Dell inspiron 1501, runs only with a battery

November 24, 2010 at 09:38:55
Specs: vista, 1.6/2b

I have an inspiron 1501, will not power on when plugged in to the ac adapter. The light on the adapter goes out when I plug it into the laptop. But it will power up and run just fine when the battery is inserted. But now the batttery is dead and I can't charge it. Thoughts please? motherboard or power connector on the motherboard? Thanks

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November 24, 2010 at 10:10:24

Is the adapter the original unit that came from the factory with the laptop?

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November 24, 2010 at 10:14:37

Yes. Just one day stopped working. Like I said worked great on the battery for a bit.
Plus the power adapter works on another laptop.

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November 24, 2010 at 13:20:57

I got nothing.

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November 24, 2010 at 14:18:57

OK, thanks for your time

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November 24, 2010 at 14:33:47

Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

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Laptop main batteries usually work as they should for a year or so, then they begin to rapidly deteriorate. From what I've seen, by two years they cannot be charged to anywhere near their full capacity, and it gets worse after that.
They often develop internal shorts when they are older. If the battery gets HOT rather than just warm after you have attempted to charge it for at least a half hour, or after you have been using the laptop for a while with the AC adapter plugged in, it's definitely internally shorted and you must replace it. Internally shorted batteries getting too hot have been known to cause the laptop to catch on fire.

Tips about battery charging problems on Dell laptops - may apply to other makes.
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