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ok, my neighbor's daughter has an acer laptop that she broke both the usb ports on (seriously mangled the pins inside). nothing works with them. this is their only computer

her mom bought her and her brother ipods for christmas.

i had to break it to her that because her daughter screwed the laptop's usb ports up, they cannot charge, sync or add music/pics to their ipods.

is there any kind of work around? ie a usb pcmciatpsor (or whatever that slot thing is called)? or is it easy to replace the usb ports on a laptop without de/re-soldering them? (i can work on laptops, i have replaced screens/keyboards/various other stuff)
 
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What model laptop is it?

if you have a Mini pci slot you can slide one of these in :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16839328028
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You COULD replace the USB ports, but you will need to de/re solder to the PCB. Otherwise the expansion card is probably your best bet. You could theoretically just jailbreak them and use SSH to transfer the songs manually via wireless, but that is hardly an easy solution for the average user. If the laptop has a docking station (again, unlikely) they could just use the docking station USB ports.

She should probably stress taking care of the devices too =p
Edited by _02 - 10/28/11 at 6:57am
    
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cool, i'll just see what kind of slot she has (lulz, single mom) and pick up an expansion card for her.
 
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