OK, so in the last three months three laptops in my household have died. IN the case of my wife's, it was the power jack, which I jury rigged until I couldn't, ordered a new one, tried to solder it in place, and it doesn't work. I need to remove it and try resoldering it more carefully, I think, and I just hope in the repeated disassembly/reassembly process that I haven't damaged anything (I hadn't in several tries before...).
My daughter's just quit, won't even power up. There's a slight dark flash of the screen, then nothing. I fear for her hard drive, though to be honest, her power jack's in pretty rough shape too so the thing might just not be getting the current it needs.
Then, two weeks ago, mine went. No lights, won't charge/power up. The charger's fine, and the jack seems OK, even from the inside. This happened once before when it was another person's - then, one afternoon I blew all the dust out of the fan ports (literally, just blew on the outlet and watched a cloud come out the intakes... the former owner was a smoker), and it started right up. No problems for three years. Now, this...
I'm working with a friend's spare laptop. It's a bitch (the F and V keys are missing, but the little buttons still respond), and none of my stuff's there. I wanna get a hard drive cable and just pull everything off all three and put them on a new machine... my wife bought a beauty for a song from the online yard sale she frequents. If I could get her old stuff onto the new one she'd be happy, but now my "fix-it" prowess is on the line with her old one.
Was this thread just for venting, or does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?