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#1 Aug 03 2010 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
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Basically my laptop seems to have a lose connection somewhere. The problem isn't in the cable itself, but rather on the laptop side of things.

If I move the adapter in the port on the laptop, the blue light on the port flickers (it's on when charging, off when not). By the looks of it, I've got a lose connection, or the actual port on the laptop is broken.

Has anyone else had this? Is it worth getting it fixed? It's a HP laptop, G6000 model if that's any help.

I've got it working, and have had it working like this for a few weeks now, basically I can't move the laptop without breaking my fragile connection.

Edited, Aug 3rd 2010 11:10pm by MagingMartin
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#2 Aug 03 2010 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Sounds like the power jack in the laptop is going out. You might be able to find someone in your area with craigslist to do it, but it's kind of risky. Never know who you're dealing with there.

If you're at least decent with a soldering iron you can do it yourself.
#3 Aug 03 2010 at 8:20 PM Rating: Good
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could be a couple things. ive fixed many of these for friends and family, usually it is due to a failed solder joint on the AC plug and a quick solder reflow does the job. Occasionally it is the connector on the power cord, which can also have an intermittent open circuit that is seen by wiggling the power cord.

Some things to do if you have the equipment: DC voltage check of the power cord plug (connector that goes into computer) when plugged into the wall. output should equal whatever it says it should be on the brick.

If you get zero, the cord is bad. you can replace the whole cord which can be somewhat expensive, or you can go to a local electronics store and get a replacement connector for your power supply. this will involve basic electronic skills, soldering, and the ability to isolate the wires after soldering (electrical tape)

If the power supply is fine and you want to go about fixing the AC plug, all i say is the hardest part is taking the laptop apart. way too many f-ing screws in those things, many are hidden too.

#5 Aug 22 2010 at 10:11 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yeah, usually is the power connector on the laptop itself which is a soldier job or a board replace. Depending on the age of the laptop it might be fairly cheap to find a new board.
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