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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Sean8, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Sean8

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    How difficult is it to solder on a new one? I have the laptop all apart with the new jack I've just never soldered anything this fragile before. Any tips would be welcomed or personal experience.
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    Just use as much soldering flux as possible and be very careful and don't panic while doing the job. After finishing the process, clean the flux with Iso-Propyl Alcohol and make it good as new. :)
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    I've done this on a dell with a successful outcome. You need to watch videos and get the correct tools to disassemble the laptop first. Also get a replacement jack, some quality lead solder, some flux (or solder with flux core) and one of those tools to remove excess solder.

    Having said that, more solder is probably better than less as long as you are neat and don't short anything by accident. We literally had to rip the old socket off the board on our dell and I didn't expect it to work again but it did. Do your research - good luck!
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    First of all you need a steady hand and experience.
    thats a must for any soldering.

    and if you are doing the latops female connector make sure you use the pointed tip. preheat and apply a bit of solder on the leads of the jack. this will make it easy for you. use flux if necessary.

    it will be helpful if someone is there to hold the jack in place while you are soldering it. if you are *forever alone.jpg* then use some sort of clip.
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    Good luck finding lead solder in the store.
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    why is that so?
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    Most solder is lead free now.

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    I'm hoping I can still source some in the UK when I next need to do a decent job, but yes, tricky!
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    Good luck man. I found out first hand how much more pliable lead solder is then lead free solder about a year ago. Thankfully my old man still had some reels left over I could use. I ended up replacing the PCB in the end but the lead held out FAR better then the lead free did until the replacement came in.
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    Also, not all DC jacks are soldered in place. Around six months ago I replaced the jack in my uncle's laptop and all I had to do was plug it in.
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    Well the laptop is already apart with the motherboard out, also it is SOLDERED in place. I guess this is a good time to buy a good soldering station. Anyone have recommendations for all the equipment i will need for this project.
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    If you are looking for a station, the Hakko 936 is a solid choice, but a cheap Radioshack iron will get the job done.

    Iron
    Solder w/ flux
    Desoldering braid

    Pretty much all you need.
    Millennium says thanks.
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    i would advice you again, to try your hands on something else.

    soldering can be a bit tricky in itself and everyone has their own way.


    i myself have been soldering for 8 years now and have finally perfected it :)
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    This. Forgot about this but a total essential for removing the old part.
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    not really. lol. never used it in my life.
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