Last night I tripped over my own foot and the laptop went down with me. The next time I attempted to charge it and plug the adaptor into the jack, it didn't power. I put a voltage meter on the charger and it is working fine. I'm assuming it's my jack that is damaged but I can't get the computer disassembled. I took out every screw and it still won't budge. I'm scared I'm going to break it. Any suggestions?
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Re: Laptop won't charge
Do Not Force the case Apart!!! I am assuming you flipped the laptop over and removed all the screws on the underside.. There Are More.. Along with removing the keyboard and LCD, the case might be held on with a metal bracket affixed to the motherboard.. You can visibally see this from the top side, once the keyboard is removed.. As Well, There are screws when you remove the hard drive and battery...
List your exact model/make and I can be more specific as to the screws youre not finding...
All this aside, What you described, You most likely pulled the DC Power Jack Pins out of the motherboard, or at least loosened them to the point of Not contacting with the leads.. You Can Try to Resolder the Pins on the DC Jack if you are any good at Soldering.. If you have never soldered before, then I suggest you find someone who has.. Best of Luck..
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Although I usually offer advice on backing up files or recovering them, I have been asked a lot lately how my 3 year old laptop still runs 1:45mins on a standard battery when many peoples 1-2 year old laptops can barely last an hour.
Simply put, most people do one of two things wrong. Both are common misconceptions and easy to remedy. First I've heard countless people tell me they pop the battery out of their laptop and toss it in the desk drawer until needed, often months. Second I have been told by more people than I can count that they leave their laptop plugged in 24/7 for most of the year.
Bottom line, although popping it out and leaving it in the drawer is less harmful to it's lifespan, both ideas are wrong.
The shelf life of most unused lithium batteries is shorter when unused than ones being used properly. The lifespan of a battery that is constantly being trickle charged is even shorter.
Most batteries in modern laptops are 4-6 cells, designed to give about 2 hours of charge and should last 3-5 years with charge life starting to degrade in the third year.
A "stored battery" has only 3 years of shelf life due to extended times sitting discharged and one that is trickle charged 24/7 may burn out in as little as a year.
Many laptop manufacturers have taken measures to improve this but ultimately the best thing for your battery is to use it. If you currently run you laptop plugged in 24/7, unplug it every night after you shut it off, then when you start it in the morning, let it run an hour before plugging it back in. This will give the battery both down time and exercise.
If your battery is in a drawer somewhere for safe keeping, put it back in the laptop, run it down then charge it over night and run it down then recharge it one more time. Store it back in the drawer charged and repeat the cycle at least once a month.
These tips will help drastically improve you batteries performance over time. My 3 year old laptop only ever got 2 hours of battery life and still gets 1:45 with no power saving measures, give it a try.
Without testing the complete power circuit there is no way to know what needs replaced. the motherboard will most likely cost as much as a new laptop though. They are like the LCD screens. You can buy a new laptop for 4450 now days but to replace a motherboard or LCD screen you'll pay $500 to $700 not counting labor.
Hi, First of all you have to determine whether it's the battery, charger or the laptop itself. Remove the battery and boot the laptop on AC power only, if the laptop boots up you can rule out the charger and the laptop, you may need a new battery if that is the case.
It sounds like one of the most frequent failure for a laptop, the plug on the back of your laptop is probably broken. Check if it's loose, try to move the plug until you get the orange light. If it's the case, someone need to resolder/replace the plug on the motherboard.