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Default A fix for my ethernet socket?

My laptop's ethernet cable socket seems to be broken or something. I guess it got messed up when my mom accidentally stepped on my cable many months ago and yanked it out of its socket pretty forcefully. Since then I haven't been able to plug in a cable without having it constantly coming loose because it doesn't latch into the socket properly. I've had a closer look at the socket with a flashlight and it seems like some piece of metal or plastic in it has definitely moved out of place. Like, normally you hear a tiny "clicking" sound when you put a cable into the ethernet socket, as if to say it's in place, but mine doesn't make that sound anymore. I don't want to replace my laptop, it's still pretty new, and I don't have any knowledge about computer parts to fix or replace it. What do I do?
 
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Pretty common for this to happen. If you're able to connect to the internet via ethernet cable then don't worry about it. If not then just get a USB to ethernet adapter online somewhere.

Newegg.com - usb to ethernet adapter
 
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DealExtreme: Search for usb to ethernet (199 products in 29 categories)

Cheaper, takes maybe 2 weeks to ship to US/Canada. I order from them all the time so they are trustworthy. Quality wise... well it will definitely work, don't expect it to feel like anything you can buy at Best Buy.
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@Henreh: I do worry because every time I so much as move the laptop a bit, the cable falls off and I lose my internet. >:

@Shugi: That looks like a good solution, at least for now. I don't live in the US though, so I don't expect I could get this cheap, nor do I have any idea of what something from Best Buy would be like. I'll see if that gadget is available here in the UK.
 
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They ship from hongkong and shipping is always free to around the world. When I meant bestbuy I mean good plastic, that feels sturdy. The items from dealextreme feel more like flimsy crap you get from the dollar store. Nonetheless they do what they're intended to.
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Lols, okay, but still good to know that there is such a thing as USB to ethernet adapter.
 
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ya there is such thing as that
 
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duck tape ethernet to port.

 
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duck tape ethernet to port.

That could work too and I suppose it'll have to until I get an adapter. Just don't like imperfections on my machine. q_q
 

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