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Is it possible to convert the battery to a powersource?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by CarlT, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. CarlT

    CarlT Thread Starter

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    A few days ago I noticed a burned electronic smell.
    Soon after the laptop would only run from the battery even thought it was plugged in.
    Testing the AC adapter showed it to be fine.
    After opening the Laptop I noticed on the Motherboard, right were the AC adapter is plugged in, slight burn traces.

    It's obvious that I will no longer be able to power my Laptop with an AC adapter.
    Since the Laptop is over 3 years old and no longer under warranty, replacing the Motherboard isn't an option.

    This is why I'm asking if anyone knows how to change the battery pack in such a way that I can connect an AC adapter to it to power the Laptop.

    Through Google I couldn't find any instructions for something like this.

    The Laptop is an Gericom Hummer.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Actually, what probably happened is the power jack came loose. This can probably be repaired and a new jack installed.
     
  3. CarlT

    CarlT Thread Starter

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    I checked again. From what I can tell it seems that the copper on the Motherboard behind the Jack burned away.
    I had the Laptop on 24/7 and it seems that it worked until the last bit of connection burned away.

    I have an AC adapter with the right Voltage (15 VDC) for this (Battery pack: 14.8 VDC).
    However I read somewhere that the Laptop still needs a connection to the small chip in the Battery pack or it won't even turn on.

    That's why I asked if it is possible to convert the battery pack.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    It is still possible to repair the jack, which is how I'd fix this issue. The battery pack has multiple connections to the machine to monitor the state of the battery, it's not as simple as simply connecting two wires and you're working.

    I know of no way to do what you ask, and it would be different for different models of laptops. The right way to do this is get the jack repaired.

    That's all the input I have, so I'll step aside and wait for the battery experts, because I don't think that's going to be easy to fix...
     
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