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Dell Power Adapter Warning: Resolve With Easy Steps

Dell laptop users report to face some problems while charging the laptop battery. When they plug-in the charger and the laptop boots up, an error message appears reading ‘The AC power adapter type cannot be determined’. The users can ignore this message and complete the booting by pressing the F1 key, but this adds up to the risk. This issue also occurs suddenly with a  warning message, on your screen, saying ‘AC power type cannot be determined’. In both these cases, the laptop battery fails to charge.

So, if you are dealing with this Dell power adapter warning issue, then focus on this article. We have provided all the possible remedies to get rid of this issue.

Causes of Power Adapter Warning Dell Issue:

This issue can occur because of any of the following reasons:

  • If a 3rd party or a non-Dell branded AC adapter is connected with your Dell laptop.
  • If you use a low wattage AC adapter, then you may face this error.
  • In case, the wall power cord is not properly connected with the AC adapter.
  • Sometimes, if your laptop’s AC adapter port gets damaged, then it may lead to this issue.
  • Occasionally, if your AC adapter is unable to recognize the BIOS, then this error message may pop up on your Dell device.

Once you face this issue, you may see the following error message on your system, such as :

  • ‘AC adapter type could not be determined’.
  • ‘Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility. Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics’.

Dell power adapter warning message is a common problem and you can overcome on your own. You need to follow a proper strategy and in this article, you get some effective steps to fix this issue.

Troubleshoot Dell Power Adapter Warning Issue

At first, you need to be sure that the problem is associated with your AC adapter. For that, first, unplug your charger and then, plug it into another Dell laptop. You can also try to plug-in an identical charger in your machine. Now, if the charger works in the other Dell laptop and even with the new charger, the same error message pops up in your machine, then the problem is arising due to the DC charging port of your system. Let’s have a look at the solutions that can fix this problem.

Check Power Cycle your System

Check Power CycleCompletely discharge the power from your system might fix this issue. To do so, take a look below:

  1. At first, you have to unplug the charger, as well as turn off your laptop and then, you need to remove the battery.
  2. After that, you should hold down the power button for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Then, you have to put back the battery in its appropriate place and plug the charger. After that, reboot your laptop.

Now, check if the Dell laptop power adapter warning is fixed or not. If not, then try the next method.

Get a New Charger

If you have tried to fix this issue but there is a fault in your charger, then it’s time to change the AC adapter. The problem arises due to a broken pin, a broken connection or fault in the capacitor of your adapter. You have to buy a new charger. We suggest you note down the wattage of the OEM charger and the charging current limit. Make sure those numbers match, otherwise, you might encounter the same error.

Check the DC Power Jack

DC Power JackMany users claim that they face this error even replacing the power jack. If you are in this identical situation, then you have to apply this procedure. To do so, firstly, you need to open your laptop. After that, you need to unplug all the charging port from the motherboard. Then, replace that with a new one. Keep in mind that all its features should match with the previous one.

If the Dell laptop DC input port is joined to the motherboard, then you have to unsolder it and solder it back with a new one. If the issue still persists, then there might be a problem with the motherboard and you need to replace it.

Allow Laptop to Cool Down

If you continuously do heavy work, then this issue may pop up on your screen. In such cases, you need to turn off your laptop and wait for sometimes. After that, again turn on your machine and check can you are still dealing with the same trouble.

Check the Power Settings

Check the Power SettingsThis is another simple way to fix this issue on your own. For applying this method at first, you should click on the Start icon and after that, open the Control Panel. In the Control Panel expand the full list and click on the ‘System and Security’. After that, you need to click on the Device Manager option. Now, check your power settings and make sure you have fixed this Dell power adapter warning issue.

We believe that these solutions are sufficient to bring back your Dell laptop to its normal working stage.