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Laptop Power I have a Toshiba M35X S109 who's power jack popped off of which I was able to solder back on. However, I can charge the battery and I can power the laptop but not at the same time. When I'm on AC power, the battery is still being discharged. The batter will supply power for ~2hrs.when on its own so I didn't think the battery was in terrible shape. Is it that the AC adapter can't handle the load and is going bad or something else? Thank you!

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  • carlcat Mar 13, 2008

    It is the jack in the back but I ohmed it out and all seems well. Might there be a automaticpower selection switch(between AC and Battery) in this model that might be severely confused?

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Everything works fine without the battery and the setting I've seen in either the cotrol panel or the bios son't seem to address my crazy problem. I was wondering, I don't have all the screws installed to hold the backshell and front cover in place. There seems to be some conductive pads around the screw holes on the motherboard. Could this be a factor?

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Was the power jack that 'popped off' the one in back of laptop? sounds like perhaps part of that shorted out, and only one side of that connection is running

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels Mar 13, 2008

    try it without the battery at all, and see how that goes..also, check the battery settings in the control panel

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