Solved Dell Inspiron 1545 plugged in, not charging

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Fifuzi

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When the laptop is plugged in, it does not charge the battery. The battery is new so surely the battery is not the issue. Unfortunately, the battery is at 1% now so when the adaptor is taken out, the laptop immediately shuts off. I have tried these steps to no avail:

- Shut Windows down
- remove ac adpater plug from computer
- remove battery
- Now hold down the power button on the laptop for 30 seconds
- Put the battery back in
- Plug the ac adapter back in
- Turn on computer

So I was wondering if anyone could help me eliminate some possibilities as to why it is not charging before i take it into the repair shop or purchase an external battery charger or turn it into a desktop. Thank you.
 
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Two possibilities come to mind for me:
  1. The AC adapter might be broken, and it's not providing a proper charge.
  2. The DC jack which the adapter plugs into is broken. This may entail a simple solder job, or might even be broken off the motherboard complete.
 

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We don't know the description of your laptop nor the description of its new battery.

It's possible that you replaced the laptop's original battery with an incompatible battery.

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I agree with post #2.

It's possible the power adapter and/or the laptop's charging port is damaged.

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With battery and charger connected have a look in the Bios (tap F2 immediately after switching on) and see what it says about the Battery.

Are you using the original Dell charger ?

I'm typing this on a 1545 !
 

Fifuzi

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Hi sorry, the laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545 (in the title) and i ran bios as u suggested and it said battery was normal but adaptor was unknown?. The new battery is a GW240 replacement and the adaptor is the original.
 

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You can try this, it might work :-


If the above didn't help the adapter laptop connector plug should have a thin pin in the centre which tells the laptop it's a 'genuine' charger. Yours could be damaged or not connecting properly. If you can solder you can try fixing it like this :-


Otherwise a new charger should fix it, even a cheap non-Dell one should work ok as long as it is advertised to work with the 1545. That's assuming the power socket on the laptop is ok, since the laptop works using the adapter it should be.
 

Fifuzi

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Hi guys sorry for the delay but thank you all for the replies. The problem was my A/C adaptor but before I could dimantle and investigate furthur I went to near-by repair service shop to test the laptop on a charger (which worked!). In the end it cost me $20 (NZ currency) to get a second-hand charger that was an original. It would have cost me more if I had not recieved the help from you all so thank you all for helping a poor student out. Many many thanks.
 
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