It was just another usual evening when I, urged by the need of going online and checking Facebook updates, booted Dell laptop. I then quickly connected to my Wi-Fi and started reading and tweaking updates on the Facebook website like I would routinely do. It had been quite a while going through updates and surfing the web side by side that the battery of my Dell laptop showed a red signal. I apparently knew what I was supposed to do. I immediately plugged my Dell laptop's battery charger into its charging point and into the power outlet and then leaned back in my chair checking updates again. Shoot! I thought. It was in no less than 30 seconds that I realized my laptop's battery was not charging. The red light on my laptop continued to show up indicating I should either plugged it into a power outlet or shut down to save the unsaved work.
I removed the AC adapter and then plugged it back in. The backlight lit up bright, the green LED light on the adapter came on fine but the red light continued to appear. I then clicked the battery icon in the system tray and there it said 'Plugged in, Not Charging'. I haven't had faced this problem since I got this laptop and then how come today. Intrigued and surprised I was. I then again unplugged and plugged the charger back but nothing happened. 'I am in a fix, it should not have happened to me' I thought.
Let me tell you it's a fairly brand new Dell laptop loaded with Microsoft Windows 7 and is hardly 8 months old. So it should not have been giving me a hard time like this. The irony was that I didn't even have another computer by my side so that I could work on it. I felt hopeless with my heartbeat going somewhat down. I felt disappointed. I shut down the laptop and then forgot about it till next evening though I could not take out the problem out of my mind. Next day also I booted my laptop in the hope that it'll start working on its own. A temporary glitch might have caused this problem. I again plugged the AC adapter into the power outlet and in the charging port of my laptop but nothing happened. I immediately turned off the laptop in the fear that the remaining battery charge will also drain out and it won't boot again.
I felt disappointed again. But then my eyes lit up with some hope again. 'Since it's a new laptop, I should call Dell and ask for help', I thought. Before I called up Dell help, a thought ran through my mind. Let's check out the laptop for the final time. If it still doesn't charge, I shall be going to call Dell and get it fixed today. I don't know what made me think like this but I rebooted my laptop and then plugged the charger back in. Voila! My laptop's battery began to charge again, normally like it was doing from last 7-8 months. The 'Red Alert' on my laptop didn't show up this time.My eyes lit up bright this time, in fact, brightest. My heartbeat picked up its pace again and the smile returned to my face. Ah! Finally, my problem is fixed. I was happy and relieved. But then I felt restless. I thought 'what on the earth could have possibly caused this problem? What should be done in case the problem strikes again?' Since my laptop was charging fine, I immediately connected to the Internet and started mining Dell help and various other communities and forums to find out possible solutions to this problem. Let me tell you honestly that I did not find any possible causes for the problem. However, I got several different solutions to fix the problem. I'm sharing a few solutions here that other users can also try.
Things you can do when faced with such problem in your Dell laptop:
There is a possibility of that particular power jack playing badly. If the light on the adapter lights up fine in another power outlet, it means it is working fine and you can charge your laptop.
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