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No connection with the DC Jack on Gateway 3550GZ

\015 Some time ago when I would have my laptop plugged in, it wouldn't charge. I tested the power cord and it was fine. If I held the power cord a certian way or put somethng under it where it went into the DC jack so that there would be pressure on it, the computer seemed to be charging. But this was only a temporary solution. As time went on, it became more and more difficult to find that "sweet spot" and any slight adjustmant lost the connection and the computer wouldn't charge. Now the computer won't chage at all (the light won't even come on) and the battery is dead. Also, with the power cord plugged into the laptop, I seemed to be able to slightly wiggle or move around the DC jack inside of casing. However, if you put a pen on the center node of the DC jack the jack barely moved when you tried to wiggle it. It seemed ot take a bit of force so I don't know if the DC jack is loose or it normally moves that much. I took out most of the screws in to bottom of the laptop to peek inside and it looks like the wires are connected fine to the little green circuit board on which the DC jack sits. Is the component bad or is it somethign else? Thanks.\015

Answers :

This is probably the part you need to replace. Mine went. You might just have a bad joint, which you may easily be able to re-solder. I wouldn't agree with ikkenom at all, don't go to a tech for a $100 laptop. They will easily charge you 25-100% of the value of your old notebook.

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It's time to take the computer to a qualified technician, for proper trouble-shooting & repair, because there are very-few "user-repairable" parts inside a laptop/notebook computer.
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