I was recently given an old A2. It has a new battery and adapter. However, although the green light comes on and it warms up to the touch, there is nothing happening. The fan does not start and the screen remains dark. I have tried connecting it to a separate monitor but still nothing happens.
It's age and the cost precludes taking it to a professional. Can anyone point me in the right direction bearing in mind that I am a laptop novice.
If the fan is not workng on the A2 you nedd to purchse a new one as the fan stops the computer from over heating and catch fire,if no fan it will not allow computer to opperate.Take the case of the bottom or look to see where it is installed .You should be able to refit it your self if your can find a replacement fan,.Try serching on the web for a supplier. yours Mel
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If you can jiggle the the power cord right at where it plugs into the
computer and sometimes the green light comes on, that means your DC
Power Jack is bad. There was probably nothing wrong with your other
power cord. When the DC Power Jack is bad the laptop will not power on
if the battery is drained of all of it's power because the Power Cord
can't charge the battery.
Take an ink pen and push the tip inside the jack and see if
the little pin wiggles, if so the jack is bad. You'll have to take the laptop
apart to fix it. Most times it is soldered onto the motherboard, so you
will have to desolder the old and solder a new one.
From the description, sounds like you have two failures, both concerning the mother board.
1. The connection to the motherboard for the battery is no longer good. Replace the mother board. The points of failure that you have given so far and has not fixed the issue. Battery fully charged, seated well, no change, mother board.
2. Laptop will come on with AC adapter attached but will not boot up; mother board. There is a built in test that you can run, from a powered down state press FN + Power button, this puts this into a diagnostic state. If it does not go into this diagnostic; mother board. The diagnostic is stored in the BIOS, which is a part of the mother board.
3. If the diagnostic runs note any error codes that it gives. They will be in the form off XXXX-XXXX or XXXX:XXXX, where the X's represent a letter or a number. These can be used for further trouble shooting.
If you bought the battery off eBay, there is a STRONG probability that it was used. A used battery (if it is more than a year old - look at the manufacturing date) is GOING to fail soon. Order ea new battery that comes with a guarantee - from Dell or some other source that warrants their product. It will cost a little more, but worth it in the long run. Chalk up the eBay experience as a learning event (costly one)!
Both batteries could be dead. But if you bought a new battery, it's unlikely. I don't know what green light you see, but if it's on the power adapter, it just means it's turned on--not that it is charging. Two possibilities: Your power adapter is bad or the motherboard is bad. Because you say the computer works if plugged in, then you have ruled out the adapter. You should be checking/cleaning the battery contacts and if all else fails, going for a new motherboard.
It may be possible with the AC adapter. Some allow it & some do not, but best solution is replace the dead battery with a new fully charged battery. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.
First try this: Unplug the laptop from the AC adapter (very important). Then take out the laptop battery and place it back into the laptop after a few seconds. Try powering on the computer. If that does not work, then continue reading.
If there is a LED light on the gateway power adapter check that it turns green when the adapter is plugged in. If it does not turn green (assuming there's a light there at all) then your power adapter is bad. There are a couple of different places to go from there. If the computer is less than a year old take it to geek squad at any best buy to have them send it into service under manufacturer's warranty. If it is not less than a year old try buying a universal adapter from Best Buy to see if that works (which you can return without penalty if you wish). If that does not work then your motherboard is bad. The cost of repair would probably come close to the cost of a new laptop.
hopefully you got the right adapter for the machine and if so and still no lights or nothing you can try to hold in the resetr button on the back of the machine and turn on the power at the same time and see what happens if still nothing i would look at getting the machine serviced by a authorized dealer
you may have a bad board or the internal cmos battery is dead or there is a loose connection somewhere ok?
best regards michael
The flashing battery light is an indication that the system is attempting to charge the battery. The orange light indicates a problem charging one of the battery cells. This usually means that the battery either needs to be recalibrated or replaced. To recalibrate the battery just use the system until the battery is dead, then recharge and repeat the process twice, after which time the battery should be recalibrated. If this doesn’t fix the flashing orange light then the battery may need to be replaced.