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Old 05-03-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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I need help to identify a small component on a laptop motherboard and what its use is. I broke mine off when i was soldering a new dc jack. Its quite small, and is similar to the component shown in the picture below(mine was placed right besides the soldering part of the DC jack):



I need to know what failure it would cause, and if i have to solder this again!

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Old 05-04-2013, 01:46 AM   #2
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My beliefs is that it is a resistor, but would like to know if this could result in fire hazard. Ive seen some articles written by some smart guys in here, so hope somebody can help me.
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Looks like a capacitor to me. Resistors are usually a little bit bigger. If it is solderable, you should re-solder it back. You said you "broke" it on the thread title, so I am confused as whether you really broke it or just broke its solder.
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Looks like a capacitor to me as well. If you have the cap, then definitely solder it back on. Powering it up with the cap missing could potentially damage other parts of the board.
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Thank you for your reply guys. I was a little inaccurate with the explanation, its just the solder that i broke off. The component is whole. But when i broke it off i was so dumb to just place it on my table just a armlength away!! As i worked on with the dc jack, i must have pushed the component away. Because it was nowhere to be found. As its a "microscopic" size on it is like to look for a needle in a haystack. I've looked everywhere on the floor but its nowhere to be found. I'll just bite the sour apple and wreck the laptop. It was old thou.
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