Dell Inspiron 1525

Hi All,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 that has completely died. I'm not sure what happened to it exactly, as there is not evidence of a drop or a spill, but there are no signs of life whatsoever. I took the battery out, and plugged in the adapter. I know the adapter works fine as the little green light comes on when it's plugged in, and I tried it in another laptop in which it worked. When I hit the power button nothing happens. No lights turn on, or flash, no sounds are made...nothing. It's lifeless. I was thinking about just hitting eBay and ordering a new motherboard, but does anyone know if this is the right thing to do? I don't have the $100 bucks to throw down without being certain so I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Thanks
 
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This one is just over a year old. I figured it would be worth the risk before buying a new one, but I want to be sure I am making the right decision. Does it sound like it could be the motherboard?
 

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Are you sure the battery is charged? Sometimes the problem is in the power plug port. Internal soldering breaks so no power via A/C cord reaches the m/b. So make sure the batter is charged (do you know someone else's computer you can charge the battery with?) and see if still same problem or not to first rule-out power port problem
 
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Yeah, it's not the battery. I have another spare Dell laptop and have tried interchanging the batteries. I still have yet to try removing the wi-fi, ram and hard drive before booting it though. That is something i have to try.
 
Hi JAG,

Please post an update. Did you solve your problem? I have the same problem on my 2.5 year old Inspiron 1525 (power cord shows 19.5 volts but computer won't even light a single light).

Thanks.
 
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I haven't yet. I have to order the parts on eBay and then replace them. I am about 90% sure it's the motherboard though. So when I try it out i'll let you know.
 

LookinAround

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Hi JAG,

Please post an update. Did you solve your problem? I have the same problem on my 2.5 year old Inspiron 1525 (power cord shows 19.5 volts but computer won't even light a single light).

Thanks.
@Craig

If the AC/DC adpater is plugged in yet no lights appear and it the laptop appears dead the most common cause is either
> The DC power port is bad and/or
> It's soldering to the m/b is broken so there's no electrical connectivity to carry the current

You can prove your computer still works fine if you can borrow a compatible (and charged!) laptop battery and see your computer boot up

for more info google something like ac dc power port jack repair
 
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I tried a charged laptop battery in mine, it still didn't work. I am waiting on the parts from eBay still though :-(