Originally Posted by nissanztt90
If you dont have anything useful to contribute to get some of us grounded adapters...piss off.
Nissanz... Please go back and re-read my posts. I did contribute that I believe Dell SHOULD have shipped 3 prong adapters with all notebooks. That's just good practices. I also contibuted that if you don't get a resolution on your first call (or second, or third... etc etc) keep calling. Eventually a squeeky wheel get's greased. You'll get a 3 prong adapter if you are loud enough with them. I think most here have shown, they are plenty loud enough if needed.
I simply wanted to assure folks that do not understand AC/DC circuits that the problem is not being correctly explained here. Unfortuantely all the 17" Dell laptops I have access too all have 3 prongs, and none have demonstrated the problem stated here, so I have no way to test the theorys presented in this thread. But, from my knowledge of circuits, this problem should not be a problem unless there are other factors, which also should be addressed by Dell's support.
Now, the real reason your laptop SHOULD included a 3 prong adapter is in case of voltage overload from the wall socket. Not because of stray voltage. If you had a large overvoltage via the AC plug your laptop is connected to, then the voltage would need to be expended some way. That is what a ground plug is for. Unfortunately the federal government doesn't feel this is a big problem as relatively few people die each year from lack of proper grounding on electrical devices. And it won't be a good arguement to Dell to send you a new one either. But, it does and can happen. That ground saves both you and your equipment from real damage in case of, say like a lightning strike, or other electrical anomolies.
I'd stick with the stray voltage issue causing laptop crashes and memory problems in your requests to Dell for a 3 prong adapter. Call them daily until they send you one. Or, just go buy one. They can be found cheaply on the net if you search hard enough.