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My laptop is not recharging.

The light for electricity is off even though I plugged it in. I guess the little part at the back of the laptop : DC power jack ? is need to be replaced. Where can I make it repaired cheaper. I am a student and can not afford to buy a new laptop now. I live in Houston do you know any places? thanks a lot

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Check your DC Power Jack which is where the power cord plugs into the compute. Take an ink pen and push the tip inside the jack and see if the little pin wiggles, if so the jack is bad. You'll have to take the laptop apart to fix it. Most times it is soldered onto the motherboard, so you will have to desolder the old and solder a new one.

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My Acer aspire one just stopped working for no reason. I plugged it in to charge it but none of the lights come on, and nothing happens when I hit the power button...

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If the battery is dead, buy a new battery or run it on p/s alone.

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Sounds like a bad battery or the charger isn't putting out enough power even though the light is on.But most likely its the battery.

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1. First of all, go to and enter your serial number to make sure you still have warranty (just in case you need to order parts or send in your lappy) 2. You can open a chat window with gateway to describe to them your issue 3. Possibly order a new part, or fix the solution via gateway support.
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Reply to Sparks coming out of the DC pin when battery was getting low

too bad can't help you out with the motherboard man! guess you'll have to find a way to charge your battery.

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