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Windows 7: Motherboard DC jack removal/desoldering misery

31 May 2013   #11
mrbongo

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Cleaning fan ? Can I recommend aerosol compressed air. I sometimes get whirring noise after reassembling repaired pc - usually a rogue wire touching the cpu fan.
Compressed air! I just KNEW I'd forgotten to pick up something at the hardware store. Right now, for the first time in months I am enjoying the simple pleasure of using my laptop as a laptop and not plugged in and obsessing over a wiggly wire. Once this whirring noise is gone I will do a big clean-up, so much junk on my desktop, unused programs etc.


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31 May 2013   #12
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Congrats on the excellent job of the plug removal, just opening up a lappy fully to clean is a daunting task on many models but to break out the soldering iron and remove parts and re-install is fantastic even though it sound straight forward it always is a bit nerve racking.
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31 May 2013   #13
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
Cleaning fan ? Can I recommend aerosol compressed air. I sometimes get whirring noise after reassembling repaired pc - usually a rogue wire touching the cpu fan.
It was indeed the speaker wire making all the noise. Now nice and tidy and had a good clean under the keyboard too.

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31 May 2013   #14
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Congrats on the excellent job of the plug removal, just opening up a lappy fully to clean is a daunting task on many models but to break out the soldering iron and remove parts and re-install is fantastic even though it sound straight forward it always is a bit nerve racking.
Thankyou! I knew I had three options.

1: Ignore the problem and eventually explode with rage over the problem.

2: Buy a new laptop.

3: Fix it myself.

I guess I should feel nervous about opening it up but I don't have a lot of fear when it comes to these things. Fixed my other halfs 'black screen at boot' issue years ago by doing some motherboard jumper maintenance and the machine is still going strong - we recently gave it to a 'silver surfer' friend of ours who uses it every day now.

When I was practising my soldering I got out the motherboard for my old laptop so I may go ahead and strip some stuff off that. The spec is low but I might need them one day as spares, I guess.
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31 May 2013   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm definitely impressed! Most laptops are a beast to work on. The *&^%$#@!s who design how to open them up have a mean streak a mile wide and should be condemned to eternity repeatedly disassembling and reassembling them.
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31 May 2013   #16
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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I'm definitely impressed! Most laptops are a beast to work on. The *&^%$#@!s who design how to open them up have a mean streak a mile wide and should be condemned to eternity repeatedly disassembling and reassembling them.
Haha I picture a dark room in hell with rows of them crying, screwdrivers churning continuously...

I guess the point is to make them inaccessible to the people using them to prevent fools like me tinkering with the bits inside. Also to increase the likelihood of the manufacturers worthless extended warranty plan being taken out and also to keep techies in jobs (much the same as my Norton antivirus/virus creator conspiracy theory).
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31 May 2013   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrbongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I'm definitely impressed! Most laptops are a beast to work on. The *&^%$#@!s who design how to open them up have a mean streak a mile wide and should be condemned to eternity repeatedly disassembling and reassembling them.
Haha I picture a dark room in hell with rows of them crying, screwdrivers churning continuously...
Dante forgot that circle (or it was too horrible for him to be allowed to see it).
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31 May 2013   #18
mrbongo

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The 8th deadly sin - Laptop chassis manufacture.

Hehe, it would have been a lot more painful had I not been blinded with a dark rage that had been building for months.
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31 May 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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The 8th deadly sin - Laptop chassis manufacture...
Choke!...gasp!...
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31 May 2013   #20
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

For the next time (and future readers), try solder wick to remove the solder. It's the stuff that people use to solder miniaturized and BGA components by hand (and remove the mess of solder that doing it by hand causes), so it's pretty close to magic.

Btw, professionals of board recycling use heat guns.
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