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It's Not That Difficult...Is it?

October 21st, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Why does our society have to be so throw it away? I have been trying for the last 10 days or so to replace the charger cord for my laptop. My laptop is only 3 years old. This should not be an issue. First I started by going to Toshiba direct and entering in my laptop model number in their search engine and them telling me that yes, we can replace that part. So they sent me the charger that was supposedly compatible. It's not. It's for the computers that came out the next model year.

Right after I bought my laptop, they decided to go to a universal type of charger for Toshibas. Mine is not one of those, it is still from when every model year had a different charger, but their search engine thinks it is. *sighs* So then I had to go through all of the rigamarole of trying to get a hold of their customer service. After a few days, I got that sorted out and finally got the mailing label to send it back to them.

Meanwhile I had ordered a different charger off of Amazon, that assured it was the correct one for my laptop, listing the model number in their title and everything. It even showed the correct tip in the photograph. It was not the one they sent me. That was, of course, just like the wrong one Toshiba sent me. They didn't actually have one that works with my laptop. At least getting a return mailing label from them was simple. So now I have two packages that I need to go drop off at the FedEx/UPS store (or Fed Up as I like to call it).

The universal chargers that Insignia and Targus makes do not have the right tip for my charger. Targus is supposed to have more tips available, but they haven't gotten back to me five days later, so I consider them to be a dead end.

We found a charger on e-bay and double checked with the guy with both the computer model number and the charger model number and he said it was the correct one, so here is hoping.

I will be so frustrated if I can't use my laptop, a perfectly good laptop with my beloved Windows 7 on it, anymore because I can't charge it. It has all of my spreadsheets on it. I have some of them backed up, but not the last few months, so I would have to recreate a lot of information. I pulled off what I could before the last 20 minutes of battery power drained.

I know we could take the hard drive out and transfer it, but I just love my old laptop. It has the wonderful keyboard and everything is set just the way I like it. Plus I just installed new software on it with only one license. Ugh.

2 Responses to “It's Not That Difficult...Is it?”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Oh man, that *would* be frustrating. I hope the eBay charger does the job this time!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Lucky Robin I felt the same way when the dryer fan belt snapped! It's 10 years old but they still sell parts so why replace it? There are plenty of things out there which genuinely need replacing without just throwing things away willy nilly.

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