Hi there, My current laptop has trouble charging and constantly flicks between charging/not charging. I took it to the repair shop and apparently my power socket is probably cracked from a time I dropped it on the floor once and it landed on the AC jack. The guy said that the power is struggling to get through properly and is supposedly arcing across the crack, and this is as a result, producing a lot of heat (this is true, around the AC area it is red hot when running, and if you touch the charger pin, you can literally get scalded.) So, I need a new laptop anyway as this is not the only fault, and I'll be getting money in probably about 2 months time that would make it easier to afford it. I just wanted to know in the meantime because I use my laptop every day, is this actually a potentially dangerous situation? Or is it nothing to worry about? Thanks for your help, James. ****UPDATE**** Thanks very much to everyone who has responded. I've been looking for a replacement today, and having a look around, I really like the look of the Dell Studio 1747. My needs are, along with the usual browsing, word processing etc., the ability to run all the latest games (even if not on top graphics) and a competent performer for Photoshop, as I'm really into photography. I'm guessing that the i7 quad core cpu, 4gb RAM, ATi 4650 and good quality screen would fit the bill well here. I've never been one to turn my nose up at secondhand, and so the Dell Outlet really appeals to me, especially considering it sounds like a lot of them are in as new condition, and a brand new 1747 would be out of my budget. Is the Dell Outlet recommended? Anyone here had positive/negative experiences? The deal that's really got me interested though is one sold on eBay, who has received their stock directly from Dell Outlet. It's got the usual i7 cpu, 4650 gpu, 4gb RAM, and has the 9 cell battery, 500gb hd, and what's really impressed me is a 3 year next-day warranty - so anything goes wrong, and a Dell engineer will be there the next day to fix it (all the ones I've seen on Dell Outlet itself only have 1 year). This is £730 altogether including next day shipping, does this sound like a good deal? The seller has over 7,000 feedback at 99.7%, so this shouldn't be a risk should it? If anyone had any advice on this, or even any alternative options I'd be very grateful. I don't really want to spend any more than the one I found at £730, and bear in mind I'm from the UK.