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Laptop Not Getting Power

I just bought a new AC power cord to power and charge my Inspiron 6400 Dell laptop. When i plug in the power cord the green light appears on the power cord part, but no lights turn on for the laptop. It wont turn on and the power cord gives no indication of providing power to the laptop. All lights on the laptop do not turn on or blink when i push the power button.

The power cord says it is compatible with my laptop, but i am skeptical. IF it were anything wrong with the laptop, wouldnt the power cord still be able to give it power, to at least try to boot up, or even try to charge the battery?

Basically, what would be wrong with the laptop to make it completely dead, so as it cant even accpet any power from the power cord?

Thanks for any information regarding this, i am really frustrated because it was working fine before my other power cord broke, and i get a new one and its dead to the world. I bought the power cord on ebay, and i am wishing that the power cord is actually not compatable or something to that affect.

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There could be a number of resons for this. Some thoughts:
1) Was your laptop working fine before you bought this new adapter? Eg. did it work with the previous one.
2) Are you positive that it is compatible? You should check all the power ratings against the old adapter (voltage output, current output).
3) Make sure the connector that plugs into the back of the laptop is a perfect fit. Connectors have a + and -. The outside metal ring may fit, but the inside 'pin' may be too small and not making contact with the receving part of the laptop.
4) Make sure that the connector inside the laptop has not broken. Easy way is to get a pencil with eraser and stick it in there and wiggle it around. If it moves sustantially, you may have some connector pins that have become unsoldered. If so, you need to get this fixed.

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