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04-07-2010, 08:53 PM
Ok so I get an IBM R51 in today with a busted dc jack.

Do a google and find that it is a dc jack not attach to the mobo but an assembly. Similar to the Toshiba's. Cool. This should be quick, right?


The IBM eng's seam to be thinking future service so they help the techs out by giving a legend of the screws and numbering the placements. (see pic 1)

Undo the screws and the whole keyboard and top bezel comes off with no problems exposing the location of and access to the dc jack's socket on the mobo. You can unplug the dc jack but you can't remove the dc jack. Lets remove the LCD screen. Now there is a metal retainer in your way. (see pic 2)

Ok so, lets remove the retainer.... ok all screws are removed and the printer cable mount screws are removed as well. (see pic 3) note: the plastic was already broken. and yes I have a granite mouse surface =)

Nope.... I have to remove the hole damn mobo just to get the dc jack out.

ID10t Engineers!

(or am I missing something?)

04-07-2010, 09:34 PM
Nope.... I have to remove the hole damn mobo just to get the dc jack out.

Welcome to my world. :p

The more of these you do the more insane the designs you come across.

Try taking a jack out of a Dell Latitude C610 . Not only do you have to take out the mobo, the mobo is in a steel "rubiks cube" of a frame.


Google " Dell Latitude C610 motherboard" on ebay and see how many are being sold with the whole frame assembly because its so freaking much work to take out the mobo. Parts interlock with other parts and you start taking one side apart but then realize you hit a rivet so the part isnt going to come apart but how the hell did they get the mobo in the damn frame ?. The part closest to the DC jack cant be take apart until you take apart three other areas.

Some of the internal frames and support pieces on laptops just are ridiculous, 5 or 6 small parts making up one larger part that sits inside a larger frame.

Sometimes the machines you think that will be the easiest end up being the biggest pains in the ass.

04-07-2010, 09:39 PM
I've replaced the dc jack on my R51 twice. It's a pain in the ass for sure. A lot of swearing and prying, luckily I didn't break anything.

04-07-2010, 11:04 PM
What gets me is that the jack is loose... and it is RIGHT there taunting me.

04-08-2010, 12:17 AM
If its just loose wouldn't some superglue help?

:D only kidding!!