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Dell uses proprietary equipment. IF the laptop wont work when plugged in and it is the original Dell charger, you need to check the charger, if the charger wont work then the battery wont charge. Note that it might be the connection on the board inside the laptop especially if the cord got pulled on while plugged into the laptop.
it's either your charger or drained batteries; either way, you need to bring your pc & accessories to where you bought the item, then have them change it if it's still under warranty, if not buy either charger or the battery- whichever is really not working.
You can try this things here first. Try to unplug the battery and just try using the new charger you purchase.
If it will not turn on then it is really a port problem with the computer.
So you might end up replacing the whole motherboard.
Tips, 1. Make sure the charger is the compatible one for your laptop. If you want to double check, in DELL's website they have a so called parts for your DELL which will help you look for the compatible items for the computer.
2. If you have a spare battery that has a charge on it try to plug it in, if it turns on then certainly that's the port.
Try an Antec charger with an adjustable votage output. I tried a new battery, charger, BIOS udate, etc, etc, etc. After fighting it for about 2 months, I found the Antec at Best Buy. Took it home, plugged it in, slid the adjuster up till the "charge" light came on. Been working fine for about 6 months.
The battery has 5 small dots in it. Those are there for no reason. Those are actually LED lights. There's a button you can press. If we number the lights 1-2-3-4-5 with 1 being closest to the button, check the lights when you press the button. If 1-3-5 are lit, that means that you have a dead battery and needs to be replaced. Other than that, you're battery might still be working but nearing the end of its life. Goto support.dell.com -> drivers and downloads -> enter your service tag or system type -> download Dell Quickset. Once Quickset is installed, it will diagnose your battery automatically and let you know if your battery already needs a replacement. It is just sad that batteries are covered with a separate 1-year warranty only. You can also go to www.dellbatteryprogram.com and check if your battery was part of the Dell Battery Recall Program.