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Come Join us at the Hartford Holiday Gala

Saturday, January 15, 2011 • The Bushnell • Hartford CT
Formal Attire (Black Tie Optional)

Help Grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

• $80.00 per guest
• Free Parking / Valet Optional
• Open Bar, Hor d’ouevres, Dessert & Coffee
• Silent Auction & Prize Drawing
• DJ, Dancing & Live Entertainment
http://www.hartfordholidaygala.com – for more details.

New Site Coming Soon & Stepping into the Social World!

I know its been quite some time since our last post and we apologize! We’ve been busy with our new site which we promise you’ll love. Our goal is to deliver the best possible experience when using our site and make it as user friendly as possible.

In addition we’ve been focusing on being more social and building up our social media presence to connect with our customers. We frequently post advice, and great content around various technologies and cool gadgets. You can also find deals that we come across on anything from PCs to free software that is beneficial to keep your computer running at an optimal level. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn below.

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Happy Holidays From Relieve My PC!

Friends,

With the holiday season now upon us, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for your continued support. It is business associates like you who make our jobs a pleasure and keep our company successful.

May your holiday season and the new year be filled with much joy, happiness and success. We look forward to working with you in the coming year and hope our business relationship continues for many years to come.

Happy holidays!

How to solder DC Jack on Laptop Motherboard

solder dc jackOut of all the hardware related problems I’ve encountered over the years, DC jacks are some of the first things to go on a laptop. Although hard drives are up on the list, there is not much you can do from a failed hard drive other than swap in a new one. I will lay out the options of what to do in the event your dc jack requires repairs and discuss the best solution for each case scenario.

What exactly is the dc jack and why should I care?

The dc jack is what you plug your laptops power adapter into and it carries the electricity to your laptop in order to power it on. The dc jack becomes loose over time from every day use. In addition the dc jack is very sensitive and can break easily if you put pressure on it, or bend the cord while its plugged into the laptop. To alleviate potential dc jack damage you may want to consider placing the laptop on a level surface when using it.

Aside from being one of the most common laptop issues, there is a rumor that broken DC jacks carry along with them that you will hear from many computer repair companies:

You must replace your entire mother board if your dc jack breaks.

This is a very common misconception as the dc jack is usually part of the motherboard (newer models have the dc jack on a separate board). I’m here to tell you this is not necessarily true. Depending on the nature of the dc jack issue, it may only require soldering on a new dc jack or replacing the power board that connects to your motherboard. Since the motherboard is the most expensive piece of hardware on the laptop, most people would purchase a new laptop since they came down so much in price over the years.

DC Jack Repair
Repairing your dc jack can be fairly straight forward if you have soldering experience and the ability to disassemble your laptop.

If you are thinking about soldering a dc jack on a motherboard you will need the following:

  1. New DC jack specific to your laptop model number
  2. We highly recommend the Weller WES51 Analog Soldering Station, Power Unit, Soldering Pencil, Stand and Sponge
  3. Edsyn Soldapullt, Silverstat, Plastic, Conductive to remove the old solder from the DC jack
  4. Flo-Temp Lead-Free Electrical Rosin Core Solder (21945)

The first step is to take apart your laptop using the appropriate service manual.

The next step is to unsolder the old dc jack. To do so you would need to heat up the metal joints that are soldered onto the board until the solder melts. I recommend using a solder remover to remove the excess solder and make your life a little easier. Once the old dc jack is unsolder, place the new one in flux before soldering it onto the board.
If you feel uncomfortable doing this and you need dc jack repair, this is a service we offer for a relatively low cost, more than half of the cost it would take to replace the motherboard in terms of parts and labor.

Replacing your Dc jack Power board

If you are uncomfortable with the soldering aspect, newer laptop models have the dc jack on a separate board as previously mentioned. Refer to your laptop’s service manual to confirm this.

As a reminder the best thing you can do to proactively reduce the likelihood of ever needing to repair your dc jack is keep it on a level surface at all times like a desk or table. I would also highly recommend a laptop fan that fits the base of your laptop. If you do require our power jack repair services, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

Hartford computer services drop off location to extend its hours

By popular demand Relieve my PC, LLC is ready to extend its hours to 9am-10pm Monday-Friday. Weekend hours will also change. Now opening at 10am and closing at 8pm. Computer service appointments are still necessary for drop offs and can be booked via our ticketing system at www.support.relievemypc.com or simply by calling us at 860-216-2678.

I am the primary tech for this location and I’m usually pretty flexible with my schedule. Appointments are available the same day and most computer repairs can be done within a day or so depending on the part’s availability. Book your appointment today to get your PC relieved!!

-Victor Congionti