I have a Gateway MX that will not charge. The power supply connection in the back is very loose and the charging light will come on if you put pressure on the connection. Local PC fixit shop says it is common problem, wants $200 to repair...is there an alternative?
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Re: Gateway Laptop power supply connection
Yes, there is an alternative... go to another shop. I think $200 is too much to be fixing that problem. I have a friend who charges half of that, so I know you can find it cheaper. Other than that, no alternative. Its solder joints are bad and it needs to be resoldered.
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Hi Get yourself a good digital volt meter and check the power supply adapter of the Laptop. Must be a little more than what Laptop uses. Check the connections If loose replace with new connector. If you have ability to solder connections. Disassemble and resolder on power board. Hope that helps.
Did you check the DC Jack where the Power Cord plugs into the laptop? If it is bad (wiggly or loose) then the laptop will not power on. Take an ink pen and put it where the power cord would plug into the laptop and see if the jack wiggles or is broken. If so, that's your problem.
The old power cord might be some good if the problem is with the DC Power Jack.
Seems that the power receptacle in thelaptop itself is either damaged, or its solder points on the motherboard has gone loose. You will need to fully disassemble the laptop in order to get access to the motherboard & replace or re-solder the power receptacle.
When you wriggle the plug in the power socket on the laptop and the charge LED flashes and in the right position it charges, this indicates that the power socket is faulty or there is a dry solder joint on the motherboard where this power socket is attached. To get at the power socket will require dismantling the laptop completely. A computer repair shop can do the repair, I suggest you get a quote first.
Sounds like you have a bad power jack. Broken solder connection on circuit board. Is it loose when you plug it in the back of the laptop? If so that is what it is, seek professional repair as it is not a repair for the novice!
Where you plug your power adapter cable into the laptop is a small
soldered block connector inside. Over time, if not careful, this can
become loose and disconnected from the motherboard, causing a loose
connection. Now, your power supply connection to the laptop is not working anymore,
and thus, you have no charge or power to your laptop. It gets worse,
unfortunately. You need to find an experienced person that knows how to
solder contacts on circuit boards to repair it, or bring it to a place that does component repairs on computers. The charge will be from $150-$175 usually for this service, but will fix your problem I am confident.
If it's still under warranty, it's definitely worth repairing. If not, get them to quote for the repair they say it needs before agreeing to it. If their quote is anything close to the current price, I would say it's not worth it.
This problem has happened to me on several occasions. I found that the connector that you plug your power supply into on the motherboard gets loose. Not making a good connection and like you said needs to be re soldered. Before attempting this, stick a small screwdriver in there and see if it's loose.
If it is, then EVERYTHING needs to come off to get to it. Not a quick project. I suggest you take pictures along the way just in case. Good luck!