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Inspiron 4000 power problems

Ac adapter got real hot, eventually it burned up. replaced it but i don't get any power to the machine now. battery is totally drained. and i get no power throught the adapter

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When power supplies go out, they can cause some real damage to the machine, especially in this case, it being hot indicates a short. First let's talk about the new adapter, if it's a Dell replacement great, if it's a Targus universal not good. The Targus supplies don't work well with Dell machines and can cause problems, return it and get a Dell replacement. If you have a Dell replacement, then try removing the battery and powering it up just with the adapter. Sometimes the adapter going out can cause the battery to develop a short, and this will cause the machine not to start. If the problem still exists at this point, you will need to take it in for a diagnostic, because the problem will be somewhere inside, most likely the motherboard.

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