How to fix a Laptop Which is Plugged In But Not Charging

Few things are as annoying as running out of power when doing something important on your laptop. Luckily, if you have a good quality laptop, alL you have to do is charge it and you are back in business. However, what if your laptop won’t charge even when you plug it in? When your laptop forces you to use it as a desktop because it cannot hold power for long, your entire experience can get rather frustrating pretty quick. When this happens, you need to act fast and take measures to restore your laptop to its original state, saving you from much stress.

Several factors can prevent your laptop from charging. These issues can be ranked according to their seriousness. Some issues are minor and you can easily fix them at home, while more serious issues need a professionals’ intervention. This article is going to cover these cases and symptoms, and how best they can be dealt with. Here are some of the ways to diagnose and fix your laptop’s charging issues.

Troubleshoot Your Laptop’s Hardware

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Naturally, when you notice this charging issue, one of the first things you need to examine is the connection between your laptop and its charger. This procedure is important because something could have slipped out of position without you noticing and may require more work than you’d think, especially if it’s a network issue.

Here is what you should do and what you need to look out for when troubleshooting your laptop’s hardware:

1. First, look for any loose or disconnected removable cables. Is your AC adapter brick firmly connected? If yes, proceed to check whether your battery is properly fitted in the battery compartment. Note that this does not apply to non-removable batteries. Examine the contact point between the battery and the laptop. Determine whether the terminals are okay.

2. Establish if your power connector has any breaks or kinks. Unplug it and begin moving your fingers smoothly along it. Check the connector’s ends for any broken connections.

3. Once you are done with the connector, you can go ahead and examine your laptop’s AC adapter. The easiest way to diagnose the adapter is by using it on another laptop or device closest to you. The adapter has to be compatible with that other laptop or device. If this method doesn’t work, your charger might be the cause of the problem.

Luckily, full chargers, power connectors or adapters are cheap and easily available. You can find the proper cable online and have it delivered to your home anytime.

Power Reset The Laptop

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Although it sounds cliche, turning it on and off again could be the answer to your troubles. Powering your laptop down for a moment and turning it on again clears the laptop’s memory. This may come in handy when fixing the laptop’s battery issue. Here is how to do it:

1. Completely shut down your laptop. Make sure it is completely silent.
2. Unplug the power cable from the laptop.
3. Remove the battery if it is removable.
4. Press the power button and hold it for about 15 seconds and then release it.
5. You can now insert the battery back in its compartment. Make sure it is properly secured.
6. Connect the power cable.
7. Turn on the laptop and check the battery status.

If you are lucky, this method will work perfectly and it will completely resolve the issue. If it fails, read on and try these other methods.

Try To Update Your Drivers

Many charging issues arise because people use wrong battery device drivers or they simply have expired drivers. If you suspect your driver is the problem, then you should update it as soon as possible.

If you don’t have the time to look for the right drivers manually, you can opt for software which will automatically update all your computer’s drivers. It works by recognizing your computer’s system and finding the correct drivers for it. Using such software will save you a lot of time since you do not have to know the system your computer is running on, and you don’t have to download and install drivers through trial and error. It allows little room for mistakes and errors.

If your battery icon is missing, you might need to try other solutions to fix it.

Follow the following procedure to use the driver installing software:

1. Download and install the software
2. Once it is through downloading, click un’ on the pop-up that appears.

3. Allow the software to fully scan your computer when it is finished installing.
4. You will be provided with a list of drivers that need repair/update. Choose the option that allows the software to update the battery driver. You also have an option to update all drivers that need attention, by choosing pdate all’ drivers.

Examples of popular driver updating software are Driver Booster, Driver Genius, Smart Driver Updater, Driver Support and Driver Reviver.

Update Your Laptop BIOS

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If the problem still persists, you may need to update your laptop BIOS. BIOS is short for Basic Input/Output System. Your BIOS manages the connection between your laptop’s hardware devices and the operating system. Having a faulty BIOS system can cause many technical issues to occur within your laptop, including the battery charging issue. Therefore, to fix your laptop’s battery, you can try updating its BIOS.

Updating the BIOS will depend on the brand of laptop that you are using. For example, for an HP laptop, all you need to do is visit the HP official site to get the latest BIOS update. Download and install it on your laptop. Generally, all instructions on how to update your laptop’s BIOS will be located on the brand company’s website.

If doing this still doesn’t work, your problem may be more complicated than it seems.

Service Your Laptop Or Call Tech Support

If you try all the above methods and you still keep having the same problem, it is time to ask for some professional help. Also, keep in mind that some laptops may have unique problems that can only be handled by their manufacturers. Whenever possible, consider contacting these manufacturers first to see if they could be of some help.

When you are purchasing a high-end gaming laptop, the tech support will be much better than for a simple laptop.

Many manufacturers have tech support teams that could easily walk you through restoring your laptop to its original state over the phone. You can also take your laptop to the nearest manufacturer’s outlet for a more thorough service. Addressing this problem physically will not only repair the battery but also restore the entire computer to its optimum working condition.

Final Thoughts

Most laptop owners will experience several issues with their machines through the course of their operational life. Some of these problems only need simple solutions while others are more complex. When it comes to charger and battery related issues, such as getting the ‘Plugged in not charging’ error message, trying these simple quick-fix solutions could help you solve the problem. If all else fails, sometimes it is better to leave it to the professionals.

If nothing of these are working, your laptop is probably broken and you will either have to repair it or buy a new one. But make sure, you buy your laptop at the right time, to save some money.

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