I haven't used my Dell laptop in a while, due to my adapter cord wearing and eventually breaking at the end which inserts into the laptop. I recently purchased a new adapter cord. After a few hours charging, the laptop would attempt to come on and then power off. It is not the cord.
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Some aftermarket batteries don't play well with your Laptop, the "pin-outs" may not be correct. Be sure to buy a genuine Dell replacement. I have no idea where you purchased it, but inexpensive replacements found on-line can be a problem, and, at best, will not work correctly, worst case can be a fire hazard. Return it and find another.
A Dell Mini net book is a small and very portable laptop. The compact
size makes it a good candidate for travel or just simply using around
the house. Outdoor aficionados can get the most computing life out of a
Dell Mini by finding a way to charge the battery outside. One method
works when you are near a building while the other can be used for more
remote outdoor locales
Things You'll Need
Solar laptop charger
Dell Mini power adapter
Plug an extension cord into an
available power outlet. Run the extension cord to where you are outside.
Many homes also have exterior outlets. Use an extension cord that is
designed for outside use. Plug the Dell Mini power adapter into the
extension cord to charge the battery.
Purchase a laptop solar charger.
Solar chargers are available from several different manufacturers and
may come in the form of a roll or be built into a case that closes up
for travel. Depending on the charger, you may also need to purchase a
Dell Mini power adapter. Some chargers work with a Dell Mini cigarette
lighter adapter that is designed to plug into a vehicle's power port.
Place the solar laptop charger
in a sunny location. Open up the case if the charger is in one and roll
it out flat or unfold it to expose all of the solar cells.
Connect the Dell Mini power
adapter to the power port on the solar charger. Connect the other end to
the netbook. The adapter will regulate the charge coming from the solar
panel and recharge the battery in the Dell Mini.
Tips & Warnings
offer less power than a wall outlet. They can be used to extend the
battery life of a Dell Mini or to recharge the battery when the netbook
Some solar laptop
chargers are relatively heavy. Take the weight into consideration if you
are going to be backpacking or otherwise carrying it on your person.
1. check your battery , it may not be getting a charge from the power supply. 2. check the connector for the power adapter it could be damaged at the main board or intermittent due to stress at the solder joints on the main-board or mother board. 3. check the power adapter cord also it could have a break at the strain relief at the connector that goes to the laptop. 4. Unit battery age can contribute to early shutoff on a laptop also. Have your battery checked. It may have a weak cell in it and needs replacement.
Since you said the battery is not charging, why don't you remove the battery and charge directly to see if your laptop adapter will charge your laptop. Because i for see your laptop adapter been bad that is why it is not charging your laptop.
If it did not, it means your laptop adapter is bad and will need to be replace in order to charge your laptop.
Just change the adapter as advice and your laptop will charge.
Well if it is always plugged to the wall then the laptop's power jack is the common problem there. You can have a Computer Technician check it and diagnose it for you. Be careful how much you pay, if that is the problem (i'm pretty sure it has to be) you can shop for the part online (ebay is a good place to find them for around ten bucks) and hand it to the computer guy. Otherwise you may be charged a fortune to get it fixed. Next time, use a power surge between the power adapter and the wall's power outlet. Here's is a brief explanation of what happens with the power jack. Inside of it there are two or three pieces of metal that look like thick wires and what they do is transfer the current to the laptop. Eventually they wear out and break (common cause is having your laptop plugged to the wall continously exposing it to all sorts of power surges). Hope it helps, good luck.
The battery has a digital meter on it.
(The row of LED lights).
Press the test button on the end of the row. How many LED's show up?
The power adapter may not be powerful enough to charge the battery AND operate the laptop.
Is the power adapter a "Dell" brand or a Kenninsington or other third-party adapter?
If not a Dell brand adapter, tyhen it can't charge the battery. get a Dell adapter (or borrow one to make sure).
If you replace the main battery and it will not charge, make sure the AC adapter is working (You can test the output with a multimeter) and make sure the LED on the Adapter stays on when connected to the system. Most likely, the motherboard has failed and will need replacement
The current bios version is A09. The bios version on your system can be found under the Dell splash screen when you first turn on your computer or by going into the bios itself. If your version is older (A08, A07, etc), you can go to http://www.dell.com and at the bottom click Drivers and Downloads. Get the 7-digit alphanumeric Service Tag form the bottom of the laptop and enter it when prompted. It will take you to the Download page specific to your computer where you can then download the current bios.
While some battery issues have been taken care of with a bios update, in my experience the issue is usually the battery itself not being able to hold the charge. On average batteries develop problems about a year to 2 years after purchasing the laptop, just in time for the warranty to run out. This means a new battery will need to be purchased. I have also run into the power adapter not charging the batter properly due to the the adapter failing or a break in the cord coming from the wall outlet or from the brick to the laptop. Verify that the power adapter is working properly.
Your DC Jack Is Most Likely Failing From What You Describe....
The DC Jack Is The Port Where Your Charger Cord Plugs Into..
If Wiggled Enough, It Will Pry Loose From The Motherboard And Eventually It Will Begin To Short Out The Power, If Left Unrepaired, It Will Eventually Lose All Means Of Charging/Powering On Due To The Solder Being Burnt Away From The Positive Pins That Connect To The Mainboard....
You Might Want To Test Your AC Adapter With A Multimeter For Positive Power and Correct Voltage .. Sometimes A Broken Cord Will test Good If The Break Is Making Contact when testing....
So When Testing the cord... Slightly wiggle it to see if indeed there is a break in it or not...
If your old battery was doing the same (not charging), then is is because the charger is not charging the battery. Do you have a friend with a Dell laptop? Maybe you can use a borrowed charger to test and see if it will charge the batteries. To answer your question , no Dell does not have anything built in to prevent you from using a 3rd party battery. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe