I’ve got a Dell laptop computer, 700m if that matters. I dropped it on its side from about 3 feet while it was plugged in. It came straight down on the adaptor plug and broke the spot where the adaptor plugs into the computer. Actually it didn’t completely break off right away, there were a few days where I could jiggle the plug around to make it work, but eventually the jack become completely loose and separated from the computer itself.
I did open up the computer a little bit to try to take a look myself, and I see that the jack is a small shiny cube, which is now compltely detached from the circuit board it had been attached to. The problem is that I can barely even get at the board to see what happened, much less enough to try to fix anything. After taking off a few screws and trying to open the thing up I came to my senses and put everything back together before I went beyond the point of no return. I’m 99.9% sure I didn’t screw anything else up worse than it was, with the exception that I did break the case of the computer a bit.
Bottom line, it looks like the only problem is that the about 1 cm shiny metal cube which contains the plug/jack is loose inside the computer. I’m having trouble getting at the board it had been attached to. I don’t want to to anything to further damage the functionality of the computer, although I’d be willing to cause any cosmetic damage as would be necessary.
By coincidence the extended warranty expired today, although I doubt that would have helped, considering I dropped it myself through no fault of Dell’s.
I’m not sure how much time or money I’d want to spend on this thing. The battery is already shot, there is already some cosmetic damage to the machine. Although it is only just over 2 years old, I did get a good deal on it, and wonder if a new comprable machine would cost in the same ballpark as the replacement battery and repairs.
Is there any chance this is something I can fix myself cheaply? Or, any ballpark guesses as to how much it would cost to get fixed or advice on where to take it? Any advice on what I should do?
Thanks for the help.