My Averatec laptop stopped holding a charge and I realized that it was the DC jack that was bad. I've taken apart notebooks many times before so I proceeded to disassemble the unit despite not being able to find the schematic diagram anywhere. A couple of days ago, I located the DC jack and it was indeed cracked. I have a new one on the way and would like to know what tools you guys would recommend for me to resolder the new one in. A high-res photo is available at http://www.alcodesigns.net/images/averatecmainboard.jpg
It seems like there is solder and/or a metal piece that needs to be removed. I have not yet figured out how the board gets removed from the chassis. Additionally, I will need a new soldering iron and all the accessories because my old stuff has been sitting in my garage and rusted thanks to the tropical heat of Florida. Any suggestions on how to approach this and maybe a checklist of things to get would be greatly appreciated. There are many Radio Shack stores near my house.