Hello there,

I am desperate for your help.

I have an HP Pavilion DV5 - 1010ev Full specs here

2 years ago, the laptop took a really bad fall and I bought and replaced the screen and HD. Everything had worked fine since and I didn't have to open it again until recently the electricity supply started playing up.

I figured out what the problem was so a few days ago I opened it up to replace the DC jack as it had stopped working. I put everything back and everything but the screen was working fine. The display was divided into three identical horizontal parts and the picture was shaking.

I opened it up again, checked the cables and realised that somehow I had managed to crook (badly) one of the 40 pins of the display socket. As I was trying to fix it, guess what, it broke off!

Now I really don't know what to do. A motherboard replacement or taking the laptop to somebody to fix is out of the question as both cost more than 100 GBP and I can't afford it (and probably the laptop is worth less than that). But I really do need my laptop...

I found on eBay somebody selling the same motherboard for spare parts but I really don't know if that socket/port is replaceable. It definitely looks glued down to the MB from all sides and all the parts replacing I have ever done in my life had involved only screwing in and out (although I am keen to take my knowledge even further). How would I do that? Probably I would need special tools but which ones?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

PS: I was even thinking of adapting the 40 pin cable into a VGA one and just have the cable come out from the side and into the VGA port, but that's just for output... I'm out of ideas...

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That socket will be soldered, not glued. You may well find a replacement socket on eBay but you will need to de-solder the old socket and solder on the replacement one. If you are not a skilled solderer then you will need someone who is to do the component swap!

commented: Thank you! +0

Thank you very much Rik, I will do exactly that!

I'll buy a non working MB on eBay and find somebody experienced in soldering on Freeconomy to help me out.


Best of luck with that! :)

Hi i had the same problem,i broke one pin of 40pin socket so i want to be sure that it is fixable because i asked and told me that it will cost me around 100euro.My screen show me this(link is pics) http://oi46.tinypic.com/28c2hhj.jpg http://oi46.tinypic.com/2w1wheb.jpg http://oi49.tinypic.com/8z2n21.jpg
The thing is that he told me that it might needs reballing.So i would like you to tell me if you had the same screen look,and if you fix it and how!thanks a lot!

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