My HP laptop is about 4 years old and I'm starting to have this really annoying problem where the power cord just does stay connected to it.
If I just plug it in there will be no connection and it will run off battery, which has an average charge of about 10 minutes, (it used to be ALOT longer.)
I find that if I grip the cord tightly and pull it under the laptop, maintining pressure to the front then it works. But, I have to hold it there.
Obviously, this is less than ideal.
The laptop is no longer covered under warrenty. I'm hesitant to send it back to HP because... well, i'm broke. I probably couldn't afford to pay to get it fixed.
Any advice? My hand is starting to cramp.
From what you describe this seems to be just a connection problem. Don't just send your laptop to HP. There are a lot of people who can fix/solder/substitute these connections. Look for electronic shops and ask for information.
if you feel your power card or adapter problem, buy old one... it is available on the internet..
Thanks for the great responses.
After doing quite a bit of research on this I've found it's quite a common problem for HP notebooks. The part just comes unsoldered after a couple of years.
A lot of places don't want to touch it, saying they'll need to replace the motherboard which is about as costly as just replacing the whole thing. I did find one place that deals with just this problem, but I would need to mail it out to them and hope it's not a rip-off. Googling them turned up nothing as far as complaints go, so I may just do that and cross my fingers.
Either way, I'm saving up for a new notebook and next time it sure isn't going to be an HP.
It is quite easy to fix this sort of thing, I've done it to two laptops in the past. Just carefully desolder the plug, then reattach it properly. I usually use a bit of extra solder and then hot glue it in place so that it doesn't move. In some cases, you will have to buy a new plug because the leads on the old one breaks.
HP/Compaq makes pretty cheap laptops. I got a HP/Compaq laptop and the power cord doesn't say in properally if it moves any it loses connection. Which is no good to me because my battery is also gone on it and doesn't hold the correct charge.
Try to determain if it's the power cord or the connecter in the back. If it's the back of the laptop you may need to take it apart and get a new adapter for the motherboard.
If it's the powercord then you could get a new power cord. Or it may be making a bad connection. So if you get a new end for the power cord then it may fix it. But if you don't have the tools to do it, it my just be cheaper to buy a new power cord.
If anything else 4yrs old is a pritty long time for a computer. Considering upgrading would be a good option too.