I have an XPS M1530 I purchased off eBay with the intend of restoring it as much as I can.
I have acquired everything I need and started to build it the other day. After powering it up for the first time I was greeted with the wonderful "power adapter type cannot be determined" error. The BIOS also cannot determine the adapter.
I'm using a genuine Dell PA-10 series adapter, so it's definitely a genuine Dell charger. I've also tried it with a PA-12 series adapter and it had the same problem.
I should point out that the PA-10 works fine on a Latitude E5500. So it's not the charger.
I'm also using a third-party... yes, third-party... battery. Not genuine Dell, the battery is unable to be determined and won't charge. I know that Dell laptops are very selective with what batteries it will work with. The BIOS for some reason says the battery is fully charged, even though it isn't.
Is the ID chip for detecting Dell chargers on that small removable board with the power jack on it? Or is it further along somewhere on the motherboard? If so... then that's a problem.
I have another M1530 on it's way to me, albeit with a failed GPU. I'm planning to use the battery from that XPS as well as the power board to see if those make a difference.
Until that happens, can anyone let me know if indeed the charger ID chip is located on the power board, so I know if replacing it could make a difference.
If it's a motherboard replacement, that would make all the effort I put into restoring it a waste, but oh well...
Uhhhh.... well, if I'm honest that's the complete opposite of what I was hoping you'd say. But I guess was expecting you to say that.
If the motherboard IS the problem, I might have to scrap everything unless I can find a cheap (as in free) motherboard.