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Sony VAIO PCG-FRV27 - DC Power In Jack Problem

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 5, 2005 12:58:02 AM

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I am posting this for a friend since he can't use his 17 month old laptop.

This is the scenario:

Sony VAIO laptop model # PCG-FRV27

His DC power jack was having problems in the past. He would have to jiggle
it to get it to charge. Now its at the point where it cannot charge at all,
and his computer is nothing more than a paperweight.

He is out of warranty and Sony wants $700US dollars to repair the laptop.
They say the motherboard needs to be replaced. This sounds rediculous in my
opinion.

It seems that the DC power jack adapter would need to be replaced and
soldered onto the motherboard.

I would say a reasonable price for this repair would be a 100$ or so for
labor and less than 30$ for the part.

Does anyone have any information on this? From what I've searched this is a
common problem with VAIOs and Sony customer service isn't helping at all.

Are there any external battery chargers that he could use to get by? Would a
docking station let him have use of his pc if the DC jack is broken?

Sincerely,
Jonas
April 5, 2005 3:08:45 AM

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"Jonas" <jonasoutlaw@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> I would say a reasonable price for this repair would be a 100$ or so for labor
> and less than 30$ for the part.
>
> Does anyone have any information on this? From what I've searched this is a
> common problem with VAIOs and Sony customer service isn't helping at all.
>

That would be quite reasonable, except that manufacturers don't repair stuff
like that. It's much easier for them to just throw a new motherboard into it.

Try taking it to an electronics repair store if you can find one. The kind of
places that fix broken TVs and stuff. They might be willing to open it up and
solder on a new power connector fairly cheap.
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 5, 2005 3:02:21 PM

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He's correct that Sony just installs a new systemboard. If you cant
find a local shop we can also help. This is an easy fix for the most
part..
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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 6, 2005 1:20:08 AM

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Jonas;
Ken at ikenfixit.com can fix that for you. I have used him in the past
and he a decent guy who is fair and reasonable in his fees. Just my two
cents.
Ken

Jonas wrote:
> I am posting this for a friend since he can't use his 17 month old laptop.
>
> This is the scenario:
>
> Sony VAIO laptop model # PCG-FRV27
>
> His DC power jack was having problems in the past. He would have to jiggle
> it to get it to charge. Now its at the point where it cannot charge at all,
> and his computer is nothing more than a paperweight.
>
> He is out of warranty and Sony wants $700US dollars to repair the laptop.
> They say the motherboard needs to be replaced. This sounds rediculous in my
> opinion.
>
> It seems that the DC power jack adapter would need to be replaced and
> soldered onto the motherboard.
>
> I would say a reasonable price for this repair would be a 100$ or so for
> labor and less than 30$ for the part.
>
> Does anyone have any information on this? From what I've searched this is a
> common problem with VAIOs and Sony customer service isn't helping at all.
>
> Are there any external battery chargers that he could use to get by? Would a
> docking station let him have use of his pc if the DC jack is broken?
>
> Sincerely,
> Jonas
>
>
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 7, 2005 2:36:37 PM

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Thanx Ken.. Keeping busy? We sure are..
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 9, 2005 2:00:34 AM

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Hi Ken;
Trying to stay away from those Dell laptops:-)
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
Have you found uses for all those instruments I sent?

--
Ken Wolf
kwolf8380@comcast.net
"ikenfixit" <ken@ikenfixit-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
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> Thanx Ken.. Keeping busy? We sure are..
>
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
April 10, 2005 2:00:22 PM

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Use them everyday.. Very much appreciated and theyre handy for finding
bad solder joints and picking components. Take it easy dude and if you
need help just pick up the phone.. Ken
June 16, 2009 9:22:03 PM

I have one with the same power supply connector problem. Anybody know the trick for getting them open to get to the motherboard?

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January 5, 2010 4:54:11 AM
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I have several of the FRV-series of Sony Vaio Laptops, two of which needed new DC power jacks. The jacks are not soldered to the main-board, like they are on some other Vaios. They are simply installed in the edge of the plastic lower body of the comp and connected to the mainboard by a cable and plug/socket. The DC jacks are soldered to the end of this cable, and can be accessed by taking off the speaker-panel, keyboard, fire-wall, LCD and mouse-panel (in that order), then several screws. It's not as difficult as it sounds, and the jacks can be found on eBay for about $5 each including shipping. It's extremely helpful to have good-quality miniature philips-head screwdriveres. Hope I'm not too late. Photos available at benoberon@hotmail.com
January 19, 2010 1:26:50 AM

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