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AC popwer adapter type cannpt be determined

It appears no adapter works with it and when trying to flash bios, i am warned to fix battery and adapter even though both are connected properly.

meanwhile, the same adapter charged another laptop.

what may be wrong?

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  • b2mcene Jul 06, 2008

    i liked ur info.

    i'm in Nigeria and i think that problem is quite huge. thanks 4 the suggestion.

    another professional like me feels the charging IC or chip needs 2 be changed.



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It is a pretty common failure, the power connection to the motherboard is cracked or broken and the Motherboard is no longer detecting the AC adapter.

Many places on Ebay advertise power jack repair service for about $100.

I also found motherboards for the D600 on ebay for about the same price. I chose the new motherboard option.

Of course, if the system is under warranty, contact Dell for repairs.

Posted on Jul 06, 2008

  • IQUIT Jul 06, 2008

    Repairs at that level are beyond my capability, and frankly I've found that in the long run, replacing the effected componet is the most efffective resolve. Good luck



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