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Inspiron 1501 will not power from know good AC adapter.

My inspiron 1501 will run perfectly off of a charge battery ( I have a friend with one).

The AC adapter will not power the laptop or charge the battery. I have tried a friends know good AC adapter and have the same problem.

It is not the socket. I used a voltage tester on the mother board to make sure the power was getting to it and it is.

I think it is the motherboard but I hate to spend the $189.99 for a new mother board from dell.

I am really looking for some sort of work around, a way to fix the motherboard or to chage the battery without the laptop or something.

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  • rogertooley Jan 10, 2009


    Thats for the help.

    I did put the good battery in my laptop and neither ac adapter would charge it. When either of the ac adapters are hooked up it show that it is running off of the battery. When I put my battery in my friends laptop it showed it was charging with both my ac adapter and his.

    When I hooked my ac adapter to his computer the adapter worked fine. I have verified that both my battery and my ac adapter work fine. The problem is in my laptop but it isn't the socket.

  • rogertooley Jan 11, 2009


    When I took it apart the first time I never say a fuse. I have looked online and no where can I find anything about a Inspiron having a fuse.

  • rogertooley Feb 15, 2009

    I looked again for a fuse and looked everywhere. There doesn't seem to be any fuses. Everything that looked like it might be a possible fuse I checked for continuity and found nothing.

  • Bill Speer
    Bill Speer May 11, 2010

    The next thing to try is to put your friend's good battery in your laptop and see it your AC adapter will charge it. If so, the problem is your battery. This can be verified by putting your battery in his laptop and you'll probably find it doesn't get charged on that one either. Since you verified the charging socket isn't the problem, I doubt that putting in a new motherboard will fix it.
    Also, check the plug that comes from the wall into your adapter. I have experienced that those may be the culprit and the adapter itself is still good. What luck to have a friend with the same laptop to help diagnose!
    Batteries only have a certain amount of life and charges they can take before crapping out. If you get 3 years from one, consider yourself fortunate. Let me know the results and we'll take it from there.



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Hey, i have a solution to this - it involves a cold solder joint on C34 (i believe, i repaired mine a while ago) - but i took pics and stuff. If you need help, feel free to drop me a line at, or AIM: crossan007

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Well, we're narrowing it down. As the next post states, see if you can locate the fuse. You can find spec and diagram manuals online at that are great for this kind of tinkering. If the fuse turns out to be good, it looks like your final step is the motherboard replacement.
If someone else knows of something I may have missed, please feel free to respond. I learn by reading the posts as well. After all, no one knows everything and everyone knows something!

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Hi rogertooley,

I had a similar problem with two SONYs, it turned out on one there was a blown SMD fuse 4A, very near close by the DC power plug.

On the other the Power Management Board was bad and needed a replacement.

If you already went to the trouble of opening the laptop, see if you can locate a SMD fuse and check it. If there is none or if the fuse is ok, then see if you can locate the DC power management board and see if you can find a failed power mos on it.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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    HW_Dude Jan 11, 2009

    Well, I had no schematics for my laptop too, just look for a component similar to what I highlighted in the picture. Please keep in mind, this shall serve as an example as it was taken of a sony laptop.

    Hope this helps you.

    Good Luck


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