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    And I am pretty annoyed. It IS ancient- 5 years old, was quite high-spec at the time at £1600- but I only use it for internet and word processing. It had a new hard drive in October- £150- but now its all funny again:mad: , the battery symbol just flashes red the whole time and shuts down immediately I unplug it from the mains. Plus for whatever reason it refuses to connect to the internet.

    Should I take it somewhere and see if I can get it rejuvenated? Or should I accept its time for a new one?
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    I'm guessing some connection has gone or partially gone in the charger. Mine was similar, it would recognise it was plugged in, but wouldn't charge. Well only enough to keep it alive. We took the plug apart (the big which plugs into the laptop, not the wall) and soldered it all back together. Might be worth a try?

    Edit: Yours doesn't actually seem broken, so maybe you shouldn't do that :tongue:
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    obviously it's having trouble recharging.

    maybe you just need a fresh, new battery?

    was it charging when you installed the new HD?
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    try backing up all of your data and re installing windows to sort out connectivity problems and issues with speed (i re install windows on my computers every 6 months or so to keep them fresh and fast) if you dont want to reinstall windows then just try reinstalling the drivers for the wifi card also using a program like ccleaner may help clean it up as well

    as for the battery after 5 years it is more than likely that it is past its useful life and there's not too much you can do about it other than buy a new battery or laptop unfourtunatly

    also dont take it to the place that charged you £150 for a new hard drive!!! you can get a 500GB one for £80 and installation is a 30 min thing at most
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    I got a new batter for my old one which sorted it out.
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    Do you mean it doesn't power even with the mains pluged in? If you don't know how to take a laptop apart and don't know the insides, DO NOT do this yourself, but if you do know the basic stuff then it is firstly worth opening it up and seeing whether the female power port is loose, it happens a lot on old laptops because of constant plugging in and plugging out, the soldered connections slowly get displaced. If they are displaced then solder them.
    Or do you mean that the battery never gets charged although it works fine when it's plugged in? If so then maybe the battery has finally died and you need a new one, you could try buying a replacement.
    If a new battery fixes it, you should open the laptop up and remove all the dust from the heat sinks surrounding the processor, this causes overheating and a lot of trouble.
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    Hmm ok cool! I think I'll maybe try a new battery...I did actually open it up and have a poke around, was none the wiser...dunno if I've screwed it up even more but it seemed the exact same after I'd stuck it back together.

    What sort of price is a dell battery, then?
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    Depending on your model it's around £40-£90.
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    Ebay's can be quite good for batteries , but you're best off sticking to dell brand ones and obviously make sure you get a new+sealed one.
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    Double post, sorry -- delete please
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    also when looking on ebay, you will find for example, 4000mAh and 4600mAh.
    the higher the better, as the battery will last longer
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    Oh thank you for the advice!
 
 
 
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