HP Power Cord Problem Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting your laptop’s power problems can lead to a couple of common issues -the battery or the HP power cord. For those that have Compaq computers, it’s important to note that Hewlett-Packard can help you isolate your powering problems, but there are many user forums that can help you fix your computer yourself. For one thing, you can perform a few tests, without the help of a technical support agent, when it comes to problems that involve powering your laptop.
Most people that are new to the laptop world might not realize that the HP power cord with the AC adapter power unit, are just as important as the battery itself. For one thing, your battery’s charging source is the HP power cord and the AC adapter power unit box that is midway through the cord. Also called the “power brick”, this part is just as likely to be bad, as is your battery. For the most part, a laptop battery should last you a year, without problems and maybe longer. If you start seeing that your battery is slowly losing charge over a period of time, it might be the laptop battery.
On the other hand, it’s possible for the HP power cord or the AC adapter power unit to have problems, especially if lightning strikes and you suffer an immediate outage or if your cord becomes damaged in any way. Your battery will power the laptop, but re-charging it can become a problem, if this occurs. For that reason, there is always a 50-50 chance that you need a new HP power cord with AC adapter power unit before you need to purchase a laptop battery.
There are many cases where the inexperienced spend $150 for a battery, only to find that doesn’t solve their problem and the battery quickly loses it charge, becoming un-chargeable. You may be able to get a replacement laptop HP power cord with “power brick” for cheaper, especially if you use the Internet to find it. You can test the electrical outlet you normally plug into by moving the HP power cord to another outlet you know works. Look at the cord carefully to make sure there isn’t an indication of any gashes or nicks, which is especially important if you have pets in the house. Always check the connections on both sides of the “power brick” to make sure you have a tight connection because these can easily come loose, if you travel often.
If you can’t seem to find a problem with the cord itself, there are internal components that could be the cause, including the jack where the HP power cord plugs in. Be aware that repairing this part isn’t an easy fix, although the part is very cheap. The entire laptop might need to be disassembled, so you may need to take the laptop to an authorized service center. If you have a computer repair shop in the neighborhood, they can quickly determine whether it is your HP power cord or the battery, internal jack or a configuration problem, but you can find the HP power cord and AC adapter power unit cheaper on the Internet.
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