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Dell Vostro Battery issue


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#1 BNDAZ

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:21 PM

Hopefully im posting in the correct forum.

I just got done installing a new hard drive in a vostro 1500 that had been charging and holding a 3 hour charge fine. 4 days later after a few day i am told( the the friend i fixed it for) that the battery isnt charging and it wont turn on.
i got it back and hit the power button, it starts to load, sits at the dell boot screen for a bit but then loads up no problem.

Curious, i take it home, 45 minutes later i plug it in and get a blue light on right side, steady blue blink, i open the lid an power it up, starts POST the i get an error:
system battery low, press f1 to continue , so i do, hit F2 get into bios , battery health indicates working properly it boots and it loads windows.

I notice here the the blinking blue light is now switching back and forth from blue to amber.
The battery indicator in tray indicates very low battery charge :to clarify, the unit is plugged in.( adapter is less than 6 months old and is correct for unit with a steady green light on brick).

I power it down to reboot, blue blinking light, power up and it juices for a second or two then just turns itself off, steady blue blinking light(turns amber for a second ot two when trying to power up).

I am going to take the battery up to batteries plus and have them check it out, i have come across many post that say the battery may still be good, but there is a chip that "turns off" but i wondered if this could have anything to do with a bad BIOS battery.

Is there a reset for the battery? ( i saw mention of a reset/test button for laptop batteries, but there is nothing close to a button near the battery (even if i take the battery out that i can tell) i see a set of what seems to be indicator lights on the battery, what are they for ?

The unit will not power up at all with the battery out if it is plugged in.



thoughts?

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 04:56 PM

Took the unit up to batteries plus, battery was fine, asked them to test the charger...
Bingo, the output was .2 volts, tried a charger they had and it worked with no issue.
6 month old charger is being replaced by the seller on amazon.




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