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Laptop does not seem to charge when I plug the charging lead in. Occasionally it will work if you twist/turn the head of the lead. Need to know if its a lead or laptop problem

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Hi,

If it works part of the time, then chances are that it is a minor problem. Your options then are:

  • AC adapter plug. To check, use a DVM while the adapter is plug into the mains. Measure the output voltage while bending/twisting the junction of the wire to the plug. Voltage reading should not cut out and remain steady. If not, the plug has to be replaced and the wire cut about an inch from the junction;
  • If the adapter's plug checks OK, then it would be the jack of the laptop. Often problem would be a loose connection or a cold solder. This is a relatively easy repair, however, what is more demanding is opening the casing of the laptop and exposing the bottom side of the board in order to re-solder the jack pins to the board.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

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