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Title: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Roobarb on Thursday 21 November 13 22:49 GMT (UK)
I have a problem with the plug on my laptop charger, the thin one that plugs into the computer itself. The pin has come out of the centre. Can I buy just this bit (with the cable) or will I have to buy the whole thing (with the oblong box and electrical plug)? What is the bit called?

Would be grateful for advice on this.  :)
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: suegill on Thursday 21 November 13 23:22 GMT (UK)
I think you're going to have to buy the whole thing.  I've bought a few ( my husband keeps leaving them behind on his business trips) they cost about $15 here in the states.
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: silvery on Thursday 21 November 13 23:40 GMT (UK)
Try amazon or ebay.  If you go to one of the big stores it's much more expensive.   
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: mosiefish on Friday 22 November 13 00:04 GMT (UK)
Have you tried asking a local computer shop (not one of the big boys)?  They are usually much more helpful. 
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Roobarb on Friday 22 November 13 00:44 GMT (UK)
Thanks for replies, seems I spoke too soon ...... it's the pin from the socket that had come out. A future problem I think! Thanks anyway.  :)
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: [Ray] on Friday 22 November 13 08:59 GMT (UK)


(Recent purchase) They can be as cheap as 3.97 + p&p depending upon "make/spec"

Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 23 November 13 21:29 GMT (UK)
Thanks Ray.  :)
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: sstarr2008 on Sunday 24 November 13 16:05 GMT (UK)
Thanks for replies, seems I spoke too soon ...... it's the pin from the socket that had come out. A future problem I think! Thanks anyway.  :)
Not good news. Even if the actual connector is not expensive, the work of stripping the laptop to fit a new one is not a job for the novice and if your laptop is still in warranty then it's a job better left to the experts I'm afraid.

Stu
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Calverley Lad on Sunday 24 November 13 18:47 GMT (UK)
Find a local computer shop and explain your problem.
(Do not go into your local branch of national box shifters)
You know the one PC W, they have a minimum repair charge!
 Brian
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Roobarb on Sunday 24 November 13 19:26 GMT (UK)
Thanks for the advice.  :)

We put the pin back into the socket and (touch wood) it has stayed there but it does get used a lot so no doubt it will give up at some time. I'd already looked at the website of my local computer shop when I thought it was the plug and the first thing on the repairs and service menu was about socket replacement, seems it's a common problem. They have a standard charge of 49.
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Cai Thomas on Monday 02 December 13 14:22 GMT (UK)
Thanks for the advice.  :)

We put the pin back into the socket and (touch wood) it has stayed there but it does get used a lot so no doubt it will give up at some time. I'd already looked at the website of my local computer shop when I thought it was the plug and the first thing on the repairs and service menu was about socket replacement, seems it's a common problem. They have a standard charge of 49.

I would buy a new socket/adapter because if the pin gets stuck in the computer you will haver an entirely different problem where you could send up having to replace a powerboard for the sake of a 5 adaptor.
Title: Re: Laptop charger plug
Post by: Roobarb on Monday 02 December 13 17:22 GMT (UK)
Thanks, good advice, I'm onto it! I phoned my local computer shop last week, they can't do it till Thursday this week! They actually said to bring it in on Wednesday and they should be able to let me have it back by Thursday. Don't know how that works, that says to me that it's booked in for Wednesday but I'm not going to argue.  ;)

 Unfortunately it'll be the 49 job not a fiver but a lot cheaper than a new computer.