Fix broken ethernet port (female)

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Stannieman, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Hi there,

    I have the following problem:

    On both a very old laptop (not important) and a Pioneer CDJ900 (more important) I have a broken ethernet port.
    Normally when you plug a connector in, the metal strips on the plug press against the pins inside the port.
    The pins inside the port are a little springy so they keep pressing themselves against the pins of the plug.
    The problem with my 2 ports is that the springy pins aren't as springy as they should be. The don't come out anymore, and although they don't look bend they are stuck at the deepest position they were ever pushed and now they don't make connection anymore.

    I've tried to pull them back out with a needle and paperclip but that's a little tricky, and after I put a plug in it they were stuck again.

    So now I'd like to know if someone has some kind of macgyver trick to fix it. Since I have the same problem with 2 ports I guess it's a common problem, but I can't find anything online. I don't care much about the laptop, but I'd like to have the linking functionality of my CDJ.

    Thanks,
    Stan
     
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  2. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    Not really working... Maybe I'm just not pulling hard enough. Thing is that the CDJ works when you don't fiddle with the cable too much. I'm afraid of breaking it when pulling harder, and then it won't work at all anymore which is not quite an option.
     
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  3. boscru6469

    boscru6469 MDL Member

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    You could always try a USB Ethernet adapter.
     
  4. jean_phile

    jean_phile MDL Junior Member

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    publishes the picture of your network port.
     
  5. mohamedkamel

    mohamedkamel MDL Addicted

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    Yes, as jean_phile said; it would be very helpful to post a picture of the port.
     
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  6. LM3

    LM3 MDL Junior Member

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    Do you have someone who can solder on a new one? They are cheap on eBay. The hard part is getting off the old one.
     
  7. EFA11

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  8. smilem

    smilem MDL Novice

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    Get somebody to re solder that port, it's easy to do if you solder yourself. Just make sure to use good soldering iron with adjustable temperature and good solder with flux that does not require cleaning.