No USB ports

Dell Latitude x200 notebook computer
August 17, 2009 at 14:00:44
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a nice, small laptop, sight unseen. When I got it and took a good look at it all the USB ports had been removed and the connections in the card slot had been mangled so that needs to be replaced to make it usable, too. I eventually got another brand new laptop but would really like to make the little one usable. How can I replace/fix the missing USB connections and/or the card slot?

This is a Dell Latitude, Mirror series. I don't know if it is an X200 or whatever.

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August 17, 2009 at 14:12:56
How were they removed? If they were physically ripped out, you'll need to get new usb ports (perhaps from digikey or salvage them fro ma cheap usb hub) and solder them onto the motherboard. You'll probably also have to fix the traces on the motherboard, as they are probably damaged too. As for the card slot, you'll need to get a new assembly (check eBay) and swap it in.

With that much in labor and parts, you may be better off just buying a new motherboard from eBay.

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August 17, 2009 at 14:21:58
Of course I didn't want to hear the truth.....

I kinda figured, but I needed to hear it from an expert. Thanks.

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August 17, 2009 at 15:33:56
Is the pcmcia port working? If so you could get a pcmcia card with usb ports on it.

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