Ethernet Port Damaged

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by zach, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. zach macrumors 65816

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    Hey all

    A couple of days ago, my ethernet port on my iBook was damaged. One of the metal contacts got crushed against the bottom of the port. I wanted to know whether you guys think i need to go get this serviced, or if i can fix it myself. Thanks alot for your input.
     
  2. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    you should get it checked out by a professional, there could be a lot more internal damage than you think.
     
  3. iJon macrumors 604

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    ouch, its gonna cost you, the price of a whole new motherboard.

    iJon
     
  4. tazo macrumors 68040

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    aren't there like USB-ethernet connectors? i thought so...
     
  5. iJon macrumors 604

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    there are i believe, but i doubt whoever makes them has os x drivers.

    iJon
     
  6. tazo macrumors 68040

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    a quick search on google found products like the guy would need. but only windows compatible ones :(
     
  7. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    all the majro netowrking companies make them but it seems like they only make pc drivers and it would be as fast depending onyour connection...

    we need someone to make an adaptor that stays in the port and stick out a little and lets you plug in an ethernet cable, this way if oyu bent a pin it wouldn't effect the port it self but only the adaptor...
     
  8. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

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    If you have soldering/desoldering capability, you could order a replacement ethernet connector and fix it yourself.
     
  9. tazo macrumors 68040

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    then he could probably mess the comp up more!
     
  10. zach thread starter macrumors 65816

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    iJon,

    Do you know for a fact that they will charge me for a entire new motherboard when I get it serviced?

    I'd appreciate your replies, because this seems like something they could easily fix.

    Thanx

    Oh yes, and tazo,

    why are you so sure that i would mess up my computer? i actually happen to be quite good at soldering. my only reason for not fixing it myself is that i dont't want to invalidate my warranty, and then find that for some reason i can't replace the port.
     
  11. iJon macrumors 604

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    unless you are fixing it yourself its gonna be the price of a new mobo.

    iJon
     
  12. cubist macrumors 68020

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    We had a thread like this before. Apple told the guy they wouldn't fix it under the warranty because the port had been abused. Everyone agreed a short male-to-female dongle cable was a great thing.

    The upshot is, either the warranty is worth something or it isn't. These modular (RJ45) connectors die all the time. If Apple won't fix it under the warranty, the warranty is worthless, so fix it yourself.
     
  13. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

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    Lets see...

    1. A good soldering iron, hopefully with good thermal control.
    2. Solder sucker, the spring loaded variety
    3. Solder wick, these are copper wires braided together
    4. Solder, 60/40 would be good
    5. Replacement ethernet connector, preferably 2 or more, just in case
    6. Appropriate tools to take the iBook apart
    7. Instructions on how to take the whole iBook apart and put it back together
    8. Grounding strap, just so you don't zap the chips when the iBook is nekkid. :D
    9. Fine angletipped snippers, to snip/cut away at the broken ethernet connector
    10. Dental pick or tweezers to help remove or apply leverage as you heat the connector pins

    Taking the broken one is probably the most complicated part, since you don't want to break the pads on the board.
    After that, you clean the pads, take out as much solder as you can.
    Then, you put the good part on, and solder it in place.

    Remember to test it while its outside the case, if you can.

    Good luck.


    P.S. Next week's lesson will be Open Heart Surgery 101 :D
     
  14. ibookin' macrumors 65816

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    I've NEVER had an RJ-45 jack fail on me, and if I did I would still appreciate my warranty for a lot more than just fixing a connecter. As many know, a lot of iBooks are plagued by the dead video issue. Mine was, my gfs just got back from Apple for it, and I know several people who've had this problem. I was really glad to have a warranty when mine did, or else I wouldn't be typing this to you on my machine.

    Don't void your warranty for something like this.

    Also, when I was in Cisco class they had $500 cable testers in the lab, and gave everyone cat 5 extension cables so that we wouldn't damage the testers with our cables some of which were poorly made.

    Moral of the story: An extension cable is a good thing to have.
     
  15. zach thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, after weighing over my various options, I used this as an excuse to get AirPort. :D

    Thanks to everyone who provided advice.
     
  16. Freg3000 macrumors 68000

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    The best solution possible. :)
     

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