Plugged in but not charging

March 24, 2009 at 21:00:45
Specs: Windows Vista
My laptop, while plugged into the AC adapter won't lose any charge but also won't charge. It will charge if I bend the power cord a certain direction but otherwise not a charge. I'm kinda of hoping its just the adapter and I can buy a new one. Can anyone help? Could it be the power jack or just the adapter?

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#1
March 25, 2009 at 03:50:08
It could be the jack, but it is also possible a wire is broken in
the cable. If the power was stored neatly every time, then the
wire was flexed in the same spot and could have broken.
With careful testing the broken spot can be located and
repaired.

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#2
March 25, 2009 at 06:41:01
How do I test it? Would it just be cheaper to buy a new adapter? I have no idea how much power jack things cost but it sounds expensive. Thank you so much for your help ><

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#3
March 25, 2009 at 09:54:16
It's common for the jacks on laptops to break loose from the motherboard. Remove the cable. Stick a finger in and see if you can wiggle the jack. They are only held in place by solder joints.

It might be able to be fixed by resoldering.


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#4
March 25, 2009 at 10:41:37
I tried wiggling it and it didn't seem to move or be loose. I just got the battery replaced cause I thought it was that so I'm positive its not the battery. Could it be something inside the computer? When I bend the cord part of the charger to the left it says its charging/fully charged but when I unplug it the computer goes right back to 94% or whatever it was left on. Could it just be sending false single? It doesn't lose charges when its plugged in though

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#5
March 25, 2009 at 11:21:16
"It will charge if I bend the power cord a certain direction but otherwise not a charge."

That would sure indicate a jack or an adapter cable problem.


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#6
March 25, 2009 at 11:29:20
Do you know which one it most likely is? It doesn't lose power when the cords in but won't charge and I don't wanna like buy a cord if its most likely the jack or vise versa

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#7
March 25, 2009 at 17:28:54
My feeling is that the jack is the most likely culprit, because they are always causing a problem. But if you are sure it's perfectly solid, then I don't know.



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#8
March 25, 2009 at 22:49:41
It doesn't feel like its moving and when I bend the cord on the adapter I can wiggle where it connects and it doesn't seem to affect it

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