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Dell Inspiron 1501 wont power on (no power-on light), nor gives any indication of starting power-on. Power adapter blinks when connected to laptop, but stops blinking and stays lit when removed from laptop. Power adapter is a Targus (APA63). Thanks in advance for any help...

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The first thing I would do is see if a local shop has a power adapter for your laptop and see if they will let you try it out. If the computer comes on, then the short is somewhere in the adapter and not the computer (which should save you quite a bit of money). If the computer still doesn't come on then this likely means that there's a short inside your laptop. Usually this happens from the DC Jack on the motherboard being damaged (ie: something got inside the jack, someone tripped over the power adapter cord and broke the inside of the jack, the jack just wore out after alot of use and is shorting out somewhere inside). Most likely you'll have to have the jack replaced. This could get expensive. The laptop has to be completely disassembled to replace the jack. This is a precise process for the tech, from start to finish. There are alot of delicate parts and little screws to keep track of. There is a chance that it's something other than the jack on the motherboard. Usually this happens from some kind of liquid being dumped on the computer. If this is the case then you'll likely have to get the motherboard replaced. That will cost you $250 or more, depending on the going rate of the replacement motherboard, and the service rate of the tech doing the work.

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This seems like there is a device causing this problem. Disconnect the battery, hard drive, optical drive, hinge cover, keyboard, palm rest.disconnect the above devices one after the other and check the functionality each time. You can find a service manual at from the left click on manual, when opted choose your model and follow the service manual. This should help you. All the best.

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Hi Mike..

This case mean ..there is loss of power from the Chagring adapter or the power socket ..

so check the adapter with another Dell just to check if its charging or not...
else the power socket which u plug the adapter ..and that's what i guss quz u said the critical light was blinking,,

best luck

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