Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
1.The first thing you want to check is your laptop's ac adapter or "power brick". They often have a little green light that will let you know if they are functioning. If the light is not on then you may need a replacement. If this is the case i recommend a genuine replacement from the laptops manufacturer. Universal adapters are overpriced and not always the same voltage and amp. This can lead to all kinds of other issues.
2. Check to see if your memory or ram may be faulty. With the laptop battery and power brick removed place the system bottom up (make sure you are ground by touching a piece of metal) and unscrew the square compartment. Inside you should see one or two rectangular chips. This is the system's memory. If you have two chips try alternating to diagnose if one may be bad. If you only have one memory stick try to obtain a known-good chip of the same type (ddr, ddr2, sd-ram) to test.
3. See if where the ac adapter plugs in is loose. If you have had to wiggle the connection to get the system to turn on in the past then you may have a bad dc jack. This is a very high risk repair that wouldn’t be recommended for the novice. It involves soldering and taking the laptop completely apart. IF you are uncomfortable with the idea of this then you should most likely consult a technician who can do it for you.
4. The most over-used phrase in regards to computers: “bad motherboard” sometimes it really happens and this behavior can be a symptom.
To help prolong the life of a laptop and its battery be advised of the following:
a.Leaving a laptop docked to an ac outlet with the battery in WILL ultimately kill the battery. Remove the battery from the system if it has a full charge.
b.NEVER move a laptop with the ac adapter still plugged in. Even if it is just a couple of feet. This can quickly lead to a damaged dc jack.
c. Be weary of high traffic areas so that someone doesn’t trip over the cable and rip it from the jack.
just a couple of tips hope this helps :)
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