Having problems with your Acer Aspire 3680 Laptop ?

My Acer laptop seem t0 shut down for no apperent reason and it always has to be pluged in


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It sounds like your battery may be dead or close to dead if your laptop has to be plugged in all the time. if there is a battery check meter on the battery, you can check the battery condition with that.\012
unless it is a problem with your charging circuit, the battery would need to be replaced. recommend going to a local shop and have them test your battery first and your power adapter for proper output as well before buying a new one.

for your random shutdowns, it may be overheating. if the top or the bottom of your laptop is very warm i would suspect overheating. if you look in the back where the cooling fan exhaust port is, and see a lot of dust or other matter, then it would be most like heat issues.

if you turn it upside down and look for the cooling fan intake, and it is very dusty or a lot of matter inside, much the same thing.

>> if it is very dusty, it will need to be cleaned. a can of compressed air is a quick solution, but blowing the dust back inside usually just leads to an accumulation somewhere else. a professional cleaning would be the best solution for a dirty computer. i dont advise using an air compressor to blow through the cooling vents. for one thing if you spin your fan with a compressor blast, that fan is not only spinning but also acting like a mini generator, generating voltage and current, putting this back into your motherboard. air blasts can also severely stress or even dislodge micro sized components on your motherboard.

if it is clean, one common mistake with laptops is having them directly located on your lap. this can block the cooling fan intake and will cause shutdown every time. if your laptop is on a desk or table, it also needs several inches of space in the back for proper heat exhaust.

if your laptop passes the clean checks, i would next check your DC power jack (where your adapter plugs into)
With your laptop turned off.
try VERY gently moving the plug side to side and see if there is any free play at all. If it feels snug, then boot your laptop and try this again after it has booted. if it shuts down then your dc power jack is damaged and will have to be replaced.

if the dc power jack check passes, i would then reboot your laptop and 
first, with the screen open, and the laptop on a flat surface, i would try gently lifting each of the four corners, one at a time. when doing this you only need lift the laptop about an inch.  this is to check for any possibly loose or intermittent motion related problems.

if this doesnt cause any shutdowns, then let it run for several hours unused and see if it shuts down. if you have hibernation or standby enabled, these would need to be temporarily disabled for this test to work properly

if it doesnt shut down
From this point i would start to suspect either intermittent defects with charging circuit or other underlying motherboard issues. cant say for certain without actually looking at it.

hope this helps
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