Hi folks - brand new to the forum, and hoping someone can help me out. I recently bought a brand new Acer Aspire Timeline X 5830TG-6402. It's been great so far - 6 gigs of RAM, lots of HD space, Core i5 processors, no problems. It replaced a Lenovo Thinkpad that I'd had for several years. The Lenovo was great, but the last year I had it the DC socket started getting more and more loose. I tried to open it up to fix it but found the Lenovo almost impossible to get open. I had a more tech-savvy friend re-solder the DC socket to the motherboard, but it quickly loosened again. It was to the point where if I so much as BREATHED wrong while holding the laptop, the power cord would lose its connection. It was a huge pain, especially since the batter was going and wouldn't hold a charge. I would have about 30 seconds to wiggle the cord around and find a connection again before it would shut down.
But now I've got this great new laptop, and all is well in the world. EXCEPT - I noticed that there is just the slightest bit of wiggle to the DC socket. I'm being paranoid about babying that connection, but I tend to use the laptop on my sofa a lot because I'm recovering from multiple surgeries and laid up - every once and a while something happens to tug on the power cord a little, like the laptop slips or the power cord gets snagged on something and I don't realize it until I move the laptop.
What all this (longwinded) explaination is leading up to is this: Is there any sort of product out there that I can buy that will stabilize/reinforce the powercord/socket connection so that it's not so vulnerable to being loosened? Like some sort of strap or attachment that would hold the power cord in place and prevent undo stress on the socket? When my Lenovo was having its issues, I used elastic cord wrapped around the base of the monitor that sort of held the cord in the right position - is there anything a little less white-trash I can try?
I just REALLY don't want to end up with another loose DC socket, but I can't seem to find any products by searching on my own. I'd like to prevent loosening rather than trying to deal with it after the fact. Any and all suggestions are more than welcome.
Thanks in advance!