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Help! How to fix broken audio/USB ports?

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Craig, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Craig

    Craig Guest


    I have a Dell Latitude C840, on which unfortunately the audio
    (headphone) and one of the USB ports are damaged. I have pictures of
    each at the following url's:


    I contacted Dell about this matter, but their only solution was to
    replace the motherboard, which unfortunately would not have been covered
    under my warranty and would have cost me $250 - no thanks.

    Is there any simple way to fix either of these problems? I would
    appreciate any suggestions.

    ~ Craig
    Craig, Jan 29, 2004
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  2. you may want to try:
    a USB 2.0 buscard or a hub to the good USB port.
    an external audio proscesor like the one from creative labs, dont remember
    the name.
    Dennis Savatski, Jan 30, 2004
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  3. Craig

    Craig Guest

    Thanks for your response.

    I do a 4-plug hub that I can use on the good port and when I want to
    listen to audio at home I have a port replicator I use, in which I leave
    my stereo plugged into the audio port (and I plug my headphones into the
    stereo if I feel like it). My problem is that when I take my laptop out
    someplace I can't be lugging around my port replicator too and even a
    USB hub is kind of in the way, so I was hoping to find some way to
    repair the actual ports themselves. The USB port isn't as much of a
    problem as the audio port, as I can only use it by jamming a plug in
    there and positioning it just right -- one slight move and BUZZZZZZZZ,
    or the audio starts coming out of my laptop speakers. This is kind of a
    pain when you're trying to watch a movie on a plane, for example. Any
    solution to my audio problem would have to involve something that
    wouldn't get in the way if I were moving my laptop around.

    Craig, Jan 30, 2004
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