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tashabear
tashabear
laptop question for the masses
My laptop says it's on AC power, but the battery meter keeps dropping. Any ideas?
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goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: April 10th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
I had that problem... what it was for me was the bit that connects the power cord to the laptop was loose. It would flicker between connected and not, so it would seem as if it were running on AC, but it was really just running down the battery. Very frustrating. I ended up losing the laptop because of it (fixing it would have cost nearly as much as replacing it).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 10th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC) (base camp)
The socket where the power cord plugs in to the back of the machine? I think that's what it is; it's been flickering for a week or more. This time it just got bad.
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: April 10th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, that was it for me. See if you can fix it before it gets too bad... I let mine go too far...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 10th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC) (base camp)
Well, Wolfie's truck has been in the shop, but we hope to get it back tomorrow or the next day, and then I'll take it to the gurus. Thanks, sweetie!
crayolaab From: crayolaab Date: April 10th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC) (base camp)
I had that problem too - in my case it was the little pin that the ac adapter plugs in to. Apparently sometimes a fix requires replacing the whole motherboard but in my case it didn't, so it only cost about $60.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 10th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
keep your fingers crossed. This is not where I wanted my money to go right now.
bubbette From: bubbette Date: April 10th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
I have a "bad" battery in one of my laptops. Even with the power connected and on, I've noticed that the battery charge will drop when the laptop is doing something resource-intensive...for example, the mathematical computations required by BOINC's stuff is sufficient to do this. If I turn it off completely, the battery will charge back up to "full".

It's a standby laptop, so I don't want to buy a new battery for it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 10th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
I've been very careful with the AC power cord and how it sits in the socket, and the battery is now charged, so I think that it's the AC socket. Does that make sense?
bubbette From: bubbette Date: April 10th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It does. So you would now try another AC socket and see if the problem goes away.

If the problem is the socket, that's fixable. It's fairly easy to do as long as you remember to turn the $*#)%& power off before you do it (not that I've forgotten before or anything, mind you). And quite cheap...a lot cheaper than a new battery.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 10th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Not the one in the wall, the one in the computer.
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