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Okay, here's the problem. I can plug the adapter into the wall and I get the green light saying that the charger is working. I have confirmed this by measuring the voltage on the DC side of the adapter. It works. However, once I plug it into the laptop, the light goes off and stays off until about 30 minutes afterwards, when I unplug and re-plug the AC in without the laptop being plugged in. Any ideas what's up? I think the charger's gone, but someone with more laptop experience, please chime in
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post #2 of 22
It could be an onboard thing. . .did you measure the voltage from the barrel plug that goes into the laptop? . . if you got a reading then the charger is fine but the connection on the mobo may be faulty (a friend of mine has his go on his toshiba) . . . if its still under warranty I would call dell . .

also hows your batt life?
 
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post #3 of 22
Does the little taskbar icon indicate it's being charged.
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post #4 of 22
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The laptop doesn't turn on, I estimate because of the fact that it's dead. I did measure the voltage on the barrel plug while it was out of the laptop and it reads voltage. As soon as I plug it in though, the AC adapter's light goes out and I get no lights on the laptop, can't turn it on, don't get the little charging LED, nothing.
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post #5 of 22
hmm . . interesting . . . do you have another charger you can try out? . . I still think it maybe something on the lappy though . . like a short or something. But even when the laptop is fully charged the ac adaptor light should be on . . (meaning its not just giving a false full charge).

If you need another charger to try out I have several . . . I could send you one. (they're only like $20 on ebay)
 
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post #6 of 22
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I don't have another charger because they are ~80 bucks @ Dell. Do you mind sending one to test out?
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post #7 of 22
not at all . . just PM me your addy and youll get one shortly.
 
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Oh I see, I hope the socket on the lappy isn't borked
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intro...
I have a d600 and a 600m laptop

the d600 works fine and the 600m (recently bought) inspiron I bought as is...it came with a PA 12 AC charger

the d600 also uses a pa12 but I bought off ebay...and I can tell that its not so genuine but it charges the d600 fine...

anyways...
I have the same problem as you...but I knew that when I bought the 600m
initially I thought the ac was not working....but this would only happen when I plug it in the laptop (which looks pristine btw)

I plugged it in with my d600 and it works and charges fine...I switched it with the other ac charger and the ac would blink blink blink....

so now Im looking around to get this fixed....even with a charged batt it wont power....

we are in the same boat...it some diode chip voltage regulator ic problem...I wouldNT DIY fix this...your looking at a $150 just to change the chips (cheaper than getting new mobo) assuming ur out of warranty...
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We had a d600, and it turned out to be a combo of charger+battery problem. A defective charger and they recalled the battery. There was a big hoopla about battery recalls for this model, something about them in danger of exploding.
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