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Dell Computer Not Charging

  1. Dec 10, 2011 #1
    I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 and it won't charge. When I plug it in the charger, all it says is "Plugged in, not charging." I have replaced the battery but it still won't work, what is going on? Also, there is not enough power in the computer to keep going, so the charger has to be plugged in 24/7 for the computer to run. The problem is the battery won't charge, it detects the charger and everything.

    I have taken it to computer shops and they say to change the hard drive which is useless because I don't have that much money.
    Is there any other way to fix the problem?
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  3. Dec 11, 2011 #2


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    The charge circuitry may be broken--does the computer (I'm assuming you're using at least Windows XP) read information from the battery, or recognize that it's plugged in? There should be some information (battery capacity, manufacturer, manufacture date) when you open up the power setting menu. If not, I'd try cleaning the electrical contacts if they're particularly grungy (use isopropyl alcohol and compressed air).

    If that doesn't fix it, there's probably something wrong with your charge circuitry, and you may need to have your motherboard replaced. I'd contact DELL.
  4. Feb 5, 2012 #3
    Sorry, I don't mean to gravedig, but my computer DOES recognize the charger being plugged in, becuase when I go onto the little battery symbol in the toolbar, it says "plugged in, not charging"

    I have bought a new charger but no success
  5. Feb 5, 2012 #4


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    When this happened on my MacBook it was because the motherboard went bad and the cost of repairs was about the same as just buying a new one.
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