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My mom has a Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop and bought a new battery charger because her old one quit working. It was a replacement part (the original is maybe discontinued but this was supposed to work in its place) but it never fit real well. Now the replacement won't charge or allow the laptop to run off of it. Do you think if it is the charger or another issue and would it be worth it to get a new charger? Is there some way to test and find out for sure?
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. You could check the output of the ac adapter (charger) with a digital multimeter. There should be a dc voltage present, a value specified by Dell. There is probably a label on the adapter that tells you what the output is. Set the meter to read dc voltage and place the test leads into the output plug.
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