broke dc charger pin off inside dc port. cant retrieve.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lucface, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. lucface macrumors regular

    lucface

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    i broke the tip of my charger off in my powerbook ALs dc port. its floating around in there, stuck. my thin tweezers are to not thin to get a grip on it.
    now what?
    i took it apart, but to take the dc,usb board out it will be a massive job. i dont want to. i always end up with more screws than i started.

    also, note; its not the male/famale round casing included. its just the male pin.
     
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Portland, Oregon
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    The male pin is hollow, right? My best suggestion is to find a small screw/bolt that will just screw into the hollow pin and grip enough to pull it out. Either that or a cocktail stick with some epoxy adhesive on the tip, CAREFULLY inserted into the hollow tip and left to cure
     
  3. lucface thread starter macrumors regular

    lucface

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    DC charger pin stuck inside powerbook (Fix)

    FIXED!

    Ok, Here is what i did:

    first, The tip is not hollow. it has the side you can see by looking at yours at home. and a thinner end to grip its housing. so its like a soda bottle sort of, but more proportionate and with no slope.

    before finally retrieving it I took the computer apart and tried getting at the pin from the back of the dc w/e( the place it was trapped in) with needles and tweezers... that didnt work. Then i started to look for a strong thin magnet to maybe pull it out the way it came in and was afraid to damage any data so stopped looking. then i tried pulling it out with tweezers(again) and they were always to big to fit in the hole. then i reluctantly gave up on it for a month and used my GF's Mac Book Pro until she was feed up and i tried finding a magnet again. no luck.

    Eventually i found a pair of surgical tweezers that were still to big. I fashioned them down with a dremel so they would fit in the hole without squeezing closed before gripping the pin. i dipped the tips in rubber cement and wiped them off with my fingers so they would be sticky, but not gunk up the inside of my computer and further f-me. i got a flash light. i laid on my couch in my living room holding the laptop sideways and over my head with one hand so gravity would help push to pin. i put the flashlight propped against my shoulder facing up towards the hole and used the tweezers. i could almost get it. it was pretty funny looking, so my roommate thought. she offered her skills and i stood above her holding the PB will she lay on the couch. she got it within 30 seconds.

    I am vary vary happy. i was considering giving in and sending it away. i like fixing things and learning and not paying money, so im happy to have done it my self. i couldn't find any resources on the forums anywhere to help me, so Hopefully this will help if it happens to you.
     

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