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Laura Barry Nov 01, 2011, 10:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've had my ASUS brand laptop for several months now and have recently run into a problem where my laptop plug in won't recognize the charger. The plug fits very loosely into the slot and in order for my laptop to start charging I have to pull the plug downward at a specific angle. Is there some way to fix this problem or will I have to replace the charger and/or have someone look at my computer.

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micro Nov 02, 2011, 02:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Power Cord loose on laptop
It seems to me like it is a connector problem on the motherboard where it has a piece of spring steel that holds the power connector in tightly.

Your best bet is to send it in for warranty work.

If this is something you have to do on your own, you may be able to pull the flat spring metal clip toward the middle of the connector on the laptop to make a better connection, though it may break off and may not be a permanent fix.

I would avoid putting any metal into the connector to pry with. I doubt that it could short any thing, but just in case.

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john albrich Nov 02, 2011, 02:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Nov 02, 2011, 02:41am EDT

>> Re: Power Cord loose on laptop
IF the plug on the end of the charger cord is a simple cylinder, and it feels solid and doesn't itself appear damaged, then the problem is most likely the socket in the laptop. Its mounting has likely either become loose or one of the contact points (typically a leaf-spring contact or a center pin) has been damaged and no longer properly secures the charger plug. If that's the case, then using a different charger won't help.

However, you can double-check this by finding a charger plug that is the same size as the charger plug and fits the laptop socket, but DO NOT PLUG THE CHARGER INTO THE WALL POWER (aka AC MAINS). Just see if the different plug has the same mechanical being "loose" problem as the original charger plug. If it doesn't have the same problem then you may be able to buy a low-cost "generic" laptop power adapter for your laptop. As long as it supplies the same Output voltage and the same or "tighter" Output voltage tolerance, and at least the same Output power (either watts or amps) it would power your laptop.

If it's a more complex plug that involves multiple connections or orientation keys, etc. then things can become more difficult to debug and find replacements.

For some laptop models you can sometimes find relatively inexpensive compatible replacement power sockets on the internet but you have to be careful about the integrity of the seller...AND you either have to learn to solder and have some mechanical skills or have to find some skilled person who can replace the socket for you. And of course the manufacturer can make the repair at a higher cost. If you're still in warranty I don't know if your warranty would cover a physically damaged connector as they could claim you damaged it (and such user damage to these connectors IS all too easy)...but some warranties cover repairs no matter what caused it. Sometimes the cost of manufacturer repairs is a major fraction of the cost of an entirely new laptop, not even including shipping costs both ways...especially if the laptop is a few years old.

edit to add:
I see micro and I crossed paths again while writing a response...but we're on the same page. I did forget that sometimes one may be able to at least temporarily address if that's the problem by manipulating the leaf-spring in "coaxial" connectors (the ones that look like cylinders), but working on spring-steel can be tricky.

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