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    One of my older laptops has stopped charging which is quite annoying, just stripped it down and the power socket component joints needs resoldering as the joints are as dry...just had a bash but without a solder pump and with my old soldering iron there is no chance. It still charges from the docking station but thats a pain in the backside.

    Grrrrrrrr ah well, I am okay with an iron but this is really fiddly. I am worried about burning the board out.

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    Go for it Daz,you sound as if you know what you're doing,stick with it......

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    Quite a common problem on laptops, because the power sockets get a lot of load placed on them.
    I'd use a decent iron which heats everything up quickly -most lappy motherboards aren't that robust and you could end up doing more damage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    Quite a common problem on laptops, because the power sockets get a lot of load placed on them.
    I'd use a decent iron which heats everything up quickly -most lappy motherboards aren't that robust and you could end up doing more damage!

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    Cheers Phil, thats what I am worried about. Need a thinner/better iron before I try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leviathan View Post
    One of my older laptops has stopped charging which is quite annoying, just stripped it down and the power socket component joints needs resoldering as the joints are as dry...just had a bash but without a solder pump and with my old soldering iron there is no chance. It still charges from the docking station but thats a pain in the backside.

    Grrrrrrrr ah well, I am okay with an iron but this is really fiddly. I am worried about burning the board out.
    Sounds like a simple repair job, but its always better with the right tools as you state. Take it along to a friendly TV repair guy (if you can find one!) and show him the joints to resolder... should only cost a couple of quid. I've spent most of my life in electronics, both on repair and design sides, son now runs the business. There's so much crammed on pcb boards these days with most of them being smt & multi-layer too. I have to wear special close up specs these days just to see the tip of the iron never mind the board.. LOL. I remember years ago chipping loads of Playstations which required a really steady hand and good eyesight.
    Those power connector pads you mention however tend to be quite sizeable in order to give mechanical strength also, and are usually easy to re-solder. If you dont feel competent, to be on safe side ask someone who is. Where about are you?

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    Middlesbrough. Yeah the joints are bigger than the rest on the board, the problem is that the mother board is pretty well fasterned to a sub chassis so had to create an access hole to solder through. I agree with all your comments though, I might ask someone else to do this for me...if they wreck it in the process I wont be upset becasue there is a good chance I might on this occassion.

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    [QUOTE=Cameron43;653897] I have to wear special close up specs these days just to see the tip of the iron never mind the board.. LOL. I remember years ago chipping loads of Playstations which required a really steady hand and good eyesight.
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    You and me both! I spent a lot of years as a field engineer, fixing a lot of kit to component level. After 5 years at a desk, I suddenly discovered someone's stolen my close up vision! That was a shock.. I had to get a friend to chip my Sony DVD player, as I didn't trust my pin counting skills any more!
    Oh, well, I suppose none of us can avoid old age creeping on.......

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    I still have my Weller micro point from years ago, great for little jobs, hard to come by now.

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    Dont forget to use Flux as without it solder does not flow and soldering is much harder to do
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