This laptop came into my shop earlier this week and it would appear that some work has been done on it before… The above is the power adapter, modified to use an old headphone jack to plug into the DC jack on the laptop. So for starters this is dangerous, there is nothing to stop a person from accidentally shorting the positive and negative leads (to the tune of about 5 amps) second the wire for the headphone jack is not rated for the amperage running thourgh it and could melt and short, and finally the wires were just twisted together, instead of being properly soldered and covered in heat shrink.
Pictured to the right is the female portion of the jack on the laptop itself. As you can see there are some tiny clearance issues. The motherboard was actually bent from being put in improperly. Luckily the motherboard was fine. I had the proper jack in-stock and was able to replace it same day.
I’m happy to report that the machine was not permanently damaged and pulled through just fine. While I must say that the person who initally perfomed the “work” shown here had the right idea and is a geek at heart , I would ask that you kindly not destroy anymore unsuspecting Walkman. I mean they stopped making those things, and there are only like 300 million of them left in the wild*…To the left is what we have once I removed all the screws, most of which were not original to the machine, and was able to get to the motherboard. Some poor Walkman gave up its life so that this laptop could be put on life support long enough to reach my bench.
* Note no Walkman(s) Walkmen? were harmed in the second repair of this laptop…
Oh and FYI, Via Sony: “The plural form is not `walkmen` or `walkmans` but Walkman personal stereos”
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