Here's my suggestion back to him....
No... the motherboard was the root of the evil... and was the main thing pitched...
You should be able to buy the connector, fairly cheap at any major supply house... have you tried Digikey? http://www.digikey.com/
This page of their catalog might be what you need.... not sure of the exact connector dimensions, as I no longer have the adapter. http://dkc3.digikey.com/PDF/T063/0337-0340.pdf
Section 12 on that page (right-angle PCB connectors)... may be it.
The dimensions are critical on those plugs... the wrong size just won't work.
Also... we've had some success re-soldering then EPOXYING the connector in place to relieve strain on my wife's laptop... it lasted at least 6 months... and now I need to repeat the process.