Unfortunately for my friends, I’m kind of the “computer guy” amongst us. I know more than them, which is not a lot and puts me into the “just enough knowledge to be dangerous” category.
Anyway, the latest project is a dead laptop.
Had 1G of RAM
This laptop was brought to me dead.
I fire it up and no OS is found. After many trials and tribulations I install XP with the restore disks, in the process discovering that one stick of RAM is bad (so now we’re on 512MB).
The AC adapter has long since been lost and it’s being powered (sans battery) with an aftermarket (70W) AC adapter. The OEM adapter was 90W.
The laptop will run fine with the adapter, however, any attempt to install the battery (while off) to try and charge, fails.
Could this be an issue with the power adapter being used (70W vs 90W)?
Please feel free to yell at me if I’ve left off details…