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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Power chord won't charge laptop
If you need to wiggle the cord in order for it to charge, then you have a problem.
If you have to wiggle it at the computer, you probably have either a bad plug on the adapter or the power connector on the motherboard is going bad. This situation will not cure itself. It will only get worse.
Check the voltage at the end of the power adapter cord (the plug where it goes into the computer). If it's constant even when you wiggle the plug, you're gonna be looking for a new motherboard soon. I have actually replaced the power adapter on motherboards, but it's tricky--you have to be really good with a soldering iron!
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
I is my understanding that you can contact Dell with the service tag, and express code and get the master password to clear forgotten passwords.
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
I had the same problem and came across this solution that worked for me as well:
Re: windows Vista will not start 18 Aug 2009 07:28PM I was getting a the same error codes and couldn't get Windows to boot up at all. I went to BIOS set up (restart your computer and hit F12 when the BIOS screen comes up), went to onboard devices and changed the SATA Operations from ACHSI (don't know how it got there) to the factory default setting ATA. Then I started up in "repair mode" (which was an option that was coming up when I tried to boot up before but never worked) - it went through a repair check and went to login screen.
Prior to finding this - I tried several things including start up from the Reinstallation disc, but nothing worked. I was ready to buy a new hard drive, but don't have to. Works fine!
Not sure what caused the problem to start with. It is an "Inspiron 1520"
Posted on Aug 21, 2009
I just "fixed" a 1520 that had a similar problem. The screen would go dark at odd times and would always go dark if the power adapter was UNplugged. After upgrading the bios, chipset and video drivers with no improvement I started fooling with the power settings.I found that setting screen brightness to anything less than 100% when on battery power caused a totally dark screen on battery power. Definitely some kind of bug and running with 100% brightness on battery will reduce battery life but I got it working. I think the bug was apparent after some recent updates. It could be the O/S or drivers. YMMV
Posted on Dec 02, 2009
Tips for a great answer:
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Remove the battery from its compartment on the side of your Dell Inspiron laptop computer.
Remove the power adapter from its plug on the side of the Dell Inspiron (if your laptop is currently plugged into a wall outlet).
Press down and hold the "Power" button on the laptop for one to two minutes. This will dispel the excess electrical current that is built up inside the laptop.
Put the battery back inside the compartment of your Dell Inspiron.
Plug your power adapter back into the side of the Dell Inspiron. Press "Power." Your laptop computer will now turn on.
hope this helps
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