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  1. Dell inspiron adapter issues

    I get the following warning just after the BIOS loads, on my Dell
    Inspiron 8200:

    WARNING: 70 Watt (20v,3.5A) AC adapter detected. System will not be
    capable of running in full performance mode without a 90 watt (20V,
    4.5A) AC adapter. Press F1 to continue in battery optimized mode, or
    F2 to shut down.

    However, I do _not_ have a 70 Watt adapter. I have two 90 Watt
    adapters. Both are reasonably new (less than 3 months old). There is
    no pin damage on either the laptop or the adapters.

    My laptop is about to go into Dell for the second time, to "fix" this
    problem. The first time they changed the fan/power supply. This time,
    they're supposed to replace the motherboard.

    Does anyone know what could cause this, _OTHER THAN_ a weaker/damaged
    adapter? The tech support guy I talked to didn't sound very confident
    of his own diagnosis and it sounded like he chose replacing the
    motherboard because he just didn't know what else to try.

    Gwen

    "Beartach le cāirdean"
    --
    Echna dalta Ķengusa - 5th century Irish Gael
    (Eachna, foster-daughter of Angus)
    http://www.celticgarb.org/ celtic-hist@yahoogroups.com

  2. Re: Dell inspiron adapter issues

    > My laptop is about to go into Dell for the second time, to "fix" this
    > problem. The first time they changed the fan/power supply. This time,
    > they're supposed to replace the motherboard.


    I've been thru this more than once. Had two power adapters replaced, then
    MB, then adapter again. My impression was that bad PA would blow the MB, and
    vice versa. Still, it sucks big time... one of reasons why I got rid of that
    Inspiron.

    Peter



  3. Re: Dell inspiron adapter issues

    Gwen Morse wrote:
    > I get the following warning just after the BIOS loads, on my Dell
    > Inspiron 8200:
    >
    > WARNING: 70 Watt (20v,3.5A) AC adapter detected. System will not be
    > capable of running in full performance mode without a 90 watt (20V,
    > 4.5A) AC adapter. Press F1 to continue in battery optimized mode, or
    > F2 to shut down.
    >
    > However, I do _not_ have a 70 Watt adapter. I have two 90 Watt
    > adapters. Both are reasonably new (less than 3 months old). There is
    > no pin damage on either the laptop or the adapters.
    >
    > My laptop is about to go into Dell for the second time, to "fix" this
    > problem. The first time they changed the fan/power supply. This time,
    > they're supposed to replace the motherboard.
    >
    > Does anyone know what could cause this, _OTHER THAN_ a weaker/damaged
    > adapter? The tech support guy I talked to didn't sound very confident
    > of his own diagnosis and it sounded like he chose replacing the
    > motherboard because he just didn't know what else to try.
    >
    > Gwen
    >
    > "Beartach le cāirdean"
    > --
    > Echna dalta Ķengusa - 5th century Irish Gael
    > (Eachna, foster-daughter of Angus)
    > http://www.celticgarb.org/ celtic-hist@yahoogroups.com


    I've come across this before, on various laptops. Dells cope with it by
    dropping the power consumption. Toshibas, Acers and others cope by
    burning out. The problem is bad tracking on the power circuit. I fix it
    with silver solder poured over the track between component contacts.
    Tricky to do without a flow control system, but doable.

    --
    Cheers, http://www.dotware.co.uk
    Jim http://www.dotware-entertainment.co.uk

    The path to inner peace begins with letting go of everything you are
    afraid to lose.

  4. Re: Dell inspiron adapter issues

    On Sat, 27 Aug 2005 11:54:19 GMT, Jim
    wrote:

    >Gwen Morse wrote:
    >> I get the following warning just after the BIOS loads, on my Dell
    >> Inspiron 8200:
    >>
    >> WARNING: 70 Watt (20v,3.5A) AC adapter detected. System will not be
    >> capable of running in full performance mode without a 90 watt (20V,
    >> 4.5A) AC adapter. Press F1 to continue in battery optimized mode, or
    >> F2 to shut down.
    >>
    >> However, I do _not_ have a 70 Watt adapter. I have two 90 Watt
    >> adapters. Both are reasonably new (less than 3 months old). There is
    >> no pin damage on either the laptop or the adapters.


    >I've come across this before, on various laptops. Dells cope with it by
    >dropping the power consumption. Toshibas, Acers and others cope by
    >burning out. The problem is bad tracking on the power circuit. I fix it
    >with silver solder poured over the track between component contacts.
    >Tricky to do without a flow control system, but doable.


    Would replacing the motherboard deal with the ball "power circuit"?
    (is the power circuit located on the mb?). Or, is there some sort of
    separate repair that would need to be done?

    Gwen

    --
    Gwen Morse (Dell Inspiron 8200 bought 9/2002 Service Tag: 1Z9LT11)
    P4-m 1.7. 15" UXGA screen. NVIDIA GeForce4 440 64 meg DDR video card. 24x CD-RW/8x DVD-RW. Internal TrueMobile 1150 miniPCI card. Primary 80 gig drive dualbooting Windows 2000 and Fedora Core 4 Linux.

  5. Re: Dell inspiron adapter issues

    Gwen Morse wrote:
    > On Sat, 27 Aug 2005 11:54:19 GMT, Jim
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Gwen Morse wrote:
    >>
    >>>I get the following warning just after the BIOS loads, on my Dell
    >>>Inspiron 8200:
    >>>
    >>>WARNING: 70 Watt (20v,3.5A) AC adapter detected. System will not be
    >>>capable of running in full performance mode without a 90 watt (20V,
    >>>4.5A) AC adapter. Press F1 to continue in battery optimized mode, or
    >>>F2 to shut down.
    >>>
    >>>However, I do _not_ have a 70 Watt adapter. I have two 90 Watt
    >>>adapters. Both are reasonably new (less than 3 months old). There is
    >>>no pin damage on either the laptop or the adapters.

    >
    >
    >>I've come across this before, on various laptops. Dells cope with it by
    >>dropping the power consumption. Toshibas, Acers and others cope by
    >>burning out. The problem is bad tracking on the power circuit. I fix it
    >>with silver solder poured over the track between component contacts.
    >>Tricky to do without a flow control system, but doable.

    >
    >
    > Would replacing the motherboard deal with the ball "power circuit"?
    > (is the power circuit located on the mb?). Or, is there some sort of
    > separate repair that would need to be done?
    >
    > Gwen
    >


    Repairing is the best option if it's caught early enough (ie the board
    hasn't already been damaged). Getting the motherboard replaced outside
    of warranty is almost as expensive as buying a new laptop.

    --
    Cheers, http://www.dotware.co.uk
    Jim http://www.dotware-entertainment.co.uk

    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, It is by the beans of
    Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shaking, the shaking
    becomes a warning, it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

  6. Same problem

    I have the same problem. Jim can you explain more about how I can fix
    it myself


  7. Re: Same problem

    mike48150 wrote:
    > I have the same problem. Jim can you explain more about how I can fix
    > it myself


    I've that problem too. I've fixed it, though, thanks, Jim. :-)

    --
    Nobby

  8. Re: Same problem

    Bill Marcum wrote:
    > On 14 Sep 2005 22:13:18 GMT, Nobody Here
    > wrote:
    >
    >>mike48150 wrote:
    >>
    >>>I have the same problem. Jim can you explain more about how I can fix
    >>>it myself

    >>
    >>I've that problem too. I've fixed it, though, thanks, Jim. :-)
    >>

    >
    > I have a completely different problem. How can I fix that, Jim?
    >
    >


    now you've got me confused. Which particular problem were we on about here?

    --
    Cheers, http://www.dotware.co.uk
    Jim http://www.dotware-entertainment.co.uk

    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, It is by the beans of
    Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shaking, the shaking
    becomes a warning, it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

  9. Re: Same problem

    On 15-Sep-2005, Jim wrote:

    >>>> I have the same problem. Jim can you explain more about how I can fix
    >>>> it myself
    >>>
    >>> I've that problem too. I've fixed it, though, thanks, Jim. :-)
    >>>

    >>
    >> I have a completely different problem. How can I fix that, Jim?

    >
    > now you've got me confused. Which particular problem were we on about
    > here?


    If I'm not much mistaken, then it's a different one from the same one.

    Hope this helps!

  10. Needed help

    Typical, I'm just looking for a little help and all you can do is be a
    smart ass.


  11. Re: Needed help

    On 15 Sep 2005 18:32:10 GMT, mike48150 staggered into the Black Sun and
    said:
    > Typical, I'm just looking for a little help and all you can do is be a
    > smart ass.


    ....what'choo talkin' about, Willis?

    Chris F. A. Johnson wrote good advice on this elsewhere:

    ----------------
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    context of your own post. This is usenet, not a web forum (though it is
    also bastardized on several web sites). I cannot see the previous posts
    unless you quote them.

    When using groups.google.com to reply to a Usenet article, click on
    "show options" at the top of the article, then click on the "Reply" at
    the bottom of the article headers. This will quote the previous message
    in the accepted manner. Trim the parts of it that are not relevant to
    your follow-up.
    ----------------

    ....I have no idea what your problem is, because my news spool expires
    things after 2 weeks and the parent reference is older than that or it
    never showed up on my ISP's sub-par news swerver. So, repost whatever
    your problem is, and this time, pick a good Subject: line. "NEED
    HELP!!1!" is bad, "Problems with BlueHat 9.6 on Dell FooLaptop 4321" is
    much better.

    --
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    Brainbench MVP for Linux Admin / mail: TRAP + SPAN don't belong
    http://www.brainbench.com / "He is a rhythmic movement of the
    -----------------------------/ penguins, is Tux." --MegaHAL

  12. Re: Needed help

    mike48150 wrote:
    > Typical, I'm just looking for a little help and all you can do is be a
    > smart ass.


    No, you're problem is defiantly not related to smart arses, but mine
    was, and I resolutified it. :-)

    --
    Nobby

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