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Acer TravelMate 2303LC notebook - suspected battery problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by andyj941, May 24, 2007.

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  1. andyj941

    andyj941 Thread Starter

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    i I have an Acer TravelMate 2303LC notebook which has always been reliable and adequate for my needs. However when I was in the middle of doing some very important work in January it wouldn't power up when I pressed the power on/off button, despite it always being plugged in at the wall. I checked everything - the battery was charged before I last turned it off and it was always connected to the A/C adaptor which was lit up so was working ok. The only thing that made it switch on was by releasing the battery underneath, disconnecting it then reconnecting it - when I did this is started up no problem.

    This only happened the once in January and once again 3 days ago. Is this a problem experienced by other users and what is the cause of the problem? Is there any action that needs taking?
     
  2. racock

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    Could be a problem with the DC board on the laptop, I've replaced a fair few in my time, but that's probably not a lot of use to you, since unless you can get hold of the parts and are happy about taking the thing apart, there's not a lot you can do about it. If it keeps doing it, then if you know anyone with a similar laptop with the same or identical power output and connector, then try to convince them to let you swap it for a bit.

    Otherwise, it's a trip to the dealer / repair centre.

    :(
     
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    andyj941 Thread Starter

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    Sorry this reflects my ignorance and little knowledge about laptop hardware but what is the DC board and what does it do? And how will swapping the power output and connector help?! Thanks
     
  4. racock

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    The DC board is the one that deals with which power source to use to run on and are normally a daughter-board to the motherboard. These often cook themselves and lead to a 'confused' machine, or one with just no power at all.

    Swapping the AC adapter would just make sure that your one is providing the correct output, and that the connector is making proper ..um.. connection. This is a grasping at straws thing, because I'm doubting that you're going to easilly get hold of a DC board just to see if it's knackered, since manufacturer's only normally ship them out to authorised repair centre's, and you're not likely to want to shell out for one in case it's not that (could be the motherboard itself that's at fault).

    Rich (harbinger of bad news).
     
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