Dell Inspiron 2200 Power Problems


One of the most frustrating problems with a Dell Inspiron is a power problem. You may have been working on a large project only to have the screen go black in front of you or be annoyed by a flickering screen. Both problems are related to power issues. Although sometimes serious, Dell Inspiron power problems are normally remedied with minor repair bills or short DIY tasks.

The Facts

  • Power is provided to Dell Inspiron 2200 laptops through the AC adapter. The AC adapter is made up of two parts. The part that plugs into the wall is called the power cord, and the rectangular shaped adapter is known as the brick. Over time, heat generated from the adapter can melt the soldering joints on the motherboard, causing the DC jack to loosen.


  • The electricity that flows throughout a laptop is as important as the laptop itself. If your Dell Inspiron 2200 is having power problems, the other components can be affected. A damaged power supply could cause an increased surge of power that can permanently damage the other hardware. If a power problem is suspected, it should be fixed immediately.


  • Power issues tend to fall into one of these four categories: improper installation, damaged power cord, broken adapter or a damaged DC jack. The Dell Inspiron 2200 may also show error messages related to specific power problems.


  • To identify problems with improper installation, simply re-check the cords to ensure a tight connection. For the AC adapter, replace either the power cord or the brick with a new one. If the new one works, then the old one was damaged. DC jacks work their way loose with time. You may notice the cord no longer has a tight fit. Looseness, sparks and smoke are indicators of a damaged jack. Error messages regarding power are outlined on Dell's Support website.


  • Replacing the Dell Inspiron 2200 AC adapter will fix the more common problems. Used, yet functional replacements can be found at auction sites such as eBay.

    Contact any major computer repair company about a loose jack, and it will tell you the motherboard (or mainboard) must be replaced. The repair shop will "fix" it by sending it to the manufacturer. You could bypass the repair company altogether and ship it yourself, but motherboard repair costs approximately $300 or more. This is a reliable, yet expensive, solution.

    A more affordable solution is to locate a technician who has soldering experience. This type of DC jack repair will cost no more than $70.

    If you see one of the following error messages, navigate to Dell's Support Site for troubleshooting help: "AC adapter type cannot be determined," "Incorrect or Unknown AC Adapter Detected," "65 Watt AC adapter detected" or "70 Watt AC adapter detected."

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