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Battery for TransPart GX3 holds only 3 minute charge. When it goes, the power plug for AC falls out. Any suggestions others than new battery I cannot afford at this time. Thanks Barb232

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  • barb232 Apr 14, 2009

    Where the power cable connects to the computer. i was told that the plug-in is magnetic. So if this is true does the dead battery have anythign to do with it falling out?

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    Jeff Strader May 11, 2010

    it may have damaged solder connections where the plug on the back of the computer connect to the motherboard. this is very common when the cable gets plugged and unplugged frequently.

    try holding the cable in different positions while its powered up , see if you can get the power light to flicker. also check the cable's voltage if you know how to use a voltmeter. post again here if ya need more help..

  • Jeff Strader
    Jeff Strader May 11, 2010

    Are we speaking about the wall outlet OR where the power cable is connected to the computer OR where the battery connects to the computer?

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You can repair the battery by replacing the cells

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Available in a multitude of stores. An auto parts store is but one example.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF3OyQ3HwfU

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The plug on the end of the AC adapter, that plugs into the laptop, has a center hole, and a cylindrical metal shield surrounding it.

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The outside cylindrical metal shell is where the black Negative lead of the multimeter goes.

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