Question about Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook
I had a couple of messages saying AC Adaptor not recognised, but still worked until the battery went flat. I bought a PCLine Universal laptop adaptor, which fits. (I have checked the adaptor works on another laptop). 3 green lights on the laptop flash when I push the adaptor in, then they switch off. And it won't charge the laptop. Do I need a new battery? Or is the problem something else?
Wow, ive never seen a computer know what type of adapter is plugged into it... it definately sounds like a power system problem. three parts to this- the adapter, the battery, and the motherboard of the laptop, since that is what interprets and passes on the power from the batter/outlet to the rest of the parts of your computer. we're hoping it isnt the motherboard not recognizing your power subsystem...
but you took a good guess to replace the adapter. you want to make certain the old adapter-- the voltage etc that's written on it in plastic somewhere- that it matches exactly with your replacement adapter. (You just cant plug these thing into any computer it fits into, they have different requirements sometimes, even though theyre all laptops). If it does, then yes, I would assume it's the battery.
Try taking out the battery and running straight off the current, can you do it? Technically, you shouldnt need the battery, it will just act like a desktop computer.
You can get a reasonable aftermarket latop battery for 100-135 bucks, chinese. Compare it to what your manufacturer wants to charge you for a replacement.
BTW- youre out of warrantee, right?
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
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