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Old 03-30-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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What Could Be Wrong With My Tablet?

I have a motorola xoom tablet and I have had it for not even a year. It's has worked absolutely perfectly up until a week ago. I plugged it in to charge and it just turned off!

Now here is the problem. I cannot turn the tablet on at all via the on button. I cannot do the quick reset by pushing the up volume button and one button at the same time. The only way I can turn on the tablet is by plugging in my charger but then again it's very hit and miss. The charger has to be plugged in and I can only turn on the tablet if the white charge light is showing. If the charger is in but no charging light then it won't turn on.

It starting to get worse and worse. I now have to jiggle the and put the charger in over and over several times before even a hint of the light shows up. Before when the tablet was fully on I could take the charger out and it would work till it needed another charge. Now if I do manage to turn it on and I take out the charger it will turn off. Even if I do leave the charger in even the slightest hint of movement to the charger will result in the tablet turning off.

What could have possibly cause this problem? Like I said above the tablet has been working perfectly since I got it till a week ago and then the above happened. When the tablet is on it works perfectly fine like nothing is wrong with it.

Is there anyway to fix this problem or do I just have to throw the tablet in and buy a new one?
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:56 AM   #2
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Maybe a stupid question, but isn't the battery flat? It sounds like your charging port is on the verge of breaking. Leave the tablet off for a few hours, while plugged in (making sure it actually charges)
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The battery isn't totally flat. Whenever I do get it turned on its at 40% and if it does charge to 100% it bounces up and down a few times and then it shows what real % it's at. I have charged it for several hours a few times and the same thing happened.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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I would try a different charger.

Test the battery. Clean the connections. Maybe try a replacement if you can borrow one or find one cheap. I've seen some sneaky batteries that will pretend to charge and drop to nothing as soon as the device is turned on.

When you're on the cusp of the tossing stage, you might as well fiddle with the charging port.

If nothing works, toss it at a kangaroo while yelling "Xoom that you hoppy bastard!"
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I agree, check the charging port. Perhaps there has been a little too much force while the charge connector was plugged in, and something has come loose inside, and sometimes short?

If you are brave enough you could take the xoom apart and see if the charging port is loose, and perhaps resolder it. Or remove the charging port if it is broken and start charging using a dock stand, if you have access to one.

For more google "How do I fix the faulty charger port on my xoom?"
and: "How do I open my xoom to repair it?"
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I think I'm just going to buy a new charger and see if that helps and I'm going to buy a new tablet anyway. If I can get the xoom to work properly again I will hand it over to my kids.
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