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HP 530 ac adapter troubles

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I recently started having problems getting my ac adapter to charge my laptop. It seems to be shorting out - I had to wiggle the end of the adapter plugging into my laptop, or even push against it really hard, just to keep my laptop charged -

I purchased a new ac adapter and it started working okay for awhile. Now it's starting to have problems again, and the ac adapter end has to be inserted in the laptop a certain way, or the computer runs down/dies.

I did n hp battery check and the results said good, but this is the 2nd adapter...

What could be causing it?
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What could be causing it?

Assuming the battery is good, the other side of the connector. It sounds like the socket inside the notebook is bad. These tend to wear out (lose tension) so when the plug is inserted, there is not enough tension to make a good mechanical connection, and consequently, not enough for a good electrical connection. A qualified technician can disassemble the notebook case and repair or replace the connector. I generally opt for the replace because repair involves just bending the prongs back in place. But once the tension in a metal spring arm has weakened, bending it back is just a temporary solution. The tension can never be "bent" back to original strength. The metal needs to be re-"tempered".
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