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Dell Inspiron AC Adapter not working...again


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#1 sommaw

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 09:48 AM

Hey guys

I have a Dell Inspiron 710m. Last May-ish, my charger (the AC adapter) stopped working, so I bought a new one. Now, this one stopped working, too.

At first, the green light would just randomly go off and it would stop charging (which would result in my computer shutting down because my battery life sucks). If I unplugged it, than plugged it in again, it was fine. This happened a few times over the span of two days. Now, it's not working at all-the light isn't turning on.

I don't understand what's going on...Is it just coincidence that both this happened to both my AC Adapters? Is it my computer? My battery? The wiring in Saudi Arabia?? :huh:


I don't want to have to keep buying new batteries...
Any help would be appreciated. :thumbsup:

Thanks

PS-Don't know if this is at all relevant, but after my last charger, I kept this one plugged in a surge protector at all times.





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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:08 AM

Is this an original Dell replacement? Any warranty?

The wiring in Saudi Arabia??
I kept this one plugged in a surge protector at all times.

A surge suppressor does just what its name implies. I would consider a line conditioner
http://www.tripplite.com/EN/products/produ...D=508&CID=1
or a good UPS unit capable of monitoring over and under voltages
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

Is this an original Dell replacement? Any warranty?


As in directly from dell? nope. Actually I can't remember the name of the site I ordered it from. No warranty. And my computer is waaaaay past warranty.


A surge suppressor does just what its name implies. I would consider a line conditioner
http://www.tripplite.com/EN/products/produ...D=508&CID=1
or a good UPS unit capable of monitoring over and under voltages



So you think both chargers were faulty? Will a line conditioner prevent this from happening again?

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:43 PM

No warranty. And my computer is waaaaay past warranty.

I meant a warranty on the adapter

So you think both chargers were faulty? Will a line conditioner prevent this from happening again?

I don't know the quality of the adapter you purchased, but something has to be burning them out

If you're buying aftermarket, you have to match the specs exactly. The one I'm looking at:
input: 100-240V~1.5A~50-60Hz
output: 19V~3.16A
That's for a Dell Inspiron

Edited by garmanma, 26 October 2008 - 12:53 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:49 PM

yeah no warranty.

so what do you recommend? and how do i know if its the adapter or something else?
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:59 PM

Well, I have the ability and test equipment the check the electrical part of the equation. Most people do not. You would have to find someone qualified.
Other than that I would purchase one from Dell or at least find one with some type of warranty
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:55 PM

ok sounds good. should i avoid the surge protector I've been using or the outlet its plugged into? Or should I get it tested first or what?
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 04:47 PM

Keep it on the surge protector, but definitely have the outlet checked out
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