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Power cord replacement

Q: Power cord replacement

I have a Dell Inspiron with an extended life battery that sticks out the back a little The power cord is dying - works intermittently I have a potential replacement cord that came with a different laptop I d like to use However I am uncertain if this may cause problems or even be unsafe First concern The current non-working power cord has a hexagonal cross-section male end that plugs into the laptop The replacement cord has the more typical round cylindrical end The replacement cord does fit in the laptop and it is not apparent physically that it is a problem Second Concern The current non-working hexagonal cord input matches the input on the replacement round cord as expected since they re U cord Power replacement S cords meant for U S power sources However the output is not Power cord replacement the same current non-working hexagonal cord output DC V A replacement round cord output DC V A Will the higher amperage of the replacement cord cause a problem especially a potential safety issue The laptop is left plugged in for long periods of Power cord replacement time unattended I d hate to start a fire Can someone with more electrical knowledge let me know if my concerns have merit or is my little but more than zero knowledge of electricity creating a concern where there should be none nbsp

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A: Power cord replacement

gr7070 said:

First concern:
The current, non-working, power cord has a hexagonal (cross-section) male end that plugs into the laptop. The replacement cord has the more typical round (cylindrical) end. The replacement cord does fit in the laptop and it is not apparent, physically, that it is a problem.Click to expand...

If the cord will fit the plug without changing polarity, you don't have a problem there.

gr7070 said:

Second Concern:
The current, non-working (hexagonal), cord input matches the input on the replacement (round) cord, as expected since they're U.S. cords meant for U.S. power sources. However, the output is not the same.

current, non-working (hexagonal), cord output: DC 19.5V 3.34A
replacement (round) cord output: DC 19.5V 4.62A

Will the higher amperage of the replacement cord cause a problem, especially a potential safety issue? The laptop is left plugged in for long periods of time, unattended. I?d hate to start a fire.

Can someone with more electrical knowledge let me know if my concerns have merit or is my little, but more than zero, knowledge of electricity creating a concern where there should be none.Click to expand...

As long as you operate at the same voltage and supply enough current you will be fine. Same voltage as in DC or AC and the same number value for the amount of voltage.

Current values (3.34A) can be higher as long as the are not lower, your device will only draw the current it requires. If the device requires more current than is available, this is where problems start to arise.

I could go into more details but I will spare you the other un-known language. LOL

gr7070 said:

The laptop is left plugged in for long periods of time, unattended. I?d hate to start a fire.Click to expand...

I'm not going to tell you that it's not possible for it to start a fire but it's highly unlikely. The most common effect would be frying components on the inside of the power supply or PC. You might smell the components afterward but usually nothing more. As long as you stick with the same voltage and the same or more current, you shouldn't have any issues.
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gbsdirect said:

It was the Motherboard fan making all the noiseClick to expand...

Do you mean the CPU fan ?
If so then I wonder if the CPU has been cooked

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And try again

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The cord that goes from your monitor to your video card is the only one you should be concerned with removing.

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Hello @Lyndaprater,Welcome to the HP Forums! I read your post on the HP Support Forums and wanted to reach out to you. I understand you are looking for a replacement cord for your Pavilion 23-h024 TouchSmart Desktop system. Direct part ordering from HP can be done through HP PartSurfer. Once you enter your product number, it should list all of the compatible parts for your system. If you require further assistance let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help. To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks!
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Oh a HP Pavilion tx1000z laptop
The exact last word of your post helped there.

When I first broke the cord I did attempt to fix itClick to expand...

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A:Power Supply Cord Substitutes?

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

How do I confirm if I have another cord that is of the same kind?

I don't know about others, but I find looking at it is the best way.

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

But how do I find out if two power cords are the same?

Again, that great gift of vision.

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

However, with the cell phone and the game boy, I just "went and did it" and it happened to work.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

I don't want to keep doing this to everything since I risk damaging something, on the inside and on the out.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

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If cable A has 3 different coloured wires running through it, and cable B doesn't with thinner wiring, then that's a clue, if cable C has the same coloured wires and same thickness as cable A, then you've found a match.

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

I guess it's the writings on the plug that goes to the wall...but what do I refer to on those writings that tell me two power supplies are the same?

If it says the same on both, then you've got a pair, if it doesn't, then they're not the same.

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

I'm really obsessed with not messing up by electronic devices by putting in wrong cables and power supplies

Then use the cables supplied with whatever devices you have. If you've got limited sockets in your house, buy one, or a few of THESE

Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering Flame

I once inserted my PS2's RCA plugs into the back of my 3.5mm computer speakers...and something went wrong.

That will happen, when you don't know what you're doing.

Can I ask why you would want to be chopping and bodging the wiring of things that don't need it in the first place?
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learninmypc said:

I was given an HP flat screen Monitor yesterday with just the cord like this not THE exact PICTURE.

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My tower is HP & I did plug it in as is BUT NOTHING. My question is,is the cord I got the power cord? TIA.Click to expand...

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I have a Phillips desktop machine which up to a few weeks ago was running fine. 4 weeks back I was running a virus scan and left the machine alone only to return an hour later and find the machine off and the power cord at the back completely melted at the connector.

After an initial panick I replaced the cord and the machine booted up again and ran absolutely fine.

4 weeks have passed now and today I noticed a burning smell whilst the computer was on and I noticed the power cord was starting to seriously melt again.

Any thoughts?

P.S. I have checked the machine for internal dust clogging fans and the first time the cord melted there was alot of dust stuck in both extracting fans. The second time the cable melted I checked inside the machine to find absolutely no dust.


A:Power cord on my desktop keeps melting.

Hello jayjaycostello. Welcome to the forum.

I am assuming that this melting occurs on the end of the cord that plugs into the PC's power supply. If this is the case then you should replace that power supply immediately. Do not use the computer until you have done so, but if you must then only use it while attended.

The most likely reason is that the connector is loose in the socket and the contacts are arcing. The fact that you replaced the cord and it is still doing it means that the socket is permanently damaged or there is a serious short circuit inside the power supply. Nothing that can be fixed by the home user.

Don't mess with it. It is a fire hazard.
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