FredSRichardson Posted February 27 Share Posted February 27 So I got my wife a Dell refurbished Latitude 7480 which held up pretty well with the sole exception of the Thunderbolt port which failed. I actually thought it was the TB16 dock that was failing but then found that wiggling the cable "just so" would consistently reconnect/disconnect the Thunderbolt dock device (of course I don't want to do this a lot and risk frying the controller chips). So I am fairly confident that the Thunderbolt jack is failing physically. There are a few videos on YouTube demonstrating how to replace USB-C ports on motherboards, but it is a fairly advanced operation and that's assuming I can get the replacement part and adequate desoldering/soldering gear (I used to do a lot of soldering - so I think I can manage the skill set). Does anyone have any experience doing this and have a recommendation? The laptop is on it's 6th year, so replacing the unit is not out of the question. I just don't like the waste. As an aside, does anyone else miss the old Dell docking stations that weren't USB-C? IMO having such a fragile point of failure for the docking station is an insane design decision - especially when replacing the physical jack is so difficult! Maybe a socketed or clip in jack would make a bit more sense if this is the way it has to be. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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