If there isn't a light near the power button when you plug in the AC adapter, then you may need a new power button panel, you can buy it on ebay for around $10-$15 if you look around. You have to remove the keyboard first, kind of tricky; there are tabs you have to press down/forward on near the bottom. Then unscrew the middle screw to the power panel and the two screws on either side. Next, just pop it off and remove the ribbon cable by lifting up on the brown latch with a small screwdriver. Just replace the old with the new in reverse order of the disassembly steps.
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Well the first thing you should check is the amount of power output to the power supply. for example the computer needs 12V but the AC Adapter only gives 9V. If that's not it then the actual green light is not receiving that information from the motherboard. that's not an issue if the battery get's filled up and the laptop works normally . If you notice that the laptop tends to shut down quickly when it's not plugged in then the battery is worn out. These things happen since the a laptop battery becomes very inefficient after 2-3 years. One more thing - try to rotate the input end of the ac adapter cable. maybe it's not making good contact inside the laptop. Hope this helps.
This could be a sign that your laptop is overheating. If you touch the laptop while it is running & you find it too hot, make sure that the fan is running properly & that the air ways are not blocked. You can blow compressed air into the cooling vents of the fan. If you notice clouds of dust coming out, then it might be a good idea to disassemble the laptop, clean the fan & air ways, & reassemble it back. If the fan has failed & is no longer running, it might need to be replaced.
If none of this solves the problem, or is not the case, then you might have a bad motherboard.
Sounds like the cable is not securely connected to the motherboard.
I would doubt the OS is responsible for this problem.
Nice little machine, the service manual is available for download for free. Might give a shot at refastening the cable.
If you're not that enthusiastic about taking a laptop apart, possibly an external mouse?
Put XP back on. If you have enough memory, it runs just fine.