Assault on battery
November 6, 2005 7:44 PM Subscribe
The power cord keeps falling out of my laptop. How can I fix this?
posted by painquale to computers & internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Compaq Presario R3000. The thing is a big fat beast and the battery consumption on it is atrocious. Usually I keep it plugged in, but I've been having problems with the power cord lately. Somehow (through lots of plugging and unplugging I guess) the power cord has come to wiggle around a lot in the outlet in the back. Often, it slips out and the computer reverts to battery power, and if I don't keep a close eye on the power source icon on the taskbar, the computer winks out on me when I'm in the middle of typing something. With time it's gotten worse: I just spent ten minutes trying to get the power cord in just the right position and prop in up with books so that it won't immediately switch to battery as soon as I remove my hand from the cord. And no matter how good a job I do of placing it in precisely and taping it in, it still eventually worms its way back out.
This is a different issue than the one discussed here:
the power cord I have is straight, not angled. I've seen similar compaints on a few message boards, but no fixes. It seems like the problem is with the "female" inlet in the back of my computer, not the power cord. The prongs inside the inlet don't seem to be holding the cord in place. What can I do about this? Has anyone else had this problem? Is it fixable? If I have to take my laptop in to get looked at, where should I go?
(Dammit, there it just went again)