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My Dell 1525 has stopped being able to use the power cord for charging all of a sudden. Could it be a short or something?

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Check that the charger is outputting the correct voltage by testing the DC jack on the charger ( if you have the newer jack with the large outer and small inner pin, the red of the multimeter probe goes to the inner pin and the black to the outer pin.
See if you get a reading, if you do, charger is ok..

Make sure the battery is firmly locked in the housing

If no joy, post back

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Sometimes this happens to "generic" chargers, which come with the laptop. Also, it could be a shortage in the wire, check it to see if there are any rips, tears, holes, etc. If you see/hear sparks, your charger is definitely ruined. The most I can say is buy a replacement charger and also don't share your charger with people who have a laptop of a different manufacturer/brand, it shorts it out real fast.

Hope I was a help!

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

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