Question about Dell Latitude C400 Notebook
My problem lies on the power side of things...When I connect the AC adapter/charger to the laptop, It has to be jiggled and moved around to enable the "On AC Power" indicator. (Pic of AC in taskbar) Is there any way to test whether the problem is coming from the AC adaptor or the DC on the motherboard...without going out and spending $100 for a new cord? I could really use any advise or direction...
Thanks in advance...
Here is a tutorial on how to resolder the DC jack:
You would need to take your laptop apart down to the system board. Here is Dell's site with the service manual:
copy and paste the complete link into your browser.
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Posted on Dec 01, 2008
Your problem most likely lies wih the laptop power connector, the power cord connector is not making firm contact, that is why when you jiggle it connects. It might be the cord, you can check it by connecting it to another laptop exactly like yours and see if this plays up on that laptop, if it does then it is most likely the cord/power adapter. Don't connect it to a different brand name laptop, different brands use different voltages.
To replace the power connector on the laptop could be expensive unless you do it yourself, the laptop would need to be completely dismantled to get to the connector. Get a quote, they may charge for a quote, unless you accept the quote which may then be offset against the cost of the repair.
I recommend if the laptop is more than 3 to 4 years old, I would not repair it, put some blue tack around the connector to make the connection secure/firm, and put the repair costs towards a new laptop.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: On AC Power
you can get the adapter tested by an electrician or someone with a multi meter....that would be the first step....if the problem resides with the DC in then you'll need a professional to sort that out....what often happens with adapters though is that they don't produce enough ampage for the P.C....might be worth checking Dell support to see if they've produced an adapter for your model with a slightly higher ampage ...
Posted on Dec 11, 2008
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