I got a Windows 98 laptop (specifically the Dell Latitude CPi D300XT) for dirt cheap. It does not have a battery. So I rely on the power adapter. When I first got it, when I hit the power button the power light came on for about 3 seconds then turned off again. So I fixed this by disconnecting the CMos battery for about 72 hours and reconnecting it. The laptop worked fine until we had a slight power surge. It forced the laptop off, since it has no battery. The laptop would not turn back on. Now I don't even get a blink from the power light.
One known issue: when a Dell laptop charger is working properly, the light indicator on it is solid green. This is the case when I have my charger plugged into the wall but not the laptop. As soon as I connect it to the laptop now, the power light flashes every 3 seconds. Almost as if the charger detects that something is wrong with the laptop and does not deliver power to it.
So how can I get this thing up and running again? Let me know if you need any more details. Thanks very much for suggestions!