I have an Acer laptop that's about a year old.Had a hard time charging unless the cord was in a certain postion.Then yesterday it shut down with nothing...I went and bought a new power adptor tonight and tried it but got NOTHING.No power battery light didn't come on for charging.What can I do?Can I fix it?
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Re: No power,not charging
It is most likely that there was nothing wrong with the original adapter/charger. What I suspect is there could very well be a loose connection more aptly a cold solder among the pins of the power jack that is soldered to the motherboard. Normally, this jack would have two (2) pins and your description "...unless the cord was in a certain position..." indicates that one or both pins are not connecting right to the motherboard solder points.
It is relatively easy to resolder the said pins. What would be more challenging would be opening the laptop and exposing the motherboard's to be able to do solder work underneath.
Should you venture a DIY, then you would be needing a set of jeweler's screwdrivers and a soldering iron and a little lead. Should you be uncomfortable and unfamiliar with electronic works, perhaps your best bet would be to seek the services of a qualified professional.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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If the laptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles and will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% and gradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR The battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the battery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced. Rechargeable batteries will fail if stored in a discharged state for long periods.
What do u mean by "adjust the cord" ? If u have to adjust by twisting the jack in the power input port then it is neither the fault of the cord nor the of the battery but may be the fault of the power input port. Go to Toshiba service center and they will solv the prob.
this could also be a problem that can be resolved by updating your bios i agree that it could be a faulty battery but i still would try to update your bios and see if that helps because that would be the fastest possible solution. go to support.acer.com and look for your model of computer and you will be able to download an updated bios you want to look for the one with the most recent date
So, "all three batteries" suddenly get this zero charge. That is VERY "incriminating". Almost 100% certain you have either a connector problem (most likely) or a power regulator circuit failure (less likely). Get a flashlight and magnifying glass, and look deep into the battery compartment at the connector. Almost certain there is some bent pin or other irregularity there. If so, be careful straightening it out. Disconnect PSU and still, be careful not to cross-connect two connectors. Even though PSU and battery are removed, there is still a small battery inside that keeps that circuit alive for clock and PRAM settings... don't want to short that circuit out. Work only on one pin/strip at a time. Hope this is the problem. Because if it is the regulator circuit -that is a motherboard matter. Major repair, usually not worth the cost. But I really think that scenario is unlikely, unless you caused some serious short recently. Let me know what you see inside.
It's one of two things, the more likely of the two is that that battery is totaly shot, laptop battery's are usually only good for 1.5 years then loose there ability to retain a charge. It sounds like that one's just done. Unfortunatly that those batterys cost more than there worth, 100 bucks or more.
The second possibility is the power cord, is that the original power cord for that? Or was on that was bought aftermaket, some aftermarket chargers will only power your laptop and not charge. Also remove the battery and check for corrison. You can build your own battery fot a a laptop if got a few hours time, and are good with a soldering gun. You get the litium ion cells you need for about 40 bucks.
Follow the below link for a step by step on how to build your own battery