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HP/Compaq :: 8710p- Power Plug

It seems that the the end of the power plug (the center pin) is broken.

I have a HP 8710p, and this AC adapter ---> [url]

What I'm asking for is a picture, or a rough explanation of how LONG is the gold'ish connector (the center pin) inside that plug.

I'm asking because I want to find out whether it's the motherboard power connector that's broken or if the center pin inside the DC power plug somehow broke and doesn't provide the power..

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