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ok, im not sure if the battery charges while a laptop is on and plugged in or if you have to turn it off, so if you have to turn it off, tell me now. if not, then tell me how you charge the darn battery in one of these things! my friend gave me this very nice new laptop that was broken (broken charger), and i discovered that the computer gets power if you hold the power adapter at a strange angle, so i broke out my duct tape and made a jiffy-rig setup. every now and then, the power just cuts right off and i discover that ive kicked the cable or something. so i have two questions: 1. how might i fix this power connector (im skilled in soldering and i already have the overlying panel ready to take off) and 2. how do you charge the battery?!? thank you for your time, please reply. :whistling:
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1. The battery gets charged as long as the charger is plugged in to a live mains supply, regardless of whether the laptop is actually running or not.
This is confirmed by an illuminated 'charging' lamp which most laptops have on the front or on the keyboard panel. When lamp is lit, battery is charging.

2. I don't recommend you mess around with a faulty mains supply/charger.
Best get a new one and stay safe, even if you don't buy a genuine OEM replacement it's better than messing with things that aren't designed to be messed with.

Edited by pip22, 23 November 2006 - 12:20 PM.

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