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Toshiba A205 won't charge unless I physically hold cord in

\015 My Toshiba A205-S5825 laptop will not charge unless I hold the cord in quite forcefully and hold it there. If I let go, it stops charging. Now, I think I have actually broken the cord and it is now not charging at all no matter how much I try to hold the cord in, or wiggle it to get the right angle which used to work before. It is only a 2 year old laptop. It also overheats quite frequently. Do I just need a new power cord or is it an internal problem? Should I have it repaired or just replace it? Thank you to anyone that can help me with this.\015

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The most likely problem is the power socket on the laptop, it may be just a dry solder joint and needs to be resoldered or it may be faulty and needs to be replaced. Either way to fix this, it requires the laptop to be dismantled to get at this power socket. Get a quote to repair, as it could cost a few dollars.\015\012If it is a faulty cord/plug on the power adapter, this can be checked with a multi-meter. When you connect the multi-meter probes to the power plug the voltage should be steady and the reading should be slightly higher then the voltage that is printed on the label on the bottom of the power adapter. If the voltages fluctuates as you wriggle the plug then you have a broken wire in the plug. Replacing the plug would not cost much.
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