I bought a Inspiron 15r (N5010) last feburary and now I think the powesupply went out. I plug the charger into the wall and the light is on, when I plug the other end into the pc the light on the charger goes off, I've tried this with two different chargers and they both behave the same. No response form the pc with either charger. The second charger I used I know works, so I figure it must be the power supply, if thats true, where do I get one? Help please and thanks
If you have tried two different power supplies and both behave the same (charger light goes off) when plugging into the laptop then it's more likely something is wrong with the mainboard or any other device that is connected to it (short circuit).If you have easy access to CDrom drive,hard drive and memory modules disconnect/remove them but I won't give you much hope:mainboard,screen or power jack are usually the parts that produce such a "massive" short circuit.
If you are still under warranty call Tech support
Yeah, I too thought that and checked with the power cable alone....and the led doesn't go off with the power cable alone...so its alright...
It's still possible that the power jack is the problem -- and at $20 or so it's less expensive to try replacing than the other possible fault - the mainboard. If you're certain the power jack is OK, then the mainboard is the faulty part.
The connector are of different types...it doesn't fit...is there any way to determine if its really the power cord before deciding to invest $20....
Use a simple continuity tester.None of the 3 wires should be connected to each other but it looks like that the problem is the mainboard.You already did a great job by disconnecting HDD,cdrom etc to try narrowing down the problem and before you decide to buy a new mainboard you may want to take it out again and ask some electronic guy to simply test a couple of parts.This procedure is done in less than a minute (again using a simple continuity tester)and who knows - you might hit the jackpot emoticon.BigSmile.title
The pictures below short parts that could be responsible for short circuits (mainly diodes,transistors) - an experienced technician will have no trouble to spot more relevant parts.Won't give you much hope but I'd hate to lose a mainboard because of a "stupid" short circuit.