How to Repair a Power Port on a Sony Vaio

Written by michael wallace
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Sony is known for making high quality electronics, including laptop computers like the Vaio. But like any electronic device, the internal components of these machines can become damaged over time. One such problem that can plague a Vaio is a loose power port which prevents you from using the AC cable properly. You will need to open up your computer to fix this.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Soldering iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your Sony Vaio and unplug the AC adaptor cord. Close the screen and turn the unit upside down.

  2. 2

    Locate the rectangular battery on the bottom of the computer. Slide the battery release latch near the battery to the side and simultaneously pull the battery out of the compartment.

  3. 3

    Remove all screws from the bottom of the computer and set them aside.

  4. 4

    Turn your computer right side up, open the display and locate the rectangular panel above the keyboard. Pry it off by the side to reveal screws mounted above the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Remove the screws above the keyboard and set them aside.

  6. 6

    Lift the keyboard up from the top and unplug the keyboard ribbon from its port on the top of the computer. Set the keyboard aside.

  7. 7

    Remove all screws from the metal plate on top of the computer, then remove the plate.

  8. 8

    Lift the side panel and touchpad off of the top of the computer and set it aside. The motherboard is now visible in the computer housing.

  9. 9

    Remove the screws from the rectangular panel just below the LCD screen, near the top of the computer. Remove the panel to expose the power jack.

  10. 10

    Use your soldering iron to solder any loose connectors on the jack securely to the motherboard. Let the solder dry and reverse the steps for reassembly.

Tips and warnings

  • Disassembling your laptop yourself will void any warranty you may have on the unit.

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