. It could shock you and/or damage the internal components.
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    Pull out the battery.
    • It is located at the bottom of the laptop. It will have two spring loaded tabs that you pull out while taking the battery out.
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    Hold down the power button for 40 seconds.
    • This will discharge static electricity that can damage your laptop's sensitive components.
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    Unscrew the hard drive and RAM doors.
    • Some screws will not come off, they are simply unscrewed, but remain attached to the hole that it is in, when you take the door off.
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    Pull out RAM cards. Take a picture.
    • The RAM card is a small rectangular circuit board, held in to a silver housing.
    • Where you see the screwdrivers touching, you must push those tabs out and the RAM card will pop up.
    • When pulling these out you want to push the tabs out on each side and the RAM card will pop up and you can pull it out very easily.
    • You should never have to force the RAM cards out.
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    Pull out the hard drive. Take a picture.
    • Easily pulled out from its connection.
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    Pull out the keyboard screw cover. Use the computer chip lifter.
    • You can pop the edges out, when running the computer chip lifter by the joints.
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    Pull off the keyboard slowly. Take a picture
    • Unscrew the screws that are holding it to the laptop.
    • The is a strip connector in the motherboard that can break if yanked.
    • There will be a plastic lock that has two locking tabs you must pull those out in order for it to let the strip loose.
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    Unscrew screws from under the keyboard.
    • screws are not connected to the keyboard itself, but to the face-plate directly under where the keyboard was.
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    Unscrew the screws from under the laptop and unscrew the small screws from the battery opening.
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    Pull out the DVD drive.
    • Unscrew its screw.
    • Put a paper clip in its manual open hole and the DVD drive will be able to be pulled out.
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    Pull off top plate slowly. Take a picture.
    • Cords from the power button and the touch pad will be attached to the motherboard. These need to be pulled off before you can pull it off entirely.
    • Once those have been disconnected pull off the top plat by its edges.
    • Once that is off the motherboard will be exposed.
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    Unscrew the screws attaching the motherboard to the chassis. Take a picture.
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    Pull the fans power cord from the motherboard. Take a picture
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    Unscrew the fan from the motherboard.
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    Pull of any cords connecting to the motherboard and flip it over. Take a picture, possibly more than one in order to get all of the details.
    • The DC jack will look like this.
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    Pull out the old DC jack from the motherboard and from the chassis (input and output). Take a picture.
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    Insert the new DC jack to the motherboard and chassis.

Part 2

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    Place motherboard in place in the chassis that it was taken from before flipping it over.
    • The motherboard will have to be played with a little in order to get it in. It will go in in the exact same way it was taken out.
    • Sometimes, depending on the laptop that you have, the headphone and mic jacks, the ethernet cord port will have an opening in the chassis that you can fit in.
    • During this process, try not to flex the motherboard too much.
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    Reconnect all cords to the motherboard.
    • This usually includes: touch pad, keyboard, power button, usb cords, Wired internet cords, wifi adapter. Anything that you unplugged while taking the motherboard out.
    • Reference the pictures you took during dis-assembly
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    Screw in the fan and plug in its cord.
    • The fan will go in same way it came out.
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    Re-attach the face plate.
    • Be sure to plug in its cords while connecting it.
    • The joints will be connecting to eachother and slicking when they have been connected. That is how you know the chassis and face-plate are connected.
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    Plug in the keyboard.
    • Be sure to plug in its strip to the motherboard before laying it flat and screwing it in.
    • This goes in, in the opposite of its removal. You will have to connect the strip to the locking tab.
    • After you connect the strip connector to the locking tabs. Give it a very light tug to make sure it is locked in.
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    Screw in screws to the back of the laptop.
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    Insert DVD drive.
    • It will slide right in to the slot.
    • There is a screw that holds the DVD drive to the bottom of the laptop, it will be a small screw. Screw that in now.
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    Insert RAM cards.
    • Slide Ram into its port the opposite way that it was removed and when you hear a click, its in.
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    Insert the hard drive.
    • The hard drive will slide in very easily just as it was pulled out.
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    Cover the RAM cards and hard drive with their respective doors and screw those in.
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    Troubleshoot as needed:
    • If you can't remove the DC jack it may not be a plug in type some must be de-soldered. Before beginning the repair search the type of DC jack within your specific laptop.
    • If some screws don't go back in, you may have gotten confused with the screws. Different parts of the laptop carry different sized screws.
    • Most times the laptop doesn't need half the screws in it, the screws make it stronger against drops. You can purchase the screws in most electronic and/or computer repair stores.
    • If after the repair is complete and the laptop still does not charge or turn on, you may have had another problem. Take a look at the Related Article about diagnosing this problem. The problem could have a simple fix.
    • If the keyboard is not working, you will have to remove the keyboard and make sure that the strip connector is locked in.
    • If the DVD drive doesn't slide into its slot smoothly, don't try to jam it in that could damage a cord. Use the computer chip lifter to move the cords out of the way of the DVD drive.


  • When pulling the face plate up be sure to go from corner to corner slowly. Going too fast could snap the joints.
  • Take pictures as often as possible during the dis-assembly period to aid your memory in the re-assembly period.
  • A lot of times there are various different screw sizes for different parts of the laptop. An egg container and some labels can help you sort them out so that you don,t get confused or lose any screws.
  • Work on a soft cloth so that the laptop doesn't scratch.
  • If your tough pad is not operating you may not have connected the touch pad strip connector.
  • If your keyboard is not operating you may not have connected the keyboard strip connector.
  • Be sure to connect all peripherals or else they will not work and you will have to dis-assemble to entire laptop again.
  • If laptop doesn't turn on you may need to go back and connect the strip connector that is connected to the power button.


  • Don't apply too much torque to screws, they could strip!
  • Motherboards are delicate, be careful not to knock off any integrated circuits (little black boxes) from the motherboard.
  • Make sure you take pictures before you start.
  • Be very careful with the tabs locking the keyboard in, they can easily break. The black tabs on each side should only need a small nudge to unlock it.

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Things You'll Need

  • 50mm precision screwdriver
  • Paper Clip
  • Labels
  • Egg pan
  • Computer chip lifter

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