I got a DELL Latitude CPi A Series off ebay as unknown if works or not. I got the AC Adapter in today for it and awaiting the HDD Caddy. The laptop power lights come on but no fan and no display come on. After about 2sec. the power light switches over to the battery light. I think that it is shutting off. I don't think its the RAM. Because if it didn't have a hard drive or memory it still would power on showing the DELL logo on screen and then go to a black screen saying No operating system found. Other than that this looks brand new, no scratches or anything. Thanks...
Something to try would be to re-seat the ram and harddrive.
just take them out and then put them back in and try again. I would try with the battery out and just the ac power plugged in.
Being that it was bought off eBay, realistically it probably got banged around a little bit. Sometimes if one of the devices are not making a real good contact it can cause these problems. I have also seen bad batteries cause this problem.
This is not necessarily going to fix your problem, but it has occasionally worked for me in the past and it is a very quick and free thing to try.
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Buy a replacement and fit it I guess. Why would you need to replace an item that doesn't fail?
As far as I am aware there is an adapter; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HDD-Hard-Disk-Drive-Caddy-IDE-Adapter-Connector-DELL-LATITUDE-C800-C810-C840-/380698290269?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item58a362e85d and maybe a flexible cable; but that is for the screen.
If the motherboard has ever been replaced, check the service tag section of the BIOS. If it is blank, enter the service tag off the bottom of the system. (The charging circuit will not work without it.)
Also in the BIOS see if the AC adapter is identified or is listed as UNKNOWN. If the system cannot ID the adapter as a Dell Branded AC adapter 90w or larger, then the charger is again disabled. If unknown, check the barrel end of the DC jack of the adapter for the fine wire in the center, if broken or bent, then the adapter is not identified.
Try with a different Dell branded 90w or larger D or E series adapter.
if all the above make no difference, and the Adapter is recognized, the battery may be at fault.
if the adapter is unknown, replace the adapter, unless it works normally on another system, and the other system's adapter has the same issue, in that case the motherboard is likely the issue.
Note: a 65w Auto/Air adapter will only charge the battery if the system is OFF
Try to perform power drain. Take out the battery unplug the power adapter then press and hold the power button for 30secs. Put the battery back in then plugin in the power adapter then turn on the computer. If same issue occur, then you need to replace your battery.
There are 2 possible points of failure here. The AC adapter or the Motherboard. If possible, try a different D-Series AC adapter from a known good system and see if there is any change. Also test your adapter on a known good Dell if possible. If the adapter is the fault, then replace it. If a known good adapter has the same issue, then the motherboard is at fault and needs replacement. Motherboard are about $100 on EBay
Check your old HDD to see if there is an adapter that comes off the connection point that needs to be placed on the new drive. A lot of DELL laptops have this and it needs to be placed on the new drive or it will not be recognized.