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I'm taking bids/advice for the following problem.  I have some bids
already and so far I have the following set in stone: either local to
the Overland Park, KS area or, for online stores, free two-way

OK, so here's my laptop problem...

While the laptop is plugged in, the battery icon, signifying that it
is now running on battery, will appear.  When you take the cable out
and put it back in it will start to charge for a randomy amount of
time.  Times vary from a half a second to hours, though usually closer
to the half a second requiring me to keep my hand on the powercord and
do a constant repition of unplug/plugin while I attempt to safely
finish what I was doing (i.e. an install, a download, etc...)  Ergo I
cannot charge my laptop while it's running.  I have to go into standby
every hour and a half to let it charge up.

When the laptop is in standby mode or off, the laptop will charge
fine.  However, when the laptop is on with the battery icon showing
(it kicked into battery mode) and I put it into stand by it does NOT
automatically start charging.  I have to unplug and plug it in. Then
it will stay powered via the cord until I come out of standby at which
time it will usually go directly into battery mode.

The other night I went to sleep and the laptop was running fine and ON
power.  I woke up at 3am to see it in safemode because the power got
so low.  Then I woke up at 7am with a fully powered battery because it
finally shut off and then started to charge back up.

It seems like the mechanism that the battery power and power cord
power flow to is the problem.  This mechanism probably needs replacing.

There is a very noticable crack (to put it lightly) by the powercord
which is surely the issue.  About four months ago I dropped the laptop
and it worked fine until a few weeks ago when it started this

Alsom this problem is intermittent, but there isn't a day where I
don't wan to throw it across the room.

You should have enough information at this point.

Parts info?  Compaq R3240US.

So, any company bids?  Advice?

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Your problem has five possible solutions.

1.  If under warranty, have Compaq repair it.
2.  Take it to a reputable repair shop in the Overland Park, Kansas area and
have them repair it.
3.  Do nothing.
4.  Advertise the unit in your local paper for sale, as is.  Ask about 30%
of the retail (new) price.
5.  Purchase a new laptop.

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This model falls into the same as the HP ZD,ZV,ZX series. Doubt if you
will find
anyone in KS to do the job..  Look in the HP section "HP
laptop owners with bad
power jacks"

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As I said I have bids so far...

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Anyone who "bids" on this job without physically inspecting the machine
is either overcharging to cover all bases, or totally out of his mind.
This might be simply the DC jack cracked off the motherboard, or it
might be cracked traces on the board. Could even be damaged parts in
the DC/DC section.

If I "bid" on this job sight unseen and couldn't raise the price after
looking at the machine, I'd quote you on a new motherboard. It might
not be necessary, of course, but there's no way to know that without
taking a look at the machine.

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Were getting 169.00 plus return ship for the HP ZD, ZX,ZV as well as
the R-3k series. From what youve stated prior I'm 98% certain its a
ring crack and solder joint. But? If we dont repair you dont pay
other than return ship. (15.00) Fed-ex ground.. Good luck!

 You could contact A. Mcmann in KSC. But he would send it here anyway
as we repair laptops for him.

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