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A piece of plastic broke off of the ethernet adapter

Just today a piece of plastic fell off of the ethernet port on the side of my mom’s laptop. It snapped right back in, but it is very noticable and I’m wondering if something worse will follow this issue.

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Can I look at a picture of it?


Not sure how to send a picture, but it's this little rectangle piece. I can't even make my finger's quite the right size, but it's extremley small.


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That is a lock tab which helps hold the ethernet cable in. It’s called an RJ45

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Usually you have to press it down when removing the plug. It’s not going to cause any harm but your cable may fall out. Just replace the cable.

You can get them in almost any electronics supplier.

Here’s one for $4.66

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Is that on the cable or port? I didn't mean to say adapter, this is on the latpop's port.


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