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by Sande / September 17, 2005 4:47 AM PDT

I just got a frantic email from a friend. He's a very poor university student and can't afford to take the laptop in the shop at this time.

Classes have just started and he's having a problem with the power cord staying connected. It keep falling out. So he sits holding the cord in with one hand and typing with the other.

Now he using this on the go..where he goes it goes.

Is there anything that he can do to "rig" a fix until funds become available to have it looked at by a tech.

I told him how much everyone here has help me..and that maybe you might have a answer for him.

I suggested electrical tape but that would prevent him from taking it from one place to another.


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Just a thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2005 4:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Power cord

Many schools have an electrical or electronics department. If you can't do the repair yourself, then make a friend in the EE department and pay up by grading papers or whatever they want as payment.


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good idea
by Sande / September 20, 2005 1:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a thought.

I passed this idea along to my friend...and he's going to check it out.

Anyone have any other suggestions?

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R. Proffitt's suggestion is the best solution, but
by togus / September 20, 2005 1:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a thought.

If your friend can't get that together or until he makes the connection, maybe something that would hold tension and has traction (so it can be adjusted in a manner that assures connection) like a postal duty elastic band to hold the cord in place. Can be taken off when he travels so it's better than my favorite solution...duct tape.

In the end, proper repair is the only sane answer.

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by stewart6 / September 21, 2005 3:14 PM PDT
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HI Raven. I think I must be missing something here. I spent a big part of my life in universities and I haven't yet seen a lecture theatre with electrical sockets at every seat. Presumably in classes he is running on batteries and in his room he can charge up courtesy of good old duct tape untill the gravy train arrived. Stewart

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Docking station's
by ikenfixit / September 22, 2005 9:19 PM PDT
In reply to: re

Are available and cheap for most machines on the market. These will bypass the primary supply line, Charge battery, As well as keep the laptop operational. Just another option.... (Make and model of laptop)?

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