A number of weeks ago I ejected the battery whilst the said PC was switched on & in use (in windows), however it was powered using mains power via a dell AC power adpapter at the time.
It was at this point it simply switched itself off in front of me - with the power adapter still on via mains power and properly connected. I have not been able to power-up the PC since in anyway whatsoever.
A noteworthy issue is that the original dell battery was in an old & in need of a replacement state & is almost usesless as it would only allow about 20mins operation before going flat. I have since bought a new exacting dell battery (& charged) for the PC but it still will not function. It does not even display any stand-by lights on the keyboard or monitor which I know it used to, at least while recharging the battery using Mains power when the PC was not in use.
I am aware that dell have a factory recall for the stated model's power adapter via their website. I even rang the telephone hotline & dell denied it was their fault the power would not work (an odd denial for an admitted hardware fault & near matching serial number problem). However the AC power adapter seems to still function OK having a lit green diode constantly lit whilst connected to the mains power. I've called dell numerous times & they say they are at a loss to what the problem might be - their advice was obviously to take it to a PC techy.
It is about 4years old & so it is no longer under warrenty & any repairs would be throwing good money into aged technology. I would rather take the repair moneys to invest in a new PC.
I would like to try & fix the problem myself. I am wondering if I should replace the `suspect` power AC adapter or at least test it, or take dell on over the replacement of the adapter, or fix a small problem? Is it a small matter of a tiny fuse, or the physical switch on the notebook which I can repair myself..............what do you guys think?