September 10th, 2005, 08:45 PM #1
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Sony Vaio is fried... How do I replace the power supply?
I have a sony vaio lap top Model PCG-992L, a story, and a problem...
It was given to me with a broken power supply jack and the only way i could get it to charge was by cutting away some of the plastic insulating the adaptor plug, and forcing the adaptor plug to the left, and pulling the cord taught, to make contact with the power supply of the vaio.
A few months of this and the cord snapped and i had to re-solder the wire to the adaptor plug. im pretty sure i didnt switch the wires around, and i plugged it back in to the vaio's power supply jack. A blinding flash of blue, a pop, and a plume of smoke later, I found myself knocked on my ass a few feet back and my brother yelling "Jesus titty f@#*ing Christ! What the hell was that?."
after a few minutes of trying to figure out where i was and why my fingers were singed, I decided to find out where the smell of ozone was coming from. A little smoke was leaking up from the left speaker's holes above the keyboard, so i tried removing the plastic cover and looking for some scorch marks....no luck. I figure the power supply is fried, and I'm screwed.
I need to get this laptop going, and fast, because the deadline to apply to 5 Universities of California for this winter quarter is November 1st, and to do that I need turn my incomplete grade in World History to a letter grade, and to do that i need to send 2 of my essays to this goddamn turnitin.com, which are saved on my laptop, which i need to get working, so that I can get out of this hell hole called junior college.
So, finally, can anyone tell me, please, how to:
- replace the power supply and the jack?
- get the files from my hard drive if i can't get my vaio to work in time?
- figure out why there are so many nappy ass girls at my jc?
I will be eternally grateful to the man with the plan that saves my sweet ass from damnation [4th year at a community college]. In return you may feel free to laugh at my misfortunes
September 10th, 2005, 09:03 PM #2
pull the drive and save the data. The laptop is gone.My computer is bigger than yours!
September 10th, 2005, 09:06 PM #3
I have had a catastophe happen with my laptop computer as well. The best way to get the data off of the beast (since repairing it will definitely take far too long in your situation and likely cost a lot more than you want to spend) was to remove the laptop hard drive and stick it in an external laptop hard drive USB enclosure. I know places like DealSonic.com and such have them available for around $35 + shipping. I'm sure you can find one that suits your budget. Make sure the enclosure is for a 2.5" drive (laptop drive) not a 3.5" drive.
What you will need to do to make this work is open up your laptop, take out the hard drive, and mount it in the mini hard drive enclosure (and hook up all the appropriate wires). Hook the enclosure up to a PC using a USB cable... voila, you've got your data back! Hope this helps!Logic shall prevail.
September 10th, 2005, 09:09 PM #4
Considering your story I don't think anyone can give you adequate instructions or advice that would enable you to repair it yourself... you might try taking it to a data recovery service.
That said: It was a very humorous post
It sounds like you let the smoke out - there is usually no fix for this but you may be able to use a compressor and get some some smoke from another component (a barbecue might work as a source) then you could compress the smoke and transplant it back into your notebook, you would have to make sure that you seal it in good this time.
I don't know if I quite understand the being on your @$$ a few feet back part - exaggeration perhaps - but I have seen some pretty strange things - perhaps the battery exploded? Your brothers comment???
As for the data, if the hard disk isn't shorted out or totally dammaged you could remove it from your notebook and buy an IDE adapter and install the laptop drive in the computer you used to post this query to TechIMO and try copy over the data that way.
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