Help fixing a loose power adapter...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by agentphish, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    Can anyone give any advice on how to fix a loose powerbook power adapter. I know it's the adapter and not the DC in port on the laptop because it happens on both my laptop and my fiancee's laptop (both powerbooks)

    Basically it just barely sits in the DC in on either of our laptops. the metal ring around the plug looks completely round still so I'm not really sure what's going on with it. It's really finicky and it sits in there and if you move the laptop it will sometimes just go off (no orange or green light) but will still be in the DC in port.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Are you sure it's not a loose wire in the connector itself, rather than a poor connection to the laptop's connector? If it's that touchy and follows the adapter, it seems like it'd be pretty obvious if it was that loose.

    I assume it's actually loosing the connection, not that the light is just going out. Not much to try other than bending the ring in a little to try and tighten it that I can think of. (You might check to make sure the inside pin didn't get smashed inward or something, though--if it's not firmly where it's supposed to be, maybe that's where the bad connection is, not on the outside ring.)
  3. agentphish thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    the inner connector is good for sure. the wire is good for sure. I can hold the connector in very firmly against the powerbook and wiggle the cord all around and the light never goes out, so the wire must be ok...
    It's gotta be the connector ring itself.
  4. CowboyTurbo macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Beantown, MA
    resurrecting this thread because I'm having the same issue. With the connector plugged into the computer, it stops charging sometimes.

    Wiggling the plug will usually fix it, but even that's stopped working now.

    Does anyone else have any experience with this?
  5. agentphish thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    Yea, I never got it solved. I forgot I even posted this!

    Thanks for reminding me.
    I PM'd someone on here that was selling one for like 20 bucks, but never heard back.
  6. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    best fix is to buy a new one (apple or third party)

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