Originally Posted by Teknicolor
......Just recently i have been having problems with the connection of the AC Adapter into the lap top. I will plug it in and about anywhere from 2 seconds-1 minute after it goes to not charging again. ......
I wish to get clarification Teknicolor?
Are you saying the machine still works but just the battery charge light goes out?
Does the machine work when battery is removed and the AC adapter/charge light is exhibiting this behavior?
I personally caution against bending anything to make it work except for diagnosos and maybe an emergency use so be careful or you will be buying even more parts.
If your machine runs but its just the battery charge light going on and off then the diagnosis is not so simple as a bad AC jack. Its a good place to start looking since this is a design shorcoming in notebooks, with all that stress of the cable which many a time we tug on, yank, trip over, etc straining and eventually breaking that little jack. It is a very common notebook problem.
If you are actually loosing all power by wiggling the jack then thats a pretty good diagnosis to say with 90% certainty that its the jack or plug......yes I said plug.....because though less frequent the plug can develop a broken wire or bad connection especially if you are bending and tugging on it.
But you must also consider that other 10% and before you buy costly parts or repair you should do a more thorough diagnosis.
For me I do have some back ground and ability to diagnose electronic problems and have some equipment, and have even replaced the AC jack on three notebooks and also diagnosed a bad power cable (plug) twice so I would do my own. Now when it comes to cooking I am helpless, and I know that for alot of folks the reverse is true and paying someone to fix the problem just as I like to pay people to cook my meals, is the preferred solution.
If you do it yourself you can do this with a VOM meter, a few screwdrivers, the repair manual which you can download from the HP site, and replacement parts from ebay (~$20 for AC adapter and ~$5-10 for the Jack) and a soldering pencil with a desoldering attachment or desoldering wick. This can be a fun project, especially when you have success. Unfortunately if you do not have these tools and have no use for them afterwards you will be paying way more than the $89 quote from ikenfixit.
I will say that the $89 that ikenfixit has quoted you is a very reasonable price for the repair mentioned. Even if you are good at taking apart and reassembling the notebook its like an hour just for that task and longer if you are fumbling your way trying to find the hidden clip or screw and also risking breakage while you try to pry things open. I have seen ikenfixit post at several forums offering his help/services and seen his website and other price quotes and would definitely put him on my short list of repair options.
If ikenfixit can not provide the support you need due to your location then you can try any small electronic repair shop. It does not have to be a computer shop because we are thinking its a simple power jack component that any half way decent electronic technician should be able to diagnose and repair. I will caution you though on the price and be certain to get an estimate for repair AND for Diagnosis since you can be hit with a Diagnosis fee if you decide its to costly to repair. Here in the US it would be hard to find someone to match ikenfixit quote to you. I would estimate $150 plus in my neck of the woods where its the high cost of living/housing that gets you most.
HP does not have the trained people to do something like this and their solution is to change the costly motherboard so if you use HP support and they follow the que cards/teleprompter on diagnosing/troubleshooting/what to do you can end up with a $800-$1500 repair bill.
I think I would start by checking your power cord plug. Use a VOM to see that it is giving a stable voltage without dropping out when wiggled. If you don't have one I am certain at least one of your friends has one and since this is a simple test that takes no time they should be more than willing to help. Alternatively if you know someone with an HP AC power brick with similar specs (the voltage and + - on Compaq notebooks the last couple of years has been standardized, you only need to make certain it has a wattage equal to or greater) then try that and see if it changes anything
Now if we have misunderstood and it is just the battery charging light going off when you know it should be on but the notebook works then everything, well almost everything, that I said will not be helpful and a different approach should be done. It could be something as simple as a bad battery, or bad power board which the NC's are notorious for with the infamous "battery charge light not on" symptom. Sometimes just unplugging it and resetting the notebook seems to get it working again, sometimes a replacement board is required. My only thought about this is that the infamous problem I just mentioned does not fit into the symptom you describe of it working when you bend the plug, but who knows.