Last night I closed my computer and left it plugged into the surge protector as usual. Getting back from classes today I opened it back up and it wouldn't turn on. I looked at the power adapter and the green light wasn't on so I unplugged it, and plugged it back in. At this point the adapter started beeping at me, beep beep beep, never stopping. I tried it in two more wall outlets and it just did the samething as it was before. I searched on here, and didn't find anything useful about the beeping noises, so maybe someone can point me in the right direction or tell me what needs to be done. I need this fixed soon, I'm a computer science major and can't be without it for long because all my programs I need for the semester are on there, not to mention programs I've written. Thanks in advanced.
Considering you neglected to share the fact that the powerbrick beeps when nowhere near the computer in your initial posting, I obviously made the mistake of believing the thing was attached to or nearby the 'puter and you was trying to start the machine up...oh silly me. [memo to self...must get crystal ball fixed]
Even so, the diagnosis I gave (given the facts available) is correct...the powerbrick is dead, defunct, no longer serviceable. As viper says, contact Dell for a replacement.
With any 'help forum' those attempting to help can only base their replies on the strength of the info supplied. The more detail that is shared on what is wrong/what you've tried etc can often help us to help you better, saves peeps suggesting a course of action only to be told.."tried that" in a subsequent posting.
As for the phenomenon of a beeping powerbrick...I've witnessed powerbricks exploding, melting and even catching fire when a fault develops. I guess it's likely that the switching accumulator or some other internal 'gubbins' probably has a built in audible warning to alert the user to disconnect from the mains to avoid one of the three scenarios I've witnessed. Glad to see technology is improving, a beep is much more preferrable to a BOOM any day in my book
It's true!! The power adapter I got with my Inspiron 8600 (I got the higher wattage one) stopped working. I noticed I was on battery even though I was plugged into the wall. There were some bite marks on the thin cable (*%$&# CAT) and when I twisted around the wire at those two points, it made an electrical crackling noise. AND YES, no green power light and a quick steady beep from the brick. So I wrapped some electrical tape around the bad spots and now it works again. Who knows for how long... If it dies it better be covered by Dell. No small cat should be able to take out a $70 notebook power adapter.