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Dell Inspiron adapter plug "centre pin" problem

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mel_P, 28 May 2006.

  1. Mel_P

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,331

    Location: Kent

    :mad: Dell seem to sell an £800 laptop with 2p worth of rubbish plug!

    My daughter's Dell (Inspiron 6000) had stopped charging so she asked me to get it fixed (normal eh!).

    I checked it out and on the Dell web site there is an FAQ problem highlighted about this - but the only solution seems to buy a new adaptor - for the sake of a pin 1mm x 5mm.

    The "non-standard" co-axial power plug has a very small centre pin (looks like a wire!) which I assume senses the battery voltage). Without this - laptop works but no battery recharge!!!

    Anybody know if you can "source" Dell power plugs?
    Otherwise £43 rip-off.
     
    Last edited: 29 May 2006
  2. WJA96

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,511

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    Get a generic PSU with the plug-in adaptors - the Purple shirts have them for half the Dell price. Also - try the auction site.
     
  3. Mel_P

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,331

    Location: Kent

    Thanks - will look around!
     
  4. Mel_P

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Feb 2004

    Posts: 2,331

    Location: Kent

    Well the sun is shining today! Had a "chat" session today with Dell and they eventually agreed to replace under warranty - hoorah. Will have to more careful with the "fragile" pin.

    Three cheers to Dell chat line!