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Power problems recently the charger for my computer started to get really sensitive. i found that i have to hold the piece to the side when i plug it into the computer. is this just my charger or could it be a bigger problem with the actual plug in in the computer

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Does the chager cord look damaged in any way? If not then it is probably the plug in the computer.

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