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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 770 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

For some reason my laptop only wants to draw current from certain outlets, and I can't figure it out. The only way I can really test it is to take my battery out and try to power it on. Unfortunately my battery life sucks, so that's not really an option. Do I need a new power cord or is something else a problem?


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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
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Are the outlets known to work with other devices? Are we talking about the same building, or are you trying in different places? What laptop?


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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1565 times:

You'll need to replace your battery, or run without it. Bad batteries may leak and overstress your power supply.

The more obvious choices would then are to first replace the physical cord, and then proceed to test with another power supply (general purpose units are sold widely).


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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1544 times:



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
Are the outlets known to work with other devices?

Yeah they work fine with other stuff.

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 1):
Are we talking about the same building, or are you trying in different places?

Yeah, all at my house. I did try it at school yesterday and it worked fine.

Quoting AverageUser (Reply 2):
You'll need to replace your battery

Any recommendations on a place to get one?



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1528 times:
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Quoting N776AU (Reply 4):
Yeah, all at my house. I did try it at school yesterday and it worked fine.

Can you try plugging the laptop power cord into one of those multiple outlet things, then move the multiple outlet to several wall outlets? I'm starting to think that the problem might be the plug itself (physically).



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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1508 times:



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 5):
Can you try plugging the laptop power cord into one of those multiple outlet things, then move the multiple outlet to several wall outlets? I'm starting to think that the problem might be the plug itself (physically).

I did and it's still very choosy. I'm on a power strip at the moment (which seems to be just fine as far as I can tell), though this is the first time in since this weekend it's wanted to run on one. Since Sunday it's wanted to be plugged in the wall (and even then it's still being picky).



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
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Quoting N776AU (Reply 6):
I did and it's still very choosy. I'm on a power strip at the moment (which seems to be just fine as far as I can tell), though this is the first time in since this weekend it's wanted to run on one. Since Sunday it's wanted to be plugged in the wall (and even then it's still being picky).

Can you try only replacing the power supply's cable? The one that goes from the wall plug to the power brick itself... or is it soldered on?



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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1472 times:



Quoting ManuCH (Reply 7):
Can you try only replacing the power supply's cable? The one that goes from the wall plug to the power brick itself... or is it soldered on?

Yeah, it's detachable. Is there a place to just get that part of the cord?



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1464 times:
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Quoting N776AU (Reply 8):
Is there a place to just get that part of the cord?

I assume every store selling computer parts should have one. Or one of those places that sell do-it-yourself stuff like wall outlets etc.



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User currently offlineAverageuser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

The power supply end of the cord is (almost) an international standard. For the three-prong variety there's the classic IEC type and the newer "clover" type, that also finds use in most flat-screen monitors. You can ask for one from a friend or a neighbour.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_connector


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