The “Dell AC power adapter type cannot be determined” problem
This problem actually popped up on me a few months ago, but I was able to remove and insert the
power cord a few times and the message would go away and I would be able to charge my dell
inspiron 1525 battery. But as a month or two passed, it became more finicky, and I had to jiggle
with it a little more, but still, I was able to charge my battery and use my laptop wire-free.
Now today, I've been trying all day, and cannot for the life of me get the dell laptop battery to
charge. I get the following message when I plug the wire in.
"The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery
will not charge. Please connect a Dell 65W AC adapter or higher for best system operation."
Also, I think its worth nothing that a lot of people mention that this error message comes up
while they are booting their Laptops, mine only comes up once Vista is loaded and I attempt to
reinsert the cord.
So, I have tried another Dell charger, a 90W dell inspiron 1525 adapter, and the same problem
does occur (My original is a 65W). I am planning on getting a different battery tomorrow to see
if it is the inspiron 1525 battery, as this ones usable life was getting quite low, down to
barely a half hour per full charge. My warranty, although I'm not sure of the specifics, was not
expired when this problem first came up, but is now expired by I would say 2 months at the most.
The problem happens frequently at Dell inspiron 1520,inspiron 6000,inspiron 6400,xps m1330 and so
Dell’s Customer service reply :
"I am sorry for the frustration, but I am 100% confident there is no conspiracy afoot to sell
dell ac adapters by designing them to fail. We warranty those parts and designing them to fail
would drive up warranty costs. If your ac adapter needs to be replaced, I will be glad to
dispatch you one myself [out-of-date information removed].
To all others on this thread, if you would like me to replace your ac adapter, please con