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Advent laptop overheating

My daughter's seven month old advent laptop keeps overheating and shutting down. The connection for the charger gets really hot and has now started to make the screen flicker when on?? Any ideas.

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Check the jack on the machine to see if it's loose or broken. Use a small screwdriver, and see if you can move it in any direction. If it is loose or broken, get it fixed imediately. A loose or broken jack can create an electrical arch which can do severe damage to the machine.

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