Buddy of mine was given an old laptop, dell inspiron 1100. He asked me
to look it over to see if it was usable.

Plugged power in, the power light on the front comes on, but it's
amber, not green.

When I try powering the unit on, nothing happens. Any tips to see
about getting this to boot up, or is it not worth the effort?

Said friend won't buy a laptop as he's not that much of a tech kinda
guy, thought he could use this one since it was 'free'.