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laptop battery

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dgbrehm, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. dgbrehm

    dgbrehm Flightless Bird

    I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    charging although the Icon says it it.

    Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    something is wrong with the power adapter ????
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "dgbrehm" wrote:

    > I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    > charging although the Icon says it it.
    >
    > Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    > something is wrong with the power adapter ????


    Take the battery out and run the laptop from the power adapter. If it runs,
    the battery is suspect. If it doesn't run, the adapter is suspect. Take the
    machine to a repair shop and have the battery and adapter tested.
     
  3. boatman312

    boatman312 Flightless Bird

    On 06/14/10 8:38 AM, dgbrehm wrote:
    >
    > I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    > charging although the Icon says it it.
    >
    > Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    > something is wrong with the power adapter ????


    This is an XP group, not Dell hardware. Try here:
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518.aspx
     
  4. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    If the icon says charging, then it is seeing the power adapter signal.
    Doesn't mean the adapter is necessarily working properly, or that the
    battery isn't at fault. You will need to contact Dell tech support, as
    it can't be fixed through XP.

    dgbrehm wrote:

    > I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    > charging although the Icon says it it.
    >
    > Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    > something is wrong with the power adapter ????
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Do you keep the battery in its bay even when you're running on AC power?

    Did you buy the battery a year ago from Dell or a third-party? Was it a
    brand-new battery or a reconditioned one?

    cf. http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm


    dgbrehm wrote:
    > I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    > charging although the Icon says it it.
    >
    > Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    > something is wrong with the power adapter ????
     
  6. Big_Al

    Big_Al Flightless Bird

    dgbrehm said this on 6/14/2010 8:38 AM:
    > I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    > charging although the Icon says it it.
    >
    > Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    > something is wrong with the power adapter ????


    I'm on my 2nd battery and have ordered a 3rd now. Mine just died last
    week.

    Dell Inspiron 6000. This time the battery shows charging 0% forever!
    My battery has a test button on it to test the charge. I found that
    hitting it, it would show 40% or so and 10 seconds later it shows 0%.
    So it just won't hold a charge. But my batteries last about 2 years.
    My laptop is 4 years+ old and I'm just about on schedule for the 3rd
    battery.
     
  7. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 6/15/2010 1:22 PM, Big_Al wrote:
    > dgbrehm said this on 6/14/2010 8:38 AM:
    >> I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    >> charging although the Icon says it it.
    >>
    >> Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    >> something is wrong with the power adapter ????

    >
    > I'm on my 2nd battery and have ordered a 3rd now. Mine just died last week.
    >
    > Dell Inspiron 6000. This time the battery shows charging 0% forever! My
    > battery has a test button on it to test the charge. I found that hitting
    > it, it would show 40% or so and 10 seconds later it shows 0%. So it just
    > won't hold a charge. But my batteries last about 2 years. My laptop is 4
    > years+ old and I'm just about on schedule for the 3rd battery.
    >
    >

    If the power supply wasn't too dear, I'd replace that. You might just
    be unlucky with batteries, but you're pushing the probability window
    here. The only other possibility is that the machine has a bad charging
    filter, if there is such a thing.

    Is there such a thing as an external charger for the battery?

    Have you talked to Dell (or hit their boards, if they exist) to explain
    your experience?
     
  8. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 6/15/2010 1:22 PM, Big_Al wrote:
    > dgbrehm said this on 6/14/2010 8:38 AM:
    >> I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    >> charging although the Icon says it it.
    >>
    >> Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    >> something is wrong with the power adapter ????

    >
    > I'm on my 2nd battery and have ordered a 3rd now. Mine just died last week.
    >
    > Dell Inspiron 6000. This time the battery shows charging 0% forever! My
    > battery has a test button on it to test the charge. I found that hitting
    > it, it would show 40% or so and 10 seconds later it shows 0%. So it just
    > won't hold a charge. But my batteries last about 2 years. My laptop is 4
    > years+ old and I'm just about on schedule for the 3rd battery.
    >
    >

    I forgot to mention...
    The proper technique is to wait until the battery gets low before you
    charge it. Some batteries will acquire a "memory" that prevents it from
    fully charging if you constantly charge it when it's almost full already.
     
  9. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Bob CP wrote:
    <snip>
    > The proper technique is to wait until the battery gets low before you
    > charge it. Some batteries will acquire a "memory" that prevents it from
    > fully charging if you constantly charge it when it's almost full already.


    Kinda/sorta. See...

    How to prolong lithium-based batteries
    http://www.batteryuniversity.com/parttwo-34.htm
    --
    ~PA Bear
     
  10. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Bob CP wrote:

    > On 6/15/2010 1:22 PM, Big_Al wrote:
    >
    >> dgbrehm said this on 6/14/2010 8:38 AM:
    >>
    >>> I have a dell laptop runing XP and the battery (new a year agao) is not
    >>> charging although the Icon says it it.
    >>>
    >>> Am wondering if anyone knows if it could be the battery died or maybe
    >>> something is wrong with the power adapter ????

    >>
    >>
    >> I'm on my 2nd battery and have ordered a 3rd now. Mine just died last
    >> week.
    >>
    >> Dell Inspiron 6000. This time the battery shows charging 0% forever! My
    >> battery has a test button on it to test the charge. I found that hitting
    >> it, it would show 40% or so and 10 seconds later it shows 0%. So it just
    >> won't hold a charge. But my batteries last about 2 years. My laptop is 4
    >> years+ old and I'm just about on schedule for the 3rd battery.
    >>
    >>

    > I forgot to mention...
    > The proper technique is to wait until the battery gets low before you
    > charge it. Some batteries will acquire a "memory" that prevents it from
    > fully charging if you constantly charge it when it's almost full already.


    That only applies to NiCD bateries, so check the battery label for the
    type. It will say there.
     

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