I would concur; at the very minimum, you'd probably need to resolder the joints from the DC connector to the DC-in board. However, because you were able to smell something, I'd be willing to bet that you let out the magic smoke (that's what makes computer chips work - once the smoke escapes from one, it no longer works right! ;-)). In other words, there's probably a short somewhere on one of the boards, and a chip fell victim to that short. Of course, it could be that something in the backup *charger* was destroyed, but either way, at the very minimum, there's probably a short in the PB. However, without detailed schematics and PCB drawings, you're not likely to find the problem unless it's visually obvious. Flat-rate repair is the best option, I'd say. Or buying a new computer - you may be able to sell the old one to a place like pbfixit.com for parts, or sell the parts on eBay yourself, or something like that to recoup much of the cost. If only Apple made a Mag-safe floor... You drop your PowerBook, but - aHA! It slows down and floats a foot above the floor thanks to some powerful magnets! ;-) Kynan Shook kashook at wisc.edu http://homepage.mac.com/kynan/ Jeffrey K. Lew" <jklew at ucla.edu> writes: > The power jack on the DC board is probably broken, you just can't see > it. There may be some electronic components on the DC board that got > fried. Have you tried another power adapter, since maybe something > blew up in the adapter and not on the DC board?