I have a laptop (Dell Inspiron 8600) that must've gotten a little zap when lightning struck a year ago. I figured it zapped the motherboard so I assumed it was done for and put it on the shelf. Recently I saw that someone else had a similar problem but it was with their power adapter. The light would still turn on (on the adapter) but no power was getting to the PC. I'm wondering if this might be the same problem I have.
Without going as far as ordering a new adapter or finding someone to borrow one from, how can I safely test to see if my AC adapter is working properly?