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Toshiba notebook wont charge at all

by thomas26 / January 23, 2006 6:36 PM PST

hello i am not sure what model my laptop is but it is at a year old, it won't charge at all, i don't think it is the battery but and i think it is the connection that the charge plugs into on the laptop, for a little bit i had to wiggle it to get it to charge not it wont charge at all, is this common and is it easy to fix? i bought it as best buy like i said about a year or a more ago so i am doubting they would fix it what do i do? thanks sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question but i am new. thanks

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Design flaw - you're SOL my friend....
by tnwahoo / March 5, 2006 7:06 AM PST

This is a very common problem with Toshiba laptops, I learned it the hard way - mine just died at 16 months. Toshiba's website is very little help - to find out the problem, I finally followed the link on toshiba's site to a netscape site, where reports of this exact problem are legion. I understand it is a soldered joint between the ac socket and the power innards, that apparently breaks. According to that website, it's a very expensive fix and not economically worthwhile. Lesson learned: buy the extended warranty and don't buy another Toshiba! Good luck!

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No charge in battery
by maximus1964 / March 5, 2006 4:54 PM PST

You could have several problems,
1/ Your battery is spent. It should run of the AC adapter though.
2/The plug on your AC adapter has a broken wire and that is the reason for the "jiggle" you had to do.
3/The solder jount is broken between the board and connector. Not all connectors are attached to the board and are cheap to fix. The other is a lot dearer and can mean a new motherboard in some cases. Depending on your model a manual solder may be possible.

Its not just Toshiba that has this issue. They all use the same method! Take it to a dealer, the tests should take five minutes to see if it's serious.

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