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Generally they do but they do not have a sensor in the cable. The 120v cord will overheat if you are drawing too much wattage through it. If you are using a gaming system or server with high wattage powersupply and still using a standard cord(many people re-use the one already there when they swap out machines) it may simply be too thin to carry the load. Also if the cord developed a pinch in it there could be a narrow point causing the hot spot.
Try finding a heavier cord, generally something bigger than 16ga wires and monitor the cord for a few minutes while the machine fires back up. If you're not familiar with gauges, measure the diameter of the current cord in mm and fin one at least 2-3mm thicker, this should allow aprox 2 times the wattage to pass without excess heat.
TAKE THE OLD ONE OUT OF THE MACHINE, UNPLUG ALL CONNECTOR AND LABEL THEM EACH. TAKE IT TO ANY COMPUTER STORE THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP YOU
IT IS 4 SCREWS PHILLIPS TYPE, POWER SWITCH
BUT THE MIN. POWER SUPPLY SHOULD BE AT LEAST 250WATTS
AND HIGHER IF YOU ARE GAMER, GRAPHICS NUT, ALOT OFF
First, I suggest finding a monitor first as some have an 'attached' monitor cable and some don't. (No use buing a $15.00 cord you don't need) As far as a mouse goes, believe it or not, I've found the best prices for a good mouse at Home Depot and Publix Supermarkets. E-bay and Amazon.com always have great prices on most any cord. All PC power cords I've ever seen are the same (about $11.00 at any Staples, CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.), They are will only fit PC's and VGA (old-style) monitors. Any monitor should work just fine. For used I'd suggest craigslist.com and for a new LCD you probably can't beat tigerdirect.com (new owner's of CompUSA). Any mouse & keyboard will work also. Good Luck!
This same thing is happening with my acer laptop. I sent it to the company about 3 months ago, and it happened again. I really need my laptop and cant take a month without it. I advise sending it in to be fixed to your laptop company. Good luck (: