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Power system problem

My battery is dead, so I've been trying to run my C610 off of AC power until I can afford to replace the battery. However, lately the laptop doesn't seem to be drawing power from its adapter. I have to jiggle the laptop end of the plug towards the left and hold it in that position with something in order for me to power the laptop on.

I suspect that I have a bad power system, and need to replace my motherboard, but want to make sure before I spend the money to replace a part that may or may not be broken. Anyone else have issues like this?

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Both of these answers are correct. The problem is exposing the bad component so that it may be heated to induce solder flow or for the offending connector to be replaced. You may wish to inspect the solder joints and do a continuity test before performing any work. You will want to visually see that the solder has flowed properly and that there are no cracks or divits in the joint. You will also want to examine the solder to see that it is nice and shiny, almost a mirror image if it is solder that contains lead. In most cases such as computer boards, the components are placed using solder paste and then ran through a flow soldering machine that melts the paste. Once all of the flux bubbles to the surface, the solder paste hardens and the excess flux is removed in a cleaning an ultra-sonic cleaning tank using dry chemicals to clean the boards. Here is where the problem begins. Not every board is hand inpsected, most are inspected using machine vision. 1 out of X many in a batch are inspected and tested by a QC inspector depending the established production standard.

The problem here is getting the case apart to inspect the components.on the board.

Good Luck.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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I beg to differ. I believe that there is no need to replace the motherboard. It would seem that your concern is a simple case of cold solder on the power jack of the laptop. This is easily fixed with reapplying heat through a soldering iron and a little bit of lead. What would be more challenging is the disassembly and exposing the bottom part of the board where the jacks are soldered.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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If the computer is running then I would guess the female plug is broken on the motherboard. You can get a new one and install it yourself if you know how. Its just a matter of openning the case and removing the bad plug and installing the new one. Reinstall the case and you should have the problem looked after.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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