What's wrong with my computer?
I've had a Dell laptop for about a year or two. I've been having some kind of power problem. I don't know (nor do I care to know) too much about computers, so bear with me.
It all started out when my computer would show the little battery icon when it was actually plugged in to the wall. I figured my AC adapter was bad because if I played around with the position of the cord I could get it to work.
This is probably dumb, but I put off getting a new adapter for a while. In fact, it's coming in the mail on Tuesday. The problem has been getting worse and worse. Well, tonight I was running on battery and my screen was flickering. This has happened a little in the past, but I always thought it came from switching from battery to plugged in and back.
Now my screen has a little black spot in the lower left corner. I'm not sure what happened, but somehow things are getting hot and there's a strange smell going on. What's going on here? Have I screwed things up by not fixing it earlier? Have I had a bigger problem than a bad adapter all along?