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(Foolishly) Broken AC Power Adapter
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Oct 25, 2004, 04:56 PM
My son tripped over the AC Adapter wire that was plugged in my 17" Aluminum Powerbook. The powerbook is all right, but sadly, the adapter is not.

The tip of the pin on the part that plugs into the powerbook was damaged, broke off, and is now lodged inside the powerbook.

Applecare (obviously) said this was not covered, despite the extended 3 yr Applecare plan.

My question is whether anyone else has had a similar problem, and whether there were any suggestions (ideas, tools, etc) with regards to how to remove the broken tip from the powerbook.

Apple has said it may cost upwards of $1000 to replace the logic board. I wish I could replace my kid that easily...
Mac Elite
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Oct 25, 2004, 05:11 PM
It might be a little risky but you could try using a magnet.
Or you cold try getting a similar diameter piece of metal and using JBWeld to weld the metal to the stuck piece, and when it dries, just pull it out.

How hard is it stuck in there?
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Oct 25, 2004, 09:10 PM
Damn, really? Something similar happened to my wife's iBook, and it was a separate $100 part (not attached to the logic board).

If it really will be a $1000 repair then it's certainly worth a little effort to fix first. I like the magnet idea, or a dab of glue on the end of a wooden dowel (think shish-kebab stick). With a bright light and a magnifying glass can you see the tip in there?

Once you do get it out, I'd suggest replacing your AC adapter with an iGo Juice ($100), which is modular, so if you break the tip or the cord or something, you don't have to replace the whole thing.

Good luck.
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Oct 26, 2004, 02:37 AM
Sorry to hear about that accident. Someone also tripped over my iBook's power cord, but thankfully, it was the cord-end of the plug that was damaged (pulled out of the plastic shell). It had to live with electrical tape since.

I would also try fixing it myself first. Maybe some small tools could do the job. Off the top of my head would be tweezer-like tools used on small gadgets (e.g. cellular phones, PDAs, etc).
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Oct 26, 2004, 03:26 AM
if you know how to take it apart then you should be able to push it out from the other side these type of plugs are usually open ended hopefully nothing was bent or miss shapen in the accident i hope that you figure it out.

here is a sight that might help you out. these are the photos couldnt find the words hope it will help a little.
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Oct 26, 2004, 03:51 AM
Same thing happened to my iBook. The AC board is seperate to the logic board. I bought a new AC board and swapped it. Was not too hard, and only cost around 30 (about $55) if i remember correctly.

I free'd my mind... now it won't come back.
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