Inspiron 1545-my AC adapter doesn't seem to charge my battery
Check the LED
Your Dell Inspiron 1525 offers five small blue LED lights on
the front left corner of the laptop that display the status of various
areas of your machine. The middle light shows the charge status of the
battery, with a solid light indicating charging. The light changes to a
blinking sequence as it nears full charge and turns off when full.
Without the adapter cord plugged in, the battery LED turns orange as the
charge runs down. Check the color of the light to verify charging
Verify Connections and Power
Start with the simplest cause and work backwards to the
laptop. Use a different electric device to check for electricity from
the wall outlet. Verify that the connections of adapter cord are tight
and secure at the wall outlet, the brick and the laptop. Check the
adapter cord's brick for a small LED that lights to indicate the
presence of electricity.
Check the Battery
Battery issues can prevent proper charging, ranging from
something as simple as a mis-seated battery to as serious as a
completely dead battery. If the adapter seems to be functioning
properly, try removing the battery and checking the small metal contacts
in the laptop. Clean any corrosion or dirt from them to ensure a solid
connection. Reseat the battery so that it clicks securely into place. If
in doubt, try purchasing a replacement battery and see if that works.
Check the Adapter
Unless you keep your adapter cord in one place and never move
it, every day use of the cord can cause the wires inside the insulating
material to fray and kink. This wears them down, and can cause short
circuits. The circuitry within the brick can also short out, preventing
the delivery of the proper amount of voltage to the 1525. Use a
voltmeter to double check that the cord is supplying the correct number
of volts to the Inspiron.
Internal issues can prevent a battery from charging, such as
short circuits and a broken adapter port. The adapter port, the small
opening you plug the end of the adapter cord into, is attached to the
motherboard to carry the electricity to the various internal
electronics. If this component breaks loose from the motherboard, the
electricity can't go anywhere. A repair shop can fix this, as well as
diagnose any other short circuits, for you.
Aug 09, 2012 |
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