My laptop died - it ran out of battery although it was hooked up to a wall plug supplying power. I thought it may have been the battery pack and when I replaced that it would still not work. The power meter slowly reduced down and then it just went off.
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you can first try to connect your laptop to an AC power source via the ac adapter, if it fails to charge the battery, then it must be your battery died. try a relacement dell inspiron 1420 battery,which usually lasts longer and is compatibale with your dell and costs much less than the original one!
sound like the battery ran down and the pc is now without power, meaning the power supply that was plugged in has failed. the pc ran on battery until it ran down. try another power lead. you can get generic universal one cheaper than oem from any pc shop
When you say it won't charge, does it charge at all?
1. It indicates that it is charging, but as soon as you unplug the charger the battery quickly or immediately indicates it is dead. If the laptop is off, the LED on the laptop shows it is charging but the battery is always dead,
2. It is as if you didn't have the charger plugged in. No light on the laptop at all when the charger is plugged in.
1. The battery has died and is no longer capable of taking a charge. An alternate explanation if you can't even get the laptop to turn on even though the laptop charge LED is on, is that the internal power supply that converts the incoming and battery voltage to all the voltages required has died.
2. The power connector inside the laptop is a common failure point. The solder joints break from various minor shocks over time. This is going to become more common with lead-free solder as it is more brittle. Less likely is that the charging circuit inside the laptop has failed.
Take out the battery and only hook up the AC Adapter to see if the laptop turns on. If it does then you know the battery is shorting out the laptop and either has very little power to turn on the laptop or is shorting out the laptop cause its bad.
If you don't get the laptop to turn on, make sure your using a well known working wall outlet to plug the laptop to and only use the AC Adapter. If you AC Adapter is hooked up and the Green Led turns on then you know the adapter is good.
After those two steps, you can also try taking out the dvd drive and the hard drive. Then try turning on the laptop and if the laptop still doesn't turn on then the motherboard is bad in the laptop.
heyo....if you have to litterally hold the plug at the back of the computer...you will need to have the jack wires fixed. There should be a light indicator showing that it is plugged in and recharging what you hold it....if that turns off if you let go, it is the jack....that is a flag to get it repaired.......or use a lot of duct tape. :-)
Do you have access to a multimeter? If so, check the voltage that is being put out by your power supply and make sure it matches the voltage that is supposed to be going out, typically around 19 v or so. It sounds like the power supply itself could be bad. If that is the case, then it is the DC connector in your computer that it attaches to.