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Do I need a new netbook battery?


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#1 guccibro

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:28 PM

Sorry in advance if this is the wrong section of the forum. I'm currently trying to decide if I should spend the $50+ for a new battery.

I have had an acer netbook for a little over a year. I used to fully charge it up, and then unplug it and let the battery run down all the way. Well for the last couple months, I have always left it plugged in since it would only be able to charge up fully to 14%. I also bought a cooling fan unit that would hook up beneath it since it would get too hot.

The last couple weeks I had to continually adjust the wire charger into the netbook before it would finally start charging.

About a week ago, I of course had the charger plugged into the netbook, but it was no longer recognizing it, and wouldnt charge at all, and now wont turn on at all.

I'm no computer expert, so do you think replacing the battery with a new one would fix the problem, or does it sound like an internal problem with this netbook?

It's not like I always carry this on go, but always stays in on my desk so have never dropped it or anything to that effect.

This same thing happened to my last laptop, in almost the same exact fashion as this netbook in that I mean once the battery got too low, I would have to continually adjust the charger port into the computer until it would finally start charging until it would no longer charge and I couldnt turn it on anymore.

Thanks for any replies

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:26 AM

If it's only a year old and if you had to do all that to get it to charge, most importantly the intermittent nature of the problem, I would suspect an internal problem.

Getting it checked would be a relatively small expense compared to replacing the battery.
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Posted 24 December 2011 - 03:57 PM

Not the battery!

What You are describing is the classic symptoms of a bad (Broken) solder joint between the DC in jack in the laptop (Netbook) and the motherboard.

First step is to eliminate the AC adapter by measuring the voltage it is putting out or alternatively borrow one for testing.

If that doesn't help then it is internal. Bad DC jack or it's connection to the motherboard. Around where I am that repair goes for $149 + Tax as a point of reference.

This problem is often caused by wiggling the power cord in the jack or bumping it while it is plugged in or leaving it plugged in even when putting the laptop in the carrying case.

Thinkpads and newer Toshiba laptops tend to avoid this happening by using a short cable between the motherboard and the DC jack

Edited by rotor123, 24 December 2011 - 04:03 PM.

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