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Toshiba Satellite A75-S209 DC Issue

By mewi
Nov 6, 2008
  1. So, the problem started when my dad told me various recharge lights would not come one. Low and behold after opening it up I noticed the Power Pin within the DC housing was not there, in fact it dropped directly into my hand while I was opening it... So after a great deal of experimentation in trying to fix it... I have given up, if I jiggle it for a little while the lights will come on for a second... Please look at diagram for what I believe is accurate~

    The connector just behind the housing... is that a ground? my limited knowledge on, on-board circuitry prevents me from repairing this myself.

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  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    if you can visually seek the break, then you know where it should connect in order to repair it. You need not know the polarity. But I don't recommend repairing this yourself unless you are good with a soldering iron. Take it to a shop.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually I don't think it's ground, but unsure, maybe a link to a magnified photo would help

    I'm going to contact member lamo, who loves this cicuitry area, and is certainly an expert in it. I'm unsure when or if he'll reply, so possibly just be patient

    Oh Tedster replied too.
     
  4. mewi

    mewi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    I found a site that seems to have experience with this particular laptop. Is this an easily fixable issue that most tech companies can handle? Or will I need a specialist? ;o

    http://www.powerjackrepair.org/toshibasatellitea75-s209.html
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I like this guide link for dissasembly of Toshiba laptops: http://www.irisvista.com/tech/

    I have PMd lamo, asking for help here, I'm sure he won't be able to resist but to reply (when he's next on) Well I hope so anyway :)
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,929   +167

    That center pin is the positive connector. The adapter housing mounts and the DC ground are the same. The break in the center pin is common and easily fixable by someone who can repair laptops and handle a soldering iron
     
  7. mewi

    mewi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 86

    Thanks for the responses everyone, I am certain I could of repaired it, had I the appropriate tools. I do have a solder ironer? but it was meant for glass cutting and clearly the solder that I do have is not meant for circuitry ( as it sticks to nothing lol )

    I'll try to see if I can find a local area to get this laptop repaired ( vermont ) if you know any good places in Vermont please tell me =3


    That's a pretty nice guide, ha! Fortunately I have had experience with opening the laptop in question ( had to clean it due to dust causing an overheating issue ) Could of saved me 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get the keyboard out. Darn Security Strip >.>
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,929   +167

    There are many good laptop repair companies out there... Local repair is not necessary. Go to FedEx and purchase a Laptop mailer box from them for $10, and insure it for replacement value.

    Here is just one such company:
    http://www.pelltechnology.com/
     
  9. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie Posts: 570

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