Intermittent Charging / Broken Strain Relief - Toshiba Satellite L305 Laptop
I have a Toshiba Satellite D305 Laptop and it has an intermittent charging issue as well as the strain relief inside the laptop case being broken.
The problem started the other day when I realized that my laptop wasn't charging. Upon more investigation, I realized that the strain relief inside the laptop must be broken because the internal connection was shoved back into the laptop hole. I then removed the top cover/keyboard off of the laptop and sure enough, the strain relief had broken. I gorilla glued and super glued it back in place. I assembled the laptop and when I plugged the charger in, the charge indicator light wouldn't turn on and laptop (Windows 7) didn't show that the power plug was plugged in. After moving the cord, I was able to get the charge light to come on and then it would go out...seemingly dependent on how the cord was moved.
What's interesting is that only the strain relief was broken, nothing else...yet I still the AC indicator light won't turn on 100% of the time. Before we deduce that the Mother board is broken, etc, we really can't deduce that, because the AC jack is a small box that is connected to wires that run in an S pattern with the wires locked down in the center of the S (another strain relief). The board is not hard connected to the AC jack as in other laptops.
So not understanding this, I disassembled the laptop again and checked the AC Jack. It was still in place What was interesting was that (without the battery), I plugged in the AC jack and the AC indicator light turned on. I unplugged and plugged it in several times and this light always came on when it was plugged in. I began putting the laptop back together once I put the battery in, the same problem occurred...the charge indicator wouldn't light up....the battery wasn't charging. I jiggled the cord and the light would come on and then go off, sometimes it would take several seconds to come on and a jiggling of the cord might make it turn back off. Strange because without the battery, the charge light would come on EVERY time....but with the battery in, it seems to be slow to come on and intermittent.
Since jiggling the charger seems to disconnect the charging AC, I think it could be the charger. It's strange though that BOTH of these problems could have happened at the same time (strain relief and intermittent charge), but is possible. I know the internal AC jack is now solid...surely it can't have a short in it all of a sudden. I guess a new charger is cheap..I could try that first...? Any help is appreciated.