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Meats_Of_Evil Nov 15, 2010, 09:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Well my good ol' HP Pavilion Dv6000 is starting to give me some problems. I noticed this a couple of days ago. When I connect the AC Adapter to the laptop I have to wiggle it into a certain position so it charges the laptop. Also, I've noticed that after a while the little plug that goes into the laptop and like an extra inch of cord gets kind of hot. Nothing harmful but it is pretty hot considering I've never noticed that before.

So... what do you guys think? Is the internal thing-a-majig on the motherboard loose or what? I need to try another AC Adapter to determine if it was one of the internal wires that broke due to cable folding.

All suggestions welcome. If it turns out the other AC/Adapter does the same thing then could it be an internal problem?

Anyone keep in contact with Kieran Blenkarne? He works repairing Hp laptops. I think he changed his nick here so I don't know who he is anymore or if he even visits.


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Nov 15, 2010, 09:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Meats_Of_Evil (57359) said on Nov 15, 2010 at 06:27pm PST:
Anyone keep in contact with Kieran Blenkarne? He works repairing Hp laptops. I think he changed his nick here so I don't know who he is anymore or if he even visits.


He's here:
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Dr. Peaceful Nov 15, 2010, 10:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Meats, if your laptop's still under warranty, then definitely seek support from HP. You may need to practice your Hindi first, before you call though. XD ;)

If not, try open the thing up, probably just need some soldering to fix the loose power socket. I am neither laptop or soldering expert, but I am sure there are plenty of guys with those expertise here that can give some guidance.

Meats_Of_Evil Nov 15, 2010, 11:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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haha no the laptop is not under warranty otherwise I would have made a detailed thread about my experience with Hp lol.

I'm honestly against taking this laptop to a repair shop and letting other eyes see my hard drive or mess with my settings. But I would consider it if they can fix it for less than $30 which I seriously doubt they can and maybe they'll tell me that I need to replace the whole mobo to make some off of me lol.

Ah well, I seriously hope its just the power cord that its damaged and not any internal components :(

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Nov 16, 2010, 12:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
I doubt a repair shop would even look at it for $30. Mostly a bunch of dumbshits who know less than you already do anyway, Meats.

john albrich Nov 16, 2010, 04:43am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I'd definitely first try the alternate AC adapter. Could be the external part of the connector because it's subject to a lot of stress, Damaged connection or broken wires in the external connector would cause localized heating.

I'd also (broken record here, I know) backup the HDD. I've just heard of too many odd things that happen with notebook power management these days when something fails. You could also backup the HDD then wipe or encrypt the personal data before sending to repair shop.

Backup
Macrium Reflect Free Edition
or
DriveImage XML

Encryption (multiple methods available)
TrueCrypt

Meats_Of_Evil Nov 16, 2010, 10:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
thanks for the reply guys. You make me feel too smart McFly lol.

john, you know you're absolutely right about the backup. It's just that I hate doing them! But you can be sure that if the hard drive gets corrupted by a power failure I am going to be p**sed for not doing the backup in the first place lol.

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Meats_Of_Evil Nov 17, 2010, 11:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Ok here's an update


I managed to use the other AC/Adapter (#2) I had laying around in the house. And it works!

Turns out it was the Ac/Adapter (#1) that went bad. My dad said he wasn't surprised since he has changed his like two times and my mom's and my sisters laptop adapters also.

Now the thing is that this other Ac/Adapter (#2) was from my Dad's old HP laptop which had a dedicated graphics card so naturally it is more powerful than the one that came with my laptop which has an IGP. The question is if I'm in any danger by using this more powerful Ac/Adapter (#2)? I'm already using it but would like to know if I should buy a replacement for my old one on eBay and stop using this one ASAP.

The specs are the following:

Ac/Adapter #1: Output - 18.5v, 3.5A, 65W

Ac/Adapter #2: Output - 19v, 4.7A, 90w

Now, to me more is better but I'm not as experienced when it comes to laptops in terms of power requirements. So, whats the situation?

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john albrich Nov 18, 2010, 02:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)

The extra 0.5V isn't going to make any difference to the laptop. That is almost certainly well within the tolerance of the input of the laptop. The laptop has its own power regulator that generally speaking is tolerant of varying input voltages. The only thing I'd look at is IF the adapters have a substantially different +/- tolerance on the output . E.G. if the tolerance on the 19V adapter was +/-10% (-->20.9volts) and the tolerance on the 18.5V adapter was +/-5% (-->19.4volts), it wouldn't be that much of a concern. But if the diff was say 20% vs. 5% (22.8v vs. 19.5v) then it could be an issue...mostly because the +/-5% suggests a tightening of the spec was considered necessary. If the tolerance isn't specified, it's probably +/-10% or thereabouts (under load).

The higher power rating of the 19v adapter is nothing but goodness. All that means is that the adapter will be less stressed in providing the same amount of power to the laptop. The laptop will consume approximately the same amount of power regardless of whether it's plugged into AC#1 or AC#2.

Laptop Willie Jan 21, 2011, 05:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
FYI: HP's dv series power connector isn't connected to the MB. It is set in a plastic "holder" on the bottom case. It is connected to the MB by leads and plugs into the MB. These pig tails and very expensive. One to watch for, the plastic isn't very strong so plugging and unplugging will weaken the holder and push the connector into the laptop out of reach of the adapter. That would require replacing the bottom case or a good epoxy job to hold the pigtail connector in place. Either way, it requires a complete tare down and removing all those screws.

As John stated, the 19 volts isn't going to make a difference to this laptop. On some of them, I've seen two listings for the adapter requirements. Don't go thinking that you can use any higher voltage though.

"I doubt a repair shop would even look at it for $30. Mostly a bunch of dumbshits who know less than you already do anyway, Meats."

Just a dumbs**t trying to help.
Good luck

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Dr. Peaceful Jan 22, 2011, 12:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Excellent information. But dude, you could have help Mr. Evil, like 2 months earlier. ;)

Laptop Willie Jan 22, 2011, 07:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Medical Problems. Wasn't able.

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Meats_Of_Evil Jan 26, 2011, 11:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Uh oh! It's happening (laptop problem)
Laptop Willie (82199) said on Jan 22, 2011 at 08:45 AST:
"I doubt a repair shop would even look at it for $30. Mostly a bunch of dumbshits who know less than you already do anyway, Meats."

Just a dumbs**t trying to help.
Good luck


Lol so inapropiate.

Anyway, thanks for your response Willie, I now know about the power connector in the DV series.

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