Pinebook doesn't charge anymore
#1
Dear folks,

my Pinebook won't charge any more; there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the charger brick though. I followed the advice on this forum for battery problems but that only made things worse but I did discover that indeed its the charger circuit.

For the battery reset, i had to unplug the battery cable while the mains was on but this instantly gave a power loss to the machine so no power was arriving from the power cable and it was just running on fumes so to say of the little that was still in the battery although it showed 0% power. The situation is now that it runs on the fumes but at the same time reports there is no battery :-S

Is this charger part replaceable and what PCB is it? The USB connector on the PCB with the power plug and the SDcard is in working order so i doubt its the cabling between the PCBs. Can I order a new side PCB or do I need to replace the main PCB?

With regards,
Reinoud Zandijk
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(08-20-2020, 05:40 AM)Reinoud Wrote: Dear folks,

my Pinebook won't charge any more; there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the charger brick though. I followed the advice on this forum for battery problems but that only made things worse but I did discover that indeed its the charger circuit.

For the battery reset, i had to unplug the battery cable while the mains was on but this instantly gave a power loss to the machine so no power was arriving from the power cable and it was just running on fumes so to say of the little that was still in the battery although it showed 0% power. The situation is now that it runs on the fumes but at the same time reports there is no battery :-S

Is this charger part replaceable and what PCB is it? The USB connector on the PCB with the power plug and the SDcard is in working order so i doubt its the cabling between the PCBs. Can I order a new side PCB or do I need to replace the main PCB?

With regards,
Reinoud Zandijk

You can try the charge from the USB port A port (same side as power plug) can check whether able to charge up. The charging circuit locates at mainboard, changing side board doesn't help. Using multimeter to check your power supply, may be DC jack plug broken.
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(08-23-2020, 06:31 PM)tllim Wrote: You can try the charge from the USB port A port (same side as power plug) can check whether able to charge up. The charging circuit locates at mainboard, changing side board doesn't help. Using multimeter to check your power supply, may be DC jack plug broken.

I've checked the DC jack and its OK and the right voltage; I can't seem to find an adapter to charge the laptop using the USB port A. but I doubt its going to matter but I'll keep searching.

So I guess that unless I find the adaptor, and try to charge it over USB, I'm destined to get the new boards as on the store. It does tell its 'Out of stock'! Is there any indication on when it comes back in stock?

With regards,
Reinoud
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Regretfully the board i need is out-of-stock! Is there any idea as when or if it will come back? Should I try to upgrade it to a pinebook-pro internally? Is that even possible?
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