Replacement AC adapter safety

Dell Dell vostro 1400 notebook computer...
March 10, 2010 at 20:14:42
Specs: Vista Home Premium, AMD Athlon XP-M/256
Greetings,
My original AC adapter/charger for this machine is dying, so I purchased a generic inexpensive replacement that lists the exact same tech specs as the original Dell Vostro 1400 one. But a computer technician later warned me that non-original replacements aren't of the same quality and could potentially kill the motherboard if something goes wrong electrically. Should I heed this advice and invest in an original part? Thanks a lot!

K


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#1
March 10, 2010 at 20:24:00
I'm just curious. How did you determine that the adapter was "dying'. That doesn't sound like a normal thing for a laptop adapter.

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#2
March 10, 2010 at 20:32:52
There is a cut at the connector that goes into the laptop, and some of the of the wires inside are going loose. It doesn't always conduct properly

K


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#3
March 10, 2010 at 20:42:27
That can be repaired.

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#4
March 10, 2010 at 21:11:18
Thanks kferiali, that makes sense. kuwese is correct, but if taken to a shop, it might cost more than a new adapter.

Wether the adapters from the original manufacturer are better made then others, might be arguable.


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#5
March 10, 2010 at 21:25:42
Thanks. Essentially what the computer tech implied is that the contents of the converter box of generic adapters aren't identical to or as sophisticated as the original and don't properly buffer the computer against power surges I think.

K


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