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I just recieved my Inspirion 1000 back from Dell. They seem to have done a good job and I had it back in about 3 days. For the longest time I had to jiggle the power adapter on the back of the computer to get it charged up.... highly annoying. They replaced the motherboard.

What caused this to happen?

Any ideas on how I may take better care of it and avoid this in the future?

I use my computer in my 18-wheeler and use a typical cheap inverter for my 120 volts. Does a laptop require a more forgiving and massaging power source?

Thanks in advance.
 

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If you had to jiggle it to get it to work, most likely that's a physical issue with the jack.

Make sure the jack is not bent or pressing on anything while it's charging, and the laptop is resting in a way so it doesn't interfere with the plug in any way. When plugging it in, just go easy with it and don't rip the plug out by the cord, use the little casing that houses the connector. you probably do that already, so i wouldn't worry to much about it.
 

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This is a problem that Dell has always had with their laptops. I have seen a number of Inspiron 5150's with bad power input jacks. It's actually nothing you can do. It's just a bad design on their part.
 
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