Question from MaryAnne G.: I’m hoping you can answer a question for me. How much will a computer shop charge me to replace the audio connector on my three year old Lenovo laptop?
I use headphones a LOT when I’m watching videos and the connector has become wallowed out and I can’t seem to get a good connection anymore when I plug the headphones in.
I know it’s the connector on the laptop that’s bad because it does the same thing with a brand new pair of headphones. Ans I can feel the connector wiggle with the slightest touch.
If it’s gonna cost more than $40 to $50 I think I’d rather just buy a new laptop. If you can give me a rough estimate that’ll help me decide what to do. Thanks.
Rick’s answer: I’ll do my very best to help you, MaryAnne.
First of all, I wouldn’t recommend that you even attempt to get the bad audio connector on your laptop replaced.
It would simply cost more than the repair will be worth to you in my humble opinion.
But luckily there’s a much cheaper alternative that should work out quite well for you. You can purchase an inexpensive USB audio adapter and simply plug your headphones into that.
These adapters are very small, very affordable (you can get them for as little as $10), and extremely easy to use. Simply plug the adapter into an open USB port and then plug your headphones into the adapter.
You shouldn’t even to have install any drivers or software because Windows will probably recognize the new audio device and allow you to start using it without you having to do anything at all besides simply plugging it in.
Bottom line: You don’t need to take your laptop into a shop to have the bad connector replaced. All you need is a cheap USB audio adapter.
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