My AC adapter stopped working. The charge light will flash on for less than a second then shut off. I recently downloaded SmitFraud, and rebooted in Safe Mode, cleaned out my system, and it was after this that it stopped working. Any thoughts or should I just buy a new cable?
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Re: AC Adapter stopped working
SmitFraud is not capable of doing actual hardware harm. It can be a pain to get rid of it software wise, but it can't do any harm to the physical machine. I think you've just had bad timing with this problem.
If the charger isn't charging, there's one of two problems. Either the charger itself is faulty, and it's not thinking the battery is charged when it isn't, or the battery is faulty. I would personally take your laptop into a shop that sells the same kind, explain the problem and ask if you can plug one of their adapters into your laptop. If the light comes on and immediately goes out, it's the battery. If it comes on and stays on, it's your charger. Either way you can find out which it is before you have to spend money on a replacement. Do be sure to do it with the shops permission, though - they won't like it if you help yourself, and you might find yourself swiftly banned from the premises.
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Possible faults: 1.The battery has no power. 2. AC adapter loses energy (need test it) Remove the battery and turn laptop directly from AC adapter. OR, try to turn the battery directly without AC adapter. if the signals are repeated then most likely have to replace the AC ADAPTERghj,
If a PC suddenly fails to boot properly, you should perform a hard reset
as the first action. Performing the hard reset will correct many
problems. If the computer still does not start properly, select your
symptom from the list below to guide you to the recommended corrective
all peripheral devices and remove all USB devices and SD media cards. You want to test the computer not the accessories!
the AC power adapter, remove the battery, and then press and hold the power button for at least 15 seconds
to drain all residual power and restore default startup settings.
the AC power adapter (but do not insert the battery), Press
the Power button, Look for
glowing LEDs near caps lock
and num lock
keys, and Listen for
sounds of a fan or other moving parts turning.
If the computer does not start, the LED
lights do not glow, and the display is black, you can perform one or
more of the following actions to resolve the no power issue.
Verify the computer is receiving power from the AC adapter
Verify that the AC adapter is not damaged
and is connected correctly to a working wall outlet plug. Verify AC
power is connected to the system board by examining the AC adapter,
wiring, and pin connection for damage. The keyboard LEDs will glow when
AC power is connected to the system board.
Damaged components, like the AC adapter or the pin in the power connector, may require an HP-certified repair.
Use a different AC power adapter
If you have access to a different AC
adapter or power pack that is designed for the computer, connect it to
the notebook and try to start the computer. If you own or have access to
more than one notebook, verify that you are using the adapter which
belongs to the notebook.
Using a power adapter that does not meet the power
requirements or has the wrong type of connector may damage the computer.
On newer notebook models, connecting the wrong adapter to the notebook
may cause the power LED lights to blink but not power the computer.
Remove the battery and boot on AC power only
A discharged or defective battery may
prevent the AC adapter from supplying enough power to start the
computer. To verify that power from the AC adapter is available for PC;
remove the battery, connect AC power adapter, and press power button. If
available, try using a different AC adapter, that is rated for the PC,
and repeat this test.
If LEDS do not glow and the fan or hard drive do not spin, AC adapter may need to be replaced.
If LEDs glow and PC boots, the battery may need to be replaced.
Remove the AC adapter and boot on battery power only
A defective AC adapter may not charge the
battery and prevent the computer from booting on battery power only. To
verify battery power available for the PC; connect AC power adapter,
allow battery to charge for 30 minutes or more, disconnect the power
adapter and press power button. If available, try using a fully charged
battery, of the same type, from another computer and repeat this test.
If LEDS do not glow and the fan or hard drive do not spin, battery may need to be replaced.
If tests of both the battery and the AC adapter fail, there may be a problem with system board requiring service by HP.
If LEDs glow and PC boots, the AC adapter may need to be replaced.
Take the battery out and discharge the capacitors by holding down the power button for 15 seconds. plug in the charger without the battery in to see if you get a charge light. If you do, replace battery and plug in charger and power on laptop. If this does not work, you may have to pull the cmos battery for 15 minutes and try it again.
From the Acer website: Product Notebook
Issue Power Issues or Will not
Solution If the notebook does not
Make sure the ac
adapter is correctly plugged into the notebook and into the power
If everything is
plugged in correctly and it still will not power on, follow these steps to
complete a ‘power reset' of the notebook.
Unplug the ac
adapter. Keep ac adapter unplugged.
battery and keep the battery unplugged.
Hold the power
button down for 15-20 seconds. (Nothing will appear on the display and none of
the lights will light up.)
power button and plug in the ac adapter ONLY. (Please note that a power
indicator light should be lit on the ac adapter when it is plugged
on the notebook.
If the unit
does not power on, remove the ac adapter and insert the battery into the
Plug the ac
adapter back into the system, the battery charging indicator light will light
up. If the battery charging indicator light does not light up, the ac adapter
may not be providing proper power to the unit, and may need to be
Also, depending on whether your power went down "clean" (quick and stayed off), or went down and quickly came back on and off many times. Or when it came back on "clean" (came back on quick and stayed on), or it came on then off many times, your power supply may have been damaged from the power surges Are you having any problems with any other appliances?
To start you need to factory reset both adapters,
plug them both into a wall socket next to each other, press the config/f reset button, hold in until ap light goes off, repeat on the other one.
Now you should have a red status light on both.
Press the config/f reset button on one for about 5 seconds, wait until ap light stays on, this one is now your access point (ap) that should be plugged in to your router when you have finished config.
Now press the ap adapter config button again for about 5 seconds until ap light flashes, then press the config button on the other adapter until ap light flashes, wait until they both stop flashing, wait a few seconds, the status light on both adapters should be green, and one adapter should have an amber ap light.
Hope this helps.
It could be one of three things. It could be a bad battery, a bad ac adapter, or the recharging circuitry could be bad. I would try pulling the battery out, and see if the laptop will startup and run strictly off of the ac adapter. If that does not work, you have a bad ac adapter. If that works, and the battery has any charge left, try running it strictly on the battery. If it doesnt work, you have a bad battery. If it does work, the circuitry is bad and you will probably need new motherboard. One other thing you can check is where the ac adapter and battery plug into the laptop, and make sure there is no corrosion that could be causing a short.
It could be that the DC jack (what you plug the AC adapter in to) has become loose from the motherboard, or it could be the adapter itself. Plug the adapter into the computer, and -gently- move the cord, just a bit. Does the end in the computer move around a little? If so, you'll want to get it looked at.
If the problem is with the adapter itself, you'll need a replacement. I suggest calling up Toshiba and see about getting a replacement adapter. If the computer is less than a year old and falls under Manufacturer's warranty, any parts that you may need should be covered.