posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 01:32 AM
MY wife does this to laptops..Over and over again!
Same problem, different machine..A Gateway, and IBM, even an HP.
Right now the HP has the same problem as you did..The pin has been pushed inside..
So I am familiar with the "jiggle 'til it works" scenario. LOL
You might try taking it down to a computer store, and having them try one of the universal adapters. Kensington makes a few models.
See if they will plug one in for you, and see if the laptop lights up easily..
If it does, the adapter plug may be bad..This happened to one of the many ones I had to deal with. A wire was broken inside the adapter's power
cable, right at the plug..
The adapters average about 60-70 bucks.
If it doesn't..Then you have a prob with the inside again.
By chance, do you remember if an extended warranty was purchased?
I usually don't buy them, but for laptops, they are usually a must have, because they are so proprietary, and tough to work on..
Good luck my friend!
[edit on 19-4-2006 by spacedoubt]