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Power up problem

When i turn on my computer, it goes through the powerup but then there's a message stating that my battery is low and that i should connect my computer to a power source. the problem is that it is already connected to wall power. When i turn the computer off, the battery charges and it lasts for a little while (with the comp plugged to the wall) but then it shuts down after another message stating that my battery is at critical level appears. when i say shut down, it just turns off. it doesn't go through the power down process. I switched out the ac adapter but it still does the same thing. The computer is 4-6 years old. it has the same battery and on some days, it decides to work on other days, it doesn't. I took the battery out and just tried to run the computer off the wall power but it won't even turn on.

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Re: power up problem

The DC jack inside the laptop may have a cold solder joint around it or it may be loose all together. When you plug it in watch the charge light on the laptop and wiggle the plug in the jack. If it cuts on and off (the charge light) then the jack is at fault. Also the wires coming from the charger itself could be twisted enough to break inside the insulation. try wiggling the cord as well looking at the charge light.

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Re: power up problem

Your laptop needs a new battery. Buy a new one and have it replaced by a service technician for free.

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Drain it! You might be surprised that one day as you turn your computer on, it shows no display. It can be caused by electrical charges on the motherboard, I do not specifically know how it affects the display but in case this happens to you try to do a Power Drain. It's easy, first, take the battery out from the laptop and unplug the AC Adapter if it is connected(for desktops, unplug power cord from the CPU/tower) then press and hold the power button down for at least 30 seconds. plug power supply back into your system and turn it back on. There goes your display once again.

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In a computer, nothing connects directly to the battery, as the battery is not what powers the system. The battery controls the CMOS settings, which involves all of the things that come up before windows loads when you turn on your computer.

As for how the computer actually gets the power, there's a box in there called a power supply, which receives its power from the 3 pronged plug you put into the back of it. The Power Supply gives power to the computer through a series of different wires.

There are a bunch of 4 pin molex connectors, that go from the PSU (power supply unit) to the various drives throughout the machine. In addition, it supplies power to the motherboard itself via a 20 or 24 pin connector, that goes straight into the board. Some have an additional 4 pin one as well to supply power to the processor.

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Tower problems

You may need to replace the cmos battery, its a cr2032 3v button cell
Make sure all your expansion cards and memory are reseated.
Make sure all cables are reseated.
your power supply could be bad

If that doesn't work try this

Here is my fix for the dell dimension 4400 amber light problem. It works!
replace cmos battery.
then unplug power cord form wall about 5-10 secs.
then plug it back in, wait 5 secs.
If amber light comes on, press and hold power button until it goes out.

(with light out, press and hold power button while amber light comes on and goes off again holding power button 2-3 secs after light goes out.) repeat whats in parenthesis until computer turns on
it should only take about 6, 7 tries.

After the computer boots, you may want to setup cmos or boot into windows.
After you shutdown, unplug power cord for 5-10 secs then plug it back in.
Press and hold the power button, computer should come on.
I found that's the only way to turn on the computer.
If you shutdown and don't unplug power cord the computer may not boot, mine didn't.
Strange I'd say

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Dell Dimension 4400 Won't Turn On

inside the pc there should be a green light. called flea light. if its not on.. then id say motherboard or power supply are bad.
take power cord off. and hold power button down for 10 ecs. then reconnect and retry. i think its abad psu.

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