Question about Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook
In some laptops the power socket (DC jack) is soldered to the motherboard.
If the battery stops charging when you wiggle the power plug inside the jack, either you have a bad power adapter (test it with a voltmeter) or the power jack is broken or loose.
If the power jack is not broken but loose (not making good contact with the motherboard) you can resolder the old jack without replacing it with a new one.
The laptop would have to be taken apart and the DC connector resoldered.
This would cost $75 - $100. Enter your zip code in the box on the right hand side of the FixYa page to find someone close to you.
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Posted on Oct 17, 2008
I had this problem and call Dell two weeks ago. We went through a bunch of steps and the tech said I eiher needed a new battery or motherboard. Since my lap top is still under warranty they sent both a new battery and a box to return the computer to the factory if the new battery didn't work. The new battery needed to be run out and then completely charged and has been working fine ever since. I no longer have that message upon computer start up and the new battery is charging just fine.
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
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