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I have a toshiba A215 and it will not charge. When I plug in the adapter, it says charging for a few minutes then it says plugged in but not charging....what could be the issue?

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  • msg2381 Sep 11, 2009

    Well I know the charger works b/c I have another toshiba that has the same outlet and it charges that computer fine...how would I check to see if its a jack problem and if I have to replace the motherboard, will I still have everything on my computer?

  • msg2381 Sep 11, 2009

    Do you know how much it would cost to get the jack replaced? So if I was to just replace the motherboard, I would just need a vista home operating disc to install when I first turn my computer back on....correct?

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First thing I would do is check the outgoing voltage from the adapter. If it is going bad the faulty regulator could end up frying your motherboard. Laptops are very finicky about their power and it does not take much to screw them up permanently. Think simple first as in power adapter, then DC jack problem, then motherboard power circuit.

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    Chip Sep 11, 2009

    Changing the motherboard won't make you lose any of your data, but when you go to fire the computer up for the first time, you'll need your operating system disc to initiate the boot sequence because of hardware changes.Usually these problems are adapter failures or Jack failures and the jack failures are common becauseof the stress involved in the plug and socket. There is a good deal of stress put on the socket from the adapter plug and after a while things tend to wear out and break. the solder points around the jack the connect it to the circuits of the motherboard tend to crack and separate over time (Cold Solder). I will give you a service manual link below. Click on it and download a copy for future refernce so you can study it, print it, do what you need with it. Unless you got hit with a power spike through the homes AC system, I can't see that the motherboard took a bad hit from something. Good luck, ParrotHead PC Repair



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    Chip Sep 11, 2009

    If just the Jack is bad, the jack cost around 15 bucks and you would have to check with a shop what the labor would be to de-solder the old one and solder in the new one. Motherboards for that can be bought on E-Bay for around 150 bucks if not cheaper. If you are lucky, there won't be a need to use a windows installation disc for startup, but in my experience it is most likely that you will. The sure thing here would be to replace the entire motherboard if you don't have the resources or you don't want to wait on testing for the bad component. I find most PC shops (the smaller mom and pop type) will take the time to hunt for the bad component other than just telling you the motherboard is bad...re: The Geek Squad". Just make sure of what the ptoblem is before you go puring money into changing out parts that may or may not be the root of the problem.

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