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When I plug my adapter in the screen starts to flicker or blink. It has never crashed - and it shows that the battery is charging. I had just replaced the battery and so I thought it was a bad adapter. I replaced the adapter and it still does it. Advice?

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Bad luck... still you cannot make an omelet without braking eggs... this is the only way to prove things so you were right to introduce a Know Good, into the equation. Sometimes it takes while for battery to charge, make SURE your adapter is OK. Will it work ONLY from adapter? ONLY from Battery?... maybe your power connection in, is broke?

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

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    Typical for a lot of laptops You may like to update your ACPI drivers or update your Motherboard drivers. Ensure you set you power settings too. The batteries seem to be very temperamental.

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