I have had a Dell Inspiron that's served me well for three years. I recently moved into a new apartment with suspicious electrical surges. Even though I have a surge protector, I'm afraid there was some sort of an internal power surge.
I was using my computer with no problems, when the warning came on that I have to switch to AC power. I looked at my AC adapter (which was plugged in properly) and the green light was no longer lit.
I then tried plugging my computer into a friend's Dell AC adapter and it burned it out as well.
Question 1) How can I salvage my files if I my battery is dead and it can't be recharged?
Question 2) Is there any hope for my computer? Or is it time to buy a new one?