Troubleshooting: `The AC power adapter type cannot be determined`

To easily solve this ‘The AC power adapter type cannot be determined’ problem, you will need another original charger with the correct voltage/amperage.

First, try using a new Dell power adapter. If that doesn’t solve the problem, replace the power plug. And in the unlikely event that it’s not the adapter or plug, replace the motherboard.

Why is your ‘AC power adapter type cannot be determined’?

As the error message implies, this means that your computer cannot detect the connected charger. The power connector has 3 pins, 2 are power and ground and the third is a signal line for identifying the power supply as a compatible device (Dell). If the laptop does not receive the signal, the power supply cannot charge the battery, but it can power the laptop. This protects the battery from high currents if the charger power is higher than the manufacturer’s specification. If you ignore this message, system performance will decrease and you will notice that your CPU clock speed has halved. read more

Solution: Windows 10 Won’t Use Full RAM

RAM is a non-volatile storage device that is typically used to store working data and machine code. When you shut down your computer, all data on it is lost because it is a temporary storage device. The more RAM your computer has, the more smoothly it can multitask.

However, when using Windows 10, you may run into a problem. In the “System Properties” or “Task Manager” interface, you may notice that Windows is only using a fraction of the total RAM.

What is the reason why Windows 10 doesn’t use all of the RAM?

In some cases, some of the RAM is reserved for the system, sometimes some of the memory is also reserved by the video card if you have an integrated video card. But if you have a dedicated video card, this shouldn’t be a problem. Of course, 2% of the RAM is always free. read more

Troubleshoot: Blue Screen Recovery Error 0x0000185 on Windows 10

Getting an error on your computer can be frustrating. But it’s even more annoying when you encounter a blue screen error. One of the BSOD errors that you may encounter is the blue screen recovery error 0x0000185.

This is a shutdown error, which means that you won’t be able to start your computer normally until you fix this error. While this error is common in Windows 10, it is also a very common problem in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

The occurrence of error 0xc0000185 indicates that your operating system cannot access the necessary Windows OS files on your hard drive to boot. This simply means that your computer cannot communicate with your hard drive or that there is a problem with your system files. read more

Troubleshooting error `1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure`

Troubleshooting error `1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure`

Have you encountered the error “1720-Smart Drive Detects Imminent Failure” while booting up your computer? This means that the drive’s built-in status circuits and firmware have determined that the hard drive itself is about to fail. If this happens, you could lose all your files or the hard drive will eventually stop working.

Hard drives are usually designed to last a long time. Not surprisingly, they often outlive the computer in which they are installed and used. However, no matter how perfect these devices may seem, sometimes they can fail, whether due to user abuse or simply poor workmanship. When a hard drive fails, the error message “1720-Smart Drive Detects Imminent Failure” appears when you boot your computer. read more