Broken USB, HDMI, Headphone jack, and all other ports
Q. Broken USB, HDMI, Headphone jack, and all other ports. Can they be fixed?
Laptop USB ports seem to get damaged more frequently than those of their desktop counterparts, perhaps as laptops tend to get moved around while USB plugs and devices like Flash Drives and Wireless Dongles are plugged in, wires get tripped over and plugs get bumped. Sockets can also be damaged by using excessive force when inserting USB plugs and dongles.
If a socket is damaged, one or more of the four metal electrical contacts inside may be bent, and/or the plastic (or porcelain) insulator may be broken.
The other frequent scenario is where the solder points that hold the USB ports casing get broken, causing the whole port assembly to become loose. In either case, this can cause an electrical short and damage the motherboard. If you suspect USB port problems, disconnect power completely from the laptop by unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery right away.