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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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Possible cuase:
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First replace it with another working charger, see if the problem gone. If not, there may be strong possibility that the power jack was broken.

Here below are some common symptoms of a bad charger.
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I copied this from nintendo.com hope this helps you.


No Power
    Most power issues with the Wii can be fixed by resetting the AC adapter. You can easily reset the AC adapter by following these steps:
      1. Unplug the Wii AC adapter at both ends (from the back of the Wii system and from the wall outlet or power strip). acunplug.png
      2. The AC adapter must remain unplugged at both ends for a full 2 minutes.
      3. While you're waiting, unplug/remove all accessories from the system (including game discs, SD Cards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, memory cards, hookup cables, and Sensor Bar). Remove all of these from the outlet and the Wii.
      4. Also check to see that controller cords, AC adapter, and Stereo AV cables/Component Video cables are not frayed and do not have exposed wires. If you find any frayed cords or exposed wires, you should replace those parts.
      5. After you've waited 2 minutes, plug the AC adapter into the Wii system and directly into a wall outlet, not a surge protector or power strip. Check to see if the power light comes on.
      6. If the system works, plug the Sensor Bar into your system, then turn the system on to see if it still works. Repeat this process with one accessory at a time. If your system doesn't work once you've connected a particular accessory (Sensor Bar, Game Disc Nintendo GameCube controller, Memory Card, SD Card, etc.), there may be something defective with that accessory.

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Have you tried resetting the AC adapter? If not, then try this:

  1. Unplug/remove all accessories from the system (including game discs, SD Cards, memory cards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, hookup cables, the AC Adapter, and Sensor Bar) from the outlet and Wii.
  2. Let the system rest for about 90 seconds. While you're waiting, check to see that controller cords, AC Adapter, and Stereo AV cables/Component Video cables are not frayed or have exposed wires (this can cause the system to shut off); if so, you should replace those parts.
  3. After the 90 seconds, Plug the AC Adapter into the system and directly into a wall outlet, not a surge protector or power strip. Check to see if the power light on the Power button comes on.

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  2. Let the system rest for about 90 seconds. While you're waiting, check to see that controller cords, AC Adapter, and Stereo AV cables/Component Video cables are not frayed or have exposed wires (this can cause the system to shut off); if so, you should replace those parts.
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  1. Unplug/remove all accessories from the system (including game discs, SD Cards, memory cards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, hookup cables, the AC Adapter, and Sensor Bar) from the outlet and Wii.
  2. Let the system rest for about 90 seconds. While you're waiting, check to see that controller cords, AC Adapter, and Stereo AV cables/Component Video cables are not frayed or have exposed wires (this can cause the system to shut off); if so, you should replace those parts.
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I have a compaq presario 700 laptop that is no longer charging.


The notebook battery may have a defect if it will not power on the notebook and if it will not hold a charge. The battery indicator light on the notebook either does not light or always blinks orange. The notebook operates correctly when connected to the AC adapter.
A battery that will not charge may be the result of an AC adapter failure, a system board failure, or a battery failure. Perform the steps below to diagnose the failure.
Troubleshoot the power supply
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.
If the AC adapter connection to the notebook is loose, the connector may be damaged and require repair. Contact HP service and support for further assistance.
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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.
NOTE: If you have purchased a second battery for your notebook PC or you have access to an identical battery, you can also check the battery by inserting the second battery into the PC and performing the Troubleshoot the battery steps again.

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