The jack that i plug my power cord into on my laptop(gateway 3522GZ) seems to be loose and i have to hold the cord or tape it in a certain position to get it to charge.trhis is bad for me because i believe my battery is loosing its power and i need the cord alot.i think at one point i trippped over the cord causing the first cord i owned to bend and the ceter part of jack is loose.i cant afford much as im on disability for now and was wondering if i can get the part and put it in myself or just live with taping it in place while i charge and use it.thanks in advance for any help as it will be greatfully appreciated.my email is
This same thing is happening with my acer laptop. I sent it to the company about 3 months ago, and it happened again. I really need my laptop and cant take a month without it. I advise sending it in to be fixed to your laptop company. Good luck (:
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Hello kathywadman: If this is for a laptop it is probably not the cord but the power jack that it plugs into. But I have had a cord go bad at the point that it connects to the plug. Look on the internet and you might find a tutorial on how to fix your DC jack on your laptop. And EBay is your friend when you need to buy the jack.
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Your problem is that the power jack in your actual laptop is loose. it may not seem like it is but one of the 3 connections (positive, negitive, data) that hold the jack to the board broke. In this case its the data connection that tells the laptop what kind of adapter is plugged in, and dell laptops wont charge without knowing that. Solution-
1.Pay someone to replace the power jack
2. If you can solder, by a new jack (around $5) and disassemble the laptop and replace it yourself.
First thing check that the battery charge light is on when the battery and the charger are connected.
If it is it indicates that the power supply is charging the battery,
If it isnt it may indicate a fault with the battery or that the charger is not compatable with the laptop or that there is a fault with the charger.
If the battery is charging then try running the laptop on battery only without the charger and on charger only without the battery.
This will eliminate which one is faulty.
You mentioned that if you wiggle the cord then the light comes on again.
Check to see if the charger end plug is lose or the actual port on the laptop is lose.
If the charger plug is lose then return to seller and make sure they gave you the correct charger. if the actual port on laptop is lose then perhaps u got a bad connection and you need electrician or local laptop technician to open it up and solder properly on motherboard.
As a tech I have seen this too many times! But good luck use it while you can, but at one point it'll be a 40 minute battle to check get it on just to check your email... Hm.. 3 routes... Replace the power jack, buy one with a bad screen, no hard drive, or memory and use it to charge your battery (very inconvenient), or buy something else and be very careful with the jack
If so, the DC jack on the laptop is bad. The connection between the jack and the motherboard gets loose, or the center pin gets loose. The only fix for this is a jack replacement. It takes soldering skills. You can get it repaired for $100-200 bucks, depending on the shop.
If you have soldering and electronic skills you can do it yourself, but it is tricky if you have never done it.
The only other option is possibly the power cord is bad at the end, where there might be a bend. Sometimes both the power cord and Jack are bad.
You may have a broken solder connection - some sort of broken or intermittent connection. Common problems are broken solder connections at the power jack (inside the laptop). If this is the case, the laptop will need to be disassembled for repairs to be made. Note: There are online sites with DC power jacks available, crossed by Model number.
Wiring can also break (external to the laptop) especially if the wire/cord is flexed frequently (like when wrapped up to put into the laptop bag). Sometimes there is no external evidence of a break.
Also, if indeed your laptop has a pig-tale as you describe, the jack where you connect might be worn out- just not making contact with the plug.
Find someone with a little tech savvy, if necessary, and locate the exact nature of the bad connection, and make repairs from there.
Then it is not the charger. Are there any lights showing on the laptop when you plug it in? Try wiggling the power cord attachment and see if you get any kind of connection. Could be the power jack on the motherboard quite common on all laptops. Could be bad ram module, cpu or motherboard. Need more information....