I read in a previous problem/solution about replacing the motherboard to fix no power (w/good ac and batt) on the dell xps. I have the same problem, on a first gen XPS. Now, is this THE only possible cause for this or are there other things that could be the root problem? Also, where would I get a new motherboard--through dell? I couldn't find it listed on their website. What's one of those going to cost, about? Is it something that I could replace easily by myself (I have a little experience switching out things, but never a laptop motherboard!)?
Before you go out and replacing the actual motherboard, you can make sure of a few things... besides the motherboard costs around $500so make sure that is the actual problem.
I have sort of the same problem, but in my case the battery does not charge, so if your battery started to die and you have made sure the charger was good, then it could be that the DC jack board is cracked or just the weld came loose.
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Normally the life time of a laptop battery is 300 cycles. that is 300 discharges and charges. Since your laptop is almost 2 years old, the battery could be at the end of its life time, and again depends on how often you use your laptop in a day. Better goto a service center or get a similar battery from any of your friends just to make sure it is not a motherboard issue. Then you can think about which part you've to replace.
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A amber light power button means that the
distribution of the power is not working properly,
And as you have said the battery won't charge anymore,
Usually what fixes that problem of yours is a BIOS
update but from what i see you cannot fix it with a BIOS update anymore.
And on what they said yes your gonna need to replace motherboard because it's not detecting the charger anymore if you can still access BIOS setup go to battery info you will see that the ac adapter is unknow.
So for the fix of your problem there you'll need to get a motherboard for your computer.
If it is working fine with a fresh battery then it is not a motherboard problem. It is either a bad ac adapter jack on the motherboard or the actual ac adapter cord is not working. Try cables2go.com as they have replacement ac adapters for almost everything under the sun. Hope this helps.
The M1210 suffers from the same die packaging problem with its Nvidia GeForce Go7400 chip as many dell laptops do. However dell does not admit this, and has only extended the warranties for recently manufactured laptops.
To get Dell to fix your laptop, despite it not being covered by the extended warranty, follow the instructions I have posted here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=4611553#post4611553
Dell is trying to cover up a critical flaw in what is supposed to be a high performance gaming laptop. It is my goal to make Dell come clean about this issue. Lets all let them know that they cannot get away with screwing over their customers like this.
Unplug All External Devices Unplug the AC Adapter From the Wall Outlet. Disconnect the AC Adapter From the Laptop Reseated the power cable to the adapter. Remove the Battery Connect the AC Adapter Directly to a Known Good Outlet, But Not to the Computer Verify That the AC Power Adapter Has a Solid Green or Blue Light. The AC adapter status light is solid green. The AC adapter status light is solid green.Press the Power Button and Check for POST. Post means if you see the dell logo,remove the battery, plug the ac if still it wont turn on or doesnt have any light,Reseat the Memory if after reseatting the memory still the same problem it might be a bad motherboard.