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Old 01-21-2010, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Laptop - AC Power = No Go.

Pretty cut and dry here. Gf's laptop stopped charging, yet worked on the battery. Naturally the battery died while using/troubleshooting it.

No weird smells.
No noises, clicks, hums, etc.

Just a laptop that simply doesn't work on AC power (which therefore won't charge it). I ripped it apart and the connections are fine. What should I blame?

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If the little AC clip on the motherboard isn't loose i'd look at getting a new adapter. If you have a local shop near you see if they'll let you try one out before purchasing one. If that doesn't fix it you'll have to rip the laptop apart again and re solder the AC connector on the motherboard.

About to do that myself on my laptop....

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Get a multimeter and test the adapter. You can get one for 5 bucks. Your adapter will tell you how many volts it should be putting out. Touch the black probe to the outside metal on the charger and the red one to the inside. Most cases it should be around 18V. If it's not reading what it should, get a new charger on Ebay for 10 bucks.
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