The Dreaded Wallstreet AC/Sound Board Born Again!

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I'm the president of a Mac Consulting/Repair company and have pulled my hair out over the increasing prices of used sound boards for the G3 Powerbooks. They all suffer the same weakness: The soldered-in-place ac adapter jack. Solder is not meant as glue or as weld; it is to reliably join electrical connections--that's it. So, what happens when you order a used board (or even worse, a new one from Apple) is that you get a board that has the same problem as the original and has not broken yet. Add to that that the more they break, the higher the market value/demand. These boards have almost doubled in price in the last year! How do you tell a client that an part for an older computer is getting MORE expensive, especially when he just had one installed 6 months ago!!!

Well, I had had it and decided to do something about it.Sad I ordered a "tested and working" used one from a vendor in the midwest and it showed up DEAD with a very amateur attempt at repair. This gave me an idea! DING!

I found a way to reinforce these things and resolder them in a way that is both reliable and consistent. I am working on getting a photo pdf to circulate and will post it here. If anyone is in a bind, I can tell them how to do it in detail in the mean time!
Thanks All!
Lazarus ;D

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broke ours the other day. Id

broke ours the other day. Id be interest because mine needs fixing. You recken i need a new one or can i get the old one soldered together?

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Write to me and I will help you.

:oIf you still need a hand with that reinforcement of the PCIMCIA card. Write me at

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