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Help taking apart Sony laptop

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by cableguy902, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. cableguy902

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    Ok here is the deal. Laptop fell on the floor and those USB ports where right at the point of the impact. Result - they are crooked but still work fine. Unfortunately headphone jack (the black one on the picture) does not work anymore. I guess it got jammed inside by those USB ports. It's a big deal for me because I use it to run sound and video through my big screen.
    My question - is it a good idea to take apart the thing and poke around a bit? Thanks for any help. I just dont want to make any more damage by trying to fix it
     

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  2. Kevin F

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    A solder joint eas probably damaged. How good are you with a soldering iron? Anotber way to fix this is to use a usb sound card.
     
  3. cableguy902

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    Soldering iron.... I did some when I was a kid. Wasn't too hard. Now how do I take this thing apart?

    How much is the usb sound card and how good would the sound quality be? I love taking thing apart but I rather not risk my only computer that otherwise works just great.
     
  4. Kevin F

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    A usb sound card isn't too expensive. Maybe $20 om amazon. They are usually very good quality from the ones I've used at the apple store, and my brother owns one.
     
  5. cableguy902

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    Thanks Kevin
     
  6. cableguy902

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    Amazon also has USB hubs with 4 to 10 USB port extensions that also include headphone jack. Which is great for my laptop, since I only have 3 USB ports and 2 are always used up by keyboard and mouse. I probably will go with one of those usb hubs, I assume sound quality should be at least as good as the original headphone jack. Or should I buy dedicated sound adapter?
     
  7. Kevin F

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    I think that will work just fine. And usb ports are an added bonus.
     

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