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#1 SysTech Guy

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:32 PM

My company has an old Dell Latitude c840 laptop where the battery light keeps flashing, regardless of the fact that within the Power Options/PowerMeter Tab, it says that the battery is 100% charged.


It is interesting however that there are two battery icons present, #1 and #2. Usually, on other laptops, the battery that is charged is #1, but for this laptop, it is #2.

Does this have anything to do with it, and if so, how do I change the settings to use the charged #2 battery?

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 02:34 PM

So, the laptop is not working because it's drawing power from the wrong battery? This is a PROBLEM right?
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:00 PM

So, the laptop is not working because it's drawing power from the wrong battery? This is a PROBLEM right?


It's a legitimate question. Perhaps you misinterpreted it when reading it, as the original poster mentions nothing about the laptop not working-the questions are about settings regarding the power supply. :flowers:



SysTech Guy, I believe that there's an option to shut off the battery indicators/warnings. Perhaps it's in the control panel......? I'm no pro when it comes to a laptop (sorry!). However, if you can't find it, please post back saying so and let us know and we'll get this solved for you! :thumbsup:
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 04:24 PM

To be more specific I am running a Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop and the battery light under the LCD screen, above the keyboard, is flashing orange....which to me means a low battery charge (or maybe the battery is just bad).

When I go to Control Panel / Power Options / Click on the "Power Meter" Tab I see that battery #2 is fully charged at 100% while battery #1 is "Not Present".

It has been my experience, what experience that I have, that when a laptop has one battery, as this one does, the battery reading 100% would often be battery #1 and battery #2 would read "Not Present"

I do not know if this the reason for the flashing orange light for the aparantly fully charged battery, but I thought I would mention it since to me it was an anomaly.

I went to Control Panel / Power Options and poked around and I could not find anything other than the ability to adjust the Alarm when the battery is low.

I am beginning to suspect that the battery is going bad, just not sure why it is reading at 100% and all indications other that the aforementioned flashing light, everything seems fine.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 04:25 PM

How long does it take for the battery to lose it's charge when in use (without the AC adapter plugged in)? That is a good indicator of the status of your battery.
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