Surfing the Internet, sending e-mails and computing from virtually anywhere are some of the reasons why laptop computers, such as Dell models, have become so popular. However, without a power source, these conveniences would not be available. If the AC adaptor is not working, there is most likely a short in the cord. It is possible to fix the Dell laptop charger yourself without wasting your money on a service technician.
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Things you need
- Flat head screwdriver
- Wire cutters
- Electrical tape
Slide the tip of a flat head screwdriver into the seam in the centre of the adaptor box. The adaptor box is a black rectangular box that is located between the AC plug and AC adaptor on the power cord. Slide the screwdriver tip all the way down the cord until the halves come apart. Pry the screwdriver up at each corner of the AC adaptor box until the top comes off the bottom.
Pull out any coiled cord from inside the adaptor box. Simply pull on the end of the cord until it all comes out.
Carefully trim down the adaptor box cable length with wire cutters. Make sure you cut just beneath the plastic cord without cutting the metal wire underneath.
Find the short or damaged wire. This wire will be noticeably broken or frayed.
Cut the cable just above the damage and strip down the end of one side about an inch. Twist the cable ends together and check that both sides are connected with each other.
Wind electrical tape around the exposed metal wires. Push the two adaptor case pieces together. Plug the cord into the electrical socket to test it. If it still does not work, then check the wire connections. If the wire connections are tight, then you may need to replace the AC adaptor.
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