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Stupid laptop won't charge.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by DScottHewitt, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    What would make it stop?

    The dang powerplug has always been loose and "jiggly" in the socket. Yesterday, it started doing where I had to move the cord around until the plug was "just right". Now, it won't charge at all.

    It's a HP.
     
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    Could be a number of things.

    How old is the lap top?

    It could your battery, it could be your power cord, it could be the connection to the computer.

    My bet is if the computer is less than a few years old then you need to replace the power cord.

    If it runs with the power cord plugged into the wall then it's the battery.

    Just some thoughts.
     

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    Power cord is firm at the connection point. Computer is about four to six months old. Battery is running fine. {Only way it works at present,m since it is not accepting a charge from the cord.}

    It runs off the battery only. Power cord is fine at least up to the point where the first section plugs into the "brick". I have a surge protector there. Light is on on the surge protector.

    I'm going to try going to the wall, unplugging everything, and reconnecting it.

    May try it with and without the protector.
     
  4. dontshakepandas

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    I had the same problem with my HP. I bought a new powercord off of eBay and that fixed the issue. My dad's had the dame issue and he fixed it the same way. If that's not it, then the problem is with the power supply in the laptop.

    Either way my ultimate suggestion would be to take it out to a field and empty a few mags into it then buy a mac. That HP was the biggest pile of crap I have ever owned, and their customer service was equally horrible.
     
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    You're on the rick track. Remove everything and start fresh.
     
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    I have had 2 Toshiba cords go bad right where they plug into the computer. I cut the end off and spliced on a plug from an old supply.
     
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    Tried it with and without the surge protector. No luck either way. I guess I should be hoping it is in the cord. Less expensive fix.


    Does HP have like an "off device" charging system, like some do?
     
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    Quick check. Use a voltmeter to ensure the cord (where it plugs into the computer) is getting voltage from the power supply.
     
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    I'll have to do that at the firehouse.
     
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    Is it the power plug that fits loosely or is it the socket that wiggles? If the socket, the solder joint to the mother board may have broken.
     
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    I THINK the plug on the end of the cord is loose in the socket. Like it doesn't fit right.

    Why the heck can't you just buy the bad piece of cord? From the "brick" to the plug part?
     
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    I've run the gamut from bad power AC/DC converters, bad cords and the connector on the mother board coming loose. Just trouble shoot till you find the problem. Then you will know what your options are. If you are lucky you might have a friend with the same model computer that will let you charge your battery with theirs until you get resolution to your problem.

    Have fun..
     
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    You can. My bet is you just need to google it.
     
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    Thanx. The little triangle is next to the battery icon now. Be gone anytime, I guess. Problem with trying to borrow a charger is that we are pretty much trapped in the house. IF I can get to the firehouse, someone probably has a HP, where I can try their cord. I wish they had like something you can plug in, and charge a couple of batteries in it for your laptop. Which they might. I don't know.
     
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    When I Googled, I got a lot of hits for the whole cord. Which is fine. I can just not use the part I don't need. Some were pretty cheap. Might be able to get a replacement when I get some money. 'Til then, I'll just have to use the desktop.


    It also says in most of the descriptions for the cords that the "brick" has a self-resetting circuit breaker. Maybe mine tripped and didn't reset.
     
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    That is typical hp. Are you using the factory charger? Mine works fine with the factory charger but on the aftermarket juice unt it has to be played with for it to work.
     
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    On HP/Compaq laptops, the connector itself has some wiggle in how it mounts to the body of the machine. That was one of the first things I checked when my wife's laptop went ****-up (thinking it was a bad solder joint like SNM suggested), but no such luck.
     
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    It's the one that came in the box. Brand new with the laptop.
     
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    Was it her plug?
     
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    We thought that was the problem. There were broken wires in the cable at the connector and our best guess is that it shorted out the board when we kept fiddling with it trying to make it charge.

    I cut the cable apart to get to good wire and solder it together around the break, but it never did work again.

    After that we tried a new cable (third party) and it didn't work either.

    After that I gave up and bought her a Toshiba netbook.