Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
You have your laptop plugged in but when you check it says that you are running on battery. Or, you have your laptop plugged in and it will not work because the battery is dead.
Both scenarios depict a broken power port on the laptop or possibly a bad power supply. Checking the power supply is easy. Using a DMM on volts DC set to 20 place the red lead on the center pin and the black lead on the outside of the plug assembly. If you do not have the correct voltage as listed on the power supply then you need a new one. While holding the leads on the power plug wiggle the wiring to make sure there are no breaks. If the power drops to zero at any time you need a new power supply. A good site is http://www.impactcomputers.com .
Many times people do not realize that their power port is broken until it is too late. If you continue to use your laptop after the port is broken you will destroy the power supply portion of the mainboard and it will cost you half as much as the laptop cost to repair and may make it not worth fixing.
When you realize that your laptop is not running on AC power, and it could be intermittant, you need to immediately take it to a repair facility to get the jack replaced. The average cost should not exceed $150 US.
This is not a repair procedure that I can walk you through. You can only get your unit repaired at an experienced reapair facility.
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