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Repair of Acer laptop USB sockets?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Peabody, Jan 24, 2008.

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  1. Peabody

    Peabody Guest

    A friend of mine has an Acer Aspire laptop, and the USB
    ports are "worn out". He says the contacts are either
    broken or bent.

    He would like to take the laptop apart and either repair the
    ports or replace them.

    He has a couple of junk laptops, and has already removed
    two good USB sockets from them, but he says they don't
    appear to mount the same way as on the Acer motherboard.
    So I suspect it's going to be tough to find the right
    replacements unless we can somehow figure out the right
    Mouser (or whatever) part to order.

    An alternative would be to attempt to repair the existing
    sockets by replacing just the contacts.

    Anyone have experience with this kind of repair, or have
  2. Check for bad solder joints. That would be my first suspiscion. I've never
    seen a USB port "wear out", but I've seen them broken many times.

  3. Baron

    Baron Guest

    I agree ! In every case that I've seen physical damage has been the
    cause of failure. Also it seems that every laptop manufacturer has
    their own variation. Most often it seems that the connecting pins that
    go into the circuit board have a different arrangement.

    If you are lucky you can salvage good ones that will fit perfectly.
    Then you have the problem of broken internal traces when you pull the
    plating out of the holes.

    Good luck.
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