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It's a Weird World

My laptop has been having difficulty taking a charge. Which means it won't run on the cord. I've tried a new adapter and a new battery. Neither has solved the problem, which is getting worse. Apparently something is wrong inside the guts in the distance between where the cord goes in and the battery at the other end. And apparently, a few years of cats sleeping on the cord and pushing it downwards has not helped matters.

Today it would not do much at all. If I pushed the plug in hard and held it up, it would charge. But the minute I let go, it would stop. Like I want to hold my hand in the same position for an hour. And the position required is what made me think that cats sleeping on it and pushing the other way has created the problem.

So right now the only way I can get it to charge is upside down. No lie. My laptop is on my smaller desk upside down, taking a charge. Mostly so I can than migrate files over to my desktop.

I think I need to break down and get a new laptop. It's difficult to work with a machine that's turned off and upside down. And who knows how long this charging system will work?

Frog Out



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Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I've had this problem multiple times with my laptop. What I do is buy a new cord/adapter. Mine is $15 on Amazon. I'm into my fourth or fifth cord now. (My laptop is about 6 years old). It works fine except for the cord thing, so I don't mind replacing the cord every now and then.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
see above. I've already done that. No effect. New battery, new adapter (which includes a new cord).

This is clearly inside the machine on the path between the cord and the battery. Judging from the upside down part, it's right where the cord plugs into the computer itself. It's been pushed out of whack by heavy cats.

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Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Aha! You win the prize (whatever that is)! It *is* a Dell! Four years old, but a Dell.

Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
I solved a similar problem on my laptop using a bent piece of cardboard. Let me see if I can draw a picture (forgive me if the formatting is off or if it doesn't make any sense):

 +----------------+    Cord
 |   Laptop       +---------
 +----------------+ ''-.._
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::  <- Folded here
              Bent Cardboard

The idea is that the bent cardboard applies upward pressure on the plug to hold it in place.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
How very cool! Thank you, the "drawing" came out well in the email from lj.

Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Ditto the above. Laptop service centers see this kind of problem all the time, and they can fix it for you.
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