Question about Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook
Charger/AC adapter shows correct voltage. Can't charge batteries or get any lights from the laptop with or without battery installed.
It is possible that one of the soldered terminals/pins of the power jack of the laptop is disconnected. You can try gently moving the plug of the Charger/AC adapter while connected and see if an indicator light will lit (even if momentarily). If yes, then it is safe to assume that a terminal/pin is loose and would need to be resoldered. If no, then since there is power from the Charger/AC adapter, the laptop's internal circuitry maybe at fault. Most probably parts in the regulator circuitry. This could be as simple as a surface mounted fuse or a 3 terminal voltage regulator. In any case, the unit has to be opened and diagnosed. To do so, you must be familiar with electronic components/circuitry, use of a DVM and a low wattage soldering iron. Should you be uncomfortable with this, perhaps your best bet would be to seek the services of a qualified laptop technician.
Hope this be of some idea/help. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.
Posted on Nov 03, 2007
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