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Old 06-11-2017, 02:42 AM   #1
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I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop. Yesterday, suddenly it started to not charge when AC is plugged, the battery light is neither flashing, nor blinking. But when it is turned off or is in sleep mode, the orange battery light starts blinking once in every 2 seconds.
I have tried 30 seconds power button pressing method to reset, but it didn't work.
Anyone ever encountered a similar problem?
Do you think it is an issue with the AC adapter? (P.S., the adapter does not get heated when it's plugged in, even when the light is blinking.)
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:08 AM   #2
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It is way too hard to answer you without knowing model # because the most important factor here in answering you is age of the laptop.
Saying it another way is my Ford won't start, any ideas? (Model "T" or "Mustang Shelby GT" are both Fords and would produce very different answers?)
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:53 AM   #3
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It's a Toshiba Satellite C850 - B583
And I've had it for 4 years now, never changed the AC adapter before.
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Yes the age makes all the difference in the world and I would bet the power cord is the problem.
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It's a Toshiba Satellite C850 - B583
And I've had it for 4 years now, never changed the AC adapter before.
You should not have to replace the adapter/power supply/charger just because it is X number of years old. All electronics age over time, but 4 years is not that long for a charger - if it has not been abused.

My Toshiba A505 power supply still works great and I bought this notebook in 2010. What matters is the use and abuse it has had over its lifetime. My notebook got a lot of use through many miles, airports, hotels, and more the first year, then it has sat in the same spot for most of the next 6 years - plugged in almost full time since. If you are a busy road warrior, your supply may have gone through much more abuse, to include drops, kicks, large swings in environmental temperature changes, yanks on the cables, power line anomalies, etc. - not to mention, many many "deep" discharge/charge cycles.

If you remove your battery, can you run your notebook on just the adapter? If so, your adapter is most likely fine and the problem is more likely your battery. While I'm still using my original battery, my original 2 1/2 hour run times have dropped to less than 90 minutes per full charge. This is normal. If your battery has gone through many more charge/discharge cycles, it could very well be the battery. So again, if your notebook runs fine on just the charger, it likely is your battery.

And for the record, with all the problems with Li-ion batteries catching fire, I recommend getting an official Toshiba replacement instead of trying to save a few $$$ with a 3rd party brand. At the very least, buy a replacement from a reputable supplier who stands by the products they sell. Beware of counterfeits.
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I couldn't agree more with buying only oem batteries. Compatibles may not only be dangerous, but I find most of them don't fit right anyway. If you look carefully on Amazon or eBay you can avoid the high prices "the brick and mortars" try to chrage for oem batteries.
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