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I get a message Ac OFF

Does the visual message Ac OFF mean that even though I'm plugged into a live electric socket, the phone or the plug connector is malfunctioning and the phone is relying on the battery only (DC vs AC)?

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Hi, Your assumption is correct. The phone is not sensing any external AC power. If you are sure that the AC cord/adapter is plug in to the mains, then it is either: 1. the walloutlet or where the ACplug/adapters is connected does not have any power; or 2. The adapter itself is defective. Hope this b e of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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I suggest you perform the diagnostic test to see if the problem is the Power On switch, (Located inside the plastic Power On button assembly), or the Power Supply.

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If the computer does NOT come on you have a bad Power Supply.
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I would like to start by showing you an illustration and photo of your motherboard,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph07813&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&site=null&lang=en&product=329403&key=null

Scroll the page down towards the bottom.
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http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

The photo to the far Left shows the 20-pin ATX main power connector on the motherboard. (Female connector)

The photo in the Middle shows the Front of the connector, on the power supply's 20-pin ATX main power cable. (Male connector) Plugs into the connector on the motherboard.

The photo to the far right shows the 20-pin ATX main power cable plugged into the motherboard.
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Computer laying on it's side on a table, computer case open, computer plugged into power:
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About the voltage you will be addressing.
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2) The voltage you will be addressing is 5 Volts DC.
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3) There may be a spark. Cautioning you in advance. You may wish to wear a rubber dishwashing glove on the hand with the jumper wire.
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