Broken USB Port

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DarkRevenant, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. DarkRevenant macrumors member

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    Kind of hard to explain, but a USB device was plugged into my MBP and ended up getting jammed in. I pulled the USB out fine, but the USB port seems to have stopped working. Is there a way I can repair this myself? I am very computer savvy and am not intimidated by taking some components of my macbook pro apart. Any information you may know is helpful. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. glycon macrumors newbie

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    It may start working again if you restart the MBP. Sometimes it will shut one bus down if it is shorted out or overdrawn.
     
  3. Eleventeen macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like it *could* be a bent pin/contact. (Emphasis on the 'could'. Without hearing more it's impossible to determine, only wild ass guessing.)

    There's only four points that a USB port connects to the logic board, plus typically two points where the 'shell' of the port connects for grounding and structural support. I don't know if the ones Apple uses are Apple-specific parts or your typical AMP or Molex part. However, if you're shy about opening up your unit, I wouldn't even begin to recommend soldering on your baby.

    Logic board replacement is probably a logical step if the port itself is damaged beyond repair. Might want to look into repair rates for the reputable shops or Apple techs.
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I'm headed in with the same problem to Bay Street Emeryville, CA with an appointment on this coming Friday. Always plug my iPhone in the right-side USB port and today I noticed that it was inoperative and my iPhone was down to 30% after about 7 hours of calls and checking emails and internet searching. AC tried to walk me through resetting PRAM and a SAFE restart, but nothing worked. Hoping it's a quick fix; b/c I can't be without my MBP for any amount of time...:eek:
     
  5. d4nn0 macrumors member

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    I have a similar issue, in that my (aging) MBP has a flakey USB port on the right side that's unsuitable for using an external drive to watch movies or anything similar.

    As previous posters mentioned, it's a bit sketchy to try and solder a new USB port onto your Logic Board, and a replacement can run $600 and up for a new one.. If you find that the port is truly dead, I'd recommend just buying a USB hub to plug into the working port instead. Cheaper and gives you a few extra ports too.

    -Danno
     
  6. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    You'd need to be skilled to solder on a new USB port, otherwise you need a new logic board.
     
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Thank gawd for AC; b/c I don't trust myself with a soldering iron...:p
     

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