I have recently been given this laptop from work it has not been used for ages no one knows what is wrong if any thing, i sourced a power adaptor from ebay today, i have powered it up but no display power light on batt light on, will the battery have to charge up before i get any thing to work if so how long to charge
The laptop should power on on connecting to the mains even if there is no battery.
If it is a very old laptop, there might be mechanical switches on the screen which might have got set to "0" brightness levl. Just try moving them.
Before that do check if the power & HDD light come-up. If they are not on, problem is somewhere else, get it checked by a trained engineer.
When you connect the power adaptor to the mains and to the laptop and when you turn on the main s the power light should normally glow or else the adaptor id faulty.
Try removing the laptop battery and plug it again as sometimes due to jerks there is a loose connection .
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the only way is to open the laptop up and there will be a small watch type battery, quite big but flat. it will be on the motherboard. take the battery off the otherboard for at least 10 seconds and then put it back in. this should reset the bios to factory default.
you need to configure your Internet Protocol (IP) that synchronous the network. if you using WIFI you may need encryption code from your network provider.. beware on installing driver, it comes crashing in your machine.
Try setting your resolution to 1400x1050, or the max that is available. Also, use only 60Hz. Use the native resolution of the screen, otherwise the laptop will interpolate pixels and make text look fuzzy.