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I have a Toshiba A305 S6916 Laptop that will not charge the battery. I bought a new battery and it still will not charge.. Any solutions or what to look at?


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Toshiba makes brilliantly fast laptops for a low cost, but they are also\015\012 more fragile than other laptops in my opinion and easily damaged. But while I personally believe they have quality issues, I also like getting \015\012top of the line equipment at a low price. So we've used them for a long time at my last job. Where some laptops may have additional shielding, reinforcement, etc. they put their resources into the speed and performance of the chips themselves and that's, "OK".

Point being, I've services a lot of Toshiba's and two things that I've seen that cause this issue repeatedly with their laptops are both difficult to fix...
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  1. The plug for power adapter has been broken off inside on the main board. This is caused when the laptop is placed in a bag with the power adapter attached and jostled around or when the power adapter is tripped over, etc. The welded portion of the power plug is soldered directly to the board with nothing reinforcing it and the solder breaks inside the laptop. In this case, while it looks like the battery isn't charging it's in fact not getting any power to the laptop at all; so the battery just runs down and finally stops working all together. New batteries have to be charged first, so it looks like that one isn't working either. To test this, just charge you battery on another laptop and see if it doesn't run after that point until the battery dies or try and run without the battery plugged in...you should be able to do that if the laptop has power.
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  3. The contacts for the battery have become bent or worn over time. This makes the contact on the battery poor and causes the laptop to gain and loose contact. The best way to test this is to disconnect the power on the laptop and run on battery only. If the laptop shows a full charge and then just shuts off, or if it won't run at all. Then you may need to put something in the around the battery to hold it tightly in the laptop frame against the contacts.
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  5. The power adapter is defective or under powered. While unlikely, if the power adapter is not getting enough current then the laptop could run without having enough current left to charge the battery. Similarly, a lot of USB devices could also do this if you ran them all from an un-powered hub...but generally Windows would tell you if power is not sufficient coming intot eh system. While I mention it, this is the one I would consider least likely of the three.
Unfortunately, with the exception of replacing the power adapter, Toshiba has traditionally not covered any of these problems under the \015\012extended warranty as they all fall in the same general category as dropping \015\012or hitting the laptop or suffering a freak lightening strike. But it also means you don't have much to loose by going in and welding or re-engineering it yourself to get it to work.
First test if there is power coming to the meter, get a voltmeter and test it.If there is no dc voltage reading then replace the charger.Now if the charger is fine then it may be your connection point to the motherboard.Sometimes the pin inside snaps or else the is an internal fault with the motherboard which will cost even more to fix.Before you spend, check all prices of parts ect as it may turn out to be very costly.Try to source parts from ebay as it may be cheaper than other places.Hope this helps.
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