Solved Dell laptop shuts down - do I need another AC Power Adapter?

Dell Inspiron 1525 professional laptop b...
November 7, 2014 at 12:28:14
Specs: Windows 7, 5 GB Ram
had my laptop at vacation home, came home and forgot the adapter, wont go back there for at least 2 months.
My laptop had 1 hr. and 56 minutes. left. while I was typing out a recipe it said, plug in or computer will go into hibernation, I typed two more words and the screen went black.
will my computer last until I can get my adapter back? or do I need to see if I can buy another one? Have a Dell Laptop with Windows 7

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November 7, 2014 at 22:33:38
Apparently the Inspiron 1525 uses a PA-12 adapter/charger. You can get one on ebay for less than $15. Here's one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-DEL...

I'm sure that's a lot less than an 800 mile round trip would cost.

Oh, if you do an additional ebay search for one, specify 'used' as most of the new ones come from China and aren't genuine Dell products and tend to have a lifespan about that of a mayfly.

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#1
November 7, 2014 at 14:04:55
Don't know if the battery will last, probably underneath you will see a sticker, telling you what wattage the adapter needs. Match that & the socket connection & you can use one off another old laptop.

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#2
November 7, 2014 at 15:04:47
what I wanted to know is will my computer be alright if it is not recharged for at least 2 more months? or will it ruin my laptop if I do not recharge it, or will it not hold a charge if I wait that long?
Cant go there now as it is almost 400 miles each way.
I don't have an old laptop either. so cant use another adapter.
would have to buy one if need be
thanks for any and all help. Nicki

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#3
November 7, 2014 at 15:09:00
"or will it ruin my laptop if I do not recharge it"
No.

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#4
November 7, 2014 at 19:49:07
Adding to Johnw's "No".

The reason is that the battery will still be at, or slightly above, what is known technically as its "fully discharged state" (in other words no longer useable but with a small residual charge). This is quite different, for example, to applying an external load onto the battery and running it completely flat. It is the latter that can cause damage, not what you are doing.

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November 7, 2014 at 22:33:38
✔ Best Answer
Apparently the Inspiron 1525 uses a PA-12 adapter/charger. You can get one on ebay for less than $15. Here's one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-DEL...

I'm sure that's a lot less than an 800 mile round trip would cost.

Oh, if you do an additional ebay search for one, specify 'used' as most of the new ones come from China and aren't genuine Dell products and tend to have a lifespan about that of a mayfly.

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#6
November 8, 2014 at 10:15:44
If you gave a neighbor the key to your house, ask them to mail your
power supply to you.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
November 8, 2014 at 14:27:42
In addition to what other have said, if the laptop is not going to be used for any length time, remove the battery and store it in a coolish place.

Even when the laptop is off, there is a small residual current drain that over a period of time may well take it below the threshold mentioned by Derek in post 4.

Stuart


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#8
November 9, 2014 at 12:19:30
Hi Jeff:
No neighbors up there, we are in the middle of a forest, and the closest neighbor is about 3 blocks away, and they only come up there about twice a year.
Nicki

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#9
November 9, 2014 at 12:24:02
Hi DAVEINCAPS:
will give that a try. I asked my daughter if she had a laptop, she does but it is an Apple so the adapter is different, also asked my neighbor what kind of laptop she has, and it is also an Apple, so will either try to get another one or wait until we go back up there.
appreciate all the help i have been given here.
Nicki

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#10
November 9, 2014 at 12:40:08
Hi DAVEINCAPS:
You said
Apparently the Inspiron 1525 uses a PA-12 adapter/charger. You can get one on ebay for less than $15. Here's one:

I just turned my laptop over and it says " DELL INSPIRON N5110 "
so would that charger advertised for $8.00 work on mine?
Nicki
P.S. Just got off E-bay and found lots of used chargers for the Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop. priced from $8.00 to $11.95 so thank you VERY VERY MUCH for your help.
Nicki

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#11
November 9, 2014 at 16:28:39
I was going by the tag you had posted but maybe that's a different laptop.

Yeah, get one that's specified to work with the N5110. Any charger that has the same volts and amps specs, the same polarity and a plug that fits would work but it's hard to know that just by looking at model numbers.


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#12
November 9, 2014 at 16:44:30
Hi DAVEINCAPS:
no its the only laptop I have, as far as the tag goes, I didn't even know what that meant. I just saw where it said Laptop. and clicked onto that. As you probably know from my other posts, I don' know very much about computers.

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#13
November 10, 2014 at 16:09:37
OK, I'm not sure how the 'tags' thing works here. Maybe it just lists some of the common ones you can click on instead of filling them in yourself.

Let us know if you pick up another charger.


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#14
November 11, 2014 at 14:03:23
Just bought one on e-bay, cost $10.95 should be here by Nov 28th so thats a lot cheaper than traveling almost 400 miles as you said. lol.
Nicki

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#15
November 23, 2014 at 10:47:13

Hi DAVEINCAPS:
Got my adapter yesterday and it is brand new in the box, thought I was getting a used one, cost $10.95 total.
Now my laptop is charged and ready to go. thank you so very much for steering me towards e-bay. Nicki


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#16
November 23, 2014 at 17:01:56
You're welcome. I'm glad it worked out.

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#17
November 23, 2014 at 23:18:25
Let us know if your new power supply decides to mimic a mayfly.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#18
November 24, 2014 at 09:58:18
WHAT ??? LOL
sure hope not. Nicki

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#19
November 24, 2014 at 10:46:43
I hope not, too. I was referring to what DAVEINCAPS said at the end of
post #5 (the post you selected as the best answer). I remembered that!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#20
November 24, 2014 at 11:26:19
Hi Jeff:
Yes I remember what he said too, and I hope it does not happen because the thing says "Made in China" LOL
Thanks for all the help everyone has given me here.
Nicki

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#21
November 24, 2014 at 12:16:55
Stacks of computer kit comes from China and they are capable of producing both good and bad products. Items with well known brand names often fare best because those who market them don't want to pick up too many bad vibes.

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#22
November 24, 2014 at 12:35:23
HI Derek:
Ordered supposedly a used Adapter for a N5110 computer, and got one, but there is no Brand name on it.Just now looked at the writing on it and it says
'Replacement AC Adapter"Input 120-240 V--2.0A 50/60 Hz
WARNING +_____0_______--
1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
2)This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Whoa! that sounds kind of scary. LOL
Nicki

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#23
November 24, 2014 at 13:07:35
Sounds like it is saying it is not protected from external interference - you provide your own if required. They are probably just covering their backs, so if anything goes wrong it's not their fault. You could still be OK with it.

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#24
November 24, 2014 at 13:14:01
Thanks Derek, appreciate all the help given here, You will be hearing from me again, I can almost promise that, LOL!
Nicki
P.S. forgot to tell you, the old 98 still opens up to my desktop and we are still playing spidar Solitaire on it almost every day. we are keeping it on and just turning off the moniter, every once in a while it will go off, like the other night when the electricity went off, then came back on. the next morning, turned on the computer, it said being it was not shut down properly, etc etc etc, and started to go through all those things, I just hit "enter," and up came the desktop. Lol.

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#25
November 24, 2014 at 14:01:07
My old Win 98 had been in the loft for about a year. My similarly old scanner went wrong and I booted up the W98 just to prove whether it was the scanner itself or not (it was). Up came W98 no trouble at all. I sometimes wonder that if you use Opera browser old version W98 is getting quite safe online because viruses only work on it by accident, not by design. I bet an old Win 3.1 would be as safe as houses.

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#26
November 24, 2014 at 14:23:49
The text you quoted is a standard declaration of conformity to
the USA Federal Communications Commission rules. I have
yet to figure out the meaning of the second rule. The declaration
is made when there is a chance of a device emitting significant
radio energy, which I think is generally true of transformers.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#27
November 24, 2014 at 14:58:14
Yeah, on re-read that sounds right Jeff.

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