Acer Travelmate 4222 dies when moved

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I had a Travelmate 4202 for about a month before it was stolen in a
break-in, and had no problems with carrying it from place to place.
I've since replaced it with a 4222 (shipped from the States), and from
the start, it's had a tendency to 'die' from time to time when moved,
even with subtle movements (eg monitor lowered slightly, or shifted
gently by a few inches).

On some occasions, I've noticed that the power cable is loose in its
socket at the back of the laptop, however this does not explain all, or
indeed many of the crashes. Turning it on again afterwards is
laborious, usually involving removing and reinserting the battery and
power cable and waiting 5-10 mins.

Has anyone else had the same problem with this model, or with others?
The sticker on this laptop advertises 'disk antishock protection', yet
this is clearly a laptop which cannot be moved once turned on.

One ex-colleague (Acer Aspire owner; battery problems) said it sounded
like a broken hard disk; another ex-colleague with a dead Acer Ferrari
said it sounded like the problems he'd had with his (overheated then
hard disk died), and an Acer-free ex-colleague said it sounded like
none of the above. To me it seems like a loose connection - is this a
known fault with this model?

Re: Acer Travelmate 4222 dies when moved wrote:
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I don't know if that model has problems or not. But unless you want to
fix it yourself, I'd send it back if it isn't too late. As a minimum, it
costs about $100 to repair the jack soldered on the motherboard out of
warrantee at most shops. Some places will tell you that you need a new
motherboard which is like $600 plus. And I bet it should work fine once
it is repaired.

And most laptops and don't have to remove the battery and unplug the AC
if the laptop hangs. Just press and hold the power button for 5 seconds
and so and it forces the laptop to turn off. They used to have reset
buttons, but that was used in the 80's and up to the mid 90's. Hope this

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