Fix laptop broken usb port or just buy new laptop dilemma

December 23, 2012 at 09:34:40
Specs: Windows 7
I got my Acer Aspire 5532 series laptop a couple of years ago and about a year after I got it one of the two usb ports broke, with a black piece coming out of it so that there is just the mettalic box left. Well I just made do with one usb port until about a week ago the same thing happened to the remaining one- only this time theres a wierd wirey part stuck in there. Is it worth the money to get it fixed or should I just get a new laptop?

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#1
December 23, 2012 at 09:54:33
USB ports don't just break, especially 3 of them on the same laptop. If they were defective, you should have contacted Acer a LONG time ago about it. I just did a quick Google search & it appears others have had the same problem. If you can't do the repair yourself, I can only guess the charge from a shop would be close to the cost of a replacement laptop. It certainly wouldn't hurt to contact Acer & complain.

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/n...


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#2
December 23, 2012 at 09:56:40
Depends on how much the repair is going to cost. It seems an expensive fix to buy a new laptop just for two USB ports so I would look into repair cost first.

I would give Acer a miss next time you buy a laptop, and HP too. Bits are regularly failing or breaking on them. Go for something with better build-quality like a Toshiba or a Sony, or even Packard Bell ones are better than most other consumer-level laptops.


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#3
December 23, 2012 at 10:06:23
Appears the part costs about 5 bucks on ebay. Problem is paying a shop to do the repair if you're not able.

If you have to pay $75/hour for a 2 hour (?) repair, you've spent as much as your laptop is worth.

If you're handy with a soldering iron, it would be reasonable to attempt the repair at home. Not many choices here.

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#4
December 23, 2012 at 10:32:59
I would purchase a new laptop. The usb will have to be re soldered to the board or the board replaced (unless it is a card attached to the board). That is an expensive repair and if they encounter problems soldering you will likely need a new board, also expensive. I would suggest you move on to greener pastures ($$$ is always the ?), and get a lenovo or toshiba. With laptops/computers you will always get what you pay for. If you are prone to breaking these things a lot, perhaps less expensive (but less features too) is the way to go. If any shops do free estimates, see what they would charge, but the laptop is worth $350 new or less and I bet you are looking at better than half that.

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#5
December 23, 2012 at 16:06:29
another LOW COST option is a PCMIA usb card if you have that slot on the laptop:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dynex%2...
Those PCMIA slots come in real handy for that type of stuff.

How the heck could you break your usb ports? Were you hanging your laptop using the usb cable? You should probably be more careful plugging it in and NOT force the plugs if they are upside down....be gentle.....

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