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Gateway NV52 Won't Charge

I have a Gateway NV52 that was charging from the adapter when it was dropped. The battery fell out. I put the battery back in and restarted the computer, and it was working fine. It wasn't until later when I got an error message to switch to outlet power that I realized the computer was no longer taking a charge. It had been charging before it dropped.

Now that the battery is drained, the computer won't turn on. When I press the power button, the LED light for the battery flashes red (since the battery is dead) and the machine won't start.

One person told me it is likely the battery or adapter needs to be replaced... but I feel like it is more likely a problem with the power jack or something. Does anyone have any ideas?

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What do you have to work with?

Do you own a Volt meter and can trace circuitry? If not you have little choice but to ask for ideas what it could be and then decide on that or arrange for repairs.

Remember that as of today, no one can trace circuitry on measure the voltages over the net.
Bob

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Time to check

You dropped the laptop, now check for any physical damage at the battery area/contacts. Once done, be sure that the battery isn't compromised. As stated by Robert, see if the AC adapter is putting out a charge, check with meter. Next, verify what is anything is happening when battery is returned. I suspect the AC charger port and/or it small pcb could be damaged. If you're capable and battery is still working put into laptop and try again. If |"no go" then a repair or check of the laptop innards are required, provided the AC charger proves good. In other words, all those areas that provide power need to be checked. If possible, can you install battery into "another" laptop that accepts that battery type and charge it. The best way to know that is google your battery P/N# and locate all the models that uses it, like a eMachine, Dell, Sony laptop, etc. there are cross-over battery installs, not always but some.

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