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My Acer 4001LCi Laptop Won't Charge and Overheats!!!

The problem has been getting worse and worse....I can plug in the power supply and sometimes it charges---if I jimmy in a pen or something to keep the cord angled in a way where it will charge. I have tried multiple chargers...that's not the problem.

My computer service guy said I need to replace the whole computer and can't just swap out the power supply? Hard to believe you can't fix that...the computer runs great---I just can't get any juice to it some days and it's a pain if I can because it goes in and out all the time.

Also, it does get very hot and the connection from the power cable can burn you when you pull it out.


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The charger is getting hot because the DC jack is probably failing due to cold solder points or the unit is just worn out. When the charger tip has to be "angled" and jimmied with a pen, It usually means that the little tension band that holds the jack in place has been worn out, compressed into the slot and has no rebound. You see the tension band acts like a small spring and holds tension against the plug. Over time it just gets worn out and we jamb things into it trying to get a better connection. The jack has to be replaced. It is either soldered directly to the main board and needs pro tech to do the resolder...sometimes these jacks have up to 8 solder points. The jack might be attached to the mainboard via a satellite card or which the repair can be done at home with guidance and tools. If you wish I am giving you a link below for the service manual to that series laptop. Just copy and paste into your internet browsers address bar and make sure to make a copy for yourself, it is in PDF format. Good luck

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Hi there,

This seems to be a common problem with laptops is for the DC power jack solder connection to break. The initial symptoms are what you describe- having to manipulate the cord to make a an electrical connection. You may be able to see the jack move- it is not a part of the case- it is either soldered to the mobo or a seperate power board, possibly by wires soldered to the mobo.
Another possibility is the cord itself-four cords break internally with very little damage to the exterior- the breaks have always been right at the plug that goes into the laptop. A new plug can be bought for $ 2.00 US. DC power jacks seem to run around $ 6.00-$15.00. If you can remove the mobo youself, you can probably have the jack soldered on by a TV repair shop.


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