I could probably write for a while and detail a bunch of unnecessary information but suffice it to say I have attempted to solder the new power jack I ordered with the old wire harness that connects with the motherboard and the laptop does not respond at all. I don't know if this is because I did a terrible soldering job (it's ugly but I don't see why it wouldn't conduct), if I used the wrong solder (does it matter?), if the problem wasn't the jack but the harness, the motherboard or the adapter, or if I fried the motherboard because when I opened up the laptop initially I wasn't taking any precautions concerning static.
I suppose what I'm really looking for is advice on how to proceed. I don't actually have access to another adapter or battery to see if the laptop would start up or charge with another power source but if that was the *only* way forward I guess I would have to find a way. How easy is it to screw up the soldering? Am I missing something? Is it easy to wreck a motherboard with static or is that a remote possibility?
Sorry I'm a little lost... that's kind of why I'm here.