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My computer does not reconize my ac adapter

When I turn on the computer I get an error message that starts "The AC adapter type cannot be determined..."
- The green light on the adapter is on.
- When I ran the battery diagnostics, the adapter failed with a error code of 3600:0649.
- When I press the battery status light on the battery, none of the LEDs illuminate.
- I can power the computer with the adapter, but the battery will not recharge.
Is it the charger, the battery or something else.

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If the BIOS cannot ID the charger, the battery will not be charged. Cause: There is a fine wire in the middle of the canon plug to the computer, that sends an ID of the adapter to the BIOS. If that pin is bent or broken, then the system will be powered, but the battery charger is disabled. If another AC adapter for a Dell D-series is available, see if the issue goes away with diferent adapter. If no adapter is available, they are <$50 on Ebay. If you replace the AC adapter, and the issue still occurs, then you'll need to replace the motherboard.

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The Dell 1501 ac adapter (possibly other Dell’s as well) has been known to be problematic because of its lack of a plug to jack secure fit. You will notice that the plug can all too easily be pulled from the jack, as opposed to other systems where the plug fits more securely onto the jack. The plug and jack combination is poorly designed so that over time, the plug will come unseated depending on how much movement the machine is subjected to. This will result in power error messages or outright power-up failure. So before assuming you have a faulty adapter, make sure that it is not just a loose plug that is causing the problem. If you look inside the jack, you will notice that there is a 3mm region of non-conductive material nearest the surface of the jack. Use a strip of standard electrical tape 3mm wide and long enough and wrap it around the base of the plug (you may need more than one layer of tape to get a good fit). I have used this method to secure my plug and it has served me well. If the tape comes undone over time, just simply replace it. A more “elegant” method would be to use an “O” ring of the appropriate size (about 6mm) around the base of the plug in lieu of the tape.

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SOURCE: When I turn on the computer I get an error message

If the BIOS cannot ID the charger, the battery will not be charged.

Cause:

There is a fine wire in the middle of the canon plug to the computer, that sends an ID of the adapter to the BIOS. If that pin is bent or broken, then the system will be powered, but the battery charger is disabled. If another AC adapter for a Dell D-series is available, see if the issue goes away with diferent adapter. If no adapter is available, they are <$50 on Ebay.

If you replace the AC adapter, and the issue still occurs, then you'll need to replace the motherboard.

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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