How to Fix the Power Problems With the Dell Inspiron 9200

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How to Fix the Power Problems With the Dell Inspiron 9200
The Dell Inspiron 9200 laptop came with the Windows XP operating system. (laptop image by martini from

The Dell Inspiron 9200 is a notebook computer released in 2004. The Inspiron 9200 came with a 400MHz Intel Pentium M processor. The 9200 had 256 MB to 1 GB of RAM installed. The Inspiron 9200 had either a six- or nine-cell lithium ion rechargeable battery. It also came with a 90-volt AC power adaptor. There are a number of troubleshooting procedures to solve power problems with the Inspiron 9200 that doesn't require contacting Dell for assistance.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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    Look at the power light. If the power light is lit or flashing, the notebook is receiving power.

  2. 2

    A flashing power light indicates the laptop is in standby mode. Push the power button to wake the computer.

  3. 3

    If the power light is not on, try pressing the power button to turn on the laptop.

  4. 4

    Look at the battery status light. If it is orange or is blinking orange, the battery charge is low or expended. Remove the battery and reinstall it. Plug in the AC adaptor and connect it to an outlet. Turn on the computer.

  5. 5

    When the battery status light blinks green and orange, the battery temperature is too hot for charging. Shut down the laptop, detach the AC adaptor, and allow the laptop and battery to return to room temperature before attempting to charge the battery.

  6. 6

    If the battery status light blinks orange rapidly, the battery itself may be defective. Contect Dell or purchase a replacement battery.

  7. 7

    If the battery temperature is below 00 degrees Celsius (-17.8 degrees C Celsius), the computer will not power on. Allow the computer to return to room temperature before attempting to use or charge.

  8. 8

    Check the electrical socket by plugging in another device to ensure power is being received.

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    Examine the AC adaptor connections. If these are loose, the computer will not receive power.

  10. 10

    Plug the AC cord directly into an outlet, bypassing any power strips or other intermediary devices.

  11. 11

    Remove any appliances that may cause interference, such as fluorescent lights, fans, or halogen lamps.

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    If none of the preceding steps work, you may need to contact Dell or a support professional.

  1. 1

    Check the AC adaptor to be sure it is fully connected.

  2. 2

    Check the cord that extends from the adaptor to the wall to be sure it is plugged in.

  3. 3

    Check the cord to see if it is damaged.

  4. 4

    Ensure that the AC adaptor is the correct type for this computer.

  5. 5

    If the preceding steps do not correct or explain the problem, the adaptor port inside the computer may be damaged. Contact Dell or service professional in this situation.

  1. 1

    Re-installing RAM modules may alleviate power problems.

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    Turn off the notebook. Remove battery, AC adaptor, and any other cables attached to the notebook.

  3. 3

    Turn the laptop over. Remove screws holding the RAM module cover, then remove the cover.

  4. 4

    Press firmly on RAM modules to be sure they are fully installed.

  5. 5

    Replace RAM module cover and screws. Reposition battery and AC cord.

Tips and warnings

  • If your computer has difficulty waking from sleep mode, you may want to adjust the power settings. Check the support website for your operating system for directions.
  • Always ground yourself to eliminate damaging static electricity. You can do this by touching any unpainted metal part of the computer. Anti-static wrist straps are also available at computer supply stores or departments.

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