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Power issue with my Armada M700

My M700 has started acting up. It flips between battery and AC when it's plugged in. Once or twice, it's just shut off. I tried a new AC cord, thinking the old one was shorting out. But the problem persists. I'm thinking there's a problem with something loose in the connection where the AC cord plugs in. How do I check that on my own? I don't want to spend a fortune on this old laptop to have a tech look at it.

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  • linders Jul 08, 2008

    I think you're probably right about the problem. I'm going to see if it's something I can fix myself. What the heck, I can't break it. And I already bought a new Toshiba Satellite and transferred all my documents. If I can fix it, my sister can use it. It does tend to get hot, and I always run it with a cooling pad. But it is quite old. I also have this white crystal-like dust that comes out of the keyboard if I close the thing up and turn it over. Something in there is just crumbling from age, I fear.

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    I have that problem to, but i know how to fix it.... You need to take off your battery and put it back to the lap top! thats it, but remember, take all contacts away from the laptop couse that wont work whit contacts.

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There is a DC jack on the inside of the motherboard, It needs a solder touch-up. Chances are good the board has been getting too hot and it cause the solder to tarnish to the point that it is not making a good bond between the board and the jack. A common problem that I fix all to often. But on the M700 I would say that a fix like that would be unrealistic as I have the best prices in town and at $150 it would make the system not worth fixing. Of course as the owner of a computer store I would take it on trade for an upgraded system but not all stores do that. Good luck.

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