PC laptop by Dell with a 15.4" display. Succeeded the Inspiron 1520.

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Cannot get wireless after new hard drive


I have recently replaced the hard drive, battery and power adapted for this laptop..

Since then I have lost the wireless capability of the laptop, the Ethernet connection works fine. I downloaded and installed the drivers that are available from dell support.

The switch on the side of the laptop when you push it forward does not illuminate, however it does illuminate when the machine is turned off with the power still connected.

Not sure if the new battery and adapter is connected with this issue, as the new battery isn't charging and the system says it doesn't recognise the adapter

Quite frustrating so if anyone can help me that would be fantastic

Thanks in adavance


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Is the old adapter still functioning? If so can you try it to see if the battery now charges or that it is recognized by the laptop?

Can you test the new adapter with a DMM (Digital Multimeter -Voltmeter function) to prove that it is supplying 19.5VDC.

Here is a link to the service manual for your laptop. You may wish to use it to show you how open the laptop so that you can inspect the DC input (Adapter connection port) to see that it is still connected to the motherboard and has not been 'loosened' by use over the years.


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I have multimeter and will check that,

I have put old adapter back on with new and old battery and bios settings still says not recognised.

Will look at power connector tomorrow,

I have downloaded manuals as well

Thanks for answering



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