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Dell Vostro 1500 power adapter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by travelerone, Sep 14, 2009.

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  1. travelerone

    travelerone Thread Starter

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    My laptop is 18 months old & has been powered up a total of less than 100 hours, mostly with the power adapter plugged in. It has been carefully handled.
    Recently on startup I get the following message :
    "The AC power adapter wattage & type cannot be determined. The battery may not charge. The system will adjust the performance to match power available. Please connect a Dell 65W-AC adapter or greater for best system performance. To resolve this issue try to reset the power adapter."
    This message shows up every time on a re-boot. Have to hit F1 to continue. Power meter shows 100%.

    Is this an indication that the Model HA65NS1-00 rev: A01 adapter supplied by Dell is about to fail? What might be generating the error message?
     
  2. MaverickUK

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    So are you using a 65W AC adapter? Check the adapter, it will have it written on there somewhere. If you are, then try using a different plug socket to see if that is the problem (try using a totally different outlet).
     
  3. aka Brett

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    Is the adapter running unusually hot?
     
  4. travelerone

    travelerone Thread Starter

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    MaverickUK : The adapter listed above came with my laptop purchase from Dell.
    aka Brett: Don't think it's "unusually" hot. It was connected for several days to a 110vac 50Hz outlet which is within the voltage/frequency range of the adapter per its specifications.
     
  5. aka Brett

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    The only thing I can think of is to substiyute a known good adaptor

    is there a best buy where you are at
     
  6. travelerone

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    The error message all of a sudden disappeared. Hopefully it won't return. If it does I still have six weeks left on the MasterCard warranty (Platinum card used for purchase doubles up to a year the mfr's warranty.)
    The battery was run down & the adapter plugged in. Charging up was normal with no errors.
    Also updated the BIOS & noted that there is an option which can be selected to "NOT show any adapter errors". Evidently Dell recognizes there have been a lot of false alarms.
     
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    Glad you got it worked out:)
     
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