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You have reached the end life of the battery pack. The battery must have some minimum charge to have computer function even with the AC power pack connected. So I suggest you replace the battery pack as a solution. Any local Radio Shack store can test this battery I am told free of charge.
Unfortunately, if the light is on, but the computer won't power on, it means one of two things. Either the power cord is broken in some way and no long sufficient to power the computer, OR the motherboard is dead. You can try to purchase a universal cable from Best Buy for instance, and then return it if it doesn't solve your problem. A motherboard repair would be best done through Acer themselves, although, it can cost over $300.
First check your power cord/charger. If there is a green light on it and it is lit then that is working. Even if your battery is dead it should turn on with the power cord. If your power cord is fine then it is most likely your motherboard.
It appears that you have faulty laptop power connector socket.
This is why it appears to work sometimes when you plug the connector into the laptop in some direction.
To confirm this, wriggle the connector while you look at the charge light on the laptop, if it blinks as you wriggle it then the power socket is either faulty or just needs resoldering so it will make proper electrical contact.
You can get a compute techo to do this or you can do it yourself but it requires dismantling the laptop completely to get at this power socket.
Starting with the easy stuff: Try plugging in the power cord, but not the battery. If that works, your battery is either dead, or the circuit for it is shorted out. Are there any signs of life? When you press the power button, do you hear any fans? do see any lights? Does the screen flicker? Your RAM may be dead if it does.
try to power up with power cord only and see if it works. If no lights turn on than your motherboard is dead. If it turns on and nothing happens make sure there is memory installed(RAM). If it turns on and you see windows screen than it shuts off than your operating system needs to be installed again. Also, you can try booting in safe mode by hitting f8 when you initially start your computer and see if it stays on and if it does you have a virus most likely. Good luck.
well, sounds like your power cord took a dump on you check and make sure power cord light is working first i would suggest
takeing up to office depo or computer store or maybe some one you has a lap like your try the power cord on it and see if it boots up that computer or takea differnt power cord and try reboot it they sale altn. power cords for laptops (cheaper in ebay ,ubid or just type in power cords in your search engine ). i hope this helps lala linda