I have a Dell laptop about 4 years old. The battery has been getting worse and recently would only last a few minutes. Then recently the power stopped getting through so the charging light doesn't show.
Please can u suggst likely cAuse. I assume laptop would work even with dud battery if charger plugged in. So most likely cause is charger (seems ok from test with meter but quite hard test to do well) OR connection inside laptop.
How do I tell without buying new battery or charger please?
If you know how to use a multi Tester I suggest you check the output volts from Mains Adapter should be round the 20volts mark. check bottom of adapter for output. This does not tell you if its supplying enough currant, though volts may e okay
Thanks. Yes the 20 secs didnt work with no battery either. The light comes on in the charger and it appears to be providing the right voltage although it is quite difficult to tell as the male and female part of the plug are close together. Anyway, it appears not to be the charger that is at fault.
Any ideas what could be the problem inside the laptop please?