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Topic # 5369 24-Oct-2005 17:24
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Hi Ive taken my laptop to australia for exchange , a Toshiba m40x and the headphone socket gave way aswell as the network port loosing its click when you put the cable in. I took it to the schools i.t department and they said that yes they can replace the headphone socket but then for the network port they say no it's connected to the mother board so the whole thing needs to be replaced, but i dont see why, as the port still works the cable just wont click in becuase of the plastic shell. Is this true that it cannot be replaced becuase i know on mac computers they are replaceable for $25.
Thankyou Stefan

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  Reply # 22351 31-Oct-2005 12:53
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Short answer yes, the RJ45 socket is soldered to the board on most laptops. Some have them on the end of a harness cable which 'can' be replaced, but if it's soldered, then you're either looking at someone desoldering & resolding, assuming they have access to another socket to replace it with.

Your next option is to just buy a PCMCIA card that slides in the side of the notebook.


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  Reply # 22363 31-Oct-2005 16:36
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If you dont like the idea of a PCMCIA card with a a big socket on the end, a USB network adapter may fit the bill too.

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