ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fixing a Toshiba A30 with Broken Power Jack (In Downtown)

Updated on October 3, 2013
Replaced the power jack.
Replaced the power jack.
Replaced the broken plug.
Replaced the broken plug.
It has Windows 7 inside.
It has Windows 7 inside.
Replaced the wireless card
Replaced the wireless card
Genuine power adapter
Genuine power adapter
System specification
System specification
Screen covered replaced.
Screen covered replaced.

I traded in the Toshiba A30 on 16May2013. The owner told me that it had missing AC power adapter. It is too heavy for him to carry back to his home country in Africa.

At home, I tried to use a universal power adapter to check it. However, the pin inside the power jack was missing. The screen covered near the latch has cracked. Leaving the crack as it, I needed a power jack and an adapter. For safety reason, I bought a genuine Toshiba power adapter matching the specification which is 19V, 4.74A.

To replace the power jack, I disassembled the laptop to get the motherboard out. The plastic connector for the right speaker due to aging was bristle and it broke when I tried to disconnect it from the motherboard. I used a connector from another motherboard and replaced it.

When I powered up the laptop, it has a Windows 7 Ultimate inside. The device manager reported 2 devices with exclamation marks. They were Network Controller and Display. Since wireless was not working, it must be related to the Network Controller. I tried to locate Toshiba A30 drivers. Only the UK site has archive drivers for A30. However, the Broadcom driver did not work for this laptop. I swapped another Broadcom wireless card. The driver was installed automatically and wieless is working.

For the Display driver, I also tried to download the Intel display driver. It complained that the OS is not supported. The generic driver loaded by Windows 7 supports resolution up to 1024 x 768 which is less than the 1600 x 1200 in the A30 specfication.

I ran YouTube to check the sound and video. They are working. I fully charged the battery and it ran for over 2 hours. A teenager in Vancouver east picked it up in July saying that it was for his homework. In a few days, he wanted to switch to my other laptop becaue he could not load his favorite XP Warcraft 3 game on it. He returned the laptop to me. When I was home, I found that the latch was broken.

Since the screen cover was cracked before, I ordered the full screen cover assembly with latch from the UK and repaced it. I uninstalled his program, deleted his user ID and checked the laptop again.

On 31Aug2013, a young lady living in downtown interested on it. We met at a coffee shop that she could check if the laptop was good for her. We tried the wireless in the coffee shop but it was very slow. She trusted that it works and emailed the money to me. The email did not come instantly. She phoned her bank that it might take half an hour. I told her not to wait. When I returned home, the email came. I asked my wife to deposit the money to her account since my bank account does not accept email transfer. In a minute, the lady texted me that she received the confirmation from bank. I replied her that the deposit was to my wife's account.

The laptop is back to service in downtown. Also, I am glad that the honor system although is deminising by certain groups of new immigrant, it is still mostly here in Vancouver. For this, I could return home to enjoy dinner rather than waiting outside.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)