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Problem Charging Laptop

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  1. mb90078

    mb90078 Thread Starter

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    Title is slightly misleading, but I don't know a better way to phrase it.

    My laptop will only charge (or if battery is empty, run) when the power cord is placed at JUST the right angle. If it shifts even slightly, the charging indicator on the unit will turn off. It was working fine before this, no problems whatsoever. The battery itself isn't the problem, once it charges, it will keep the charge fine.

    Any opinions on whether it's the cord or the unit itself? And if it is the laptop, is this something a repair shop could fix?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Sounds like the power jack in the laptop has a bad connection.
    Yes a shop should be able to replace the power jack.
     
  3. mb90078

    mb90078 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the help. Any idea about how much it'll cost me and about how long I'll be with out my comp?
     
  4. arknorth

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    Fixing a power jack is probably one of the nastiest things that can happen to a laptop, because it requires the tech to completely dismantle the computer to fix it - the joys of having it soldered to the motherboard!

    Ask around - you will need to find a shop willing to 'crack open a case' in the first place (not all shops will do this, as laptops aren't as user friendly inside as a desktop). The cost will probably vary greatly because of this. Actual costs I can not give you, since I knew it was going to be expencive, so I did it myself on my clunker of a Gateway.

    As for the old 'do it yourself' fix, unless you know how to solder to a circuit board, I would recommend not even attempting it - first, as I noted, taking apart a laptop isn't for the faint of heart (I still have an extra screw or two that never found their home after the first time laying around) - and second, the motherboard around where these jacks tend to be are extremely fragile. One wrong move, or an iron in the wrong spot burning something the wrong way, and you'll be replacing the board instead of soldering on a new jack (which, BTW, is another option - replacing a motherboard can sometimes be cheaper than getting someone to repair this problem - depending on the model of the computer).

    A-N
     
  5. mb90078

    mb90078 Thread Starter

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    Well, I tried around, and the only place that quoted me an even reasonable rate took a look at it and claimed it was a problem with the motherboard itself (offered to switch a new one in, but @ $200 + Labor on a laptop that originally cost around 450 -- at a huge bargain though).

    I'm pretty decent with Desktop repairs, but not so much with the laptops, and I don't have any experience with soldering.
     
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