About 6 months ago my Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop was dropped about 3 feet to a carpeted floor.I didn't think the damage was that great, but since then the battery will not charge at all.Is there any chance that only the battery itself was damaged, or is it likely more?
I assume that you have your charger plugged in as long as you use the laptop...
There are very minimal chances o the battery having been damaged, since the casing on the inspiron 8200 is quite sturdy.. i suggest you get the charge socket (the socket that leads to the main wall electricity outlet) from a qualified technician...
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1) Try to reseat the hard drive. Remove the Battery and the power adapter first. Follow the steps on removing the hard drive form here http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1525/en/SM/hdd.htm#wp1180023
place it back again. and turn it back on.
2) if it still does not work the best thing to do is to contact dell tech support for hard drive troubleshooting. they may require it to be sent to them specially if it is still within warranty.
I work repairing laptops every day and the number of laptops i see about 5 or 6 cases of this every week, i sell universal chargers for laptops but they don't work 100% with dell. they will power dell laptops but they won't charge the battery. which end of your charger got damaged
Since it has sat dead for so long, it's certain the bios battery is drained. The bios battery is a small rechargable Nimh inside the laptop, and if you leave the laptop plugged in for a day or two it may come to life for you. I can't say for sure though if that battery will prevent the unit from booting at all or not, but I would try it.
Press and hold the <Fn> key while powering the system on. This will run the Dell Diagnostics. Another more intense diagnostic program is located on a Dell CD that you should have received with your laptop. Look for one that has “Diagnostics and utilities” listed under the “Contents”. You will have to boot from that CD disk. To do this, power on your laptop and tap the <F12> key to bring you to the “One time boot menu”. Insert the CD and then select CD/DVD drive and hit <Enter> key.Select the “Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics”. Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience. Thank You.
There's a good chance if the casing got damaged that the connector that connects the battery pack to the system was also damaged. First I'd suggest trying another compatible battery pack if you can get your hands on one. Bear in mind that there can be damage to the connector even if it's not visible.