My laptop is not re-charging when I plug in my power adaptor. The plug is firmly seated into the recepticle, but re-charging does not begin. What should I do?
Note the battery is fine, but I don't think the recharging plug is making contact in the laptop recepticle. I used to be able to manipulate that connection and eventually I could get it to work.. now it won't work any more.
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Re: Acer Aspire 3003 Power plug not making contact
You've probably damaged the dc power jack by trying to get contact. Local repair shop should be able to repair it for $100 and below. I wouldn't recommend going diy unless you're good with stuff like this.
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Check the light on the AC adaptor when plugged in to the laptop. If it is flashing, it indicates that the power is being "spat back". That is, not completing the circuit. Means that you have a fault in the charging circuit. I'd check for burning around the contacts where the DC port was soldered onto the board / or if the plug type, check the socket on the mobo is not damaged and is firmly soldered on.
After that, (if not already done) check the output voltage of the adaptor with a multimeter, might be a simple failure of the ac adaptor, even though it looks ok
It should boot when connected directly to the power outlet through the laptop adaptor. If it is not boot, then the adaptor might not be supplying the needed power to boot it up.
If it is possible, try to isolate the issue. Charge your new battery using another laptop. Then plug it in your laptop to see if it works. If it will work, then it is the AC adaptor of your laptop that is defective. If the charged battery still won't make the laptop boot, then there is something wrong with your laptop hardware. If could be a motherboard issue of your laptop.
First of all, what I'm about to tell you are general troubleshooting techniques - I make no claim that they will fix what you describe, but they may help lead you to a solution.
Unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery
Plug in the AC adapter and attempt to power on the laptop
If it doesn't power on, see #6 below. If it does power on, but doesn't boot the OS, restart - pressing [SPACE] as the first Windows splash screen appears. When prompted, choose to delete the hibernation file and start a system boot.
Shut the system down, disconnect the AC adapter, reinsert the battery, and attempt to power the laptop. If it doesn't start we know, at the very least, there's a battery problem.
Plug in the AC adapter. If it shuts down immediately, or won't power back on after a shutdown. . .
. . .there's a problem with the system board, probably the ciruitry associated with charging the battery.
Ckeck if your adaptor has power on the connector to laptop.
Might be damaged power cord (to and from the adaptor) or broken adaptor.
While there was power in the battery, it was running, but not charging.
Now the battery is emty and can't be charged because of broken adaptor/cables.
If you find there is no power from the adaptor, bepair it or buy a new one.
Do not try to repair the adaptor by yourself if you are not a technician, it is DANGEROUS ! Either give it to a qualified servicer, or betteer, buy a new one.
It's a loose connection on the motherboard. The power connector on the motherboard will need to be re-soldered. You really don't need a new motherboard. You need to find a good Technician that can do this. I use to do this at my old job. We charged $65. Some places will charge up to $90 or so.