All i needed for this was
- sharp blade
- (cutely colored) electrical tape
- piece of lace, or anything abrasive (like my old boss' personality- OHHHHHHHH!)
- vinyl letters (semi-optional)
Step 1: The Problem
The part of the cable that responded to coaxing was the part that plugs into the computer, and the first few inches of wire beyond. The adapter fit normally into the computer, not loosely at all.
Past experience fixing my phone charger told me that the thumbelina (thumb-sized part you plug into the device) had probably strained the wire over time and the wire had broken inside, without any visible damage to the rubber outside, as is the way. I figured i'd fix it cause "not like it works now! as long as i'm not super aggro about it, i can't make it any worse!"
Step 2: Knifin' Around
After trying to pry the thumbelina down the cord a ways without slicing it, i got fed up with that waste of time and sliced it. My ex boyfriend who rules at this stuff told me that the little part that looks like a honey dipper, that every cord has, the "strain relief," used to be functional but is not only not functional on modern products, but a problem spot for like all electronics with cords that get moved a lot! God that makes me so disgruntled.
Step 3: Continuing to Knife Around
How the eff would i know where the break was?! So I stared at it and feared it for a few days. Look at that baloney, what the hell right? It might as well be a magic eye.
Step 4: Spoiler Alert: It Was Just Soldered Cheaply
I pried some of the plastic away and one of the solder points just sort of lifted off! Convenient! There was all this dirtiness there, so i scraped the crud off the solder point with an x-acto knife, and buffed the crud off the thumbelina with a piece of lace.
Step 5: Testing It
Step 6: Letting Success Get to My Head
You all though i was like DDDD-: before! You should have seen me then! I was like "Oh no now i'm gonna have to come crawling back to that guy at Staples who i said "fuck" to (oh yeah, i looked to temporarily buy a new cable at Staples but it was $108 so i said, "Whoa, fuck that i'd never pay that much"). Now i'd be lucky to only spend $108 cause my computer is probz fried!
I started like smelling everything, trying to see if i'd fried my computer or the adapter or both. But duh i had no idea what either of those things smelled like to begin with, so my imagination ran wild! So wild that i even tried unplugging the cord and plugging it back in, which worked wildly well! Green lights all around! Boy was that lucky.
Step 7: Not Including My Trip to Staples, and the 4 Days of Fearing, This Probably Took a Total of 20 Minutes
Then I charged my computer in ways you never thought possible.
A while later I looked at the cord and the green light turned off. I attributed this to that I've manipulated physical objects with my mind before. In addition, it may have been cause it was just taped in place, and also maybe cause the battery was fully charged and that somehow matters now. Anyway, I just gave the thing a break cause it'd had a big night. If the success reverses I'll let you know.
Plenty of things are better than you, but your laptop cable's not one of them (probably)!
Step 8: 9 Months Later...
Well, it's been great. After a couple months, the cord would occasionally not carry power to the laptop. I figured the electrical tape had stretched out so i wrapped a rubber band around the thumbelina/tape and it worked perfectly. When the same thing started happening a few months later, i was like, "No sweat," and added another rubber band. The laptop cord was also like, "No sweat," and has kept it coming.