The pin at the conection of the power cord into the computer is loose and the power will not stay connected. DataDoctors says the mother board has to be replaced and it is not financially feasible to do it. Is this definetly the problem and if so can some one with experience in building PC's be able to change the mother board and how much are they?
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WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you
are dealing with electricity that can KILL. http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been
switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.
Some of the below steps
recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is
highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards.
Remove the memory modules from their slots. Take the opportunity to clean the
slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors.
Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with
a soft cloth.
Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any
component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other
Do not use solvent that may attract
dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots. lightly
rub an alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do
the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r
Allow the pins to dry.
They will air dry in a matter of minutes
If reseating the memory did not
resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory.
If you have only one stick of
memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the
Check the memory module and memory slot contacts.
They are either copper tin or gold.
The colour will tell you which they are.
Mixing tin and gold can result in corrosion that prevents
Look for any sign of physical damage to the memory module,
memory slots or the motherboard.
Reseat the memory modules.
You should hear an audible click when they are in place.
Do not use too much force to reseat the memory module in to
the slot this can cause damage to the module, slot or motherboard.
The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or
failing. Could be a problem with the Hard Drive or the Hard drives
PCB http://www.onepcbsolution.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0Qd_3wFWM
There is a connection problem such as a bad cable
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE
HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are not faulty.
Although it would be very rare for the sata lead to be
Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives
dvd\cd have secure connections and are not faulty
Computers need power and data to travel through
every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads
will end up with a computer error also There are several possible reasons the computer may not be
The connections may be loose or damaged.
The AC adapter or power cord may no longer be functioning.
The battery may be defective or no longer working; or the
battery may need to be reset or recalibrated.
If these methods do not solve the issue with your Acer
Aspire, contact Acer support for further troubleshooting options.
Inspect the AC adapter to be certain it is fully connected to the computer.
If the connection is loose, contact Acer for repair service
Online Product Supporthttp://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4/kw/battery
Check the AC adapter connection to the power cord. If the
cord will not stay connected , there may be a defect in the power cord.
Contact Acer for service options or replacement parts.
If the adapter is connected to a power strip, make sure the
strip is powered on and is fully connected to the wall socket.
Connect the adapter to a different electrical outlet if
After verifying all connections, attempt to power the
If the computer does not turn on, try power reset.
Disconnect the battery, and detach the AC adapter from the
Push the power button, and hold it for 30 seconds.
Reattach the battery.
Reconnect the AC adapter to the computer and a functioning
Press the power button. If the computer does not power on,
attempt to power on without the battery.
on Without the Battery
Shut down the computer.
Remove the battery from its compartment.
Connect the AC adapter and power cord.
Verify that the power cord is connected to a functioning
Press the power button. If this method is successful, the
battery may need replacing.
Attach the notebook to the AC adapter, and allow the battery
to fully charge.
Maybe it's the DC Jack that the power cord plugs into. If the jack is loose then you will experience the issue you are having.
Maybe your DC Power Jack which is where the power cord plugs
into the computer is bad. Take an ink pen and push the tip inside the
jack and see if the little pin wiggles, if so the jack is bad. You'll have to
take the laptop apart to fix it. Most times it is soldered onto the
motherboard, so you will have to desolder the old and solder a new one.
That is a hallmark of a failed DC jack...or a bad motherboard. I'll address the simplest thing first. The jack pin often comes loose. If you check the pin and it is not loose, test the computer with a known good compatible AC adapter. This will likely tell you what is causing the problem.
[ If this is the case the DC Power Jack needs to be resoldered to the motherboard. The cracked solder joints need to be re-melted, (Reflowed) Entire laptop needs to be disassembled down to the bare motherboard in your hand. (No Processor, Ram Memory, or any adapter cards mounted to the motherboard. Nada)
OR, The DC Power jack needs to be replaced. This entails disassembling the entire laptop, down to just the motherboard in your hand. (Same as above)
The old DC Power Jack is de-soldered, and a new one soldered in place.
Very FEW computer repair shops have the necessary skill level. They just want to replace the entire motherboard. IF one is available. More Ka-Ching for them also. ]
3) The AC adapter is bad. Not providing power to the laptop, to charge the Battery, nor give power to the laptop without the Battery.
AC adapter cord from adapter to plug, which plugs into the laptop, (DC Power Jack), may have a break in it.
May be an intermittent contact provided by wiggling the cord. If this is the case the wires have stretched, and broken. Wiggling causes the wires to briefly touch, and make contact.
Where this cord meets the plug itself. A lot of times there is a break in the wires in this area.
Solution is to replace the AC adapter. There are universal AC adapters you can buy, or perhaps Gateway still has some for sale. (Ka-Ching)
1. Remove laptop battery, optical drive, hard drive and ram. Remove external peripherals as well.
2. Make sure AC Adapter is not yet connected to the laptop. Pressand hold on the laptop’s power button for 10 seconds to drain the powerflea.
3. Connect the AC Adapter for laptop to a known good power outlet, check ACAdapter power LED if it is on. Try to sense if AC Adapter is not makinga bit of noise when it is plugin to the wall power outlet.
4. Connect now the AC Adapter tothe laptop. Check if AC Adapter LED stays on when it is connected tothe laptop. If the LED stays on means the AC Adapter is fine. If the ACAdapter LED turned off check the AC Adapter pin that goes to the laptopAC socket if it is loose.
5. If AC Adapter stays on after connecting to the laptop try topower on laptop. If no power LED comes on then this is motherboardproblem.
6. Before replacing the motherboard there is one checking needs todo. If you can open your laptop bottom part then good, do this whenlaptop is not connected to any power source. Try to reseat the laptopCMOS battery then try to power on laptop after, if still fails thenreplace motherboard. I hope this helps.
it is nearly just as easy to cut the conection of the power cord and weld it strait to the board where the conection was, or use a volt meter and trace the conections back to some where more stable, conecting strait to battery will or might do damage and the laptop will think it is always running of the battery. and or also could over charge the battery because you are bypassing the switch that stops it. hope this helps a bit.
sounds suspiciosly like your chord fitting is damaged(loose wires at connection)and shorting.if possible try a friends power supply with same connecter type before renewing cos could be faulty(loose)connection at pc(inside)constant pushing and pulling of connections often causes 1. loose split or disconnected wires at male connection or 2.loose pins on motherboard female connection or broken housing (not difficult to repair)more difficult to find out how to get to internal connection.
A broken power pin is quite common on laptop computers. The pin gets damaged from plugging and unplugging the cord plus all the daily tugs and pulls on the cord. The cumulative damage breaks the connection from the power pin connector to the motherboard.
If you are mechanically inclined the repair can be made pretty easily. The pin usually runs anywhere from $5 - $15. It's the labor at a shop that is expensive ($99 - $250 or more).
Once you get the system repaired get a Cable Retention device and use it religiously so the problem doesn't reoccur.
Here's a video about the problem and the JerkStopper AC Cable Retention kit.