I am looking at a friends laptop that has some serious issues. It is a Dell Lattitude D600 with windows xp pro. When I attach the power adapter to the laptop, the battery light flashes green once, the flashes orange multiple times. it repeats this as ling as the adapter is connected to the computer. When I hit the power button to turn on the system, I get the lights come on for about two seconds then they go out and the laptop does not even power up. When i try to turn it on i get no sound of the computer starting, no fans or anything. I dont know how to even try to troubleshoot this.
I thought that even if the battery was dead, that if i had it hooked up to the power cord, then that would provide sufficient power to the computer to run it. Is this correct, and how would you go about troubleshooting this. I know, the battery is toast, but the computer has other problems that i was going to look at. Any help would be appreciated.