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Thread: USB port repair

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    Junior Member Mad Cow Web's Avatar
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    Hello everyone,

    Does anyone know if its possible to repair USB ports? I have 3 built in on my laptop, 2 are busted [prob due to friends sticking the usb in the wrong way round] and my third port makes the connetion "very loose"....currenlty using a 4 port hub in the loose USB.

    Can they be fixed easily or is it a new motherboard?

    Many thanks in advance,
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    Not easily. The preferable solution is a USB PCMCIA card such as http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...115-052&depa=0
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    Junior Member Mad Cow Web's Avatar
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    Thx for the info mate....this is the prob though, I bought a good spec laptop, but it came without a PCMCIA slot......oh well.

    It does have a firewite port, but I'm dammed it I can find a firewire 2 usb convertor or something.

    Guess I need to get it to hospital
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    There's no such converter that I know of. You can get a USB hub provided at least one of the ports works, but a lot of devices don't cooperate with USB hubs, unlike ethernet hubs.

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    Junior Member Mad Cow Web's Avatar
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    Hi Filburt.................again lol

    Sorry about the sig-rectified.

    I have a 4 port hub that works fine, its just I want to be able to use the others too!! Plus the sole port that is working, is v loose...so have a feeling that its not going to be long b4 it says good night too. If it was a case of buy parts & repair, I would have attempted it. But I think if you cant do this then its a trip to the shop.

    Anyway, thx for taking time out to reply :-)
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    It's suicide to open a laptop because you'll never get it back together or will break something in the process. Repairing it will likely cost hundreds of dollars.
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    I have a Toshiba laptop that's about a year old. A few months after I bought it, two of the three USB ports had the plastic piece snap out of it, so USB plugs didn't fit in there snugly anymore. Putting a device in a loose port caused the laptop to automatically shut down.

    I took the laptop to a Toshiba authorized repair center, and was told that "plastic parts" are not covered under warranty, and it would cost over $400 to get it repaired, because the USB controller is attached to the motherboard. I was livid, because I didn't do anything to break these USB ports, but 3 months into the laptop's life, I was already down to 1 USB port, and Toshiba wasn't going to do anything about it.

    So Mad Cow...I feel your pain.


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