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Power failure My AC adapter cord became frayed, the wire exposed, and I was no longer able to charge the battery. I ordered a replacement, but when it arrived today, it would not charge the battery, which has been dormant for about two weeks. The charge indicator light on the front of the laptop comes on intermittently, and once the computer tried to start up, only to fail again. I'm wondering if there is a power transfer problem inside the computer, or if the prong itself is damaged. The connection is a bit loose, which would support that. My big fear is that there is something wrong with the motherboard. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

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  • neal1971 Dec 04, 2008

    Yes I've tried holding the cord in place and that doesn't seem to matter. It appears the connection is solid once I firmly place the cord in the slot. Mind you, this IS A BRAND-NEW replacement cord so there should be no issue on that end. The power-indicator light is green on the transformer, so I know power is getting through the cord. That, combined with the fact that it tried to start once, tells me there is something trying to get through at some time, just not reliably. A friend of mine suggested the "short" scenario as well, so maybe that's it. I've never done any soldering, so I'll probably have to take it in. Thanks

  • neal1971 Dec 04, 2008

    That's certainly possible. I'm looking for any options so thanks for the suggestion

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BATTERY MAY HAVE SHORTED AND WILL NO LONGER HOLD A CHARGE.RICHARDM69

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Hi, first off let's not jump to conclusions just yet, it could be the M.B. but that would be the least likely culprit, I am more inclined to agree with you that it is a power supply issue, the clue lies in the frayed wire and the connector. This is just an educated guess, but I would have to say one of two things happened or both, either A. the frayed wire may have shorted the power supply connector on the board and that's why it doesn't charge or B. the connector being loose, as has been the case for me with another laptop is not making a sold connection anymore. Have you tried to hold the adpater plug in place while connected? That used to work with my old laptop till the connector finally came completely loose. If you get the charge light to come on or get the battery to charge and yiou can easily check that with a multimeter,, then you can lay your fears to rest it's not the M.B. just the power supply connector and you can have that replaced or try to do it yourself, which can be a pain, if you have not done that type of soldering before.

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Your safest bet is to replace the power cord with a new one you can short circuit your computer if the expose wire touches while its plug in just find a pc store that sell the power cord for your pc

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Charger failure # 34


Just buy another ac adapter power cord. Are you able to use the laptop with the power cord plugged in? If so the ac adapter power cord is good and getting juice to the computer.

Is it that the battery is not charging? If the battery is not charging, then it might be at the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.

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Troubleshooting Laptop Power Failures - The AC Adapter


Symptom:

Wiggling the AC adapter cord causes the power status LED on the laptop to blink.


Diagnosis & Solution:

The problem could be that the copper wires inside the AC adapter cord became frayed or broken right where they enter the connector on the end of the AC adapter cord. The wires (a number of very thin conductors twisted into a heavier cable) are sized for the amount of power the laptop requires. As thin wires break and lose contact, all of the power must flow through the remaining conductors, leading to overheating, which can cause damage or be a safety hazard.

To make sure that this is the case, first test the output voltage from the connector on the end of the AC adapter cord using a digital multimeter set to measure DC voltage. While measuring, bend the AC adapter cord in various directions. If this causes the reading to jump betwwen zero & the nominal output voltage (written on the label on the AC adapter), then you know that you will need to replace the connector.

In order to get this fixed, you will need a new connector and basic soldering skills, or you can take it to an electronics shop for a cheap repair but get the price before agreeing. If you decide to repair it yourself, then you will have to find a replacement connector. Most of these connectors are easy to find and your local Radio Shack often has them in stock. Just bring your laptop along to make sure you get the right size. However, some laptops use a highly proprietary connector for which you can't easily find a replacement, in which case your best option is to find a failed AC adapter for your laptop model, cut the end off (with plenty of slack) and splice it onto your AC adapter's cable.

If you work on irregular surfaces (like a lap) and allow the cord to dangle, the wires may break just inside the connector due to pulling, despite the fact that the factory connector is encapsulated in molded plastic. You can carefully take apart the molded plastic with a razor knife to temporarily fix a connection, but it's smarter to replace the connector end as soon as you determine it is causing intermittent power failures.

Another possibility might be that the power receptacle in the laptop (where you plug the AC adapter cord) has failed. Sometimes the center pin of the connector breaks off, sometimes the solder joints on the main board fail, sometimes there's a break between the connector contacts and the motherboard contacts. In all these instances, you or the technician has to gain clear access to the laptop's motherboard to make the repair. In order to get this done, you might need clear disassembly instructions, as well as decent soldering skills. You could get a replacement connector usually for less than $10, but the repair charge can be several hundred dollars for some models if you take it to a local shop.

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When the laptop is turned on, the battery charge LED goes off even if the adapter is still plugged in.
Possible cause:1. AC power adapter failure.
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Possible troubleshooting steps and repair solution:1. This problem could be related to a faulty AC power adapter. It's possible that the AC adapter doesn't provide enough power when plugged into the laptop. To find out if this is your problem, you'll have to test the laptop with another working adapter.Replace the adapter if needed.
http://www.chargerbuy.com/replacement-acer-aspire-9400-ac-adapter-19v-3-42a.html

2. There is a slight chance that you have bad battery. Test the laptop with a know good battery and replace the faulty one if needed.

3. The battery charge problem could be related to the power jack. Maybe the jack is broken or not making good contact with the motherboard. It is necessary to remove the motherboard and take a closer look at the power jack. Resolder or replace the jack if needed.

4. If the power jack is in a good working shape and new power adapter with battery do not fix the problem, most likely you have a faulty motherboard. Replace the motherboard if needed.

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Hello The mandatory requirements before you try anything else are the main battery must be installed, it must work correctly, and there must be nothing wrong with the AC adapter or it's connection to the laptop. -Your model is recent enough the main battery must be installed - it won't start up on the AC adapter alone. - The main battery must be capable of being charged up to at least a minimal capacity. - The main battery does not last forever. Typically it works as it should for a year or so then begins to deteriorate - by the second year it can't be charged to anywhere near it's rated capacity. It gets worse as time goes by. Older batteries often develop internal shorts that makes it impossible for them to produce the voltage they're supposed to produce (you can test for that with a volt meter), and they may get HOT when you attempt to charge them for a while, rather than a little warm, or they may never get warm at all. - If you haven't replaced it since the computer was new, this model is old enough the main battery should be replaced! There must be nothing wrong with the AC adapter or it's connection to the laptop - if there is, the main battery cannot be charged properly. A common thing people do when they unplug the AC adapter is to pull on the cord rather than the plug on the end of the cord as they are supposed to do. Doing that eventually damages the plug and/or the wiring near the plug, and over a longer period of time, doing that damages the jack in the laptop the plug plugs into. The jack in the laptop should move when you wiggle the plug in the jack. Most laptops have an led that lights up only when the AC adapter is plugged in, there's nothing wrong with the AC adapter or it's connection to the laptop, and the AC adapter is charging the battery. That led should come on at least briefly when you unplug the plug from the AC adapter, then plug it back into the laptop jack, even if the main battery is fully charged. The led should not blink on and off randomlyIwhen you wiggle the plug in the jack. If that led never comes on, there is something wrong with the AC adapter or it's connection to the laptop, or the main battery is shorted (check it's voltage). If that led never goes out even after a long time, the main battery is probably no good - replace the main battery. The plug on the AC adapter cord can be replaced, but if you damaged it by pulling on the cord you will probably continue to do that at least part of the time, so since a plug molded onto the cord stands up to abuse a lot longer than a replacement plug, it's often a better idea to replace the cord from the AC adapter to the laptop if it can be unplugged at the AC adapter (a laptop repair place may stock that), or if that can't be done or you can't find that part, replace the AC adapter. The jack on the laptop can usually be replaced but that requires taking apart the laptop and careful removal and replacement of the jack. A laptop repair place does that sort of thing frequently, and often have the more common jacks in stock, though they may have to order one. Hope this helps, if so do appreciate my effort by rating the solution Good Luck, Cmptrlink

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To verify that the AC power supply is functioning properly, follow the steps below.

1.
Plug the AC adapter directly into a functioning wall outlet, and plug connector into the computer. Do not plug into a power strip, surge protector or secondary power source.
2.
Verify the following operation and take the appropriate action:
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That all power cord connections are secure.
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That the power button or power LED is lit when the computer is on.
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That an LED on the AC power supply adapter is lit when plugged into an AC wall outlet (not available on all AC power supply adapters).
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That the AC power supply adapter is the correct type.
Different notebook models require different AC power supply adapters. You will need to know the Product Number of your notebook to determine the Part Number of the replacement part. Click Start > HP Help & Support to view the product name, product number, and serial number that you'll need to have to speak with HP Customer Service.
View the See Also section for information about locating HP Help & Support in your operating system.

Troubleshoot the System Board
If you've verified that the AC power functions properly, troubleshoot the PC's system board by following the steps below.

1.
Remove the battery, and keep the notebook connected to AC power.
2.
Press and release the Power button to start the computer.
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If the notebook PC powers on , then the AC adapter and system board are functioning properly. Go to Troubleshoot the battery .
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If the Power LED is off , then the AC power adapter needs to be replaced. Contact HP Service and Support for further assistance.
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If the power LED is on , but the notebook PC does not power on, then the notebook PC needs to be repaired. Contact HP Service and Support for further assistance.
3.
Shut down Windows by selecting Shut Down from the Start Menu.

Troubleshoot the battery
If you have verified the AC power supply and system board are functioning correctly, troubleshoot the battery by following the steps below.

1.
Insert the battery into the battery compartment on the bottom of the notebook PC.
2.
Connect the AC power supply and allow the battery to charge for 15 to 30 minutes.
NOTE: The Battery Charging light should be on while the battery is charging. If it is not on, check the AC power adapter connection to the notebook PC.
3.
Unplug the AC power adapter cord from the notebook PC.
4.
Press and release the Power button to start the computer using only the battery as the power source.
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If the PC does not power on, then the battery needs to be replaced. Contact HP service and support for further assistance.
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If the notebook PC does power on, the battery is functioning properly.
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